Poll: With .22lr prices and stocks not yet fully recovered, what do you mainly shoot now?

While some of us in the country are seeing our .22lr supply and prices returning to pre-December 2012 stock and price, not everyone has yet recovered. What are you mainly shooting while waiting for it to recover?

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Poll: What does your range offer you?

Typically there are three different types of ranges a shoot can go to. A range open to the public, a range that is members only and requires a yearly or monthly fee or land you or a friend owns that you normally shoot on.

Today we are polling about what your range offers you and your shooting experience. If you shoot on your own land or a friends land please only answer that part of the poll.

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The polls have been split between Public and membership ranges. Please select all that apply to your range.

 

Walther IWI UZI Rifle .22lr Review

I am a big fan of the replica .22lr firearms that Walther produces. I have been since I first shot the H&K MP5SD .22lr back in 2013.
I have shot other replicas and I can tell you Walther makes the highest quality .22 replicas.  They just cannot be matched in my opinion.

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Specs

Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Mag Capacity: 10, 20 rounds
Weight w/out Mag: 7.5 lbs..
Overall Length: 26.1 – 33.3 in
Barrel Length: 16.1 in
Barrel Twist: 1 in 13-3/4 in
Grooves: 6
Operation: Blowback

The Rifle

Using IWI specs, Walther manufacturers  the .22lr firearms to mimic the weight and feel of the firearms they are based on. This gives the gun a realistic feel and look that keeps the gun from feeling like a toy.  It insures, that even if you put them to the test and run them dirty like we do, they will still function.

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The Misfire

In the Gears of Guns armory we try to stock as many off the shelf .22lr rounds as we can.  That way, when testing, we can find out what the guns like and dislike.

During our last trip to the range we found a box that was labeled “Winchester .22lr Copper Plated.” We figured the rounds are about 15 years old. I loaded a full mag of the ammo and found I was getting about every third round to be a misfire, full primer strike without ignition. Since we didn’t have the problem with any other rounds, I chalk that up to age of the round and not the firearm itself.

The Looks

The first day I had this rifle at the range I walked into the office to talk with the owner of TDSA and show him the new test gun. Before I had the chance to explain what I had, he was in complete shock. He thought what I had was an IWI 9mm UZI SMG with suppressor. In reality, I was holding the .22 replica.

If you are looking to own a rifle that looks like the real thing, it is hard to go wrong with the Walther UZI rifle.

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Accuracy

Out of the box the rifle was dead on at 25yd. Since we reviewed this rifle as a plinker we never tested it beyond 25yds.

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Price

The MSRP is $599.00. which might seem steep for a .22lr Plinker rifle but with how well built Walther makes their .22lr firearms you are paying for quality.

Overall Thoughts

This is an UZI chambered in .22lr. Plain and simple. The gun looks and feels real, it shoots with nail driving accuracy at 25 yards. This is a wonderful firearm to add to any collection.

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Walther Arms– Colt Government 1911 A1 Rail Gun .22lr Review

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Caliber:   .22 Long Rifle
Mag Capacity:    10 or 12 rounds
Weight w/out Mag:    2.25 lbs
Overall Length:    8.6 in
Barrel Length:    5 in
Barrel Twist:    1 in 13-3/4 in
Grooves:    6
Operation:    Blowback
Trigger:    Single Action, 5.5 lbs
Rear Sight:    Drift Adjustable
Front Sight:    Removable, Drift Adjustable
Safety:    Manual Thumb Safety, Grip Safety, Disconnector
Extractor:    Internal + Pinned Ejector
Muzzle Thread:    M8x.75mm

 

Last year I reviewed the Colt Government 1911 A1 .22lr that was made by Carl Walther and distributed by Walther Arms (distributed by Umerex when the review was written). At SHOT 2013 Walther introduced the FDE 1911 Rail gun.

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I wanted to get my hands on one to review so I contacted Walther a few months back to see if we could review the FDE (Flat Dark Earth) but due to a shipping error we got the black rail gun instead (same gun just different paint jobs).

Short history of the name:

The Colt 1911 as suggested by the name was formally adopted by the US Army March of 1911 and given the designation M1911.

Looks:

Since this is a replica of the real 1911, Walther made this gun to look and feel like a full .45 ACP 1911 straight down to the weight which matches the the real colt rail gun.

I think the 1911 is a work of art that has clearly passed the test of time.

Feel:

The gun is not made of plastic so it doesn’t feel like a toy in your hand. This feels like a real Colt 1911 because it is one. 

Price:

The Colt 1911 Rail Gun chambered in .45ACP retails for around $1,200 where as the Walther Colt Rail Gun chambered in .22LR MSRP is $449.99 for the black and $499.99 for the flat dark earth.

.22 Caliber:

The .22 caliber 1911 has a few benefits really worth talking about.

1. You can train with the .22 version at the range if you plan to carry a full frame 1911 and not worry about spending the $18 for a box of 50 .45acps

2. You can train with use of a new laser or flashlight that you plan to attach to your full frame 1911 rail gun.

3. Smaller children can shoot this gun without worrying that the recoil is going to hurt them.

4. .22 LR is a fun round to shoot all day without worrying about how much it is costing you.

Shooting:

This gun shot every type of .22LR rounds that we could find without malfunction.  I really enjoy going to the range with this gun.  It feels like a real Colt 1911. 

Overall Thoughts:

The 1911 is one of my favorite pistols of all time.

The Walther Colt 1911-22 is a great addition to anyone’s collection who is looking for a quality .22 version of the iconic 1911.

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