WED | APRIL 10, 2019

The race for the top slot in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year has tightened with Bethel University having pulled within five points of Series’ leader McKendree University.
The first medals of the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) for Rifle and Pistol were awarded yesterday in the Men’s Three-Position Rifle competition at the Olympic Shooting Center in Colorado Springs. Defending NJOSC champion and Air Force Academy freshman Peter Fiori, Jr. (Lebanon, New Jersey) successfully defended his title, taking home the gold medal.
Umarex USA is honored to announce that T4E will showcase its line of training products at the NYTOA Tactical Training Conference and Expo, April 16th-19th, in Verona, New York.

Apex Tactical Specialties is headed to Indianapolis and inviting attendees of the 148th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits, April 26 through April 28 in Indianapolis, to stop by booth #4922 for a hands-on look at the industry’s most popular line of aftermarket trigger kits.
Tickets are now on sale for the 7th Annual Under the Oaks Gala, a night of celebration in support of Trinity Oaks programs for underprivileged kids, terminally ill children and combat veterans in our community.
GLOCK, Inc. announced legendary world champion martial artist, actor, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur Chuck Norris as the company spokesperson.

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. announced appointment to two new members to the Board of Directors. One is Todd Seyfert, CEO of FeraDyne Outdoors and the other is Matt Buckingham, VP of Manufacturing for Precision, Inc.
Walther Arms, Inc. announces Bret Vorhees as the Vice President of Strategic Business Development. In this new role, Bret will lead the strategy and execution of Product Development and Marketing.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, has recognized U.S. House of Representatives Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) the 2018 Legislator of the Year.

Team Volquartsen won the top three overall spots in Rimfire Pistol at the US Steel Nationals. Team Volquartsen was also able to take the top spot in Rimfire Rifle thanks to the precision shooting of Cole Busch.
Whitetails Unlimited recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League for the 2019 Trap Shooting Championship being held in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Follow all of the Miculek family’s adventures as they live the life of shooting champions in Shootout Lane on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Outdoor Channel.

Bear Archery recently confirmed their long-standing support of youth archery by naming the Scholastic 3-D Archery Association as the recipient of a 2019 sponsorship.
The shooting range at Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area will be closed from Wednesday, April 10 through Friday, April 12. The range will re-open Saturday, April 13, with new hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, from March through December.
A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming that certain Rossi brand revolvers are defective in that they could unintentionally fire when dropped. The Defendants Forjas Taurus, S.A., and BrazTech International LC (doing business under the brand "Rossi") issued a Warning about these safety concerns in September 2018.

The National Rifle Association proudly announces MidwayUSA as the Official Sponsor of the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits for a tenth consecutive year. The 148th edition of the NRA’s preeminent annual event will be held April 25-28, 2019, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Century Arms invites shooting enthusiasts to Navasota, Texas this weekend, April 13-14, for Kalash Bash, an 8-stage competition exclusively for the AK platform. Produced by Khyber Customs, Kayco47 and Dissident Arms, the sold-out event takes place at the CCC Shooting Complex.
The NRA World Shooting Championship, featured this week, adds the scores from many different shooting disciplines to find the best all-around shooting champion.

SIG SAUER Academy announced the addition of Women’s Concealed Carry to the 2019 Course Schedule. This unique curriculum was written and designed by female instructors whom have carried firearms for years as law enforcement officers and nonsworn citizens.
After a five-year hiatus, the Scholastic Action Shooting Program announces the SASP Junior Olympic Development Camp (JODC) is back.
On the heels of a decisive vote to permanently reauthorize the Land and Conservation Fund under the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act in February, Senate leaders from both sides of the isle joined together to put forward a bill that would fully and permanently fund the LWCF at the originally intended annual level of $900 million.

On one of those “make-up” trips to the range, I took the Taurus TX22, an interesting full-sized striker-fired pistol with a 16 round capacity. It’s not the Taurus you’d expect in some ways. If you remember from the first mention of this piece in a Shooting Wire feature last month, it was fired during a range excursion meant to maintain compliance of retired peace officers under the Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act. The targets are large, a holster is mandatory and it’s more in the nature of shooting drills than precision – seeing what we can expect out of the pistol in handling. This time the goal was checking the gun with several types of ammo for accuracy.

I’d taken only one brand/type of ammo, Remington Golden Bullet. It worked fine, there were no failures to fire and one stoppage which we concluded was shooter-induced.

On this trip, I simply supported the base of the pistol on a bag over the pistol box, giving me the right elevation to center the sights on a 25 yard target. This time, the Remington Golden Bullet made the trip as did the same maker’s surprisingly good Thunder Bolt promotional ammo. A recent rimfire contender, the Federal Hunter Match has shown outstanding results in every gun in which it’s been tried thus far.

Additionally, a consistently good performer is CCI Mini-Mag. Readily available, more expensive than bulk-pack promo stuff yet not as pricey as the real premium target rimfire, it’s been the hunter/plinker’s friend for decades.

As usual, I noted the five-shot groups fired slowly from a seated rest. I also recorded the “best three of five,” ruling out shooter errors – visual and trigger control. I also noted point of impact deviation from the sights as supplied without adjustment. The results follow.

Taurus TX22, 25 yards, base rest


5-round group

Best 3/5

Notes, POI

CCI Mini-Mag

1 5/8”


- 5”, 2” Left

Golden Bullet



- 5.5”, 4” Left

Thunder Bolt



Vertical, -6”, 4” left

Federal Hunter Match



-3.5”, 3.5” left

So what can we conclude? The gun can shoot more tightly than I can hold. As you can see, one load demonstrated vertical stringing. In this case, I believe it’s a compromised grip. A premium load, Hunter Match, didn’t so quite so well as the other loads; that’s the nature of 22 rimfire guns. They seem to demonstrate a definite character, real preferences for ammo. That’s why it’s worth the effort to shoot a range of ammo offerings, note the performance of each load in that gun, then lay in a supply of the top loads for each 22 firearm.

I did not adjust the sights but left them to see where each load struck relative to the sights as shipped and relative to each other. Impact across brands was pretty consistent. Selecting the accuracy load and adjusting the sights for it would be my plan.

As to operation, there were no more stoppages. I find myself hitting the protective shelf molded into the frame below the magazine release when I try to get the mag out; this isn’t a ‘gun problem,’ it’s a user problem. It’s a 22 range gun; just sort it out.

Surprises thus far? The CCI Mini-Mag; it’s great ammo, has been for many years, but it really stood out in this heater. Another surprise was Federal Hunter Match: it’s been great in everything I shot except the Taurus TX22. Thunder Bolt has been turning in great performances in a number of handguns and rifles lately – across the board. For this TX22, it wasn’t the best choice.

The Taurus TX22 is a credible performer thus far. They did their homework on this one.

- - Rich Grassi

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