Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 SHOT Show Media Day: USFA ZiP .22

A new interesting and definitely unique firearm that was at the 2013 SHOT Show Media day was the USFA ZiP .22 Long Rifle pistol.

At first I just stared at it thinking, well 'What the Heck' or you know what I mean. 

I asked that demonstrator, who's name escapes me, what the purpose of this little square plastic 'pistol' was? What market are they filling? What prompted them to spend three years bringing this obviously odd shaped, unique manual of arms, thing to market?

The answer was more of  a look: If you have to ask you don't get it.

So, once the initial logical assessment attitude wore off I just went with it. 

I looked at it for what it was. An alien contraption that shoots .22 long rifle, no reciprocating slide, that accepts Ruger 10/22 magazines everyone has hanging around the house.

There are two "plungers" one on either side of the 5" barrel. The left one load the chamber and the right one clears any malfunctions. The plungers are practically flush with the barrel so keep your fingers of the trigger when performing any manipulations that involve the plungers.

Shooting the ZiP was pretty easy, no recoil or muzzle flip and surprisingly accurate.

You can use the standard two handed grip and it's comfortable.

This could easily be a 'hide in plain sight' firearm that packs a .22 Long Rifle punch.

The MSRP is about $200.00 which is pretty cheap. I would get one just for the heck of it.

Conventional Two Handed Grip When Using the ZiP.

Ruger 10/22 Magazine inserted into the belly of the beast.

Various rail accessories

Plunger and barrel alignment

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