Ruger's Challenger 22 is a really fun gun to shoot, especially suppressed. Like any 10/22 this proven platform runs extremely well suppressed with very little impact to performance. The Challenger 22 pictured below includes a direct mount Huntertown Arms Guardian 22 suppressor. The Guardian 22 retails for only $199, which is significantly less than other 22 rated suppressors. Huntertown Arms has created a rugged inexpensive suppressor that not only handles a lot of abuse, but is also rated for 22LR, 17 Mach2, 17 HMR, and .22 WMR.
"Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations."
A recent gun show discussion revolved around Direct Impingement (AR platform) versus Piston Gas Operating System performance and the benefits of both. Although both systems are outstanding and proven in every environment everyone agreed that the short-stroke gas operating system incorporates the benefits of both. Most beneficial is the short stroke system's cleanliness and it's ability to limit recoil based on the system's lower reciprocating weight because the piston and rod are disconnected from the bolt group (see pictures below). Full stroke operating systems that have the piston connected to the bolt group have greater weight that is needed to be slowed during recoil and reset. Pictured below is the Bushmaster ACR's short stroke gas operating system reflecting the operating rod and bolt carrier being two separate pieces. If you're in the market to upgrade your AR, there are many kits available to convert a AR direct impingement gas system to a short stroke platform.
Pictured below is the Bushmaster ACR Enhanced we fired at the range. The pictures show the ACR with the stock both extended/collapsed with an AAC M4 2000 suppressor mounted. The ACR's modular design allows the user to easily change the system's stock, barrel, and hand guard by only manipulating a pin or a lever. The ACR's ambidextrous magazine release, bolt catch/release, fire selector and non-reciprocating charging handle make this weapon system truly adaptable for any user. Although the ACR's cost may price some out of the market, the ACR is still a less expensive option when building a comparable piston AR platform. If you can, buy the ACR you will not regret it!
If you haven't fired a Walther PPX M1 9mm, you need to shoot this great pistol. Pictured is a PPX with threaded 1/2x28 barrel. The PPX's design allows for the smallest framed person to easily pull the slide back to load the weapon. In addition to ease of use, the pistol's ergonomic grip, smooth trigger and 4.6" barrel makes for excellent accuracy and performance. Pictured below is a PPX with attached AAC EVO suppressor that ran perfectly with a wide range of different ammunition.
Consider upgrading your Ruger 10/22 with a Tactical Solutions16 inch X-Ring Barrel for better accuracy. This barrel is a great investment if you enjoy fine tuning the performance of your 10/22. I recommend spending the extra money on the threaded 1/2x28 barrel so you're setup to fire suppressed. Tactical Solutions barrels are well made and are known for being threaded concentric to the bore. It's hard to find a more fun gun to shoot at the range!
Pictured below is a Picatinny rail I recently mounted on my Ruger 10/22. I finally swapped out the factory provided Weaver mount, for added flexibility when mounting scopes. The additional channels in the mount also allows shooters to mount other optics such as red dots. If interested see the provided Amazon.com link below. Start getting your 22's ready for some fun days in the sun, summer is fast approaching.
A common theme I experienced throughout my military career, across all ranks, was a misunderstanding of how communications and other electrical systems worked from power generators, to the complex communication systems in tracked and wheeled vehicles. This lack of understanding resulted in systems being down longer because soldiers could not communicate problems to distant technicians assigned to conduct system maintenance. This resulted in improper reporting on what the true problems were, creating situations where the wrong parts were ordered or the wrong tools arrived to service the issue. An understanding of the simple exercises in Charles Platt's book "Make: Electronics" would have solved many problems that occur when people work around electronics. This book is also an excellent primer for those thinking about taking the Amateur Radio Technicians Exam. The principles are the same, but this book provides the hands on experiences for truly understanding the electronic concepts on the exam. I picked up my book for under $20 on Amazon.com see link below. This is the cheapest price I've found for this item. If you're interested in being able to better trouble shoot communications, battery powered accessories, and solar system issues, this is a great resource!
Next time you're at Walmart purchase Winchester's Train & Defend (T) 147 grain 9mm 50 rounds of ammunition for $14.99. This is a reasonably priced 950 fps subsonic ammunition, that cycles well on any 9mm suppressed host weapon especially when less recoil and noise is important. Pictured is a Glock 17 host with a mounted AAC TiRant 45S with several boxes of ammunition fired this weekend. Always practice with heavier bullets so you can replicate the feel of your personal defense ammunition.
Game simulations are a perfect way to train individuals in the science of movement techniques and the associated communication skills that are needed to be effective when operating within a tactical scenario. In preparation for paintball matches or other tactical scenarios, teams should use games such as Call of Duty or other networked first person shooter games to replicate a battle space that requires individual communications in a tactical environment. These games/simulations allow for the execution of battle drills such as a clear a room, clear a trench, conduct ambush in a controlled environment where resources could be constrained. Prior to any field exercise the most professional militaries in the world rely on simulations such as Virtual Battlespace to refine team communication skills that are necessary to reinforce how each soldier interacts with each other when moving within a buddy team, within a fire team and within a squad. Simulations are a cost effective way to allow team members the opportunity to visualize how their actions contribute to such simple drills as laying down a base fire so another team member can maneuver. Today's simulations are a resource that must not be overlooked when establishing a training program for your team. As long as everyone has access to a gaming console, anyone can join the training from remote locations. Assign younger individuals on the team who are the most familiar with these systems to train others on how to use them. It is essential to use simulations as a rehearsal to work out any problems before the next training event. Your onsite rehearsals will go much smoother, and best of all you'll save range time expenses.