Reviewed By: Joshua S on 05/30/2013
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
This was my first purchase from Buds. I had a great experience and am very likely to use budsgunshop.com for future firearm purchases.
I have been hitting the range at least twice a month for the last several months and these trips have gotten to be quite expensive. Prior to my purchase of the HP22a Rangemaster Kit, I had been splitting my range time between a Smith and Wesson Model 19-5 .357 Combat Magnum and an Interarms Walther PPK .380ACP. My trips were starting to cost close to $100 a pop and I needed a change. That's why I started looking for a fun .22.
I placed my order on Friday and the gun arrived today (Thursday). The process would have been faster had Memorial Day not been this week!
My initial impression of the Kit was positive. The gun comes with the 5" barrel installed and it has a good weight and feel. I went straight from the FFL to the range to put the HP22a through its paces. The folks at the range were surprised by the look, feel, and price of the kit. For $188, you get two guns. Everyone thought that was pretty cool.
The gun is heavy, for its size, and pretty accurate. I put 150 rounds down range right out the box. The safeties were a bit stiff at first, and it takes some getting used to having to move the gun to safe, eject the magazine, insert a new magazine, and then switch back to fire before you can rack the side and go to town...but that's not a deal breaker. There was a lot of oil on the gun straight from the kit. You are going to want to give it a decent wipe down, at the very least, before you go shooting.
I had a few FTF's and 1 FTE...which I attribute to the cheap nasty ammo that I was using. Other than that, this little gun was good to go.
When I got home, I broke it down, cleaned it, and switched out the 5" barrel for the 3" barrel. The takedown was pretty easy..putting it back together, however, presented quite a challenge. The issue is with the recoil spring. It has a tendency to try to launch itself across the room. Be warned, that's an evil little spring. All in all, it took me no more than 15 minutes for the breakdown and reassembly. So just have some patience and you'll be fine.
The gun feels good, looks good, and shoots surprisingly well. I'm very pleased with this purchase and plan on heading back out at the range tomorrow to try it out with the 3" barrel!
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