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Old August 5, 2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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A VERY VERY LIGHT .22 rifle

I am looking for a .22 rifle that weighs around 3.5-3.75 pounds. It's for my Grandmother. She was recently ill, and is not as strong as she used to be. She would like to go to the range with me soon. I have already looked at the marlin papoose, it weighs 3.25 pounds. i would like something with a forend to grab on to though. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old August 5, 2012, 02:48 PM   #2
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Henry survival rifle is 3.5 pounds. Cricket is about 2.5 pounds.
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Old August 5, 2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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The Henry 'Survival Rifle' only weighs 2.5 pounds I think.
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Old August 5, 2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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i have looked at the henry survival rifle, it is uncomfortable to hold, i want something with a forend. The cricket is too small.
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Old August 5, 2012, 03:01 PM   #5
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Wrap a spot with duct tape to make a nice soft custom sized buldge to hold. The old "Red Green" solution. Ugly, maybe out of line reply, but something like split wood or plastic could be fabricated and put in place for the hand. Others may have better ideas, like perhaps some sort of drop down handle that clamps to the barrel. Not trying to be stupid- just thinking out loud.
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Old August 5, 2012, 03:04 PM   #6
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Forgot to mention- maybe you already know. My first thought was the kids Cricket for light weight, but they do make an adult version about 2 1/2 inches longer pull. Might be about right.
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Old August 5, 2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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Forgot to mention- maybe you already know. My first thought was the kids Cricket for light weight, but they do make an adult version about 2 1/2 inches longer pull. Might be about right.
Thanks, I have seen those, but i am leaning more towards a semi automatic. What i think i will do is get a marlin papoose, than i will epoxy or screw on a picatinny rail onto the stock, sticking out further forward and put a foregrip on it. I'm not a fan of attaching things to the barrel because if a hand slipped i don't want her to burn her hand. Thanks for your help.
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Old August 5, 2012, 07:51 PM   #8
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A Nylon 66 weighs 4 pounds.
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Old August 8, 2012, 08:26 AM   #9
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A Browning SA-22 weighs 5 lbs and has a forend. This is a little over your weight limit, but it might work anyway...

The SA-22 is very easy to use, and the bottom eject allows one to shoot it either left- or right-handed. (As long as you keep your support arm to one side to avoid the hot brass.)

One suggestion might be to let her shoot off a rest. If she uses a rest, the weight of the rifle itself should be less of a problem. And, it is easier to shoot well from a rest, so that should provide a "more harmonious outcome".

SA-22's aren't cheap, however.
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Old August 8, 2012, 09:24 AM   #10
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If you're going to 5 pounds, just a 10/22 carbine with the synthetic stock would be 5 pounds. The Mossberg Plinkster goes down to 4.1 pounds and has the aforementioned requirements. The Marlin 795 detachable magazine is listed at 4.5 pounds. Most .22s come with an 18" barrel. Get a smith to cut the last 2 inches off and save yourself a couple of ounces. Those are my options for you. You could also look at the 10/22 and get one of those carbon-fiber aftermarket barrels for it with the steel liner. That should shave off some weight. Another thing you may want to consider is balance. A well-balanced rifle will seem lighter and easier to handle than one that is muzzle-heavy.
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Old August 8, 2012, 12:23 PM   #11
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The old Nylon 66 is absurdly light if you can find one. My LGS has one on the used rack.
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Old August 8, 2012, 01:18 PM   #12
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The Marlin Tactical 22 (ar15 type) is listed at 5 lbs, and has a rail you can mount a foregrip on.
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Old August 8, 2012, 01:48 PM   #13
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Mossberg 702 Plinkster is only 4.1 pounds,,,

4.1 pounds is nothing,,,
The little AR-7 by Henry is 3.5 pounds.

Mine has been rock solid reliable,,,
Mags (at wal mart) are cheap,,,
It seems to like bulk ammo.

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Old August 8, 2012, 03:21 PM   #14
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The Henry 'Survival Rifle' only weighs 2.5 pounds I think.
Nope, it weighs 3.5 pounds,,,
According to their website.

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Old August 8, 2012, 08:27 PM   #15
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If she must go with .22 LR, presumably for HD duties? .... Not yet mentioned:

Marlin Model 60
Kel-tec SU 22

How about a handgun suitable for 2-handed use?

Kel-tec PLR 22

.32 ACP? VZ-Scorpion?
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