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MAY 6, 2021

Taurus congratulates Taurus Shooting Team Captain Jessie Harrison on her recent performance at the 2021 Team Motley Dragons Cup, April 9-11. Harrison finished High Overall in the Pistol Single-Stack division.
Hornady congratulates Robert Brantley on his record 2.40 mile shot at the Clark’s Knob ELR Match, May 1, 2021 in Tipton, KS.
Hornady® congratulates Austin Orgain on his performance at the 2020 NRL Season Championship on May 1-2, in Earlsboro, Oklahoma. His third place finish overall earned him the second place finish in the 2020 season points race.

Team Federal congratulates Josh Froelich on winning a title at the Texas 3-Gun Championship held April 30 through May 2, 2021. Froelich was the 2X4 Division title winner over two-hundred and fifty competitors in the five-division event that featured ten natural terrain stages with a weekend filled with gusty winds and rainy conditions.
Ruger has discovered that a small number of Ruger-57 pistols may have right safety levers that do not meet specifications and may be prone to cracking. Only a very small number of pistols appear to be affected,Ruger is asking owners of Ruger-57 pistols to perform a routine function check of the safety lever to ensure its proper operation and, if necessary, sign up for this retrofit.
A day before the fireworks shows of July 4th, Henry Repeating Arms, sponsor of the Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America is celebrating by inviting 180 active-duty members or veterans of the United States military to attend the race with free general admission.

Galco offers a line of seven holster handbags. These stylish designs allow discreet carry, while construction from the highest quality materials provides long lasting durability.
The National Rifle Association’s Publications Division announces Mark. A. Keefe, IV, has been appointed Editorial Director, succeeding John Zent, who held the post from 2004 until April of this year, retiring after nearly four decades as an NRA staff editor.
Primary Arms Government has announced its attendance at the SOG 2021 Conference Expo, which is to be held May 5 and 6 in Fort Bliss, Texas.

Riton Optics announced the launch of its new FieldStaff program. This new program aims to bring together fans of Riton Optics and others just learning about the Riton brand.
Easterseals Michigan offers a variety of services to people with physical and mental disabilities. EOTECH, a campaign sponsor, is committed to helping people take the free, anonymous mental screening on Easterseals Michigan's website.
CZ-USA, importer, manufacturer and distributor of pistols, rifles, shotguns and suppressors has an immediate opening for a Digital Marketing Coordinator.

Beretta USA is excited to announce the inclusion of Manurhin revolvers into our commercial product line-up. The official launch of this new line will take place this week at the 2021 USPSA LOCAP Nationals in Talladega, Alabama.
Bushnell has announced the addition of two new models to its dedicated lineup of rimfire riflescopes. Specifically designed for .22LR rifles, these scopes are ideal for varmint and small game hunting, as well as for plinking and recreational shooting.
The Armory Life Presents adds another digital magazine to its list: the XD-M Elite-themed volume. It features detailed reviews of all current variants of the XD-M Elite family of pistols and more.

The Match Series pistol barrels are machined in-house, given a black Nitride of PVD coating to increase lubricity, barrel life and resistance to surface wear and are conventionally rifled to allow a wider variety of ammunition to be used, including cast lead.
 

It was soon after testing firing and reporting on the S&W M&P 15-22 in the Tactical Wire that I began personalizing the pistol. Nothing says, “This is my AR pistol,” better than a few custom touches. There wasn’t a lot of money spent, it looks great and the modifications make my 15-22 more efficient.

I installed MagPul sights, an Aimpoint and sling for the original review. The first “new” modification was to exchange grips. The factory supplied grip has a “beavertail,” extra material at the top rear of the grip. For my small hands it’s too large. I installed the Duckbill Tactical Grip. It’s the same shape as the original A1 grip, with an added section that smooths out the transition between the angle of the grip and trigger guard.

Nothing says “custom” like a cool paint job. I’ve always been a fan of the “tiger stripe” camo pattern. I spent a little time with some spray cans, masking tape and liquid frisket – a “stencil” you can paint on and then peel off – which ended with the M&P15-22 pistol sporting a great looking camo job. It’s highly unlikely it will get confused with any other AR’s. Plus, it’s just the thing for keeping hid during those late-night armadillo hunts ‘round our house.

The M&P15-22 pistol comes with an SB arm brace. It’s a great brace. But braces are like stocks, holsters, or sights for your pistol; it’s all about what “fits” you. Plus, I’m trying to set up the M&P to mirror my other AR pistols, which all have Gear Head Works braces. For the S&W I chose their “Tailhook Mod I” brace. It’s machined billet aluminum, and extremely compact.

The problem is that the “buffer tube” on the M&P, simply an extension of the receiver – there’s no buffer or spring – is set up for an adjustable brace. It has extra material on the bottom with the detents for adjustments. I need a smooth end on the “tube” to mount the Tailhook, plus the tube itself is too short to provide me with the same length as with the SB brace. This calls for an “adapt-a-kit.” Turns out that a friend down the road has a wood lathe. I had him turn out a piece that fits inside the 15-22 tube with rear diameter sized to fit the Tailhook brace, and to provide the additional length needed. I painted this up, and secured it using a couple of small button head screws to prevent it from rotating. Perfect solution, and the “kit” cost me nothing.

I had intentions of testing the M&P on the range with some match grade ammo, but wind and rain prevented that from occurring. But, as noted in the original review, it shoots great with range ammo. I have no reason it won’t do very well with match ammo. I also need to add a flashlight, and I’m looking for ten-round mags, which will be much shorter than the twenty-five rounders.

The M&P15-22 is almost all AR parts. The AR’s modularity makes it easy to swap out parts. It’s the “Mr. Potato Head” of the gun world. The AR’s popularity – explosive over the last few years – means there’s plenty of parts available. You can set up your M&P15-22, carbine or pistol, to do whatever you need -- within the .22 LR’s potential, of course. And there’s no better .22 platform to do this with than the M&P 15-22 pistol.

Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy. He is the author of The Book of Two Guns, AR-15 Skills and Drills, has a regular column in American Handgunner and makes some cool knives and custom revolvers. Visit Shootrite’s Facebook page for other details.

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