Rimfire trainer guns

Ever since I got to shoot a suppressed GSG1911-22 in Nevada, I wanted to have on on hand. Rimfire trainer guns were extremely useful then and they have become even more useful since the price of ammunition gone up so much.

GSG 1911-22 has a good trigger and accuracy, little kick. It’s lighter than the standard 1911s but matches them in size, so the same holsters fit. Too large for kids, it’s just right for teenagers and women with small hands.

Chiappa mfour-22 on a polymer Omni receiver worked out well — it’s as light as Cav Arms lowers and as adjustable as the standard M4. Surprisingly good trigger, better than most milspec lowers. Accuracy with 1-4x Primary Arms scope was excellent. Reliability was also very good. Included 28rd magazine was too long for bench shooting, so I mostly shot it with BDM 50rd drum and 25rd box magazines. Light weight and adjustable stock make it very suitable for kids.

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12 Responses to Rimfire trainer guns

  1. My kids and I all have a blast with my S&W M&P 15-22. Same controls as AR and the whole rifle is the price of a .22 upper.

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  3. Chris Meissen says:

    Oleg, if you thought the stock GSG1911-22 trigger is good, try the Nowlin Lightweight “K” trigger in it. I put one in mine and adjusted it for essentially no over travel, no vertical slop, and minimal (about .040″) take up, just enough to assure trigger reset. I swear, it feels like you’re just pushing on a pressure pad until the pistol just suddenly fires. I’ve put one of those triggers on all of my 1911-style handguns and love them!

    Start by adjusting the overtravel stop screw until it just releases the hammer. Put a dab of blue Loktite on the threads and back the screw out about 1/6 turn (well, I backed out one full turn then back in 5/6 of a turn to make sure the interior threads were coated.) Then take up the slack, mark that point on the side of the trigger with a lead pencil and bend the adjusting tabs out until that slack has been taken up. Next, if there’s any vertical play, bend the tabs down enough to remove it. Warning: Don’t, repeat, don’t put any sort of pressure on the trigger shoe itself while doing this or you will bend/deform the shoe.

    I promise that when you’re done you’ll have a trigger “feel” like no 1911 you’ve ever shot before.

  4. How does the GSG compare to the Colt branded Umarex guns. As I recall the GSG had some funkiness about the grip safety (might not depress unless a mag is inserted?) I do like the patridge style sight on the one pictured though.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      It does have a magazine disconnector, which is the main down side to this design. I have not used the Colt.

  5. Bill says:

    Very easy to remove the magazine disconnect, though.

    Great gun. I shoot mine in Steel Challenge as practice for my regular 1911.

    Very happy with it. I hadn’t heard about the trigger, though. Sounds like a great idea!

  6. Bill says:

    I’ve had a few messages asking how to defeat the mag safety.

    Here is a good video:


  7. Matthew Carberry says:

    Some of the GSG’s had problems with the guide rod and several companies now have aftermarket parts. I put the CW combo in mine even though I hadn’t had any problems. Also eliminates the need for the barrel screw. Which make disassembly even more like the real thing.


  8. Chris Meissen says:

    My son’s had a grip safety that required a VERY firm grip to depress. Mine is not so bad but would still benefit from some judicious filing to make it a bit easier to fire when gripped normally.

  9. Sid says:

    Where did you get the barrel for the suppressor on the GSG?

  10. John Bernard Books says:

    I’ve had mine for about six weeks and 1300 rounds. It’s the best gun/fun purchase I’ve made in years. Sighted at 7 yards it’s dead on at 85. Yes, at 85 yards.

    You’ve gotta get one.

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