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Volquartsen 22 LB pistol

Volquartsen 22 LB pistol

As a UK pistol shooter, albeit restricted to shooting in Belgium, Germany & France, I was delighted to be asked to review the latest Section One long arm described as a long barreled pistol, for the purposes of marketing.

The Volquartsen is derived from a Ruger Mk III .22 LR pistol. Mike Chinery of Stockade products is the importer of this unique product, which is made especially for us Brits, as the UK mainland is the only place in Europe where cartridge pistols are prohibited. Mike and his daughter Gaynor are well known on the Gallery Rifle Competition circuit and have been able to work with USA based Volquartsen to design this high quality Long Barrel Pistol specifically for the UK market.

600mm/300mm – UK legal

The polished stainless steel beauty arrived, the first thing that impressed me was the superbly contoured Hogue rubber grips, and it felt great as soon as I picked it up. To be UK legal the Volquartsen must be 600mm overall in length with a barrel of 300mm. To achieve the 600mm overall length a stainless balance rod is permanently fitted to the bottom of the magazine well. The balance rod is offset and did not touch my forearm, when aiming; in fact the balance is perfect.

The Volquartsen is equipped with two ten round magazines and is a semi automatic action. The customizing process starts by Volquartsen tuning the action using their own Ruger MKIII accuracy kit, as well as installing a pretravel adjustment screw to the trigger to achieve a crisp, clean 2.25 lb. trigger pull.

Volquartsen use only stainless steel “match” digitally gauged barrel blanks on all of their pistol models, and use the same chamber and bore dimensions on each of their pistols models, as well. The chamber is hand cut using Volquartsens own unique reamer. The feed ramp is also hand polished to ensure proper functioning.

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Each pistol comes standard with a Volquartsen TL Rear Adjustable Sight and a .125” wide front dovetail sight. This model also sported a Weaver style mount to accommodate a red dot optic or scope if required.

How Does It Perform?

I set up a PL14 target at twenty yards on the range. I used standard Geco Club .22 LR cartridges, and loaded each magazine with five rounds. The Ruger cocking grip positioned at the rear of the slide is quite unique as opposed to a slide normally found in semi auto pistols such as the Browning Buckmark or the Colt 1911 derivatives. The cocking was smooth and effortless, the trigger was crisp with no hint of creep, the first round as a “sighter” was a little high at 12 o’clock in the 4 ring, the following nine rounds grouped well, for a first time outing without prior practice. The 300mm lightweight carbon fibre barrel shroud has a compensator permanently fixed to the muzzle; this is topped with a superb green fibre optic foresight.

The balance of this firearm is superb, to date the finest example of these section one firearms that I have had the pleasure to shoot. The retail price of £2000 reflects the sheer quality and craftsmanship that this firearm offers.

The Volquartsen Long barreled pistol to give its marketing title is a superb piece of engineering and well worth the money, as they say “you get what you pay for” and in my book this is the best on the market.

Mike Chinery informs us that future variants will include a Tactical model, Long Range Pistol and a Full Race Bianchi Gun that we will bring you news of as soon as they are available.

PRICE: £2000

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  • Model: : Volquartsen Long Barreled .22R pistol
  • Action: : Semi-automatic
  • Calibre:: .22 Rimfire
  • Capacity:: Two 10 round magazines supplied
  • Overall:: length: 600mm
  • Weight:: 1.425kg
  • Barrel length:: 300mm
  • Trigger weight:: 2.25lb
  • Sights:: TL adjustable rearsight/ Hi viz foresight

2 Comments

  • WARNING FROM ME JOHN

    DON'T EVER USE LOCK-TIGHT FROM B&Q TO FIX ANY THING

    Well after a frustrating time with the picanny rail i decided to e: mail mick at Stockdale products.

    And mike rang me back next day very concerned at the problem i was having and offering to repair the gun and make sure everything was as it should be...

    Which is a true example of the man’s concern at the fault i was having so once fixed i will definitely be buying the scope i was wanting

    You are in good hands with Stockdale products

    Thanks mike

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    john
    04 Jan 2014 at 11:07 AM
  • The pistol is a fantastic gun i have one and love it but one let-down is the scope rail it should be removed and sold as an iron sight pistol only
    When i first received it i fitted a red dot sight to the rail from a rifle i was going to buy a scope sight but LUCKLY FOR ME before buying i found a fault with the rail in that it worked loose due to the blow back system. and in the rear of the rail the screw is short due to the fact it goes through the barrel of the gun so to not interfere with the return spring it is shortened this worked loose hence the red dot sight would fire way off target...

    No problem with the iron sights solid and secure.
    But warn others before buying a £400 pound scope from mike at Stockdale products just shoot a few rounds to see if it works loose first.
    The glue lock tight might work from the USA but don’t try the stuff from B&Q
    UNLESS YOU WANT TO WELD THE RETURN SPRING TOGETHER

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    john
    02 Jan 2014 at 02:02 PM


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