A lady name Audrey submitted a question on the Women of USPSA Facebook page today asking what type of 22 LR she should shoot for an indoor winter shooting league. If you have never shot a gun before, how do you know which one will work best for you? Since Audrey has already decided she wanted to shoot a 22 Long Rifle, I recommended a couple of options for her in both a revolver and semi-auto.
At the company Range Day last weekend, my coworker brought out his 10-Round Smith & Wesson Model 617 revolver. This gun was fun to shoot! The only thing I didn’t care for was the time it took to load the cylinder. I did a quick search on the web to look for a 10-shot speedloader and I couldn’t find one.
Another option for Audrey, or anyone else, is a semi-auto 22 Long Rifle pistol. This has a removable magazine that you still have to reload upon it being empty but you have the option of buying extra magazines for quick reloads.
I’ll tell you the same thing I told Audrey, if the indoor range she is shooting at has firearm rentals, shoot many different styles of pistols and choose whatever you are most comfortable with. Me personally, I’m really picky about the handgun grip. With a revolver, I prefer the rubber grips over the wooden because it allows me to grip is more securely. With the semi-auto, the grip has to be long enough that it fits my hand well. I don’t have big hands by any means but I don’t want to shoot a gun that has an oversized magazine well (where the magazine goes) so that I can’t achieve a secure grip.
Just food for thought. Head on over to your local gun store or range to test one out today!