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March 14th, 2023

Three Modern Pistols Reviewed: .22 LR, .380 ACP, and 9x19mm

ammoland tv video pistol review youtube channel has a very active website, releasing new stories every day of the year. Along with its articles archive, AmmoLand has an active AmmolandTV YouTube Channel, with hundreds of videos. For today we are featuring three notable handguns, one each in three different calibers: .22 LR, .380 ACP, and 9x19mm (9mm Luger). These videos all premiered on the Ammoland TV channel.

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SIG Sauer P322 Edge in .22 LR

In this video AmmoLand Editor Jim Grant checks out a modern .22 LR handgun from SIG Sauer, the SIG P322 in .22 LR. The relatively new SIG P322 is a single-action only, semi-automatic, magazine-fed handgun chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. It has an optics-ready slide and takes double-stack 20rd magazines. The P322 pistol worked extremely well for AmmoLand’s tester, demonstrating excellent reliability with 950+ rounds fired (700 standard, 250 with suppressor).


0:00 Intro
0:37 What is the SIG P322?
1:03 Blowback Operation
1:42 Threaded Barrel
2:25 Ambidextrous Controls
2:40 Two Triggers
3:14 Ergonomics
3:40 Grip
3:50 Remarkable Magazine
4:30 Sights
5:15 Optics Compatability
6:30 Reliability
7:57 SIG P322 Worth a Buy?

We should say that one tester had some reliability issues with an early P322 production model. See TEST. However, the P322 performed excellent for a tester. The P322 showed superb reliability for 600+ rounds, including 300 fired during a high-speed Steel Challenge match:

Ruger Security .380 ACP

The .380 ACP cartridge is smaller and less powerful that the 9mm Luger (9x19mm) round, but the .380 ACP can still be a effective defense cartridge. The smaller cartridge allows .380 pistols to be a bit smaller, thinner, and more compact than typical 9mm handguns. The Ruger Security 380 is a locked breech, magazine-fed, sub-compact handgun chambered in .380 ACP. It feeds from staggered-column, box-type magazines that hold either 10 or 15 rounds of ammo.

AmmoLand’s reviewer states: “The Ruger Security 380 isn’t like other .380 ACP guns. Between its action and capacity, it is a different beast entirely. The fact that it’s made by a company like Ruger with a rock-solid reputation for building reliable, dependable guns only further sweetens the deal.”


0:00 Intro
0:31 What is the Ruger Security 380?
1:12 What Makes it So Impressive?
1:33 Ruger Security 380 Features
2:44 Security 380 Features
3:43 Easy-to-Rack
4:10 Soft Felt-Recoil
4:28 Ruger Security 380 Reliability
4:54 Ruger Security 380 Verdict

FN 509 Long Slide (LS) Edge


The FN 509 series of handguns, including the FN 509 LS Edge featured here, are polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols, boasting rugged construction and impressive reliability. The “LS” in the moniker stands for “Long Slide” making the gun more suitable for IDPA and other gun games.

American Rifleman states: “FN America expanded its handgun lineup in 2021 with a feature-rich addition based on its popular FN 509 pistol. The FN 509 LS Edge builds on the success of the original FN 509 pistol line by adding a number of factory-tuned features designed to enhance performance and put the platform on par with customized competition guns.

Built on the full-size frame paired with a lengthened slide, the FN 509 LS Edge features a 5″ barrel complete with a target crown. The slide itself is topped with a green fiber-optic front sight, and the lengthened slide gives you a longer sight radius for improved accuracy. Lightening cuts along each side of the slide reduces slide weight and speeds up cycling.”

AmmoLand’s tester noted: “Around the rear sight, the FN 509 uses an interesting set of protective wings that feature horizontal serrations at the front. These are there to assist a shooter charging the slide from the top or performing a press-check. They’re also integral to the sight plate cover but aren’t attached to the rear sight itself. This is because FN wanted shooters to be able to retain the rear sight with a micro red dot installed – pretty clever. Beneath the rear sight, the FN 509 LS Edge’s slide features attractive, traditional vertical serrations at the rear, and lightening cuts at the front. The slide itself is coasted in a graphite PVD finish which is incredibly durable and resists corrosion very well.”

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March 14th, 2023

Bump Buster Recoil Reduction System for F-Class Rifles

Bret Solomon Speedy Thomas Gonzalez hydraulic recoil reduction F-Class F-Open

Many of our Forum members have expressed interest in a recoil-reduction system for prone F-Open competition rifles shooting heavy bullets from powerful cartridges. A .300 WSM shooing 200+ grain bullets can definitely take its toll over the course of a match. One system that has been used with considerable success is the hydraulic “Bump Buster” recoil system. This definitely reduces the pounding your shoulder gets during a long match. To illustrate this system, we’ve reprised an article on Bret Soloman’s F-Open rifle from a couple years back. Watch the Videos to see the Bump Buster in action.

Bret Solomon Speedy Thomas Gonzalez hydraulic recoil reduction F-Class F-Open accurateshooter.comOn his Facebook page, Hall-of-Fame shooter and ace gunsmith Thomas “Speedy” Gonzalez unveiled an impressive new F-Open rifle built for Bret Solomon. The rifle features Speedy’s new low-profile F-Class stock.

Bret’s gun is chambered for his 300 Solomon wildcat, shooting heavy 210gr bullets, so it can can be a real shoulder-buster, without some kind of buffer. The stock is fitted with a Ken Rucker’s Bump Buster hydraulic recoil reduction system to tame the recoil. The Bump Buster was originally designed for shotguns and hard-hitting, big game rifles. It is interesting to see this hydraulic buffer adapted to an F-Open rig.

Here you can see Bret shooting the gun, coached by Nancy Tompkins and Michele Gallagher:

Bret’s gun features a stainless Viper (Stiller) action, barrel tuner, and an innovative Speedy-crafted wood stock. Speedy says this stock design is all-new: “It is a true, low Center-of-Gravity F-Class stock, not a morphed Palma stock merely cut out on the bottom”. See all the details in this short video:

Stock Features: Glue-in or Bolt-In and Optional Carbon Pillars and Cooling Ports
Speedy explained the features of the new stock design: “Terry Leonard and I started working on an F-Class version of his stocks last year during the F-Class Nationals and came up with what he and I consider the first true low-CG stock in the sport. As you can see by the videos, there is very little torquing of the stock during recoil. I add the carbon fiber tunnel underneath the forearms to save Terry some time. This bonds very well to his carbon fiber skeleton within the stock adding addition stiffness to the forearm to support the heavy barrels found on the F-Class rigs.

We are playing with both glue-ins like we benchresters use and bolt-ins as well. The rifles on the videos are glue-ins. Bret just took delivery today of his first bolt-in employing carbon fiber pillars and the first Leonard stock ever to have cooling ports.”

Need for Recoil Reduction Follows F-Class Trend to Bigger Calibers and Heavier Bullets
In recent years we have seen F-Open competitors move to bigger calibers and heavier bullets in pursuit of higher BC. There is no free lunch however. Shooting a 210gr .30-caliber bullet is going to produce much more recoil than a 140gr 6.5mm projectile (when they are shot at similar velocities). Does this mean that more F-Open shooters will add hydraulic buffers to their rigs? Will a recoil-reduction system become “de rigueur” on F-Open rifles shooting heavy bullets?

Our friend Boyd Allen observes: “You may imagine that shooting a short magnum, or even a .284 Win with heavy bullets, involves a fair amount of recoil, and in the prone position this can be more than a little wearing. It can in fact beat you up over the course of a match. Some time back, Lou Murdica told me about having a hydraulic recoil absorbing device installed on one of his F-Class rifles, chambered in .300 WSM. Lou is shooting heavy (210-215gr) bullets so the recoil is stout. According to Lou, the hydraulic recoil-reduction system made all the difference.”

Story tip from Boyd Allen. We welcome reader submissions.
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