With the introduction of the 17 HMR and 17 Mach 2 by Hornaday, a lot of handgun shooters are trading in their 22 long rifle handguns for 17 handguns. Before you make the switch to a 17 handgun, here are some things to consider.
17 Handguns Ė Most of the 22 lr and 22 WMR handguns are also being chambered in 17 HMR and 17 Mach 2. The controls, fit and function are entirely the same so you donít have to learn a new firearm so to speak when you get a 17 handgun.
17 Handguns shoot flatter Ė 17 handguns shoot flatter than there 22 LR or 22 WMR counterparts, while the 22ís shoot a 40 gr bullet, the 17ís are shooting 17-20 gr bullets, this means the 17 Mach 2 handgun will be shooting around 1600 fps while the 17 HMR will be sending its round downrange at an astounding 2200 fps. This increased velocity means that the 17 handgun will be getting its bullet on target faster with less bullet drop.
17 Handguns Hit Harder - Due to the increased velocity 17 handguns chambered for both 17 HMR and 17 Mach 2 hit harder on target than the 22ís they replaced.
Thinking about a new rimfire handgun, donít over look the 17 handguns, they are in the same price range, the 17 handguns are just as fun and the 17 handguns are economical.
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