Originally Posted by gunsmokeer
Those AR-7 survival rifles, the ones where the barrel and action can be stored in the huge hollow plastic stock, are lousy. Inaccurate and unreliable, in my experience.
The Phoenix Arms .22 semi-auto pistol, which looks good and fits my hand well, and only sells for $125 brand new, is not reliable. And it has some really weird controls and safety features that have never been seen on any other handgun (and I hope they are never used again on any future guns, either).
(P.S. The Phoenix Arms Rangemaster is accurate. It's just not reliable.)
The Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle is an excellent rifle that does exactly what it is supposed to do.
While it is supposed to be used with High Velocity, I can successfully utilize a full magazine of Aquila Subsonic 1025 fps about 3/4s of the time with the result being 3" groups at 50 yards with the default 2mm thick front plastic sight.
Anyone who wants to successfully and reliably use this firearm needs to remember something: It is very light.
Use a firm brace, grip and cheek plant to assist the bolt - keep your hand off the magazine - no problems when using High Velocity CCI Mini-Mags whether round point or hollow point.
Dis-assembly, cleaning and re-assembly is an utter piece of cake.
The Phoenix Arms HP22A is actually a nice pistol for the cost - however it is not for everyone. It's a personality issue. If you want to get straight to the point in 15 minutes like a general bicycle mechanic doing small tasks - the HP22A is not for you.
However, if you are like me, someone who is methodical, can focus on a task for an hour straight, methodically practice something hundreds of times over to establish "conditioned response" - then the HP22A is for you.
I'm a methodical SOB.
The HP22A fits my personality. However, some caveats:
1. Don't limp wrist - take the recoil up with the arm - not the wrist. Limp wristing will result in jams and/or misfeeds.
2. When you first use the firearm, it really does need breaking in for a good 100-200 rounds. And accessories you add like the 5" barrel - is going to require some emery cloth sanding and further breaking in. A little time, emery cloth and oil isn't the end of the world.
3. Use a nice smooth edged steel plate notched for 16mm to assist you in opening the barrel the first dozen times. Afterward, you'll be able to open the barrel with your fingers only.
4. Use Standard Velocity round nose ammunition only. If you use high velocity - you'll break the firearm. It's stated clearly in the manual what velocity ammo to us.
5. Feed the magazines only 9 rounds - trying to go 10 pains the fingers. If using a last-round-hold-open slug, stop at 8. Trying to put 9 in once again pains the fingers. Cheap magazines are simply that, cheap magazines. Sure they can do 10 (9 with mod.) but its a pain.