I want to shoot the AR more but .223 ammo is so freakin high these days I have been shooting other less expensive options (thats a relative term) more and more. I had done some research on .22LR conversions for the AR and found a CMMG .22 LR AR-15 Conversion Kit for $149.95 at Botach Tactical. Converting my DPMS AR to shoot plentiful and affordable .22 LR rimfire rounds for plinking and practice was really ease. This Kit is really just a new bolt and mag and converts the rifle to .22 in just seconds. Just open up the rifle and remove the bolt/carrier and install the new unit. No tools needed. This kit changes any .223/5.56 NATO AR-15 to 22-caliber. It dropped in and fit my rifle perfectly. The Botach price was even $30 less than the dealer pricing on this item I can get from Midway and Brownell's with my C&R FFL. With this price I went ahead a purchased 2 additonal 26 round magazines for $19 each.
I took the rifle to the range today and fired around 200 rounds of mixed hi velocity .22lr. including CCI, American Eagle, Remington and Federal. I had no failures of any kind with any of the ammo. It ran smooth and feed and ejected positive just like I hope it would. I was using a Eotech Holo sight not a scope today so I was shooting for function testing not groups, but accuracy should be pretty good I think. I was impressed by the CMMG unit and its a keeper......now for a few more bricks of .22 plinking ammo.
CMMG AR15/M16 .22 Conversion Kit