suppressor albeit fake, helps to balance the rifle.
While at the gun show, I also picked up some simple optics; a red dot scope made by UTG. I have never used a red dot scope before and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to zero. It mounted quickly and easily to the weaver rail on the top of the receiver at the range this morning, and in a matter of minutes I had walked my groups onto the bull. The scope offers a red or green dot, each with 5 stops of brightness. This is nice because the targets I was shooting were composed of red ink on white paper. I selected the green dot for better contrast against the target ink.
Above left: Entering the Hap Baker Rifle Range in Westminster, MD. Above Right: A CCI round that didn't make it out in time.
The GSG 522 I have is the HV model. The HV requires high velocity ammunition; loads that clock at least 1200 fps to reliably cycle the action. Luckily, this is pretty standard for most .22 ammo on the shelves out there. I brought a brick of CCI Blazer and some Federal ammo as well. The CCI gave me problems; three times I had to clear jams with this round. However, the Federal ammo worked great. Both of these rounds are “high velocity”, and info on their respective websites show muzzle velocities of 1235 fps for the CCI and 1240 fps for the Federal. I am scratching my head at this drastic difference in performance within such a small margin of velocity. Regardless, I am glad that I bought 1500 rounds of the Federal ammo a couple of weekends ago.
I zeroed and shot at the 50 yard range this morning. I was able to group with repeatable results time after time. I did try reaching out to the 100 yard range, though my eyes were a real handicap. Without magnification, I just can't see the targets. Just the same; it was a blast to shoot this thing this morning!