The 6 Best .22 Pistols For Plinking, Hunting And All Around Fun

 A .22 pistol is some of the best and cheapest fun you can have with your clothes on. Which one, though, to buy?

Partially, that depends on the intended purpose. Some are good all-arounders and others are better for specific uses. The ones that attach to a belt buckle probably aren’t good for too much at all.

With that said, here are six slam-dunk .22 pistols that are great additions to almost anyone’s collection.


The Heritage Rough Rider is a single-action revolver patterned after the classic Colt Single Action Army, aka the “Peacemaker.” They make a small number of big bore models (mostly in .45 Colt and .357 Magnum) and a larger number in .22. The ones to acquire are the Combo models.

The Combo guns – available in 4.75-inch and 6.5-inch barrel lengths and multiple finishes – have swappable cylinders. Since the Colt SAA design uses a pinned cylinder, you can swap them out easily. These guns will let you shoot .22 LR or .22 WMR, in case you want to step up to the hotter stuff for small game or even self-defense.

They won’t win any competitions and you have to reload every six shots, but fun doesn’t come any cheaper, as most models go for $300 or less — a lot less — in stores. Many for less than $150.

This is one of the most popular .22 pistols on the market, just as the Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular .22 rifles on the market. The Mark IV is the latest version of the first gun ever made by Ruger, designed by Bill Ruger himself in his garage after tearing apart two captured Nambu pistols from WWII.

A multitude of models exist to suit almost any sensibility. Tactical models with rails and black finish galore. Target models with bull barrels and target sights. Bog standard guns ready for all the plinking your heart could desire. The 22/45 line with its 1911-inspired grip angle and control scheme.

It’s the standard by which all other .22 pistols are arguably judged.

The Walther P22 is one of the most popular rimfire pistols on the market, as you will find few gun stores without one on its shelves. Walther is known for making some of the most comfortable pistols on the market and this is undoubtedly one of the better plinking pistols available. Since they’re commonly available for $250 or less, it’s a heck of a lot of inexpensive fun.

Some people even carry the compact models for self-defense. It may not be the best semi-automatic for that purpose, but with good shot placement…the .22 Long Rifle is better than any gun you left at home.

You can choose either a compact model with a 3.42-inch barrel or a target model with a 5-inch barrel. A threaded-barrel adapter is available if so desired, as are numerous other accessories.

An ergonomic grip (no one does that better than Walther) makes it comfortable in the hand. Unusually for most .22 pistols, the P22 is double-action, with a slide-mounted de-cocking safety. All of the service pistol fun in a rimfire. What’s not to like?


Ruger and Browning pretty much owned the .22 semi auto market for years — decades, even — until in 2016 Smith & Wesson introduces the SW22 Victory. 

The Victory looks like the lovechild of a Buck Mark and a Ruger Mark pistol. The SW22 is now available in four standard models as well as four additional tricked out Performance Center versions to suit any shooter. And there’s a threaded barrel model if you want to screw on a suppressor.

With its affordable price, excellent trigger and tons of customization options, it’s a worthy competitor to its more established .22 semi brethren.

Smith & Wesson Model 17 Masterpiece

Most people can’t (or won’t) justify dropping $900 on a .22 revolver. But if ever there was a gun that made that kind of investment attractive, it’s the Model 17.

Built on the medium size K-frame, the double action revolver steadies the hand and produces virtually zero recoil. It has an adjustable rear sight and is almost unrivaled as a plinking or small game gun. 

Low-tech? Sure. But the Model 17 is unquestionably beautiful to look at and incredibly practical as this pistol makes for some easy, fun shooting on the range and in the field. The only hitch is the price tag, but your great grandchildren will be glad you bought one. 

John Moses Browning designed the highly regarded Colt Woodsman .22 pistol, which is unfortunately no longer in production. However, at least one .22 pistol still bears his name, the Browning Buck Mark. It has Browning DNA, as JMB’s grandson Bruce Browning used the Woodsman for the basis of the Browning Nomad and Challenger pistols, which informed the design of the Buck Mark.

The Buck Mark is available in a wide range of finishes and appointments, so there’s enough choice to satisfy almost any taste. Want to get tactical? Half the lineup has an accessory rail. Want bare bones? There are a few models like that too.

The Buck Mark is known for being incredibly comfortable to shoot, accurate, reliable and with prices as low as $389 MSRP, one of the better .22 semi-autos choices out there.

via The Truth About Guns
The 6 Best .22 Pistols For Plinking, Hunting And All Around Fun

The First Teaser for Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Is Pure Magic

Mena Massound is the diamond in the rough, Aladdin, in Guy Ritchie’s live-action retelling.
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Your wish is granted. The debut teaser trailer for Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin, starring Will Smith as the Genie, has arrived. We’re in a whole new world now.

Disney’s Aladdin remake stars Mena Massoud (Jack Ryan) as Aladdin, a so-called “street rat” who dreams of fame, glory, and riches. We’ve also got Naomi Smith (Power Rangers) as Jasmine, and Marwan Kenzari (Murder on the Orient Express) as Jafar, the evil sorcerer who plots to take over the kingdom.

Unfortunately, there’s no Genie to be seen here. Just a few brief scenes and a tiny bit of music. A real tone trailer. When footage screened at CinemaCon in April though, the Genie just looked like Will Smith, but we’re hearing that may not end up being the case. Either way, this is a solid tease. The Cave of Wonders looks great. Color us interested.

Following the trend of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remake, Ritchie’s Aladdin is indeed a musical—there was even a new song created for Jasmine with composer Alan Menken. I am curious to hear how the songs turn out—especially regarding Smith’s Genie. Original star Robin Williams put a lot of his personality into the role, and I’m sure Smith has done the same. But whether that means we’re getting a “Wild Wild West”-style song is anyone’s guess.

Disney’s Aladdin arrives in theaters on May 24, 2019.

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The First Teaser for Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Is Pure Magic

Richard Bong America’s Top Ace of WWII and Wisconsin Deer Hunter

Richard Bong America's Top Ace of WWII and Wisconsin Deer Hunter
Richard Bong America’s Top Ace of WWII (right) and Wisconsin Deer Hunter

Arizona -( Richard Bong was born on September 24th, 1920. My father was born on January 22, 1918, less than two years earlier. They grew up about 40 miles apart, on farms in northern Wisconsin.  Richard in the town of Poplar. My father was raised in the town of Lenroot. Township. Townships in Wisconsin, are political units, six miles by six miles square.

Both were good deer hunters.  Richard Bong, the famous World War II ace, was shown using a Savage 99 chambered in .300 Savage, while hunting deer in Northern Wisconsin. The picture was taken in 1943 during his first leave back to the U.S. It appears that Richard is wearing a military web belt. His father, Carl, was shown walking alongside him.

What struck me were the rifles. Richard’s father, was carrying a Remington model 8 or 81, the first successful high powered semi-automatic rifle. It came on the market in 1906. I have one made in early 1907.

The Savage 99 Richard Bong used deer hunting has been donated to the Bong Center. It no longer sports a Weaver scope
The Savage 99 Richard Bong used deer hunting has been donated to the Bong Center. It no longer sports a Weaver scope.

Richard Bong’s Savage model 99 was advanced for its time in a different way. It sported a rifle scope. It was probably a 3/4 inch tube Weaver 3-30, 3-29, or 4-40. Weaver converted to one inch tubes for their high powered rifle scopes after the war, in 1947.

The Savage 99 rifle Richard Bong used deer hunting has been donated to the Bong Center. It no longer sports a Weaver scope, but those scopes have long been obsolete.

The serial number on the Bong .300 Savage model 99 indicates it was manufactured in 1923.
The serial number on the Bong .300 Savage model 99 indicates it was manufactured in 1923.

The serial number on the Bong .300 Savage model 99 rifle indicates it was manufactured in 1923.

Richard and Carl wore matching deer hunting outfits of the era, with plaid shirts, wool pants, and what appear to be lace up shoe-pacs.  I remember my father wearing similar clothing. I cannot tell if the pacs are Sorrels or some other manufacture.

Everyone wore Sorrel rubber on the bottom, leather on the top, felt lined, shoe-pacs when I was growing up in that country 20 years later.

By the time Weaver came out with the K-series scopes with one inch tubes, Richard Bong, America’s top ace, was dead. He died in a tragic test flight of an early jet fighter, the P-80. The crash occurred on 6 August, 1945, the same day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  He had been brought home after having 40 confirmed kills in the Pacific Theater.

My father loved the Savage model 99. He was a deadly shot on deer in the Wisconsin woods, where I grew up. He obtained his model 99 in 1946, and used it with a peep sight until he converted to the Weaver K2.5X riflescope.  He was rejected for military service because of an ulcer. There wasn’t much deer hunting during the war. Ammunition for hunting was hard to come by. My father spent the war years in Milwaukee building armaments at A. O. Smith.

I shot my first buck with my father’s Savage model 99 and the K2.5 Weaver.

Farm boys contributed greatly to the war effort. My 100 year old friend in Australia, Roy Eykamp, built airplanes for the war in California, at Lockheed. He was raised on a farm in South Dakota.

Roy was a deadly shot. In April, 2018, when he was over 100 years old, he told me he didn’t think he could ever shoot a human being.  Roy was born two months after my father.

A neighbor, Lyman Williamson, was part the famous raid on the heavy water plant in Telemark, Norway. My father told me about it, and that Lyman did not like to talk about it.  Lyman was recruited because he spoke Norwegian like a native.

A local ski resort was named Telemark two decades after the war.  The man who developed Telemark also promoted the Birkebiner cross country ski race. The race was from The Telemark ski resort to Hayward, Wisconsin. I often wondered if the choice of the name had anything to do with the famous raid.

I have gotten far afield from the memories induced by the picture of those two Wisconsin deer hunters in 1943. Deer hunting in Wisconsin continues to be popular in the state.  The Savage 99 remains a popular deer rifle, and a Remington model 8 and 81 semi-autos remain in use.

WWII continues to be a fairly popular war, after the fact. I wonder if we will see local social justice warriors calling for the state to tear down Bong’s memorial, close his museum, and rename the wildlife preserve and bridge named in his honor.

After all, he was a deer hunter.

For the humor impaired, the previous sentence was satire.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Ohio launches $1.5M website to connect university experts, business leaders

Ohio has become the first state to create an online platform that seeks to connect business leaders with faculty experts, in the hopes of fostering economic growth and collaboration.
Charles See, vice chancellor of external relations and education technology for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, said that the $1.5 million platform was created to fill a gap between industries and institutional experts in STEM fields like engineering and biomedical sciences. Researchers, equipment and ideas…

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Ohio launches $1.5M website to connect university experts, business leaders

How It’s Made: The Leatherman Wave

Though first released in the ’90s, Leatherman’s useful Wave multitool is still their bestseller. In this look inside their Oregon factory, we get to see how each of the components is individually manufactured, and the nifty little jigs and fixtures that are used to assemble them into the end product. 

The video contains a fair amount of Leatherman company backstory that you may already be familiar with from this post, but it’s worth the watch for all of the hot industrial action:

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How It’s Made: The Leatherman Wave

Drywall Penetration: 9mm vs. 223 vs. 22 LR

As you are probably aware, wall penetration is a common topic discussed by those who debate which round is best to use for home defense. Because most rounds fired in gunfights miss their intended targets, it’s prudent to think about where those bullets are going to end up if they don’t hit the bad guy. This is one of the main objections many people have to using at AR with 223 or 5.56mm ammo in a home defense scenario.

This guy decided to do a little drywall penetration test, to compare 9mm vs. 223… and he adds some 22 Long Rifle rimfire, just for variety. He had some leftover drywall, so why not? Or in his words:

Don’t like for anything to leave the Buffalo compound without some bullet holes in it.

He uses a Glock 9mm in a carbine conversion with a 16″ barrel for the 9mm portion of the test. The Blazer Brass 124-grain FMJ (about 1300 fps) penetrated 22 layers of 3/8″ sheet rock and dented number 23.

For 223, he uses an AR with Perfecta 55-grain FMJ ammo, which travels around 2800 fps. It penetrated the same number of drywall layers, but shredded them more dramatically.

Back to 9mm, he tries out a hollowpoint 124-grain Remington Golden Saber Black Belt +P round (about 1400 fps). That bullet went through 17 layers of sheet rock, shredding their back surfaces similarly to the 223 bullet. Expansion of the hollow point was minimal, which is to be expected in a non-hydraulic medium (drywall instead of meat).

223 again: Hornady V-Max 55-grain bullet. Designed for varmints, the V-Max is meant to provide “rapid, explosive expansion” (2930 fps). This one made it through 13 layers of drywall before what was left of the bullet came to rest.

To top it off, he grabs a lever-action carbine and some CCI Mini-Mag 22LR ammo, with 40-grain round nose bullets (1220 fps). This one makes it through 11 layers. The same round fired from a semi-auto pistol with a 4″ barrel (929 fps) made it through 10 layers — the equivalent of 5 household walls.

The moral of today’s video seems to be this: If you think your 9mm will go through significantly fewer walls than a 223, you’d probably be wrong. And the 22 can be a lot more effective than some folks would have you believe.

via All Outdoor
Drywall Penetration: 9mm vs. 223 vs. 22 LR

You’re not storing sensitive data in your database. Seriously?

At technology events, I often ask attendees if they’re storing sensitive data in MySQL. Only a few hands go up. Then, I rephrase and ask, “how many of you would be comfortable if your database tables were exposed on the Internet?” Imagine how it would be perceived by your customers, your manager, your employees or your board of directors. Once again, “how many of you are storing sensitive data in MySQL?” Everyone.


1.) You are storing sensitive data.

Even if it’s truly meaningless data, you can’t afford for your company to be perceived as loose with data security. If you look closely at your data; however, you’ll likely realize that it could be exploited. Does it include any employee info, server IP addresses or internal routing information?

A recent article by Lisa Vaas from Naked Security highlights a spate of data leaks from poorly configured MongoDB instances.

What’s striking is that these leaks didn’t include credit cards, social security numbers or so-called sensitive data. Nevertheless, companies are vulnerable to ransomware and diminished customer trust.

2). Your data will be misplaced, eventually.

Employees quit, servers get decommissioned; but database tables persist. Your tables are passed among developers, DBA’s and support engineers. They are moved between bare metal, VM’s and public cloud providers. Given enough time, your data will end up in a place it shouldn’t be.

Often people don’t realize that their binary data is easily exposed. Take any binary data, for example, and run the Linux strings function against it. On a Linux command line, just type “strings filename”. You’ll see your data scroll across the screen in readable text.


Two years ago, MySQL developers had to change their application to encrypt data. Now, transparent data encryption in MySQL 5.7 and 8.0 require no application changes. With Oracle’s version of MySQL, there’s little performance overhead after the data is encrypted.

Below are a few simple steps to encrypt your data in MySQL 8.0. This process relies on a keyring file. This won’t meet compliance requirements (see KEY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS below), but it’s a good first step.

  1. Check your version of MySQL. It should be MySQL 5.7 or 8.0.
  2. Pre-load the plugin in your my.cnf: early-plugin-load =
  3. Execute the following queries:
  • INSTALL PLUGIN keyring_udf SONAME ‘’;
  • SELECT keyring_key_generate(‘alongpassword’, ‘DSA’, 256);

Per documentation warning: The keyring_file and keyring_encrypted file plugins are not intended as regulatory compliance solutions. Security standards such as PCI, FIPS, and others require use of key management systems to secure, manage, and protect encryption keys in key vaults or hardware security modules (HSMs).


Credit card and data privacy regulations require that keys are restricted and rotated. If your company collects payment information, it’s likely that your organization already has one a key management system (KMS). These systems are usually software or hardware appliances used strictly for managing your corporate encryption keys. The MySQL Enterprise Edition includes a plugin for communicating directly with the KMS. MySQL is compatible with Oracle Key Vault, SafeNet KeySecure, Thales Vormetric Key Management and Fornetix Key Orchestration.

In summary, reconsider if you believe that you’re not storing sensitive data. If using MySQL, capabilities in the latest releases make it possible to encrypt data without changing your application. At the very least, encrypt your data with the key file method (above). Ideally, however; investigate a key management system to also meet regulatory requirements.

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You’re not storing sensitive data in your database. Seriously?