Posts Tagged ‘22LR’

As some of you may already know, I own a 22lr conversion kit for my AR15.  When I bought the kit it came with one 25 round magazine and I went ahead and bought a spare.  With the 25 round magazines however, I found it difficult to use the bipod; the magazine rested on the table rather than the butt of the rifle.  Sometimes I had to extend the legs on the bipod just to achieve proper sight alignment.  I wanted something shorter that was still compatible with my conversion kit.

Black Dog Machine MagazineThe Black Dog Machine 22lr X-Form magazine was the solution.  It came in several different capacities and colors, but I opted for the shortest they had (10 rounds) in black since I planned to paint it anyway.  It was reasonably priced (in a time when gun parts and accessories are hard to come by) and it shipped much faster than I expected.

At first glance it isn’t all that impressive.  Its very lightweight (the magazines by CMMG were weighted) and made of pretty thin plastic.  But that is far overshadowed by its exceptional performance.

Loading the CMMG mags is a pain.  It takes forever to drop 25 22lr rounds in them and the spring is extremely firm.  With the Black Dog magazine, that is not an issue.  The spring, while firm, is easy to depress enough to load.  Even loading the magazine to full capacity is easy and there’s hardly any resistance.  You would expect a light spring to not feed properly, but I’ve yet to have a fail to feed (granted 22lr rounds aren’t as large as other calibers).

(2) AR15 22lr MagsAnother pleasant surprise was that the bolt catch worked.  According to the website and some information I found online, the Black Dog magazines didn’t hold open the chamber when using the CMMG conversion kit after firing the last round.  This information was wrong in my case; it works very well.  It even locks into the receiver better than my CMMG mags which occassionally require extra effort to fully insert.

Overall I think its a fantastic product.  The 10 round capacity is much better for my needs.  1) It keeps me from blasting through as much ammo.  2) It let’s me use my bipod without the magazine interfering.  25 and 30 round mags are great and I very much enjoy the ones I have, but for target practice and general use, a smaller capacity magazine will do the job for me most times.

If you’re looking for a magazine that will work with your CMMG 22lr conversion kit, definitely consider one by Black Dog.  You will not be disappointed.  My only regret is buying just one . . .

**  Updated on 4/9/13 – Added pictures and links  **

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Last week I ran a poll on my blog (its posted below as well to continue the voting) that asked what your favorite type of gun was for recreational shooting.  The choices were handguns, rifles, or shotguns.  At the end of the week there were a total of 30 votes, making it the one with the most votes so far.  Handguns won by far with 18 votes.  Rifles were next with 11 votes.  Shotguns brought up the rear with one lonely vote.

I honestly thought that rifles would have had the most, even though I personally prefer handguns as well.  The reason I thought rifles would be the favorite is because there has been such a fus lately about ARs and tactical rifles.  .223 ammo had been impossible to find for a while, so I just naturally assumed that people were more interested in shooting rifles.  But it seems I may have been wrong.

The reason I prefer handguns is just because they’re smaller and less cumbersome than a rifle. You can load up 2 or 3 pistols and head to the range for the same effort as one rifle. Ammo is smaller and generally less expensive. Rifles are fun as well, don’t get me wrong, but I just love taking my Ruger SR22 to the range and blasting through a bunch of 22s.

Here’s the poll again (over on the right) in case you didn’t get a chance to vote before I pulled it down. Let me know in the comments why you voted the way you did. What makes you prefer a handgun over a rifle or vice versa? Is it convenience or something else? Do you prefer the tactical applications your AR brings, or are you more of a Glock aficionado? Lets get the debate rolling!

Also, be sure to vote in this weeks poll (over on the left) to be part of next week’s discussion.

Well I’m back to blogging more consistently again.  It feels good to actually get back to this.  The survival updates are fun too but I like gun stuff a lot more.  I don’t have a whole lot to say tonight, so lets just get right down to what you came here for.

Here’s what was available as of 8:30 on April 3rd, 2013:

.223
Able Ammo – 9 options
Ammo.net – 7 options
AmmoMan – 1 options
Ammo2U – Winchester ammo
Ammo For Sale – 5 options
Bulk Ammo – 7 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 11 options
GunBot – So many options . . .
Lucky Gunner – 9 options
Surplus Ammo – 16 options (I think)
Ventura Munitions – 1 options

5.56
Able Ammo – 9 options
Ammo.net – 9 options
AmmoMan – 2 options
Ammo For Sale – 9 options
Bulk Ammo – 11 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 11 options
GunBot – Lots and lots
Lucky Gunner – 7 options
Surplus Ammo – 16 options (I think)
Ventura Munitions – 1 options

7.62x39mm
Able Ammo – 2 options
Ammo.net – 6 options
Ammo For Sale – 6 options
Bulk Ammo – 6 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 6 options
DAG Ammo – 2 options of TulAmmo
GunBot – Whole bunch of options
Lucky Gunner – 8 options
Sportsmans Guide – Blank ammo
Surplus Ammo – 5 options
Ventura Munitions – 2 options

7.62x54R
Able Ammo – TulAmmo
Ammo.net – 3 options
AmmoMan – 2 options
Ammo2U – Winchester ammo
Bulk Ammo – 5 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 5 options
DAG Ammo – TulAmmo
GunBot – Whole bunch of choices
J & G Sales – 9 options
Lucky Gunner – 6 options
Sportsmans Guide – 2 options
Surplus Ammo – 6 options

22lr
Able Ammo – 7 options
AmmoMan – Blank ammo
Bulk Ammo – 2 options of Eley ammo
Cheaper Than Dirt – 5 options
GunBot – Many options but $0.19 per round is the cheapest
J & G Sales – 4 options
Lucky Gunner – Eley Ammo
Natchez Shooting Supplies – CCI Shotshells
Sportsmans Guide – 3 options
Surplus Ammo – 7 options


Ammo is still plenty available but prices are still pretty high, but I feel like I’m just repeating what I say every time.  Its good to see that GunBot has started including more calibers and suppliers as well.  Really makes for a much better list than I can provide anymore.  But I don’t intend to quit anytime soon.

Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.  You can also email me if you prefer.  I don’t get a lot of comments or emails so I take time to answer each one I receive.  Comments, suggestions, and tips are always appreciated.

I’m sure a few of you noticed that I didn’t post over the weekend aside from my pistol ammo update Saturday morning.  Part of the reason was that I wanted a break and to spend some time with my fiance (which I did).  The other reason is better described in this parody song over on YouTube (this video contains spoilers).

That’s right, I was trapped in a Game of Thrones marathon.  I absolutely love that show.  I’m not a huge fan of all the sex and blood (this is not a show for children) but the story line itself is pretty cool.  Re-watched the entire 1st season and started watching the 2nd.  So that’s why I didn’t take much time to post.

But I’m back now, with an ammo update.  Hopefully that’ll make up for my slacking off.  Here’s what was available as of March 25th, 2013 at 12:55pm:

.223
Able Ammo – 11 options
Ammo.net – 6 options
AmmoMan – 3 options
Ammo For Sale – 5 options
Bulk Ammo – 7 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 7 options
GunBot – Many options
Lucky Gunner – 7 options
Surplus Ammo – 18 options
Ventura Munitions – 2 options

5.56
Able Ammo – 11 options
Ammo.net – 9 options
AmmoMan – 3 options
Ammo For Sale – 8 options
Bulk Ammo – 10 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 7 options
GunBot – Many options
Lucky Gunner – 8 options
Surplus Ammo – 18 options
Ventura Munitions – 2 options

7.62×39
Able Ammo – 2 options
Ammo.net – WPA Military Classic
Ammo For Sale – WPA Military Classic
Bulk Ammo – 2 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 3 options
DAG Ammo – 2 options of TulAmmo
GunBot – Many options
J & G Sales – PMC Bronze
Lucky Gunner – 2 options
Sportsmans Guide – Blank ammo
Surplus Ammo – 2 options of TulAmmo
Ventura Munitions – 2 options

7.62x54r
Able Ammo – TulAmmo
Ammo.net – 3 options
AmmoMan – 2 options
Ammo 2 U – 3 options
Bulk Ammo – 4 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 3 options
DAG Ammo – TulAmmo
J & G Sales – 7 options
Lucky Gunner – 5 options
Sportsmans Guide – 5 options
Surplus Ammo – 6 options

22lr
Able Ammo – 5 options
AmmoMan – Blank 22 ammo
Bulk Ammo – 2 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 3 options
GunBot – 7 options
J & G Sales – Eley ammo
Lucky Gunner – Federal shot shells
Natchez Shooting Supplies – CCI shot shells

Looking pretty good isn’t it?  Well, when you’re only looking at a list I guess it does.  Looking at prices could bring even the strongest man to tears.  Hopefully the prices start dropping as availability picks up again.  We can dream right?

As always, take a second to subscribe if you haven’t already.  Staying subscribed will alert you as soon as I post my updates like this so you can be the first to know what’s available.  And please take a second to vote in the poll on the left of the page if you haven’t already.  Gives me something else to talk about next week.

I’ve been promising to have more videos soon, and this is just to let everyone know I’m still working toward that.  I’ve created a new youtube account as well as a new email address for my blog.  This will help me keep personal emails and blog related emails separate.

The new youtube account is BackyardShooterBlog.  I’ve brought over most of the shooting videos I had on my other page.  Right now there are four total.  The newest is featured below.  You can watch it here or over on the youtube page, or not at all, its your choice.

Please forgive my appearance.  I was rather shaggy.  The next day I shaved my beard and buzzed off 90% of my hair.  Back to my normal look.  As I mention in the description of the video, this was a test of both my new camcorder as well as my new 10 round Black Dog Machine magazine.  I hope to get a review of the magazine up in the next few days so watch for that.

**  Updated on 3/21/13  **

Sorry I wasn’t able to get this out yesterday.  I evidently consumed some gluten in the past few days and yesterday evening was pretty rough as a result.  In addition to physical symptoms it leaves me with headaches, confusion, and forgetfulness.  Those symptoms alone make computer work of any kind very agonizing.  Add in a bunch of websites and links and prices and it just becomes a nightmare.

For today’s update I have cut back on how much information I provide for each item.  My last rifle update took over an hour to complete.  I was able to cut the time in half by removing things like price per round and stuff like that.  I also removed the options that were specific to Canada only (SCDS Ammo and Marstar Canada).  It gets stressful when I spend that much time on one post, especially since I run this blog in my free time, without pay.  I hope my Canadian readers can forgive me.

Now that all my excuses and whining are finished, here is what was available as of 9:50pm on Thursday, March 20th, 2013:

.223
Able Ammo – 13 options
Ammo.net – 9 options
Ammo Man – 3 options
Ammo For Sale – 7 options
Bulk Ammo – 9 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 9 options
GunBot – Many options
Lucky Gunner – 10 options
Ventura Munitions – 4 options

5.56
Able Ammo – 13 options
Ammo.net – 7 options
Ammo Man – 3 options
Ammo For Sale – 7 options
Bulk Ammo – 9 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 9 options
GunBot – Many options
Lucky Gunner – 6 options
Ventura Munitions – 4 options

7.62x39mm
Able Ammo – 2 options
Bulk Ammo – Wolf ammo
Cheaper Than Dirt – 3 options
DAG Ammo – 2 options of TulAmmo
GunBot – Many options
J & G Sales – PMC Bronze
Lucky Gunner – Wolf ammo
Sportsmans Guide – Blank ammo
Ventura Munitions – 2 options

7.62x54R
Able Ammo – TulAmmo
Ammo.net – 3 options
Ammo Man – 2 options
Ammo 2 U – 3 options
Bulk Ammo – 4 options
Cheaper Than Dirt – 3 options
DAG Ammo – TulAmmo
J & G Sales – 7 options
Lucky Gunner – 5 options
Midway USA – 5 options
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Winchester ammo
Sportsmans Guide – 6 options

22lr
Able Ammo – 5 options
Ammo Man – Blank Ammo
Bulk Ammo – SK match ammo
Cheaper Than Dirt – 3 options
GunBot – 6 options
J & G Sales – Eley
Natchez Shooting Supplies – CCI Shotshells

Also as a reminder, be sure to vote in this weeks poll (over on the left of the page).  It only takes a second and provides some interesting stuff to talk about next week.  In addition, subscribe if you haven’t already.  If you show your support for my blog and the ammo updates, subscribe, and are a good boy or girl, I’ll do all I can to keep the updates coming.

To all of you who have already subscribed and shown your support, thank you.  I really do appreciate each and every one of you.

**  Updated on 3/21/13 – Added photo  **

As I described in yesterday’s pistol ammo update, I’ve decided to separate rifle and pistol updates to make things simpler for me and allow for more frequent updates.  I hope to be able to do these updates twice a week or so since my readers have asked for more updates.

The following is what was available as of 10:00pm on March 13th, 2013:

.223
Able Ammo – 6 options
Ammo.net – 5 options
Ammo For Sale – 4 options – cheapest at $0.82/round
Ammo Man – Blank ammo – $299/2,160 (paid shipping)
Bulk Ammo – 5 options – cheapest at $0.81/round
Cheaper Than Dirt – 9 options
GunBot – Plenty of options – cheapest at $0.82/round
Lucky Gunner – 5 options – cheapest at $0.82/round
Marstar Canada – Norinco 55 grain – $475/1,600 (CANADA Only)

5.56
Able Ammo – 6 options
Ammo.net – 5 options
Ammo For Sale – 5 options – cheapest at$0.82/round
Ammo Man – Danish 62 grain – $599/750 (paid shipping)
Bulk Ammo – 5 options – cheapest at $0.80/round
Cheaper Than Dirt – 6 options
GunBot – Plenty of options – cheapest at $0.82/round
J & G Sales – 2 options
Lucky Gunner – 3 options – cheapest at $0.89/round
Marstar Canada – Winchester 55 grain – $276/200 (CANADA Only)

7.62x39mm
Able Ammo – Two options – cheapest at $0.75/round
Ammo.net – TulAmmo 122 grain FMJ – $460/1000
Ammo2U – 3 options
Ammo For Sale – TulAmmo 122 grain FMJ – $450/1000
Ammo Man – 4 options – all are $375/1000 (paid shipping)
Bulk Ammo – 2 options – cheapest at $0.46/round
Cheaper Than Dirt – TulAmmo 122 grain FMJ – $380/500
DAG Ammo – 2 options – both at $0.45/round
GunBot – 13 options – cheapest at $0.38/round
J & G Sales – PMC 123 grain FMJ – $22.95/20
Lucky Gunner – TulAmmo 122 grain FMJ – $459/1000
SCDS Ammo – 4 options of Russian surplus ammo (CANADA Only)

7.62x54R
Able Ammo – Two options – cheapest at $1/round
Ammo.net – Prvi Partizan 182 grain FMJ – $19/20
Ammo Man – 2 options – cheapest at $0.29/round (paid shipping)
Bulk Ammo – 3 options – cheapest at $0.29/round
Cheaper Than Dirt – 4 options
DAG Ammo – TulAmmo 148 grain FMJ – $358/500
J & G Sales – 8 options
Lucky Gunner – 4 options – cheapest at $0.29/round
Natchez Shooting Supplies – Winchester 180 grain FMJ – $24.49/20
SCDS Ammo – 148 grain FMJ – $13/20
Sportsmans Guide – 6 options

22lr
Able Ammo – 5 options, including CCI Standard Velocity ammo!
Ammo Man – Blank ammo – $199/1000 (paid shipping)
Cheaper Than Dirt – Aguila 40 grain LRN – $70/500
GunBot – 4 options – cheapest at $0.46/round
Midway USA – 2 options of RWS ammo
Natchez Shooting Supplies – CCI Shotshells – $7.49/20

 

This update was pretty tiring for me but that’s a good thing.  Ammo is back in stock just about everywhere.  Even the elusive 22lr!  Its extremely exciting to see several different websites offering 22lr again.  Just wish prices weren’t so high.

Anyway, as always, subscribe so you don’t miss my future updates.  And let me know if you spot any mistakes or find ammo available somewhere that I missed; I want to include everything I can.