After shooting the S&W M&P 15-22 at an AR-15 clinic quite a few months ago, I decided it was high time I purchase my first rifle. It was love at first sight between the 15-22 and me.
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This .22LR thing is really catching on. Quite a few of the guys around the office had conversion kits for their ARs before everyone and their gun manufacturing mom started making dedicated .22LR AR-style tactical rifles. And of course, with everything like this there are two sides of the fence:
Left side: “Just get a .223 and a conversion kit.”
Right side: “Conversion kits can be problematic. Get a .223 and a .22LR.”
Well. I sit on the right side. Of course. So here are five .22LR AR-style rifles.
CMMG M4 LEP 22 Evolution Rifle
CTD Ben built his .223 SBR AR-15 on a CMMG lower. And I know for a fact that CTD Ben doesn’t mess around. He’s not going to build his precious baby on a piece of junk. CMMG makes quality bits. The CMMG M4 LEP 22 uses a standard AR-15 lower receiver and has a patent pending forward assist adapter that functions like their 5.56 model. This CMMG rifle has all the AR-15 accessories that you want like a flash hider, six-position stock, and an M4 heat shield handguard. It also boasts a MIL-SPEC buffer tube, MIL-SPEC fire control group, and MIL-SPEC takedown pins. With a 16-inch barrel and 25 rounds of .22 Long Rifle, the solidly built CMMG M4 LEP is a super fun and super accurate rifle to shoot.
CMMG M4 LEP (Let Every Piece) be mine.
SIG Sauer SIG522 Classic
I remember when SIG released the 566; I was deeply curious. It looks unconventional, but it was a much-anticipated release and those who were looking forward to it and could afford it, bought it. Apparently, the SIG 556 drew a lot of attention at the range. I wasn’t the only one curious. I shot the 522 and I liked it. It just didn’t feel as good for me as the M&P 15-22 did. But my two shooting buddies I was with that day preferred the SIG to the S&W. So really, it is just a matter of fit and feel rather than function, because the SIG functioned just as well as the S&W. The SIG 522 features 556 parts with the same side-folding stock, polymer forearm, and metal receiver with Picatinny rail, but of course shoots the .22 Long Rifle, not the .223.
I’m not only curious, but convinced.
Smith & Wesson M&P15-22
Oh hey look! It’s CTD Mike’s AR-15-build’s little sister; or brother. I know I sing the praises of the S&W M&P 15-22 a lot, but it’s because it’s a seriously good rifle. This one is like mine, the MOE version with Magpul MOE stock, grip, and sights. But this one is a little bit more fashionable because it comes finished out in Flat Dark Earth. The S&W M&P 15-22 has the same standard operating parts as the .223/5.56 models, but is chambered for .22 Long Rifle–which means you get S&W reliability, but a lighter and cheaper gun to shoot. Plus, it has a threaded barrel so if you want to, you can add a suppressor. It has a 16-inch carbon steel, match-grade precision barrel with A1-style compensator and holds 25 rounds.
Okay, okay, I’ll get one just to make CTD Suzanne shut the hell up about this thing.
Umarex Colt M4 Semi Automatic Carbine
I’ve shot one of these, too, and I was quite pleasantly surprised. Only because Umarex makes air rifles and air soft, so I wasn’t sure about their firearms. However, did you know that the Umarex Colt .22 LR rifles are made by Walther? I know. Right?! Makes you take a double take, huh? These guys are accurate enough to knock down some steel plates for fun shooting and don’t cause you any more problems than any other tactical .22 I’ve shot. The Colt M4 .22 has a 16.2-inch barrel with a threaded muzzle, a removable carry handle with an A2 rear sight, and holds 30 rounds—which is five more rounds than the other .22 LR tactical rifles I mentioned above.
Colt, Umarex, Walther, Whatever… It’s mine.
German Sport Guns GSG-AK47
When we did our Team AR-15 vs. Team Shotgun debate, many of you asked us where Team AK-47 was. Yes, I know this post is about .22LR AR-style rifles, but I decided that I would throw in this GSG AK-47 .22LR rifle to keep all you Team AK peeps happy. I have not had the opportunity to shoot this one yet, but I have shot the GSG MP5 clone in .22LR and I liked it. By the way, when you buy this GSG AK .22LR from us, give me a call—let’s go shooting. So they say that the GSG AK-47 chambered for .22 Long Rifle looks, feels, and functions almost identically to a real AK. It even weighs seven pounds, which is about average for an unloaded 7.62×39 AK. It has a 16.5-inch barrel, a black synthetic stock, and handguard and holds 10 rounds.
Team AK-47. (but in .22LR.)
Hey guys, I know some of you would rather cut off your own thumb than go to the mall and shop for the girl in your life, so I’ve done the work for you. If your chick is a shooter, I guarantee she will appreciate any of the following gifts…
A Good Pair of Electronic Earmuffs
You know us girls, we like to talk, and earmuffs make it hard to hear each other. Whether we want to brag to each other, or to you, or are listening to range commands, electronic earmuffs make it easier to gab and listen. These Radians Pro-Amp electronic earmuffs amplify sounds like conversations and range commands, but dampen loud noises. They have an adjustable, padded CoolMax headband. Oh. And they are pink.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 2-RADPAP700CS
Increase Her Accuracy
I know from experience these short-barreled revolvers can be a pain in the hand to shoot. After a few rounds, your accuracy can deteriorate because of the recoil. When that happens, you get frustrated and target practice becomes unfun. A laser will help increase accuracy and groupings and are perfect for her self-defense gun. These are Crimson Trace laser grips, the best and well-known name in laser grips. They fit almost all &W J-frame revolvers with a round butt frame. And well, they’re pink, too.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 2-CMTLG105P
Steel Match Together
Shooting paper can get old after awhile; sometimes you just wanna plink and have fun. Steel reactive targets are really satisfying to shoot because they make that, well, plink noise. You guys can race each other or time each other to see who can shoot the fastest. The Do-All Blast Back pop-up target is rated for 9mm to .30-06 calibers. It includes ground spikes.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 63371
A Fun, Reliable Cheap Plinker
I can vouch for this rifle. The S&W M&P 15-22 is a really good gun. Shooting a .22 rifle is both cheap and fun. There is virtually no recoil, so she can stay out at the range for as long as there is ammo. The standard model allows her to pick her own sights and accessories. The M&P 15-22 is built on the exact same design as the .223/5.56mm model, so it looks just as cool.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 58570
A Really Nice Optic
If your girl has been super nice—or super naughty (whichever you prefer)—this year, get her a really nice red dot sight. Sure, the cheapies work, but the more expensive ones are worth it. Their electronics will withstand the abuse of recoil or being dropped. The Aimpoint CompML2 has a four MOA red dot and includes a QRP mount, lens caps, and batteries.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 2-AIM12821
A Compact, Non-Manly Multi-Tool
I honestly can’t think of anyone who would not appreciate a Leatherman. They seriously are the best multi-tool manufacturer out there. This one is an affordable option without all the extra tools she would never use and all the ones she needs daily- a knife, scissors, a bottle opener, a nail file, tweezers, and a screwdriver. She’ll never borrow your multi-tool again, or go digging around in her purse for a nail file that doesn’t exist. The Leatherman Style CS has a stainless steel body and a glass-filled nylon scaled handle. There is even a carabiner and a key ring attachment.
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 63731
If You Can’t Take Her On Safari…
If she’s a hunter and has always dreamed of going on an African big game hunt, you can buy her this African Blesbock Antelope mat. It measures 46- by 48-iniches. Our African Treasure pelts are raised in game preserves, their hides are sold to traders, and the meat from the animal is donated to local orphanages. They are hand-made and make any room look pretty dang fancy. She’ll love it. Especially if it comes with a promise to take her hunting…
Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: ZWA-270
Zombie Killing Kit for the Tough as Nails Chick
If you have a badass chick, or if you have just started dating, you can give her a cheaper gift that also makes a perfect date: a zombie killing kit for a day out at the range. Or if you already plan to buy her a Coach bag or a nice piece of jewelry, this makes a perfect second gift.