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fredeee
January 29, 2011, 05:02 PM
This is a newbie range report for Wilson Combat .22 AR15 Complete Upper. It's also a followup to my previous thread asking our community for recommendations on a .22 upper. You can view the original thread here (http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=435359). The upper is being used with a RRA complete lower (http://www.rockriverarms.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=286).

View Wilson Combat's full product info here (http://shopwilsoncombat.com/Complete-Upper-Assembly-22-Long-Rifle-M-4-16-Quad-Rail/productinfo/TR-M422UP/). It's currently on sale for $559.97. May sound like a lot for a .22 upper but considering the quality and the competition, it's an absolute bargain. When it was first introduced a year or two ago, it was almost a grand, then lowered to $799 and now it's down below $600. Essentially it's a Tactical Solutions (http://www.tacticalsol.com/) upper with Wilson Combat bells and whistles including:
1. Wilson Combat Carbine Length Quad-Rail
2. Flip up front sight
3. Carbine Length Quad-Rail
4. Accu-Tac Flash Hider (had mine swooped out with a muzzle break welded to the barrel to make it compliant in my state)

The rest seems to be all Tactical Solutions which, from what I've heard, is a good thing.

After considering several options for a .22 complete upper, I settled on the Wilson Combat due to price, reputation and the fact that their product seemed to be what I wanted, an all-metal, as close as you can get to my Spikes Tactical .223 upper as possible. I considered the Spikes Tactical product (http://www.spikestactical.com/new/z/22lr-upper-m4-p-122.html), but it was over $900 when I got it to something comparable to the Wilson Combat.

My first impressions were extremely positive. The folks at Wilson Combat were very helpful and it arrived exactly when they promised, which was within 2 weeks which included slow UPS Ground shipping time and the custom compliance work.

Upon receiving the upper, I was very happy to see that it was exactly what I wanted. It's all metal, this is not a plastic AR knock-off like the S&W (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757786_-1_757784_757784_image). Has good weight and to the uninformed, you'd think it's a standard .223 upper even when you pick it up. Only until you open the bolt do you see the differences. They include:
1. When you disassemble the upper from the lower, the bolt will fall out if you're not careful
2. The bolt does not lock open
3. On the last round, the bolt doesn't lock open but the magazine seems to help out on this front (more later in the report)

Other than that it's pretty much the same as your run-of-the-mill AR.

Before I took it to the range, I assembled the rifle and noticed it was a bit tight (had to tap down the pins to assemble/disassemble and use a screwdriver to pull them apart again), but it's loosened up a bit even a week into ownership. After lubing I took it to the range to see how it performs.

Put about 200 rounds of CCI Mini-Mag 22 LR HP (http://www.cci-ammunition.com/products/detail.aspx?use=1&loadNo=0031) ammo and not a single malfunction. It shot super straight, although way down to the right but I didn't sight the rifle before hitting the range. At about 50 feet (the maximum at my indoor range) it was holding about a <1" group with iron sights. The recoil and bang of the .22 is obviously much less than a .223 but with the HP ammo, it had a bit of a kick and was fun to shoot. Next up is to sight it in and get a scope. The magazines are made by Black Dog Machine (http://blackdogmachinellc.net/) and, while plastic, seem like they're very solid and worked great. As I mentioned the bolt does not lock back on the last round like a standard .223 AR but with the little red dohickie (see pick below), it keeps the bolt back just enough that you feel a difference on the last round. Not a bad compromise.

Bottom line, if you're interested in a very high-quality .22 upper to save money on Ammo or like me, if your indoor range doesn't allow rifle ammunition, I highly recommend this product. For the money, it's a steal and if you're willing to spring for a high-quality .22 upper, I'd snatch one of these up quick.

I'll update my report if I have any experiences that's contrary to my initial impressions. Photos below, enjoy!

Bolt Assembly
https://www.box.net/shared/static/zggg6g4k8x.jpg

Muzzle
https://www.box.net/shared/static/uetmiv80me.jpg

Front Flip-up Sight
https://www.box.net/shared/static/a3iaxhla5o.jpg

Hand Guard
https://www.box.net/shared/static/t0h98lsgvg.jpg

Magazine
https://www.box.net/shared/static/emg8h1k1n0.jpg

Muzzle Break
https://www.box.net/shared/static/svqrc9iny5.jpg

shanzlik
January 29, 2011, 08:37 PM
Looks nice, I like it.

Quentin2
January 29, 2011, 08:47 PM
Looks great and nice pictures you have there! I considered going this route maybe with the Tactical Solutions upper but ended up with the Colt M4 knockoff. It's actually a good choice but yours makes a lot of sense.

fredeee
January 29, 2011, 08:56 PM
Hey Quentin2. Sorry for the "knock off" remark, only reason to go the route I choose is if you already have a lower, and my setup is already a franken rifle so didn't matter to go another brand on the upper. I shot the S&W and it's very cool... In the end, whatever gets us to the range more often is perfect.