MON | JANUARY 13, 2020

The GAMO Swarm Magnum is upgraded in accuracy, consistent pellet placement in the barrel every time and the return of the open fiber-optic sight option in addition to the scope.
Vihtavuori is now offering a new High Energy Series smokeless powder for the popular Creedmoor cartridge family. The new N555 High Energy Series smokeless powder is designed for precision rifle platforms chambered in cartridges such as 6mm & 6.5 Creedmoor, 284 Winchester, 260 Remington and 30-06 Springfield, among others.
New for 2020, SK’s “Semi-Auto Rifle” is designed to outperform other semi-auto ammunition offerings in the market. It’s built to deliver accuracy while functioning flawlessly through any 10/22 style firearms, AR’s, 597’s, Model 60’s, and more.

Lapua announces the addition of the 6.5 Creedmoor Large Rifle Primer cartridge cases.  They provide competitive shooters, hunters and Mil/LE operators an option utilizing a large rifle primer for enhanced performance in inclement weather conditions.
TenPoint announced the release of the ACUslide Cocking and De-Cocking System. In the event you don’t take a shot during your hunt, safely de-cock the crossbow by simply backwinding the handle, and you can stop at any point without fear of losing control.
Walther announced the Q5 Match Steel Frame pistol won “Full-Size Pistol of the Year” from editors at Ballistic. Readers confirmed that choice.

Luth-AR will be exhibiting at the 2020 SHOT show in Las Vegas. The company will be introducing the MBA-5 Carbine Buttstock, the Ambi-Switch, Scalloped Buffer Tube and more.
Savage Arms will showcase new guns at the 42nd annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. New firearms include Renegauge—the company’s new semiautomatic shotgun.
Primary Arms Optics has revealed their new product lineup ahead of SHOT Show 2020. This year’s releases include updates to existing favorites and new GLx and SLx optics.

Federal will announce an estimated total of 133 individual product SKUs in more than 34 cataloged product lines during the 2020 SHOT Show. These include the Hydra-Shok Deep 380 Auto, Practice & Defend Packs, 6.5 PRC Gold Medal Berger Hybrid and more.
Daniel Defense will be one of the exhibitors at the 42nd Annual SHOT Show. The compay will be introducing additions to its AR pistol and SBR line up.  In addition, the company will be providing information regarding its DELTA 5 bolt action rifle .75 MOA accuracy guarantee.
GLOCK GMBH announced the contract awarded by the French Armament General Directorate to re-equip the entire French Army with its new G17 Gen5 and multiple accessories, as their new standard handgun.

HiViz Shooting Systems is pleased to announce Tes Salb as the company’s new Director of Marketing and Communications. Salb comes to HiViz with more than 18 years experience in marketing, communications, and project management in the shooting sports industry.   
SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of SIG SAUER Ammunition by the U.S. Army Contracting Command for a $10 million firm-fixed priced contract to manufacture the MK 248 MOD 1 and MOD 0 .300 Win Mag ammunition for use in U.S. Military sniper platforms.  
Veil Camo announces a licensing partnership with Crocs. The agreement pairs the popular footwear brand with a custom camouflage pattern.

DeSantis Gunhide has now released a new product called the Inside Heat TB -- an IWB holster with thumb break. It’s made for popular handguns and will be shown at SHOT Show.
Meprolight is commemorating its 30th Anniversary of providing optics during SHOT Show 2020 in Las Vegas in January. The company was founded in Israel in 1990.
Orchid Advisors will hold a free webinar on the upcoming proposed changes to ATF Form 4473 Wednesday, January 15 at 1pm EST. Jon Rydberg and Philip D. Milks of Orchid Advisors will host this event.

Trijicon announced a major expansion of the AccuPoint riflescope series. The latest models in the series give tactical marksmen, long-range hunters, and precision rifle shooters the ability to accurately extend their range in any light.
As 2019 drew to a close, the SCTP International Team gathered in Tucson, AZ for the year’s last training camp, December 28-30th. Since most of the team members will be participating in USA Shooting’s Olympic Trials Part 2 being held at Tucson Trap and Skeet next month, it made sense to get some training on this range.
Entering 2020 with the support of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program are Vista Outdoor brands Hoppe's and Champion. Their commitment to the program as Platinum Sponsors demonstrates the industry's drive to support young athletes in competitive shooting sport outlets.

For several years, Smith & Wesson has been producing their M&P22 Compact and it’s gaining quite a following. It’s like a full size M&P, but 15% smaller in relevant dimensions – more like a Shield, including the EZ variants.

Like the EZ line, the M&P22 Compact is hammer-fired. Unlike them, it has an aluminum slide and a fixed barrel – it’s a straight blowback gun, not a delayed recoil operated system like the centerfire guns.

It’s supplied with a pair of 10-round magazines, has adjustable sights, a manual thumb safety (that can be locked in the “on” position with the provided keys) and a magazine disconnect – because it’s a 22.

It weighs in at just over 15 ounces, empty – lighter than the Shield by a little. I became interested in this gun due to Claude Werner, the Tactical Professor, a fan of the piece. He was recently quoted as saying, “A friend asked for a recommendation on a .22 autoloader. My response was the M&P 22 Compact. I think it's a great pistol.”

Above, the first outing with the new gun, below, the second. It's had four shooting trips so far, a good run with a T&E gun. Fun is part of the reason and getting back to shooting -- practice with a 22 is great for brushing up -- is another.

The fact is, he makes use of the M&P22C as a trainer and he shoots it quite a bit. He’d once shot it to the point of the gun becoming sluggish in operation and noted it took quite a bit of shooting – even with bulk-pack 22 LR.

As I was working with the latest of the “EZ” line from S&W, I thought it was time to get the Compact to see what all the buzz was about. Now I know.

I selected the “Suppressor Ready” variant. The barrel is just slightly longer and there’s a threaded muzzle cap you have to keep after; if you shoot the gun at all, retighten the cap when the gun goes empty.

As it’s not mine, I didn’t want to lose it.

The gun is shipped with a thread adapter covering the ½ x 28 threads.

The first range trip was a cold day in December, over two months since my previous shooting excursion. I shot CCI “Clean-22” 40 grain ammo. After adjusting the sights – the windage with the provided “itty-bitty tiny” wrench – I was close to zero. Shooting Remington Golden Bullet, I encountered only one issue, a failure to lock open. That was repeated on a later trip with other ammo, making me believe it was operator error – not the gun or ammo.

On my next trip, New Year’s Eve, I went back to the Clean-22 and concentrated on shooting at distance. I found the little gun was helping me get back to mastery of fundamentals. On a later trip, I had an associate shoot the gun. As he’s an LE trainer, John McHatton knows the struggle of getting people lined out with pistols. He shot the M&P22 Compact and noted that “it’s like a real gun” – meaning less like a 22 trainer and feeling more substantial than some other 22s of his experience.

Finally, I got the gun out in unseasonably warm (for the season) weather for 25 yard accuracy work. While I shot a range of 22 LR ammo through it – some of it quite old – I settled on three loads to check the gun. My five-shot groups each included some irritating flyers which may have indicated a need to “tighten the trigger control nut.” Loads hovered around 4 inches for five shots except Winchester Super-X; it was around 7 inches with the flyer, but the best four went into 4 ¼” – right in the ballpark. The best three was inside two inches.

The best three from CCI Mini-Mag 40 grain went into 7/8” – a fluke. CCI Stinger put the best three into 3 ¼”. I’m figuring this is a 3” at 25 yards gun mostly, assuming a competent trigger puller.

Aside from a pair of failures to lock open and the dreaded rimfire “failure to fire” which happened with some old ammo, the gun ran like a sewing machine.

Great for holster drills and singles from ready, the M&P22 Compact is a trainer for those who carry the Shield or M&P series. It’s also a dandy way to get new shooters squared away.

Now I know why the Tactical Professor is a fan – I am too.

- - Rich Grassi

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