For the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, author Jason Hanson explained the advantages to one’s shooting skills through plinking practice with a .22-caliber handgun. Hanson laid out a four-point program that hopes to allow shooters an effective but budget-friendly training regimen.

“The first thing you need to do is to decide which .22 is right for you. Luckily, we live in a time when .22 handgun choices are plentiful. For instance, if you’re a 1911 fan, you may want to check out the Chiappa 1911-22. Or perhaps you like Walther and would want to go with the Walther P22,” said Hanson. “Of course, you can buy .22 conversion kits for a majority of guns on the market, including the gun I carry most often, the Glock 19. You can also go with the ‘tried and true’ .22s, such as the Browning Buck Mark, or my personal favorite, the Ruger Mark III.”

Moving to the range, Hanson explained various warm-up drills and how to increase a shooter’s consistency against an increasingly distant target.

“When I first get to the range with my Ruger Mark III, I like to begin by working on the fundamentals. I start at the 10-yard line and the target I use is the 8-inch steel plate. I slowly take each shot, making sure that I’m in the proper shooting stance, that I drive the gun straight out, and that I press the trigger straight to the rear without disturbing the sights. After I’ve hit the 8-inch steel plate three times in a row (which is simple to do at 10 yards) I then move back to the 20-yard line. At 20 yards, I do the same slow-fire shooting,” said Hanson. “The drill ends when I’ve successfully hit the target from 50 yards three times.”

To read the full article, check out the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands September 16, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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