EAA to Import New .22 Tanfoglio “Appeal” Bullpup Carbine

By CTD Mike published on in Firearms

The first photos have surfaced of a new rimfire carbine made by Tanfoglio in Italy. It’s a bullpup design and will come in two flavors, .22LR and .22 WMR. Said to be fully reversible for left hand or right-handed shooters, it weighs just 4.5 pounds. Iron sights are integrated into a high Picatinny rail mounted above the barrel, and another Picatinny rail sits underneath the barrel.

Tanfoglio Appeal

Characteristics of the Tanfoglio Appeal

I’m thinking a laser there would fit in nicely with the futuristic overall look of the gun, but a bipod would be more practical. Called the “Appeal,” the rifle looks much like a Walther G22 with sharper features and Italian styling touches. The rifle will come with ten round magazines here in the US. In Italy, customers will be limited to a ridiculous 5-round capacity.

Appeal Compensator

Clever compensator attaches via Picatinny rail and includes… a Picatinny rail.

Photos show that you can fit a compensator to the Picatinny rail, and the compensator itself has another Picatinny rail built into it. Therefore, attaching a compensator won’t affect the rifle’s ability to mount accessories—very smart! The arrangement of the iron sights and Picatinny rail is also an improvement over previous rimfire bullpups like the G22. There is plenty of rail space up there for mounting a wide variety of optics with different eye reliefs, but with such a lightweight design, I think a red dot is the natural choice. There are sling-mounting loops integrated into the rifle’s stock and forend, but they are simply part of the larger moldings, so if the polymer breaks you’ll be out of luck for mounting a sling. Length of pull on the stock is adjustable with plastic inserts, perhaps a hint that the Appeal can grow alongside a youngster as a first .22 rifle that will still fit after a big growth spurt.

Appeal 2

Another view of the Appeal.

Does the new Tanfoglio “Appeal” to you? They make great firearms but I have a hunch that shooters will either love or hate the looks of it. For me, it’s all about performance. If the Appeal shoots straight, doesn’t break, and has good reliability with quality ammo, it will be a huge success. More people than ever are shooting .22 calibers simply because of affordability. This rifle should be affordable too—expect a street price in the low $300 range. Tanfoglio is said to be working on a future version in .17 HMR, but that gun isn’t read for prime time yet.

 

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  • Fred

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    I got one over the weekend. Have not shot it yet. Very interesting weapon. You can easily change it from right to left handed. It seems to be well built. I have the 22Mag. The magazine is marked both 17 and 22. We will see soon how it works.

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  • Clint Hardtack

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    These only come with (1) Magazine. If you can find the WMR mag it will cost you $46.00 (includes shipping) from EAA. Ridiculous! Yes, the rifle does look a little Sci Fi…but hey, it has a 10-rd Magazine with a price that’s “out of this world” to go with it!

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  • lance shelton

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    well i bought both .22lr and .22wmr.my 74 year old dad has both shoulders implants and finding a rifle he could shoulder and hold for any amount of time was getting hard to do. so i bought the .22lr for plinking,he grabbed it up and 300 rounds later set it down. i went straight away to my local gun shop and bought him the .22wmr. now we can call coyotes all day. he loves being able to hunt again with the boys. i tell you ugly sci fi or not. its a blessing for my dad to be able to shoot like he did when i was younger. my teenage son gets to experience his grandpa in the field rather than just sitting on a bucket fishing. so my advice if you got a dad thats body is worn out to the point he has to stay behind from the hunt give this little ugly rifle a try. im glad i did because now we are building memories that my son will remember for a lifetime..

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  • Wolfsbane

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    There’s a surprise. Nobody does bad gun design like Remington.

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