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Old December 23, 2018, 09:53 AM   #1
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Dedicated .22LR upper?

If anyone is interested in a .22LR upper for their AR... this is the best deal I've seen in a couple of years.

You'll find these priced at $450 or more most places, so $322 delivered is awesome.

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/100...ifle-16-barrel
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Old December 23, 2018, 01:20 PM   #2
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What is the advantage of a dedicated 22LR upper over a conversion unit ?
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Old December 23, 2018, 01:39 PM   #3
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Barrel made for 22LR, correct twist and then on the conversion there's the "free bore" portion of the adapter before the bullet moves into the barrel. But I picked up a conversion unit, I really like it, it's plenty of accurate to off soda cans at the range. I looked at the prices of dedicated uppers and decided I didn't need to send that much money to plink with.
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Old December 23, 2018, 02:39 PM   #4
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I find the dedicated uppers more accurate, and no worries about plugging the gas port with soft lead vs running a conversion in a 556 upper.

Tactical Solutions uppers have been very reliable for me.
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Old December 23, 2018, 10:42 PM   #5
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My CMMG dedicated .22LR upper is the most accurate off-the-shelf semi-auto rimfire rifle I own, hands down. The conversion units don’t come close.

It has been very reliable as well.
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Old December 24, 2018, 09:51 AM   #6
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Timely, I've begun looking at these.
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Old December 25, 2018, 09:10 PM   #7
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Don't get it I've got one it doesn't run for -CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED-. You're better off getting a 15-22 for 299.

If you get anything get a cmmg or clone. Then get the better mag adapter so u can run 15-22 mags it makes a world of difference.
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Old December 25, 2018, 09:33 PM   #8
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I bought an 8"(?) 22lr AR upper from PSA. Adding it to a KAK brace equipped lower and screwing on one of my Form ! mufflers gives me a dandy little "fun gun" when fed sug-sonic AGUILA.
Tack driver?? NAH, not hardly but for sure minute of pop can @ 25 yards.
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Old December 26, 2018, 05:19 AM   #9
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Never liked the idea of a .22 LR AR. I understand the customization and the ease/availability of better triggers, but the AR isn't built for .22's, it's not the best platform for rimfire. If you're doing competitions and matches, okay, sure, the AR is probably the best way to go, but for just a nice semi auto plinker or a .22 for "bad times", get a Ruger 10/22 or Charger w/ a brace. Plenty of customization and aftermarket parts for a hugely popular .22 rifle.

Besides not being designed for it, being way too big for the cartridge, the big issue I have is the magazines. They're the same size as an AR mag and there are no smaller 10 round mags that you can easily carry like the 10/22's rotary mag or the Mossberg Plinkster mag.

The only thing the .22 AR has going for it is that they're the only .22's I know of that you can mount a bayonet onto without much effort.
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Old December 26, 2018, 07:56 AM   #10
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Interesting comments.

I have three dedicated uppers, a 7.5" CMMG, a 9" Tac Sol and a 16" Tac Sol. All of mine work just fine and both of the Tac Sol units will out-shoot the CMMG.

I have a few 10/22s and an SBR Charger as well, but I still find the AR-22 useful and fun.

FYI, if you want to run S&W 15-22 mags with the TacSol upper, the Catch-22 mag catch/mag well shim works great.
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Old December 26, 2018, 08:46 AM   #11
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I've found the AR system easier to set up for good accuracy. Partly I attribute that to the barrel nut ARs use. The AR also permits cleaning from the breach with a rod.

My ARs in 22lr are not the very most accurate 22lr rifles I've had, but they are the most consistently accurate and reliable I've had. Pressure pads, stock screw torque and V-block adjustments are not variables in the AR equation, and you'll never strip the screw holes for mounting a picatinny rail to the receiver.

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Besides not being designed for it, being way too big for the cartridge, the big issue I have is the magazines. They're the same size as an AR mag and there are no smaller 10 round mags that you can easily carry like the 10/22's rotary mag or the Mossberg Plinkster mag.
The S&W 10 round magazine is not significantly longer than any other conventional 10 round 22lr magazine. (The 10/22 magazine is shorter due to the rotary layout.)

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FYI, if you want to run S&W 15-22 mags with the TacSol upper, the Catch-22 mag catch/mag well shim works great.
That's some valuable information. The Tacsol bolt seems more nicely finished and better thought out (I don't own any but I've seen pictures), but Tacsol may be your only parts source. Does the Tacsol use a firing pin just like a Taccom or CMMG? For the CMMG, some interoperable parts are made by other vendors too owing to common design reference or ancestry.

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Old December 29, 2018, 05:00 PM   #12
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FYI:

The price is now down to $289!
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Old December 30, 2018, 07:41 AM   #13
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"Never liked the idea of a .22 LR AR. "

For actual, practical use, I agree. For a bit of fun and/or training tool, the 22lr AR has merit.
My little 22lr AR pistol is a very close match (even has similar dot optic) to the 300AAC pistol that my Granddaughter used for deer hunting this year. Controls, trigger, and optic are 100% same while the recoil is much less (of course). GD was able to shoot as much as she wanted cheaply and w/o getting recoil sensitive.
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