It’s Summer Time, a Little Something for the Tackle Box

By  | July 2, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

It is that time of year again.  Summer Time.    It is time to be on the water, taking hikes and going fishing.  However it is also the time for snakes.  There seems to be more snake stories on Facebook as well as people coming into the store and telling about seeing them.  It is always a good idea to have a small firearm with you if you are going to be in the outdoors such as hiking or fishing.

 

So with that in mind, I would like to share with you the ATI Firefly.  It is chambered in .22 Long Rifle.    Shooters have always looked at the .22 Long Rifle cartridge as a means to practice their skills at a lower costs. The ATI GSG Firefly is small enough to go into a tackle box or be carried on your person.

 

ATI Firefly

The ATI GSG Firefly is a Blowback Operated Semi-Automatic Pistol based on the Sig Sauer P-226 Series of Pistols.  However, the Firefly is about 80% in size and chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge.   As most of us know, the Sig Sauer P-226 pistol was derived from the Sig Sauer P-220 Psitol.  The P-226 is a full size Service Pistol chambered in .9mm, .40 S&W and .357 Sig.  The Sig Sauer P-226 is utilized by several Law Enforcement Agencies as a Duty Pistol, as well as the United States Navy S.E.A.L.S until it was recently replaced.    The Sig Sauer P-226 can be had with or without the Light Rail on the Frame.

The Firefly is set up with the same decocker and slide-lock as the larger Sig-Sauer P Series pistols.  However, the Firefly has a Manual Ambi Safety as well.  More on this in a little while.     All Firefly Series Pistols have a picatinny rail on the dust cover of the frame

The Mosquito is offered in several different configurations;

  • Black Finish
  • Black finish with threaded barrel
  • OD Green
  • OD Green with threaded barrel
  • Desert Tan
  • Desert Tan with threaded barrel
  • Black with Pink Frame and threaded barrel

With the picatinny rail on the frame, users can mount various lights and lasers.  GSG also makes an Accessary Package that includes a mount that attaches to the rail, and allows mounting an Optic on top of the Pistol.

 

Operation of the GSG Firelfly is as follows.  Press the Magazine Release to eject the magazine.  The magazines are metal with a polymer base pad.   Ejection of the magazine is smooth, with no hang-ups.  The Firefly also features a Magazine Safety, whereas, the Magazine has to be present in the gun before it can be fired.  Load the magazine with 10 Rounds of .22 Long Rifle.  Insert the loaded magazine into the Butt of the Pistol.  Finger off the Trigger, work the slide to the rear or press the Slide Release, chambering the round.  Here is where the Firefly is a little different.

 

   As stated above, the Firefly has the Decokcer Lever on the frame as the other Sig Sauer Pistols.   You can utilize the Decokcer Lever to safely lower the Hammer.   The Firefly also has a Ambi Thumb Safety on the Slide.  The Thumb Safety, in the Up Psotion, shows a Red Dot and is ready to fire.  With the Thumb Safety in the Down Position, the Hammer will fall, if the trigger is pulled.  However, the Firing Pin is blocked with the Thumb Safety in the Down Position.

 

With the Pistol loaded and in the Decocked Position, the Pistol can be fired from a Double Action first shot with follow-up shots being Single Action.  With the Thumbs Safety off, the Hammer can be cocked for Single Action shots.  The Slide Release and Disasembly Latrch are located in typical Sig Sauer fashion.  The Sights on the Firefly are of the Three Dot variety.

At the Range

The GSG Firefly has a really long Double Action first shot.  The Single Action is really smooth with little creep.  I am hoping that the Double Action will work itself out after some extensive firing.  The Safeties on the Pistol worked smoothly.

GSG includes a very informative Instruction Manual with the Firefly.  There is also a slip of paper stating that GSG recommends the sole use of CCI-Speer Mini-Mags in the Firefly.  The Firefly did not like some of the “bargain” .22 Long Rifle Hollow Point rounds.  However, the CCI-Speer Mini-Mags worked fine.  I guess that is why GSG includes this recommendation with the Pistol.  CCI Stinger .22 Long Rifle ammo worked flawlessly also.

Besides a few Failures to Eject with the “Bargain” .22 Long Rifle Rounds, we had no problems with the Firefly.

Lets compare prices of ammunition for the Firefly vs. a P-226 .9mm.  Sticking with the CCI-Speer Brand.  A box of 100 Rounds of CCI-Speer .22 Long Rifle Mini Mags cost $6.50 per box.  A box of CCI-Speer Blazer .9mm 115 Grain FMJ was $12.00 per 50.  So, we were looking at a savings of $5.50 with the Mini-Mags.  With that left over, I can go get a Cheeseburger at the Smokehouse Grill after shooting that day.

The GSG Firefly would be a perfect Trainer for a Recreational Shooter or a Law Enforcement Officer that shoots a Sig Sauer Pistol.  The controls are in the same place as the “big brothers”.  Are there any druthers that I would like to see?  Yes.  I would have preferred a 1/1 scale on the pistol.  With this scale, holsters for the 226 could be utilized with the Firefly.    The only other aspect would be the really long Double Action pull.  However, this could correct itself after a few thousand rounds.

It would make a great tackle box gun to handle those pesky snakes.  MRSP on the GSG Firefly is 319.99, but you can find them at your local gun shops for less than that.  Also, it could also make a good Self Defense gun for someone that might be recoil sensitive to larger calibers.

Get you some CCI-Speer Mini-Mags and go have fun with the Firefly.

  Bobby Inman is retired from Law Enforcement after 21 years of Service.  He is a Consultant for Southern Heritage Gun & Pawn in Tuscumbia.   He has articles published in Law & Order Magazine, Police Marksman Magazine, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine as well as several published ebooks on Amazon, Kobo Writing, as well as Nook (Barnes & Noble).  He is owner of Poopiedog, an Animal Rescue Dachshund, who is his constant companion.   He is a Senior Investigative Reporter for the Quad Cities Daily

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