Champaign CCW will be adding several new .22 handguns to its inventory in the coming months due to a change in educational philosophy. 

 

We use the .22's in our NRA Basic Pistol Class, but with an increasing number of people choosing the Basic Pistol for their first 8 hours of CCW instruction, and will ultimately obtain their CCW permit, we think a different pistol type makes more sense.


 

We use the .22's in our NRA Basic Pistol Class, but with an increasing number of people choosing the Basic Pistol for their first 8 hours of CCW instruction, and will ultimately obtain their CCW permit, we think a different pistol type makes more sense.

 


For example:  We have a Heritage Arms Rough Rider Single Action Army replica which is slow to shoot, slow to aim, but very enjoyable to shoot.  Young shooters love this handgun and the grip is scaled to fit their smaller hands.   We also have a perennial favorite, the Ruger Mark II Target .22 semi-auto which is so accurate and a real joy to shoot.  But these are not CCW style firearms.


 

For example:  We have a Single Action Army replica which is slow to shoot, slow to aim, but very enjoyable to shoot.  Young shooters love this handgun and the grip is scaled to fit their smaller hands.   We also have a perennial favorite, the Ruger Mark II Target .22 semi-auto which is so accurate and a real joy to shoot.  But these are not CCW style firearms.

 



And with more people taking the Basic Pistol for their first 8 hours (highly recommended path for the inexperienced, new, or 'haven't shot in ages' shooters) what they need the most experience with is .22's that are as close to possible to the 9mm and .40 and .45 handguns they'll eventually carry concealed.  The size, weight, grip angle, controls, and even the look should closely match or be identical to handguns they can choose to carry.

 

With this in mind we've ordered several Advantage Arms .22 Conversion kits for a couple of our Glock 17's and 19's and will have these very hard to get kits arrive this week.  Within 10 seconds you can remove the original slide (which holds the barrel and recoil spring, and mount the .22 slide that comes with the kit.  That's it!  You're now ready to load the mag and shoot the same weight/size/controls/grip angle/look as you'll eventually carry.  More, they'll continue to fit in the same holsters we carry or will choose to carry.

 



With this in mind we've ordered several Advantage Arms .22 Conversion kits for a couple of our Glock 17's and 19's and will have these very hard to get kits arrive this week.  Within 10 seconds you can remove the original slide (which holds the barrel and recoil spring, and mount the .22 slide that comes with the kit.  That's it!  You're now ready to load the mag and shoot the same weight/size/controls/grip angle/look as you'll eventually carry.  More, they'll continue to fit in the same holsters we carry or will choose to carry.


Next on our list will be a brace of Smith & Wesson M&P .22's which except for the added (and easily removable) safety are the exact same as their center fire counterparts.  I expect these to be very popular.

 

Next on our list will be a brace of Smith & Wesson M&P .22's which except for the added (and easily removable) safety are the exact same as their center fire counterparts.  I expect these to be very popular.

 

We'll also add a pair of Sig Sauer Mosquito .22's (perhaps in OD Green or Tan) which are the same size/weight/controls/grip angle/look of their larger siblings in center fire calibers. 


 

We'll also add a pair of Sig Sauer Mosquito .22's (perhaps in OD Green or Tan) which are the same size/weight/controls/grip angle/look of their larger siblings in center fire calibers.

 



And we're looking for more that qualify in this theme.  Do you know of a .22 pistol that carries over a very close theme to a center fire handgun that you want to carry?  If so let us know and we'll add it to our list.