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Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire Rifles: First Impressions and Detailed Review

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The market for bolt action rimfire rifles is by no means scarce, at least now it isn’t. At some point, every firearm brand just decided they needed a version of their own, and I can’t really complain about that. After all, competition spurs quality growth. Companies need to go to greater lengths to win over shooters, and last year, Springfield Armory joined that race. The Model 2020 Rimfire Rifle made quite a few waves at the time of its release. Much of that was attributed to the gorgeous looks of one of the two models. Now that the ripple has settled, I too decided to give both of them a look. Here’s my review of Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire Rifles.

Table of Contents

The Two Faces of the Model 2020 Rimfire
Model 2020 Rimfire Target Review
      Stock
      Grip
      Barrel
      Action
      Trigger
      Magazine
Range Test
Model 2020 Rimfire Classic Review
FAQs   

   

The Two Faces of the Model 2020 Rimfire

The series features two models: the streamlined Target and the elegant Classic. 

The Target Model is designed with a focus on precision shooting, not pinpoint accuracy, but precision nonetheless. It boasts an extremely comfortable polymer stock modeled after the popular Model 2020 Waypoint and a heavy, threaded barrel. This latter allows for the attachment of suppressors and muzzle devices, which gives you more customization options.

The Classic Model, on the other hand, leans towards tradition both in design and functionality. Unlike the Target Model, it features an absolutely marvelous wood stock – the staple of its classy appeal. It also features a sporter barrel contour which is not threaded. There are four grades of these magnificent Turkish Walnut stocks: Select Satin, Grade A, Grade AA and Grade AAA. The higher the grade, the more detailed the walnut’s figure and grain.

Which ones did I shoot? I got my hands on a Sage Target and Grade AA Classic Model 2020 Rimfire rifles. I can’t describe how much I’m into wooden stocks, and it was an immense pleasure to hold this one. But I got ahead of myself – I mostly shot Sage Target one because I assume not many people will want to pay more for a wooden stock. I definitely would, but that’s me. And this review is for you.

Springfield Armory Model 2020 Rimfire Target Review

Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire Target

Stock

The first thing you touch is the stock unless you grab firearms from a barrel. The word “synthetic” often evokes suspicion or lowers one’s expectations because polymer stocks are, well, not always great. They are often seen as a means to skimp on production costs, but that’s not the case with this rifle at all. The stock of the Model 2020 Rimfire Target takes after the stock of the renowned Waypoint rifle, the brand’s other creation. Truth be told, they chose a good role model. A single grip will reveal the high-quality plastic with a very pleasant texture. The gun feels lightweight, but not in an excessive way. 

Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire Target Sage

The butt stock features a slightly raised flat cheek comb. It’s not adjustable, but that shouldn’t be a problem. The countered rubber recoil pad helps the stock feel comfortable against the shoulder. 

The hollowed fore-end is broad and flat, reinforced from the inside with five ribs. The fore-end makes it much easier to shoot the rifle off-hand or from one of the regular positions. It also feels like it was destined to be shot with shooting bags: I tried it and it felt like a perfect duo.

Model 2020 Rimfire Target

Grip

The grip on this rifle is almost vertical. That’s no big news – many other rimfire bolt actions feature one (take Savage 12B, for example). If someone feels a bit skeptical, please don’t. Like the Waypoint’s grip, this one also has palms swells and feels pretty comfortable. There is also plenty of space for your trigger hand, which is great for hands of all sizes. The vertical orientation puts your trigger finger at 90 degrees to the trigger, so your other fingers are free to push the grip into your shoulder. On either side of the grip, there is a mild stippling: not aggressive, but comfortable – perfect for such a low-recoil rifle as rimfire.

Model 2020 Rimfire Target Sage

Barrel

The Target Rifle Model 2020 Rimfire comes with an impressive 20-inch heavy-contour barrel with a straight taper. Now, one word at a time. Heavy-contoured means the barrel is heavier and thicker than a standard one. It’s good for stability and consistency during rapid fire, and since this model is considered to be “precision-oriented”, such a choice is pretty understandable. The straight taper means that the barrel is consistently thick throughout its length. 

This design contributes to the rifle’s overall balance and accuracy. The matte-blued finish adds a touch of sleekness to its appearance while also bolstering its durability. The barrel is threaded 1/2×28, so you can suppress it without any issues. The twist rate is 1:16, which means the bullet will have enough time to make one full twist and start another one before leaving the barrel. 

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Action

If you are more interested in the downsides of the rifle, you can skip this part -there are none to be found in the action. Apart from being a work of art in its own right, it also happens to be as right as rain. It operates smoothly, and by that I mean it never failed me during the testing, which was quite lengthy. Whether the action just tries to live up to its good looks or such a well-performing action simply can’t look bad, I don’t know. But I know I did not experience a single failure to feed, fire, extract or eject, and with that, I’m quite satisfied.

The bolt is hard-chromed, and while it certainly adds to the aesthetics, the main purpose of this is to increase its resistance to wear and corrosion. I didn’t need to clean the action or anything but rest assured hard chrome will make it a cakewalk even without dedicated tools. The bolt operates with a 60-degree lift, which I appreciate – it feels faster than regular 90 degrees. Since there are as many as two cocking cams, the pull also feels easier, and the truncated cone bolt handle helps with that as well. At the same time, it requires a shorter movement to operate which might require some habituation. 

The action of the Model 2020 Rimfire is designed to accept a wide range of aftermarket 700 pattern triggers, and that’s a blessing undisguised. Here’s why.

 

Remington 700 triggerTrigger

The Model 2020 Rimfire Target features a single-stage, user-adjustable Remington 700 pattern trigger. Now, the fact that it is a Remington 700-style trigger is great – there are many aftermarket options that are simply stunning. But there’s the rub – to me, the trigger feels too heavy for a rimfire. I see no harm in a 4.5-pound trigger on a centerfire gun, but with rimfire, you’d want as much control over every move as possible. 

Sure, the trigger’s adjustable, but you can only make it slightly lighter or even heavier – from the factory set 4.5 pounds to 4 or 5.5 pounds. Of course, there is this potential benefit of increased safety – I bet it would be hard for such a trigger to discharge accidentally. But is it worth it? I’d rather make a one-time investment in a quality Remington 700-style trigger and use it wherever I can. But this one didn’t find any favor with me.  

Magazines

The Model 2020 Rimfire Target uses Ruger 10/22 pattern rotary magazines, which I think is another great decision. Rotary mags and bolt-action make for a great match in my opinion. Truth be told, I didn’t try the rifle with any other mag – saw no reason to. I’m not the kind to mess with a gun just for the sake of it, and the magazine performed quite well. But I watched other reviews before writing this one and will warn everyone who wants to try a different Ruger 10/22 mag. This is a 10-round rifle with a 10-round magazine. It won’t take rotary magazines of greater capacities despite them being Ruger 10/22. If you want greater capacity, go with a regular box magazine. 

Model 2020 Rimfire 22 lr

Range Test

Springfield Armory claims its rifles shoot three-shot groups under 1” at 50 yards. I don’t know what came over them, I wouldn’t say it’s something worth bragging about. 50 yards is not that much, honestly, so it’s more like a standard rather than an exceptional feature. Was I able to meet that standard? Yes, more or less.

At the range, it was not as much about hitting the bullseye eye, but rather getting consistent grouping, preferably below 1”. I tried CCI Standard Velocity, the go-to round, I tried Federal Champion and Remington Thunderbolt

I will say that I managed to get groups that didn’t go above the one-inch margin, but it took me some time. Which is fine in my opinion – rimfire rounds are pretty inconsistent when it comes to performance on different rifles. Rimfire guns are known to have almost tastes of their own, working fine with some rounds and throwing flyers around with the others. 

Then, there is the acclimation that you need to do when changing the style of rounds. I saw some reviewers jump to conclusions right away after changing the ammo for a different brand and seeing their performance deteriorating. We don’t do this with centerfire rifles as a rule, but rimfire guns need to be acclimated. Doing so is as easy as one two three – just shoot 15 or 20 rounds. That’s it, you don’t need to be precise or anything, just let your rifle get used to the specifications of that particular type of ammo.

My worst group was “2 which was pretty sad since it was only 50 yards and one flier spoiled that. That was with Federal. My best group was about 0.6” with CCI left me quite happy. Most of the groups were within the 0.8-1.2-inch bracket, so technically speaking, Springfield Armory didn’t lie about their rifle’s precision capabilities. It’s not pinpoint accuracy for sure, but, c’mon, it’s a rimfire, most of us don’t get them to do competitive shooting. I would say it’s more than enough for plinking, and there is even some room for precise-ish shooting competitions with friends. But if you need something that can deliver pinpoint accuracy, I would recommend spending a tiny bit more on a Ruger Precision Rimfire. If you are a fan of wood stocks like me, then CZ 457 Lux would be an even better option. 

Springfield Armory 2020 rimfire classic

Springfield Armory Model 2020 Rimfire Classic

This review wouldn’t be complete without me mentioning my experience with the Classic variant of the Springfield Armory Model 2020 Rimfire rifle. My range friend lent me his Grade AA rifle and, man, it’s nothing short of a tactile rapture.

Starting with the star of the show, the Classic model boasts a traditional Turkey Walnut stock that lends it an undeniable touch of elegance and nostalgia. Grade AA is second to first, so the quality is spectacular. The Classic model also stays true to tradition with a more conventional grip style and has a round bolt handle. 

In terms of barrel profile, the Classic model is equipped with a sporter contour barrel, known for its balance of weight and accuracy. However, it’s not threaded, so attaching muzzle devices wasn’t an option. 

I must say I had a more enjoyable time shooting this rifle on my feet rather than the Target model. The latter is simply meant to be resting on a shooting bag, while the Classic model feels great in a standing stance.

There’s also a noticeable difference in weight between the two models. The Classic model tips the scales at 6 lbs., 3 ozs., making it lighter and more maneuverable. The Target model, with its reinforced stock and heavier barrel, weighs in at 7 lbs.12 oz.

In terms of accuracy, the Classic model was comparable to the Target one, though I had to try a bit harder to match the result. I guess the heavy-contour barrel does contribute to accuracy. The ammo was the same, I wasn’t able to get a 0.6-inch group, but it’s nothing I would be too worried about. Only wish I had more time to find the ammo it would like – that range friend of mine doesn’t shoot the rifle that much.

Conclusion 

What’s the verdict on the Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire Rifles? They are worth a shot. Most people will probably opt for the Target version – it’s cheaper and seems to be more precise than the Classic one, so there is no actual reason not to do that. Unless you are a sucker for a wooden stock like me. What I would change about both versions is the trigger – it just doesn’t do it for me. Rimfires need something lighter, I bet it would have been easier to land tighter groups with a different trigger. Fortunately, there are plenty of aftermarket trigger options, so should you be willing, you can get both in our sports store.

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FAQs

What are the two models of the Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire?

The two models of the Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire Rifles are the Target and the Classic.

How does the Target model of Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire differ from the Classic model?

The Target model features a polymer stock and a heavy and threaded barrel suitable for precision shooting. The Classic model, on the other hand, has a wood stock and a sporter barrel contour, leaning towards traditional design and functionality.

Can I attach suppressors and muzzle devices to the Target model?

Yes, the Target model has a threaded barrel that allows for the attachment of suppressors and muzzle devices.

Are there stock variations available for the Classic model?

Yes, the Classic model offers four grades of Turkish Walnut stocks: Select Satin, Grade A, Grade AA, and Grade AAA. The higher the grade, the more detailed the figure and grain of the walnut.

What is the length and contour of the Target model’s barrel?

The Target model is fitted with a 20-inch heavy-contour barrel with a straight taper. 

What type of trigger does the Model 2020 Rimfire Target have?

The Model 2020 Rimfire Target is equipped with a single-stage, adjustable Remington 700 pattern trigger with a trigger pull weight between 4 and 5.5 pounds.

What kind of magazines does the Model 2020 Rimfire Target use?

The Model 2020 Rimfire Target uses Ruger 10/22 pattern rotary magazines with a magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds. You can also attach box magazines with higher capacity.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/springfield-armory-2020-rimfire-review/ by Timothy Chandler at blog.gritrsports.com

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The Evolution of the Beretta 9mm Pistols: 92, APX, PX4

Modern Variants of the 92FS and M9

Since the 92FS was introduced, Beretta has rolled out tons of different models. Some were specifically made for law enforcement, like the 92G for the French police, which skips the manual safety and uses a decocker lever instead. Even though the original 92G was discontinued, its slide design lives on in models like the M9A4.

Then there’s the 92D, a model that gets rid of both the safety and decocker lever, relying solely on a double-action trigger. In the ’90s, Beretta also introduced the 96 series chambered in .40 S&W to keep up with law enforcement trends.

Brigadier slide

In 1993, the Brigadier-style slide came out with reinforced locking lugs for added durability and a unique “hump” in the slide’s contour. Although the extended lifespan due to this design is up for debate, many users have noted it reduces recoil and muzzle rise. Because of this, the Brigadier slide is popular in 92 variants used in action pistol competitions.

Come early 2000s, Beretta introduced the 92 Vertec. This model was designed for law enforcement and shooters with smaller hands, featuring a slim backstrap and a shorter reach trigger. It also had an accessory rail, beveled magazine well, and interchangeable front sights. Plus, it ditched the traditional barrel protrusion by shortening the barrel to 4.7 inches but kept the slide the same length.

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Beretta 92 Vertec

Many modern 92 series variants blend features from both the Brigadier and Vertec models. Examples include the 92FS Brigadier, 92X, M9A3, and M9A4.

The Beretta 92X, introduced in 2019, standardizes the Vertec platform and adds the “Xtreme-S” trigger system, which cuts trigger reset by 40% and offers adjustability for pre-travel (in SAO models) and overtravel. Other highlights include a 3-slot Picatinny rail, a slimmer vertical grip, removable wrap-around grips to switch between Vertec-style and the classic M9 feel, fully removable high-visibility sights, and a universal slide allowing conversion from decocker-safety to decocker-only mode.

The series also includes the 92X Centurion (18 rd), 92X RDO Compact (15 rd) pistols, 92X Performance Carry Optic featuring an optic cut for USPSA competitors, and the lightweight 92X Performance Defensive for IDPA competitions.

New additions to the 92 family are the 92XI and 92GTS pistols. The 92XI is an SAO pistol with a 1911-style frame-mounted safety and comes in a base model, a Tactical model with a threaded barrel and DLC-coated trigger components, and a flashy Squalo edition. Meanwhile, the 92GTS is DA/SA with a twin sear and a decocker-only configuration.

Now, let’s get back to the M9. Around the mid-2000s, the US military requested some tweaks to the original design. Beretta responded with the M9A1, which borrowed features from the 92G-SD like a railed frame, standard 92 grip contour, beveled mag well, and textured grip while keeping the original M9 slide mostly the same.

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Almost a decade later, Beretta rolled out the M9A3, featuring a replaceable front sight, a railed frame, and a Vertec-style backstrap with an aggressive grip texture. It also includes a wraparound rubber grip to replicate the feel of the standard M9A1 backstrap. The standout feature of the M9A3 is a redesigned slide that allows the gun to switch between FS and G configurations using a conversion kit, something that previously required an expensive and permanent modification by a gunsmith.

The latest iteration, the Beretta M9A4, boasts a red-dot optic compatible slide, dovetailed tritium night sights, an enhanced short-reset Xtreme Trigger System, 18-round sand-resistant magazines, and textured Vertec-style thin grips.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/beretta-9mm-pistols-92-apx-px4/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Our Top Picks for Home Defense

Buckshot, particularly 00 buck, is widely recommended for its effectiveness in stopping a threat. However, the choice of ammunition can also depend on your living situation. For instance, individuals in apartment buildings or homes with thin walls might consider lighter loads or specific defense rounds designed to reduce the risk of over-penetration.

Source link: https://blog.gritrsports.com/best-home-defense-shotguns/ by Gritr Sports at blog.gritrsports.com

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Beginner’s Arsenal: Best Guns for Novice Shooters

Stepping into the world of firearms is no small decision. You’re not just picking out a tool; you’re selecting a companion for your safety, your sport, and in some cases, your survival. We’re here to break down for you what makes a solid beginner gun as well as recommend the best starter models.Here’s a quick summary:
  • 9mm pistols are the best for EDC, vehicle security, and home protection. The best starter pistols are Glock 17 or Sig P320.
  • An AR-15 rifle chambered for 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem cartridge, like the S&W M&P15 Sport III, is a great option for home protection and target shooting. Rifles are generally easier to shoot accurately and generate less felt recoil.
  • Ruger 10/22 chambered for the .22LR low-power rimfire cartridge is a great way to start your shooting journey if you want a rifle that is soft-kicking and quiet and has more classic ergonomics.
  • Shotguns in the Mossberg 500 or 590 series are great for beginner shotgun hunters or those looking for a home defense gun that doesn’t require good marksmanship.

Ideal Beginner Gun – What Should It Be?

Pistols: If you’ve found yourself here, chances are you’re on the fence about which type of firearm fits your future needs best. Handguns, especially semi-auto pistols, are prime picks for everyday carry and situations requiring agility, like home defense, vehicle defense, and close-quarter battle (CQB). That said, handguns do have their limitations. Their shorter barrels limit the effective range and make accurate aiming a tad more challenging due to the short sight radius. Additionally, handguns designed for more powerful rounds like .45 ACP, .357 Mag, and 10mm can be challenging to manage because of their recoil.

Rifles: Rifles offer a significant step up in power and accuracy, with effective ranges extending to 300-600 yards and beyond, thanks to longer barrels that help with bullet stabilization and building up pressure. They’re generally easier to shoot accurately and manageably. For home defense, rifles with barrels around 16-18 inches are spot on. And if you’re thinking about hunting or precision shooting, you need to go longer.

AR-pistols and short-barreled rifles (SBR) offer a middle ground, mixing the maneuverability of handguns with the power of rifles, though legal hurdles can complicate ownership.

Shotguns: They are kings of versatility, useful in a range of activities from home defense to hunting various types of game. Planning on hunting? Make sure you’ve got your shot pattern right, so you don’t ruin your game. As for home protection and target shooting, accuracy isn’t as critical with shotguns, making them a solid choice for beginners.

Best Guns for Beginner Gun Owners

At this point, you might now have a better grasp of what suits your needs best. Next up, we’re going to provide recommendations for the best starter guns ideal for beginner shooters.

Best Beginner Pistols: Glock 17 or Sig P320

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There’s always a heated debate between two camps over which brand is truly the best. However, it’s clear that both Glock and Sig Sauer produce pistols that are reliable, durable, and highly customizable.

The Glock 17 (or G17) and the Sig Sauer P320 are full-size pistols, each offering significant advantages for beginners. Full-size pistols are easier to control because the mass of the pistol absorbs a good bit of the recoil. They are easier to be accurate with thanks to longer slides, not to mention both models offer 17 rounds of capacity with a standard magazine. A longer barrel means more power and better accuracy over greater distances. Plus, both the G17 and the SIG P320 are chambered in 9mm Luger – the most balanced and versatile cartridge out there.

Curious about choosing the right beginner handgun? Check out our guide on Choosing the Best Defense Handgun for a Beginner. It dives deeper into pistol frame sizes and other essential factors.

Now, comparing the G17 to the P320, you’ll find each has unique advantages and trade-offs. Glocks are the workhorses of the pistol world – rugged, reliable, and with rather simplistic aesthetics, all at an affordable price range. They’re known to handle thousands of rounds without a hiccup and can take a good amount of abuse. Another advantage is the vast aftermarket for parts, upgrades, and customizations. Here’s an example. Glocks are known for their mediocre trigger feel out of the box. So when you get the basics down and figure out what you’d like to improve, there are plenty of aftermarket options available to you.

If the Glock’s aesthetic and ergonomics don’t appeal to you, the Sig P320 might be more to your liking. Right out of the box, it’s a solid full-size pistol with an appealing design and reliable performance. Like the Glock, the P320 boasts strong aftermarket support. Plus, it offers a modular design that lets you easily switch frame sizes to suit your preference.

Both the G17 and P320 are DAO (Double Action Only) pistols, meaning they have internal safeties and no external safeties to fuss with. This design choice means there’s nothing to forget to disengage in a tense moment or slow you down. Still, if you’re set on having a manual safety, Sig Sauer also provides the M17, a military version of the P320 with that feature.

Why We Love the Glock 17:

  • Reliability and Durability: Known for being able to handle thousands of rounds without any issues, making it a reliable choice for both beginners and seasoned shooters.
  • Simplicity and Affordability: With its no-frills design and affordable price range, it’s an accessible firearm for those new to shooting.
  • Customization Options: A vast aftermarket allows for numerous upgrades and customizations, catering to the user’s preferences over time.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Why We Love the Sig Sauer P320:

  • Modular Design: Allows for easy transition between frame sizes, making it versatile for different hand sizes and shooting preferences.
  • Out-of-the-Box Performance: Delivers reliable performance and an appealing design, providing a solid starting point for any beginner.
  • Aftermarket Support: Like the Glock, enjoys strong aftermarket support for parts and customizations, enhancing its longevity and adaptability.
  • No External Safety: DAO design with internal safeties simplifies use.

Other Options:

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SIG P320 Starter Pack

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SIG SAUER P320

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P320 OWB Holster

Holosun 507K

9mm Cleaning Kit

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Best Beginner AR-15: Smith & Wesson M&P Sport III

When you’re starting out in the gun world, you’re probably looking for something that won’t break the bank but still has all the right stuff to get you going. That’s where the third-gen M&P15 Sport from Smith & Wesson shines. Priced comfortably under $1,000 — actually, you can grab one for around $650 to $700 — it’s a solid pick without feeling like you’re cutting corners.

Sure, there are other rifles like the PSA M4 Carbine from Palmetto State Armory that come in even cheaper, under $500. But the M&P15 Sport III has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it’s got a mid-length gas system. This is key for a 16-inch barrel since it not only makes the rifle last longer but also gives you a smoother shooting experience. Plus, the 1:8 twist rate is versatile enough to handle loads as light as 55gr M193 bullets and as heavy as 90gr, making it great for experimenting with different types of ammo.

This AR-15 rifle also boasts a 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, which means you can attach all sorts of accessories. Plus, it’s got a full-length pic rail on top for when you want to add optics — especially handy since it doesn’t come with iron sights. And with a 6-position collapsible stock, you can adjust it to just the right fit. Sure, you might find cheaper models out there, but the M&P15 Sport III’s blend of softer recoil, versatility, and must-have features like the M-LOK handguard and adjustable stock makes it an awesome choice for anyone just getting into shooting.

Why We Love the S&W M&P15 Sport III

  • Affordably Priced: At under $1,000, often between $650 to $700, it’s a high-value option for beginners.
  • Mid-Length Gas System: Enhances durability and provides a smoother shooting experience.
  • Versatile 1:8 Twist Rate: Suitable for a wide range of ammunition, from light 55gr M193 bullets to heavier 90gr rounds.
  • Other Features: 15” free-floating M-LOK handguard, full-length Picatinnyicatinny rail, 6-position collapsible stock.

Other Options:

  • PSA 16″ M4 Carbine
  • Aero Precision Aero AC-15M
  • IWI Zion-15

AR-15 Starter Pack

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S&W M&P15 Sport III

Specifications:

SIG SAUER ROMEO5XDR Gen II Red Dot Sight with Juliet 5

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MAGPUL AR/M4 PMAG 30 GEN M3 5.56x45 Magazine With Window

30rd Magazine

UTG AR15 Cleaning Kit

AR Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner .22 Rifle: Ruger 10/22

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If you’re looking for a classic semi-auto rifle that’s perfect for beginners, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. This rifle is a legend, making it an awesome choice for teaching both kids and adults the ropes of shooting sports. The Ruger 10/22 fires the .22LR round, which is super cheap and has almost no kick, plus it’s really quiet. However, keep in mind, that the .22LR is a low-power cartridge, and its effective range tops out at about 150 yards. While it might not be your go-to for self-defense, especially compared to rounds like the .223 Rem or 9mm, it’s still not something you’d want to be on the receiving end of.

With the .22LR, you’re all set to join rimfire competitions, go after small game, or just have fun plinking in the backyard. Ruger offers a bunch of different 10/22 models so you can find one that’s just right for you. Whether it’s the 10/22 Carbine with its classic looks and versatility, the 10/22 Target for hitting bulls-eyes, or the 10/22 Tactical for competition use, Ruger’s got you covered.

All in all, the Ruger 10/22 is a solid, well-balanced rifle that packs reliable performance and up-to-date features into a classic design.

Why We Love the Ruger 10/22

  • Perfect for Beginners: With minimal recoil (.22LR round) and a quiet operation, it’s an ideal firearm for teaching new shooters the basics.
  • Versatility in Use: Whether you’re interested in rimfire competitions, small game hunting, or backyard plinking, the 10/22 serves all purposes well.
  • Affordability of Ammunition: The cost-effectiveness of .22LR rounds means you can shoot more for less, perfect for extensive practice sessions without breaking the bank.
  • Variety of Models Available: Ruger offers multiple versions of the 10/22 to fit every shooter’s need, from the classic Carbine to the precision-focused Target model, and the competition-ready Tactical version.
  • Unmatched Durability and Performance: Known for its reliability and solid construction, the Ruger 10/22 ensures a long-lasting shooting experience with consistent performance.

Other Options:

Ruger 10/22 .22 LR Rifle Starter Pack

RUGER 10/22 Takedown 22 LR

RUGER 10/22 Takedown

Specifications:

PROMAG Ruger 10/22 22 LR 55rd drum mag

55rd Drum Mag

VORTEX Crossfire II 2-7x32mm rimfire scope

Rimfire Scope

universal gun cleaning kit

Cleaning Kit

Best Beginner Shotgun: Mossberg 500/590

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Talking about shotguns and not bringing up the Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 series is nearly impossible. They’re both standout choices for newbies and honestly, picking between them often boils down to which brand you vibe with more rather than a clear winner in performance. Lately, though, a lot of shooters are leaning towards the Mossberg, saying it’s more consistent in quality. Plus, Mossberg 500/590 shotguns sport a couple of user-friendly features like the more convenient location of the safety and slide release as well as a skeletonized always-up shell lifter that allows you to load shells and clear malfunctions easier.

The Mossberg 500 and 590 shotgun series are loved for their straightforward, pump-action design. It means they’re easy to use thanks to fewer moving parts, weigh less compared to semi-autos, and are pretty darn durable. Both series come decked out with features that make life easier, like ambidextrous safeties and anti-jam elevators.

When it comes down to what you’ll use it for, the Mossberg 500 is your go-to for hunting. It comes in a bunch of camo options plus wood and black synthetic stocks, and its lightweight build and longer barrel make aiming and control easier.

If you’re gearing up for home defense or tactical purposes, the Mossberg 590 is where it’s at. It’s decked out for customization, built to take whatever comes its way, and boasts a higher shell capacity. And if a compact, easy-to-maneuver shotgun for tight spots is what you need, the Mossberg 590 Shockwave is legendary. Though it might take some getting used to, it’s surprisingly manageable once you get the hang of it.

Why We Love the Mossberg 500 and 590 Series

  • Consistent Quality: Many shooters express a preference for Mossberg over other brands for its consistent quality across models.
  • User-Friendly Features: The conveniently located safety and slide release, coupled with a skeletonized always-up shell lifter, make the Mossberg series exceptionally easy to load and clear.
  • Pump-Action Design: This design ensures fewer moving parts, lighter weight, and remarkable durability in both the 500 and 590 series.
  • Versatility for Hunting and Tactical Use: The Mossberg 500 is ideal for hunting, available in various camo, wood, and black synthetic stocks. In contrast, the Mossberg 590 suits home defense or tactical scenarios, boasting customization options and a higher shell capacity.

Other Options:

Considering a shotgun for home protection? Read our guide on the Best Home Defense Shotguns.

Mossberg 590 Shockwave Starter Pack

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave 12Ga 14.3in

MOSSBERG 590 Shockwave

Specifications:

Mossberg 590 light mount

Forend Light

Side Saddle, 9 Shell

Side Saddle

Shotgun Sling

Shotgun Sling

FAQs

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The fit of a gun is determined by how well your hand can grip it, your ability to reach the trigger comfortably, and how natural it feels when aiming. The right gun should feel like an extension of your hand; it shouldn’t feel too heavy or awkward.

Yes, it is highly recommended to take a firearm safety course, even if it’s not legally required in your area. These courses provide essential information about safe handling, storing, and operating firearms. They also often cover local gun laws, which is crucial knowledge for any gun owner.

The 9mm Luger is a popular choice due to its balance of recoil, size, and power. It’s manageable for most new shooters, widely available, and is used in a variety of handgun sizes. This caliber allows beginners to practice effectively without being overwhelmed by recoil. 5.56/.223 as well as .22LR are good rifle calibers.

It’s advisable to clean your gun after every use to ensure it operates correctly and safely. If you’re not using your gun frequently, a thorough cleaning and inspection every few months is recommended. Regular maintenance prevents the buildup of residues and corrosion, prolonging the life of your firearm.

Yes, you can purchase a gun online, for example, on gritrsports.com, but it must be shipped to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, usually a gun store, where you can pick it up. You’ll need to complete the necessary background checks and paperwork at the FFL, just as if you were buying a gun in a store.

This depends on your comfort level and the intended use of the firearm. Some people prefer the added precaution of the manual safety, especially if they are new to handling guns or if there are children in the home. Others prefer firearms without manual safeties for simpler operation.

Safe gun storage is essential for preventing accidents and unauthorized access. Options include gun safes, lockboxes, and safety locks that prevent the gun from being fired. It’s also advisable to store ammunition separately from the firearm.

The cost of a reliable beginner firearm varies widely, typically ranging from $400 to $800. While it might be tempting to go for a cheaper option, investing in a good-quality firearm from a reputable manufacturer ensures reliability, safety, and a better shooting experience.

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