Ever heard of “Plinking?” No, not pimping. Plinking. Plinking is what many would call a lost art. Wikipedia defines plinking as:
“Plinking refers to informal target shooting done at non-traditional targets such as tin cans, glass bottles, and balloons filled with water. The term is anonomatopoeia of the sound a bullet or other projectile makes when hitting a tin can, or other similar target, referring to the sharp, metallic sound, known as a “plink”.”
Plinking is what many would consider a lost art. Heading off into the woods or a field looking for tree limbs, stumps, even tin cans and rocks to shoot at is rarely done any more. In a day where we have so many purpose specific firearm, few outdoorsman are consumed with using just ONE of their beloved smoke poles for many sports. Nowadays it’s “this gun for this,” and, “this gun for that.” Even our .22 handguns have to be a replica of larger guns of sorts to aid in training purposes and tactical drills.
Well let me introduce a .22 Rimfire rifle that has little purpose outside of fun shooting and plinking. The BRAND NEW Mitchell PPS50/22 is a direct rimfire replica of the Soviet PPSh-41 full auto rifle made famous during the Battle of Berlin in 1945. Does the name Mitchell’s Mausers sound familiar? Maybe you don’t own one of their original World War II battle rifles, but there is a chance you’ve seen their ads gracing the pages of Guns & Ammo magazine, American Rifleman by the NRA and others.
Knowing their supply of surplus rifles will inevitably run out some day, the folks at Mitchell’s seem to be proactive in creating new model guns with historical significance just like this PPS50/22 seems to be doing. It’s an exact replica of the original Soviet model save for the fact it’s a semi-automatic rather than a fully automatic and boasts a 22 Long Rifle rimfire chambering over the original 7.62x25mm pistol round the original submachine gun was chambered in. Availabilities include a 50 round drum magazine and a 30 and 10 round straight banana (shaped, slang term) magazine so you can pull the trigger to your hearts delight. The perforated heat shield is designed to be both functional and cosmetic in remembering the original. This would be a BEAUTIFUL piece to add to any WW2 collection at a fraction of the price of what an original would cost.
Oh, and that plinking thing? This new offering from Mitchell’s may very well be a solution to ending the drought of the fine art.