Dual Wield Pistols vs Single Pistol

Which is faster and more accurate?

Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical and his buddy Dave Royer were out testing a firearm myths whether dual-wielding versus using sight alignment with a single pistol is better. Seen all the time in the movies Dave and Larry are out to show you what really happens when you fire two pistols at the same time.

Stationary Drill
They start the test with stationary shooting at multiple targets. (5 targets) Dual shooting (using H&K .45 Compact and a custom Colt 1911) was going from inside targets to outside targets. Single pistol shooting went from left to right. The result for dual shooting was at 2.8 seconds and 3.73 seconds for single pistol. Dual shooting was faster but not as accurate as with single pistol. However, for this test single pistol shooting with good sight alignment wins the accuracy test.

Mobile Drill
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Starts out at a walk towards the target from 30 yards out and at the sound of a buzzer. Shooter engages the target while still moving forward. Dual pistols will be alternate shots between left and right. Single pistol lay down some lead rapidly. The verdict single pistol wins with accuracy and speed on this drill.

The Myth of Dual Handguns – Video Transcript:
Larry: The next movie myth we’re gonna tackle is the Dual Wield Handgun. You’re also seeing this show up in a lot of videogames. Essentially you’ve got a handgun in each hand, and you’re firing at multiple targets, with amazing accuracy on the silver screen. On the surface it looks like it might be a home run, because you can fire a lot more bullets in the same amount of time as one handgun, in theory. What do you think?

Dave: I think I’d go with one gun, because you’re throwing out sight line on it, and that’s the key to accuracy.

Larry: Well, we’ll see how it shakes out. Got two guns here, HK-45 compact 45 ACP, and a custom colt 1911 built by yours truly, 45 ACP. We’re gonna do a variety of drills, dual-wield, then we’re going to do the exact same drills single-handgun. We’l look at the timer and look at the hits, see how it shakes.

Dave: Alright Larry, we’re gonna shoot these targets, you’re gonna shoot simultaneously at two targets, working from the center out, one at each target.

Larry: Ok!

Dave: On the buzzer, shoot ready. Standby [beep]

[gunshots]

Dave: Let’s check it out.

Larry: What kinda time we got?

Dave: 2.81 seconds.

Larry: ok!

Dave: Well this target looks clean.

Larry: Don’t think we have to worry about pace, now remember this was the far-left target, left handed, with the HK-45, this is actually the last target I shot at on the left hand side. Same deal.

Dave: Clean target on the left on the second target.

Larry: This was double-action, the HK-45, the first target I shot. Was this it?

Dave: I believe that’s it.

Larry: Target’s clean.

Dave: Got a center hit on this target.

Larry: Now this was the target I was focusing in on. I was doing the thing that you and I talked about, actually looking at the targets, and kinda trying to do sympathetic movement.

Dave: Right.

Larry: Ok, we’ve got a shot here. Not a great one, still a hit. And I got a hit here.

Dave: So basically, you were point-shooting to the right, and you hit every one.

Larry: Right. Two very good hits, one mediocre hit, and three misses. 2.8 seconds. Now, same technique: Low ready, finger straight, one on each coming all the way across.

Dave: Alright Larry, so we can compare, we’re gonna have you shoot like you normally would: With one gun, two-handed, from the low ready, at the beep shoot from the farthest left to the right, one on each target.

Larry: Ok.

Dave: Shooter ready. Standby.

[Beep, gunshots]

Dave: Time is 3.73, so less than a second, but I’m betting we got better shots.

Larry: Yea let’s check out the test. Bad hit, but still outside the circle. Talking about an OK hit but not great.

Dave: Excellent hit.

Larry: Outstanding. This one’s in our circle.

Dave: Top of the circle.

Larry: So we’ll accept that.

Dave: Absolutely. About the same place.

Larry: Same thing here.

Dave: Inside the circle, ’bout one O’clock.

Larry: ‘Nother hit inside the circle, and another excellent hit. Well I think the verdict is clear on that. Clearly one handgun and point fire, using your sights and index on the target, firing one shot at a time and make that shot a good shot; far superior to any kinda dual-wield in that scenario.

Dave: Absolutely, because as we know, with any kinda real threat, the only way to get rid of it is this.

Larry: Bingo. Got another movie myth coming up, this involves two pistols, and shooting on the move while shooting forward. This one’ll be really cool, I guarentee ‘ya.

Larry: Alright Dave, what’s the drill?

Dave: The drill is, I’m gonna give you the command to walk, and at the sound of the beep, you’re going to alternately shoot at one target.

Larry: Alright, and three shots each, alternating?

Dave: Correct.

Larry: Ok.

Dave: Shooter ready?

Larry: Yep.

Dave: Walk.

[Beep, gunfire]

Larry: Hm. The hits are actually pretty decent.

Dave: And that’s what we were talking about. As long as you can acquire the target, point-shooting or the sights. If you’ve got sight-alignment on the target, it’s much easier, or you have much better accuracy.

Larry: Alright. Now I’m gonna try it with one gun.

Dave: Cool.

Larry: Alright dave.

Dave: Alright we’re gonna do the same drill with one gun, command of walk you move toward the target, on the beep you engage with the target six-seven shots.

Larry: Alright.

Dave: Shooter ready. Walk.

[Beep, shots]

Larry: Alright. Well. Can’t argue with those hits.

Dave: No, and it’s what I expected on this drill, because this is a common drill in training, shooting on the move. You have perfect sight alignment, you have one target, shouldn’t expect anything else.

Larry: Well I think we can kinda wrap up two guns Vs. one gun.

Dave: Absolutely.

Larry: I know what I’d pick.

Dave: You bet.

Larry: One gun. Every time.

[Vicker’s Tactical Outro]

Here’s Mythbusters take on the effectiveness of Dual-Wield shooting.

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Source: Vickers Tactical Youtube, TAC-TV Crew, Larry Vickers, Mythbusters

Homemade Guns that will make you Cry

Homemade or DIY guns come in all shapes and sizes. Intrepid basement-workshop gunsmiths try to make their own for various reasons.
These homemade guns sadly missed the mark completely. Don’t cringe when you look at these wonders. Would it shoot? Probably these homemade guns might have potential at the one foot range, but it can also go wrong for the user as well.

Duct tape may be one of the greatest invention because you can use it for many things like this and other guns…

-When at war, you use what you can make or acquire. This Chechen pistol is a cobbled-together weapon of questionable reliability. However, it might give the user a chance to obtain a better weapon from an enemy with a lucky shot.

-Who knows, this could be a prototype for Buck Rogers ghetto blaster…

A homemade pistol reportedly made by Ted Kaczynski, otherwise known as the Unabomber.

Taken by the police from the streets of Sydney, Australia. They say many have been showing up among low level criminals.

-An SHTF bug out bag from one of the warlords soldier in Nigeria. Looks cool huh?

-That looks like a major kaboom waiting for anyone foolish enough to try it.

-This homemade Brazilian shotgun pistol is ready for some bad business for sure. Would it hold up if actually shot?

-A version of a pipe fitting pistol. Even plumbing equipment can become a gun.

-This homemade pistol was made by a Connecticut teen who charged $200 for this junk.

Uzi-Wannabe this was taken from somewhere in south America.

Taped DIY Pistol

-So here’s a DIY Submachine gun, when separated from the magazine you wouldn’t know that its a firearm. This one probably shouldn’t be in this group, but this could be one of the cleanest simple design.

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Sources: Homemade Guns, Imgur, Pinterest

Close Retention Shooting

Don’t Blink, You’ll be Shocked and Amazed at the Speed of this Draw with a Glock!

If you watched the late Bob Munden when he did his quick draw while shooting from the hip, it was amazing to watch. What’s really kind of neat-to-know is that this type of shooting is similar to what law enforcement term “retention shooting”. Retention shooting was taught to the officers when they had to pull the weapon out and fire while in close proximity to a suspect. (melee time) This way of shooting is not new as a matter of fact, the history of it goes back to the early 1900’s taught by William E Fairbairn the author of several tactical shooting books.

Fast forward to modern day, the person in this video blasting away at high speed below is Baret Fawbush, he says that he is not an expert, but when watching him draw and shoot from the retention at close quarter, he looks pretty good. Calling this a “close retention shooting drill,” he puts his hands up, clears his mind, and then empties his magazine like a boss.

See him in action below. Wow! That is the epitome of fast, controlled shooting with a sidearm. While he says that this is not a video on defensive tactics, seeing Baret in action against targets with t-shirts and a box for a head. Don’t know looks like very much like a drill for defensive purpose.


Talk about shooting from the hip!, this is the modern version of gun slinging at its best. Whoever thought this technique would turn out to be one of the most important to have at your disposal.
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Close Retention Shooting Variation
For those in the CCW and/or LE circle, there will always be a question of would this type of retention shooting hold up while under a serious mano mano brawl.
Which means you are so close that you can smell the bad guy’s breath as you’re struggling to get your pistol out to defend yourself. When you watch an actual fight of this scenario, it almost looks like two people playing tug-of-war over the pistol. But, seriously this becomes a fight for the control of the pistol when its pulled out.
Many gun instructors have come up with ways to deal with the real issue. One that stands out is one that is taught by Craig Douglas of ECQC. (Extreme Close Quarter Concepts)
The initial movements are similar to the original method but the follow-up is transition to shooting with two hands as you create distance from the bad guy. The video below is quite long, but it should start at what this technique should look like.


Here’s some short clips while fighting.


Sources: Craig Raleigh, Parker Fawbush Youtube, Baret Fawbush

Shooting a 1911 Pistol wrapped with Rubber Bands

1911 enthusiasts tend to feel strongly about their pistol. Will the Ruger SR1911 pass the rubber band test?

What is the rubber band test you say?
Wrapping multiple rubber bands over the slide of the pistol tests the functioning operation, such as the cycling, firing and ejecting a round.

As concealed carry permits have grown in numbers, the question still remains: what exactly is the best self-defense firearm? Most permit holders look for a firearm that is reliable, has an immense amount of stopping power, and is quickly drawn. So this brings us to the question of the 1911.

In this video, YouTuber MattV2099 puts the classic Ruger SR1911 through the rubber band test with the goal wrapping the gun until it is effectively disabled. So how many rubber bands does it take to disable the 1911?

Dedicated to Larry Vickers and Vickers Tactical, this video is an informative and safely-executed experiment that deals with putting the favorite 1911 through the disabling rubber band test.

Finally, at 33 rubber bands, the Ruger SR1911 is disabled due to a failure to extract. However, MattV2099 makes an interesting point in saying that he only used even numbers on the gun. Would that mean that it was really 34 rubber bands that stopped the unstoppable? We’ll never know.

MattV2099 gives us his opinion: the 1911 is just the best gun on planet Earth in terms of reliability, effectiveness, and stopping power. Even better than the Glock.
It should go without saying, though, that trying to disable a 1911 is best left to professionals and not for those of us with garages.

Sources: MattV2099 Youtube, Shannon Ratliff, Vickers Tactical

Bolt Or Semi-Auto Rifle For Survival Preppers

What are the merits of these two major types of rifle actions?

There are many choices when it comes to selecting a long gun for multiple uses. Many of the questions and inquiries are from preppers, and survivalists that are gun users attempting to buy a firearm(s) that can yield effective results for many applications, including home defense, ranch, farm or homestead protection, as well as hunting for food and predator control. That is a pretty tall order for sure.

After much thought, counseling, and work in the gun related industry these past 40 plus years, the basic conclusion I have come to is that the rifle preference really boils down to personal choice. I mean, in terms of overall quality, reliability, functionality, and accuracy, there is not a significant difference between major makes of long guns now, whether a bolt action or a semi-auto.

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While the caliber choice may be the first priority, that is no longer a huge issue either because the most popular choices in the .223/5.56 range (up to, say, the ever popular .308/7.62) are readily available in either platforms with numerous brand and feature choices to select.

It would be easy to recommend if all you could afford was one choice, then for sure, I would say the .308 would get the nod. It is fully capable with available factory ammo choices to perform work in protection and certainly for hunting and dispatching vermin regardless of the foot count.

CZ USA Winchester Bolt Action 308
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Though the fight breaks out when you mention the bolt rifle is inherently more accurate than the semi-auto, there are plenty of examples to defy that argument these days. I have been hunting with bolt guns since I was ten years old, but I have also taken big game with semi-auto rifles including an AR in .300 Blackout and a Rock River LAR in .308, both one shot kills.


In my own mind’s eye, owning and using both types of rifles, I do find the simple bolt action rifle easier to use, much more simple to clean and maintain, and easy enough in most cases to mount a scope. I love the quick and easy way to remove the bolt so the barrel can be easily cleaned from the breech end and not the muzzle. Shooting a bolt action is fairly straight forward and easy to train others by controlling the ammo use at the range. Safety mechanisms are usually simple to operate.

Even with bolt guns using detachable magazines, I have had no issues with them loading or unloading or feeding reliably. I use both a Browning A-Bolt and a fine Remington 700-DM without issue. I did buy factory magazines for these to have an extra in the shirt or coat pocket, and they have always worked just fine.

The Learning Curve
Learning to use most semi-auto rifles takes somewhat more training and range initiation. Loading, cycling the action, and engaging the safety can be easy, but it takes some practice to perform. Using magazines takes little effort, but sometimes they can be finicky.


I would be first to admit I am not crazy about taking down an AR-type platform rifle, removing the bolt carrier group from the action in order to clean the barrel. I am not fond of all the nooks and crannies that come with most semi-auto rifles either. I will be honest though that this is most likely for me a function of frequency than it is performance of the tasks.

I can envision the GI soldier taking down, cleaning, and re-assembling an AR-15 in the dark just by feel. It isn’t that it is so difficult, it is just that I don’t like doing it. AmSJ note: Most soldiers are trained this way so they can become highly proficient with the weapon out in any adverse field condition.

Of course some other semi-auto rifles (like the Browning BAR or the Remington 742 series and others) may be more intricate or detailed in terms of disassembly for cleaning and maintenance. For this, just follow the general guidelines in the owner’s manual and don’t take them apart any more than is recommended as necessary for regular maintenance.

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Optics and Reliability
In terms of scope mounting, most bolt guns simply need the application of an appropriate one or two-piece mounts to be installed on top of the action. Then separate rings are attached to the mounts. AR types mostly use the Picatinny rail to mount scope rings directly to the rail slots or via a one-piece unit incorporating the mount and rings in one piece a la Nikon, or GG&G.



There are many variations to these themes, but neither is a big issue. Both bolt guns and semi-autos can be easily and securely fitted with an appropriate scope. Some adjustment in ring height might be in order, depending on the size of the scope’s front objective rings to clear the barrel. This is more of an issue for bolt action rifles but can be with some ARs.

It is a toss-up when it comes to rifle reliability. Just by the sheer action type moving in a relatively violent fashion, the semi-autos are sometimes blamed for more breakages than are typical bolt action rifles. Many times stoppages are due to powder and grime fowling in the gas system than a part actually breaking. Semi-auto actions do get pretty dirty pretty fast and therefore often demand more regular cleaning and maintenance.

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Having said that, it would probably surprise most rifle shooters to learn that most guns these days are so well made that breakdowns are far and few between. That is, all else being equal. I mean most of us are not on the battle field firing thousands of rounds in a short time. Don’t be fearful of buying either a modern bolt gun or a semi-auto when it comes to reliability issues.


So, when you are ready to buy a long gun, rifle, then shop around. Seek advice, but be careful of the big box gun counter person that worked in underwear yesterday. Read, study, and compare. Visit a local range and ask questions. Again, it is a personal thing whether you want to cycle a bolt action or pull back a charging handle. Whichever, be sure to practice with it.

Story by Dr. John revised by AmSJ Staff

.22 Shorty or….

a Knife for Personal Defense

The .22 Short was developed back in 1857 for Smith & Wesson revolver. Created for the metallic cartridge with a 29-30 grain bullet, pushed by 4 grains of black powder.
This was mainly developed for self-defense in the early days, modern day standard – this cartridge has little penetration and knockdown power. Back in the past this caliber was used in a few pocket pistols and mini-revolvers. Consider a quiet round among recreational shooters.
Due to its low recoil and good accuracy the .22 short was used for the Olympic 25 meter rapid fire pistol event until 2004.
These .22 short can be seen in starter pistols with blank cartridges and in some powder-actuated nail guns as a power source.

22 Short, left; .22 Long Rifle, right (Wikipedia)
Hunting Round
Some hunters have made use of this shorty from their long barrel rifle. The high velocity hollow point Short is useful only for small game such as tree squirrels and rabbits. They say in the south, the .22 Short hollow point is still very popular for use on raccoons, which are treed at night using dogs and shooting is at close range.


Though the .22LR is more popular than the shorty, the caliber is still being manufacture in a wide variety. Which is good news for the small game hunters.
Most manufacturers utilize the standard 29-grain (1.9 g) solid round nose bullet and 27-grain (1.7 g) hollow point bullet weights for the .22 Short. Here are some of these loads:

Several types are made by CCI:
CB Short at 727 ft/s (222 m/s), target Shorts at 830 ft/s (250 m/s), their standard Short round with plated round nose bullet at 1,080 ft/s (330 m/s), and a high speed hunting load with plated hollow point bullet at 1,105 ft/s (337 m/s).

Fiocchi makes their Exacta Compensated Super Match SM200 with lead round nose at 650 ft/s (200 m/s). Remington produces a high velocity plated round nose at 1,095 ft/s (334 m/s).


Aguila makes both a match lead round nose at 1,095 ft/s (334 m/s), and a “high speed” round with plated bullet also listed at 1,095 ft/s (334 m/s). Also available is the RWS R25 match ammunition at 560 ft/s (170 m/s).

Eley also makes their rapid fire match cartridge at 750 ft/s (230 m/s).
For hunters, the shorty is still useful.

For Personal Defense
As you can see the .22 shorty have its place with hunters. But, what about for the average Joe willing to carry it in a short barrel pocket size pistol for personal defense. Maybe this lower caliber is too light for personal defense. Many CCW shooters are whispering, how low in caliber should one go before your personal defense firearm is too light?
Availability wise, finding a pistol that shoots these shorty is hard to find. One currently available out on the market is the NAA Mini-Revolver(NAA-225) from North American Arms with a 1.13″ barrel and 5-shot capacity.
Unless, you’re fortunate to get one from the past like this 6-shot Belgian .22 Short mini pocket revolver.

Or, a “Little All Right” 5-shot mini-revolver from the early 19th century.

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Here’s one perspective from Youtuber mark3smle doing some ballistic gelatin test with this .22 Short.

Loads that were shot from the video.
-22 CP short – 4 inch penetration
-CCI 20 short 27 grain High Velocity – Copper Washed hollow-point – almost 7 inch penetration
The ideal penetration depth is 12 inch if we’re going by the FBI standard for effectiveness.

Short Video Narrative
Overall the .22 penetrated 4 inches through a pair of pants into the gelatin.
mark3smle goes onto comparing a knife penetration could do the job as well.
There’s going to be different views on this.
A knife fighter with training would probably boast his skill set as superior at close range.
However, with a .22 Short you can still tactically use it without the bad guy knowing it until its too late during that close encounter.
What do you all think?, Would you go with a .22 Shorty for personal defense or a knife?
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Ingram MAC-10 – Perfect for the Phone Booth

The Ingram MAC-10 is a compact, blowback operated machine pistol that was developed by Gordon B. Ingram in 1964. It is chambered in either .45 ACP or 9mm. A two-stage suppressor by Sionics was designed for the MAC-10, which not only abated the noise created, but made it easier to control on full automatic.

Design
The M10 was built predominantly from steel stampings. A notched cocking handle protrudes from the top of the receiver, and by turning the handle 90° would lock the bolt, and act as an indicator the weapon is unable to fire. The M10 has a telescoping bolt, which wraps around the rear face of the barrel. This allows a more compact weapon and balances the weight of the weapon over the pistol grip, where the magazine is located.

The M10 fires from an open bolt, and the light weight of the bolt results in a rapid rate of fire. In addition, this design incorporates a built in feed ramp as part of the trigger guard (a new concept at the time) and to save on cost the magazine was recycled from the M3 Grease Gun. The barrel is threaded to accept a suppressor, which worked by reducing the discharge’s sound, without attempting to reduce the velocity of the bullet. This worked well with the .45 ACP versions, as most loads are subsonic already, as opposed to special, low-powered subsonic loads usually required for suppressed 9mm weapons.

At the suggestion of the United States Army, the suppressor also acted as a foregrip to inhibit muzzle rise when fired. Ingram added a small bracket with a small strap beneath the muzzle to aid in controlling recoil during fully automatic fire.
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The original rate of fire for the M10 in .45 is approximately 1090 rounds per minute. That of the 9mm M11/9 is approximately 1250 rounds per minute, and that of the smaller MAC-11 in .380 ACP is 1380 rounds per minute.

Due to the weapon’s poor accuracy, in the 1970s International Association of Police Chiefs weapons researcher David Steele described the MAC series as “fit only for combat in a phone booth”.

This is why it was better to use with a suppressor with a two stage design, such as the one from Sionics. Not only did it give the weapon a distinct look, but was very quiet only hearing the cycling of the bolt. The last benefit was an increase in better accuracy.

Sources: FPS Russia, Wikipedia,

Crazy Russian SF CQB Confidence Drills

The Unites States have one of the best well trained Special Forces unit in the world. Russia is not far behind. Spetsgruppa “A”, also known as Alpha Group is an elite, stand-alone sub-unit of Russia’s special forces. It is a dedicated counter-terrorism task force of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) similar to the U.S. Delta Force, this CT task force is used to prevent and responds to violent acts in public transportation and buildings. It was created by the Soviet KGB in 1974.
Initially, this special-purpose counter-terrorism unit was involved in delicate operations which necessitated its members have a unique skill set.
Throughout the 1980s, Alpha became increasingly deployed domestically to respond to a rising number of hostage taking situations, including at least two cases which involved buildings being taken over and hostages taken by violent groups of deserters from the Soviet Army, as well as other armed organizations.


A while back Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical had a chance to spend an afternoon at the Dynamo Shooting Range in Mytishchi, Russia with the Russian Special Forces Alpha team. There Larry watched the Russian SF team lead by Andre (the Rep) on several CQB confidence drills that they run their new operatives through. This sneak peak gives us an idea of the advanced skill sets of these Alpha team operatives.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=fnXROvU7xSM
The objective of these crazy and dangerous drills is to instill confidence and focus on the task at hand, it is another form of “Stress Fire” training on steroids. One of AmSJ staff have witnessed something similar to this method of training while stationed in South Korea and had a chance to observe the South Korean 707th SF prior to the 1988 Olympics. For the norm it is very dangerous to do.



Breakdown of the Drills
headshot1. Operator1 is wearing a protective vest, armed with a loaded pistol in side holster and stands approximately 10 yards away from a silhouete target. Second person (Operator2) armed with a pistol while holstered walks up parallel to the silhouette target and stops next to it pivots and face Operator1 and fires 3 rounds to his chest. (Note Operator2 stands offset to the target, this exposes the target partially)
Operator1 responds by drawing his pistol and firing at the face area of the silhouette target, thus simulating an actual face shot.

2. Multiple Targets – Three silhouette targets in the front with three in the back offset to the side. The operator job is to shoot to a specific target given by a command from one of the trainers. The flow of the drill is one after another while being taunted and shoved around while maintaining focus on hitting the target.

3. Multiple Targets with Live Person – This drill is the same as the second, but there are 2 live people standing in the back amongst the target. Obviously, this drill requires even more focus as the live personnel represents innocent bystanders at near proximity of target.

Accidental Discharge
Even the Pros have Accidental Discharge
Warning do not try this at home, please consult with a certified gun instructor.

Suppressed vs UnSuppressed

If you haven’t heard of SilencerCo then you should get out more often. Anyways, to give you an idea of hearing the differences of shooting a pistol with and without a suppressor, here’s a video below to illustrate that.

Tell us your experiences with suppressors.
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Ruger 10/22 Bullpup Review

So you like Ruger 10/22 rifles?

Well, this suppressed Ruger 10/22 bullpup rifle will leave you drooling, especially when you see shooting sensation 22 Plinkster getting some trigger time with it.

We sure love our Ruger 10/22 rifles. How can you upgrade your trusty Ruger 10/22 Rifle to a more enjoyable tacticool platform? Why not bullpup stock that .22 rifle? The Aklys Defense ZK-22 Bullpup Stock allows for a quick-shooting short-length package ready for action. What is better is that 22 Plinkster has a suppressor on his bullpup rifle. That would make this quiet shooting rifle perfect for the range and pest control.

zk-22-bullpup-stockIf you’re looking for something different for your Ruger 10/22 rifle, you just might be interested in the very cool Aklys Defense ZK-22 Bullpup Stock.

Video Transcript

Hey guys, 22Plinkster here! I have the ZK22 Bullpup for the Ruger 10-22 in my hands, let me shoot it a few times, I’ll tell you a little bit more about it!

[gunfire and metalic plinking]
There we go.
[more]
Runs pretty good. Now, you guys know by now, I am not this big, tactical guy. Now I will give credit where credit is due: I own one other Bullpup design, and that is the Tavor, but this is actually a bullpup for your 10-22. Well, I’ve been shooting it now for a couple months, and I really, really like it. um, now, there is a lot of engineering that went on in building and designing and making this stock, but it’s pretty much a bullpup stock for your Ruger 10-22.
Now I have several Ruger 10-22s that you guys have seen in videos, I’ve got rugers set up to shoot half-inch groups –well, half-inch to a three-quarter inch groups- at a hundred yards, I’ve got Ruger 10-22s that I use for trick shots with the open sights, with the folding stock, you know; I’ve got Ruger 10-22s with AR-15 stocks on them, so I didn’t want to sacrifice a Ruger 10-22 that I own for this build, so I wanted to get another Ruger 10-22 that I could keep in this configuration, because taking it apart, it does take a little bit of time.

Now, my good friends at Clarksville Guns and Archery had a Ruger 10-22 in stock, and I went up there and got it, and so I wanna thank Clarksville Guns and Archery for the 10-22 that’s inside of here, but there are some legal issues that you also need to know about the ZK-22.

Those legal issues are simply this: You have to have a barrel, a 10-22 barrel, over 18 and one-half inches long to put in here. Now, the standard barrel, which I have in here, is 18 and a half inches long. That way it meets the overall length for this setup. Now, if you have an 18-inch bull-barrel, you cannot put it in this stock without SBR-ing it, because at that point it would not meet overall length, and you will have to SBR it.

So I wanted a suppressor on the end of this setup, but however I couldn’t find a company that made an eighteen-and-a-half-inch barrel that was threaded. I could find anybody and their uncle making them eighteen and eighteen-and-a-quarter, but not eighteen-and-a-half, so Joe was nice enough to thread this standard 10-22 barrel for me where I could put a suppressor, this is my Silencerco Sparrow that you guys have seen in multiple multiple videos, I really like that setup. But it’s a pretty fun setup.

Now the good thing about Bullpups is simply this: All the weight -well, not all the weight, but MOST of the weight- goes to the rear of the firearm, so you can handle it one-handed, and you can get pretty fast with it.

Now, I guess, before we go any further, let me shoot it a few more times. Now, having the stock on here’s not going to make your 10-22 any more accurate or anything like that, because accuracy is in the barrel, and also in the receiver. It just makes it really tactical-looking, and really fun to shoot, so…

[More gunfire and metalic plinks]

Alright. It’s really, really controllable, like most bullpups. Now let’s talk about some of the specs on this stock.

Now this stock looks very similar to a P-90. You do have your front grip here, and of course thumb hole in the side here. Now right here is the safety, I don’t know if you can see that very well, but it does have a flip safety. If it is towards the trigger it is on safe, all the way forward it is on fire, and it does have another safety -internal safety- on the trigger here. This part right here has to be depressed before you’d be able to pull the trigger. So it does have two safeties. Right here on top is your charging handle.
And it is ambi, so you can do it from either side. It does have a top picatinny rail that goes all the way across, and it does accept multiple Ruger magazines. Right now I’m running the BX-25 magazines, and it does– it can use the ten-rounders. You know I think I got a ten-rounder right here in my pocket. So, yeah. Here’s a regular ten-rounder, these are the new ones from Ruger that are clear, and it will snap in there like so. Let’s shoot it a few times.

[Shots and metalic plinks]
So, yeah. Magazine release is right here on the bottom, so you simply press your magazine release and your magazine falls out.
This stock is polymer, so I was speaking with Joe, we’ve had several phone conversations about this stock. This is a hot, hot item. Everybody and their uncle wants one of these. Now, not everybody would be willing to pay two-hundred ninty-nine dollars for this stock, because that’s what they MSRP for, but a lot of people have a Ruger 10-22 or multiple Ruger 10-22s in their closet, and they’re looking at a way that they can modify it.
Or you just wanna go out and purchase a Ruger 10-22 and put a ZK22 stock on there, but the stock will cost as much as the rifle. But the reason why this stock is, you know, up there in price range a little bit, is because nothing was spared in making this design. All of this material is top-of-the-line, the best you can get. It’s not going to break, it’s not going to fade, it’s not going to chip or crack or anything like that. It is tough, it is thick, thick stuff It’s a pretty good design, and overall I really enjoy shooting it.

On the sides here, on both sides, there are places where you can mount a picatinny rail. So you can put a flashlight on the side, a laser, a bostaff, ninja stars, grenade launcher, whatever you possibly want or think of to mount on these picatinny rails, you can. So, it makes it I guess a “tactical” setup.
I can see, you know, for instance, you know, people using this for pest control at night, because it is a short package; and like I said previously in the video, the accuracy is in the barrel, it’s not in the length of the rifle or your overall length. So Ruger 10-22s for the most part are fairly accurate, and, you know, you mount a flashlight or a laser, for pest control in the country, you need to get rid of something, this is a great little setup for that.

You’ve seen everything, and I’ve spoken about everything that you can actually see on this rifle, let’s take it apart and show you exactly how this works.
First thing that we need to do is make sure that the firearm is clear and it does not have anything in there, which, this is unloaded. Since this stock is two pieces that clamp together and held together with bolts, you must first remove any optics that you have on top of the ZK22.

Ok, now that the sight is off, take your allen wrench and simply take out the thirteen bolts that are holding this particular stock together.
Alright, now that we have all of the bolts taken out, let’s open it up and I’ll show you what it looks like. It’s a little tight, because I’ve had it together for a while. There you go.

So as you see, you’ve got a trigger bar that runs all the way across here, that is attached to a small wheel that is inserted to your trigger. Now this is only touching the face of your trigger, so if you have a match-trigger already in your 10-22, a flatface trigger, or a factory trigger, doesn’t matter. So if you three of Volquartsen in here, in your regular 10-22, and you wanted to use your Volquartsen in here, it will work. It will work fine. And right here, you have your charging handle that lays on top here, and it’s a really really good design.

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So you basically just insert it, and you put everything together, like I said it only takes about thirty minutes to assemble, but I will give you this word of caution: If you are one of these kinda guys that wants to have their firearm spotless at every given time, this may not be the best setup for you, because I’m– I look at a firearm as a tool. I do not clean it every single time I use it. Now, every once in a while when it starts malfunctioning –now this is, I’m talking about rimfire, now– when it starts malfunctioning, I will clean everything, run a bore snake through it, and be good to go. But usually I shoot firearms ’till they start malfunctioning.
But if you like guns spotless, this may not be the best setup for you, because it does take fifteen to twenty minutes to assemble and disassemble. You know, it is what it is. I think this is a great design. This is actually the first time I’ve taken it apart after the first time I put it together two weeks ago. I took it apart a couple of times just to familiarize myself with it, but I have not had it apart in a couple of months, it’s a great design, it works really well, and so, let me get this camera turned around, and I’ll give you my final thoughts on it.

[more gunfire]

Okay! It runs great. My final thoughts on the ZK-22 by Aklys Defense: I like it. And I like that they use the Ruger 10-22 as the ‘mother gun’ for this setup. The Ruger 10-22 has sold millions and millions of rifles down through the years, and in my opinion, it is probably the greatest 22 longrifle rifle that is semi-automatic that money can buy. Just because they’re so highly accessorized, and you can do anything and everything that you can possibly think of to the Ruger 10-22.

Guys, thank you very much for watching, and ’till next time, y’all be safe, and keep plinkin’.

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