Today my gunwriting assistant and I tested three different tactical styled 22s from a hunting standpoint. The first was the DPMS rimfire conversion kit for an AR. I mentioned this unit briefly a few posts back. Today we got serious and not only tested it from the bench but I let my son blast some steel plates and squirrel targets too. I also installed it on an upper with a Timney AR 15 Trigger already installed. I’m sure this helped with the accuracy results. The unit ran flawlessly(200 rounds) and was very accurate with two of the loads tested. If you already have an AR, this seems like the way to go.
We also tested the PUMA PPSH. I know, this looks nothing like a hunting rifle but Bat really likes the looks of this gun and if that makes him more interested in shooting, I could care less if it was pink or had Rosie O’Donnell’s picture on the side. Amazingly, this rifle was very accurate, averaging less than an inch at 50 yards for the three test loads! The problem was, it did not like to run. We had a malfunction about every 1 out of ten rounds. This kind of let the air out of the 50 round drum magazine.
The last rifle we tested was SIG’s new 522. This is indeed a sweet little rifle but was a tad heavy for Bat. The trigger was on the squishy side but surprisingly not hard to control. This rifle also shot very well, averaging under an inch. (Might have to write a check for this one. One perk to this job is getting to try all the guns that interest you without writing a check. The down side is that sometimes you just can’t bring yourself to send them back.)
These tests were part of a a research project of a much broader scope that covers 11 different tactical rimfire rifles. The feature article will appear in the next annual issue of AR Rifleman.