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Another from a friend - S&W .22 Mag

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 27,682 Senior Member
Another one I inherited from my friend who passed away is this S&W AirLite in .22 Mag. 

A trick little gun and stupid lightweight!!  Don’t know what exactly I’ll do with it. But, it might be good around the yard or for my mom or wife.  Holds 7 rounds and accuracy at 10yrds ain’t bad for the first time shooting it. DAO, that bottom one got away from me. 

Need to do some water jug testing and see what Rhodes bullets will actually do. 
Good snake gun, none the less. I do have snake shot for it as well. 
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,371 Senior Member
    Try that bird shot out, it does some weird stuff with the rifling, sometimes the ruffed grouse just walks off after 6 rounds :#
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    Well, it would be at “Snek!!” Distance of about 3’ or less. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,371 Senior Member
    edited June 26 #4
    Zee said:
    Well, it would be at “Snek!!” Distance of about 3’ or less. 
    Well, there is not usually any screaming or checking of ones vertical leaping abilities with grouse, so train like you hunt with snakes ;)
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,127 Senior Member
    Those are cool little guns.  Very nice

    i am considering dedicated 22Mag rifle and handgun soon. Never liked the round till I played with one my brother loaned me.  It surprisingly useful 
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,371 Senior Member
    My Ruger American has been an accurate .22 mag and my buddies Ruger 77/22 .22 magnum is a tack driver with the right ammo
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,465 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Another one I inherited from my friend who passed away is this S&W AirLite in .22 Mag. 

    A trick little gun and stupid lightweight!!  Don’t know what exactly I’ll do with it. But, it might be good around the yard or for my mom or wife.  

    Well, there's an argument that I might ALMOST subscribe to. . .

    If placement, then penetration are the two key factors. . .

    . . .and diameter is a distant third priority that you take if you can get without sacrificing the other two. . .

    . . .and a lot of .38 HP rounds suffer for penetration when shot through short barrels, while still giving fairly stout recoil out of lightweight guns. . .

    . . .then a .22 Mag full of solids might well be pretty good for an SD option.  It'll be faster on target and reliably dig deeper.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    I’ll compare the Hornady 43gr Critical Defense against some 40gr Solids I have in jug tests and see. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,261 Senior Member
    My wife's carry gun is a 431PD in .32 Mag.  Looks like the same gun more or less.  Pretty accurate for such a small lightweight gun.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 18,161 Senior Member
    Looks to be a handy little shooter
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,545 Senior Member
    Smiling.  Great to see another one in your possession.

    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,488 Senior Member
    Yep, that would be a great SD/snake/critters gun for wife or mom for easy carry around the yard and such.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    It matches nicely with my S&W .357 Mag M&P. Oft my walk to the mailbox gun. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,488 Senior Member
    Hey getting drilled with 7 .22 mag slugs in the boiler room should produce a serious change of intent and attitude on anyone.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,603 Senior Member
    Very nice gift from your friend. I've always kind of wanted one of those but the grip is a bit small for my hands. Kind of perfect camp gun.
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 8,051 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Zee said:
    Well, it would be at “Snek!!” Distance of about 3’ or less. 
    Well, there is not usually any screaming or checking of ones vertical leaping abilities with grouse, so train like you hunt with snakes ;)

    I disagree. A thunderchicken will slam openings shut and institute a duck and cover instincts and instant horizontal movement.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,371 Senior Member
    well, if I see them first, the .22 mag birdshot is a “dangitholdstilaminutewillya” proposition at best. I have gotten one with my jframe.38 and some birdshot, that seems to have better effect, but it is MUCH louder 
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    From 3 feet. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,545 Senior Member
    That'll work!
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    40gr Speer GD from 5 yards. 




    I ran the test twice and both bullets penetrated 3 jugs. 

    And retained 100% of their weight. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    43gr Hornady Critical Defense



    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,920 Senior Member
    What's your minimum jug penetration for SD?
    I'm just here for snark.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    What's your minimum jug penetration for SD?
    Most all the defensive ammo I test (.38Spl/9mm/.357Mag/.40S&W) penetrates 3-4 jugs if I remember correctly.  Some maybe 5. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,920 Senior Member
    Okay. Sounds good. 
    I'm just here for snark.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    Just talked to my buddy. He has a couple smaller pigs trapped that he’ll let me test this on. 
    👍🏻👍🏻
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,488 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Just talked to my buddy. He has a couple smaller pigs trapped that he’ll let me test this on. 
    👍🏻👍🏻
    Outstanding!  And oh, your drawing skills are improving 😁
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,261 Senior Member
    Dead snek and just anything else you shoot if placement is right
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    The far left one and the third from the left are on the hit list for the .22 Mag tomorrow. 
    Not big, but if I get them quartering to or away, I can check penetration and damage. Maybe hit bone and see what happens. 

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,603 Senior Member
    Interesting results. I have pondered the Ruger 3" LCR-X in .22 Mag thinking it might be a handy little camp gun. I'll be very interested in your real world results.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    Got a lot of rain at his place last night. The pig pen is a mud bath. Gonna wait until it dries out. Another day. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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