Growing up, I was never able to simply stroll outside and plink or kill squirrels at my leisure. Well, not with a firearm. I managed to sneak some shots with my BB gun now and then in my suburban backyard … until the police surrounded my house with guns drawn one afternoon (true story). The idea of carrying a .22 “out back” or on the bus for some after-school hunting is novel to me, and whenever I hear one of my elders tell stories like that, I get warm and fuzzy and extremely jealous at the same time.
When my paternal great grandpa died, my grandma divvied up his gun collection among various family members who gave at least somewhat of a damn about such objects. I ended up with a Mossberg & Sons model 152 chambered in .22 Long Rifle. Check out this old-school picture (my rifle is the top one) featuring the intriguing little Mossberg.
Up until last week, I had only shot the rifle once. For years, it has sat in my gun cabinet unused. But when I recently received one of Redfield’s latest riflescopes to test, I knew it was time to knock the dust off the Mossberg.
The new scope is called the Battlezone TAC.22. It’s a 2-7X34mm gem that you can get for less than $200.
Perhaps the coolest feature of the new Battlezone TAC.22 is a custom turret designed specifically to match the ballistics of a .22 Long Rifle cartridge that sends a 36-grain hollow point bullet out of the muzzle at 1,260 FPS—a great choice for shooting small game or tin cans. I chose ammo from CCI that meets those specs.
To use the custom turret, all you need to do is sight-in your rifle with the right ammo at 50 yards. Once that’s done, you should be able to dial the turret to any range between 50 yards and 150 yards, aim at the target with the center of the crosshair, and the bullet should hit where you’re aiming.
But does it work? Yep.
Don’t take my written word for it— check out this video footage from my experience shooting the TAC.22.
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If you don’t want to meddle with the custom turret or the ammo that’s required to use it, this scope also includes a “regular” elevation dial with 1/4-MOA click adjustments. And finally, the TAC.22 comes standard with Redfield’s TAC-MOA reticle, which consists of a primary crosshair with horizontal and vertical hash marks separated in 2 MOA increments. Multiple aiming options. Basically, if you miss your target with the TAC.22, the blame’s on you.
My new .22 setup can’t rewind clocks, but I’ll smile like a kid from “the good old days” whenever I burn through some rimfire rounds. It’ll be a hell of a time.