An Austrian Solution
At first glance you might be thinking that the ISSC MK22 looks just like an Austrian FN SCAR, and you would be right. You also might ask yourself why you would want a .22 rimfire that looks and feels like the Austrian battle rifle. The answer is simple, ammo. It is far more costly to enjoy an afternoon at the range using 5.56 NATO ammunition. A box of.22LR ammunition, on the other hand won’t put such a huge dent in your wallet.
Under the Hood
When you pick up and handle this weapon, it is apparent that ISSC really took the time and effort to piece together an accurate representation on the SCAR weapons system. The Picatinny-style quad-rail is made of aluminum and offers a significant amount of real estate to accessories like the Sightmark SM13001 red dot sight and the Eminence PM007 vertical grip. This weapon also has a variable and open folding sight. This allows you to switch between a three-dot sight system and a more traditional rifle sight. The adjustable stock has three positions to fit almost any shooter’s length of pull, and folds to the side in the same fashion as the FN SCAR. The stock has an adjustable cheek rest to fit the shooters’ individual style. There are sling mounting points on both sides of the rifle at the barrel end, but only on the left side on the stock end. Left-handed shooters will appreciate the noticeably large safety switch located on both sides of the grip. Cartridge capacity is pretty decent, 22 rounds plus one in the chamber offer plenty of firepower for plinking or varmint hunting. When the magazine release is engaged, the cartridge falls out of the weapon smoothly. The barrel length is a standard 16 inches and has six grooves of rifling. The charging handle can be easily removed and placed in any one of six locations on either side of the gun to allow for endless customization. The trigger pull is rated at approximately four pounds and has little creak.
The Bottom Line
Overall, this seems to be a very well built firearm that is suitable for many roles. Whether you are looking for a practice version of your FN SCAR, a varmint rifle, or just a plinker for the range, the ISSC MK22 delivers. Saving money on ammunition overtime while still getting in quality time at the range can be a little hard to achieve, but this Austrian firearm makes that job just a little bit easier.
- Caliber: 22LR
- Overall Length Collapsed: 34.65 inches
- Overall Length Full: 36 inches
- Overall Width: 2.81 inches
- Barrel Length: 16 inches
- Rifling Length: 15 inches
- Number of Grooves: 6
- Sight Length Max: 15.7 inches
- Weight without Magazine: 6.5 pounds
- Magazine Weight, Empty: 3.8 ounces
- Trigger Pull, approx.: 4 pounds
- Magazine Capacity: 22 rounds
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