Who wants to tell me about .22LR AR's?

Who wants to tell me about .22LR AR's?

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    Who wants to tell me about .22LR AR's?

    This is an area of firearms that I don't have much experience. So, who wants to share some knowledge?

    I know that I want one, and generally I like buying a new gun, as opposed to just buying something like a conversion kit.

    The two main contenders right now seem to be Mossberg, and S&W's M&P 15-22. The Mossberg is significantly less expensive, by $100-150, so, is the smith worth the extra price?

    If I want to swap out stocks or grips or other cosmetic parts, are both compatible with standard AR-15 parts?

    What questions do I need to be asking that I am not?
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    I have the S&W. This one is the most like an AR. You can swap out the trigger, put on new sites and hang all kinds of stuff on it. Pretty sure you can change the stock too.

    Mine has been very reliable and plenty accurate. My bolt gun is more accurate but this one is good and a whole lot of fun.


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    M&P owner here. It is a great plinker. Some have removed the end cap on the railed version for more accuracy. I like mine. It is a good trainer gun for saving money on ammo.
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    At my range's "Tactical .22" matches, the S&W is the most popular and they seem to run pretty well, although ammo selection is still important to reliable function. About the biggest disadvantage is maybe the cost of the magazines.
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    If they take a standard 22 LR conversion mag BLack Dog Man. has their older Gen 2 26 round mags for $10.00,the newer mags have steel feed lips instead of polymer.
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    I got a chance to fire a friend's S&W- now I might have to get one.
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    Buy the 5.56 version and the "drop-in" bolt kit from CMMG to convert it to .22 !

    The best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    If they take a standard 22 LR conversion mag BLack Dog Man. has their older Gen 2 26 round mags for $10.00,the newer mags have steel feed lips instead of polymer.
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    The S&W mags are not the same and you need to buy their mags. Typically about $20 or so each .
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    I have the Colt M4 .22 made by Umarex.

    If I had to do it over, I'd get the Smith and Wesson.

    For one, it has the standard 1/2-28 threaded flash suppressor that you can unscrew and put a silencer on if you want to.
    The Colt is metric and requires an adapter that is so hard to get that I had to make one.

    Both will take AR pistol grips and stocks. The Mosseberg is pretty cheesy to me.
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    Sounds like I should save my pennies up for the S&W.
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    Absolutely get the S&W. It is built specifically for the .22LR. Has 1 in 16 twist which gives it better accuracy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    Sounds like I should save my pennies up for the S&W.
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    Interesting, I've never found a use for one besides being able to attach things on it... vs a good Ruger 10/22 and 100 rd magazine. You can even put a tactical stock on one if that's what you want and like.... and still not put the same money into it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    Interesting, I've never found a use for one besides being able to attach things on it... vs a good Ruger 10/22 and 100 rd magazine. You can even put a tactical stock on one if that's what you want and like.... and still not put the same money into it.
    I'd like one so that I can keep up on my defensive rifle practice/drills cheaper, while still maintaining the same feel and ergonomics, and control locations.
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