ATI StG 44
American Tactical Imports provides a variety of German-built .22s designed to mirror the features of full-caliber guns. For 2012, they will be extending their inventory to include the ATI StG 44, a replica of the WWII-era German Sturmgewehr 44 combat rifle. This .22 semi-automatic rifle accepts a high-capacity magazine, arrives in a period shipping crate with appropriate military markings, and has been constructed to be as historically accurate as possible
CZ 455 Varmint Evolution
Available in a wide variety of rimfire options — including .22 LR, .22 Mag., .17 HMR and .17 Mach 2 — CZ’s radical-looking, switch-barrel bolt-action is a fine update to its more traditionally modeled 455 series. While the Model 455 Varmint Evolution may have received mixed reactions to its aesthetics, one thing is for sure: It shoots like a dream at 50 yards, making it an ideal varminting rimfire.
Mossberg 464 SPX
If an AR-15 style tactical .22 rifle and a lever-action cowboy carbine had a love child, it would look just like the latest 464 SPX rifle from Mossberg. With an 18-inch barrel, matte black finish, and steel rifle sights, the 464’s six position stock and tri-rail forend provide a unique blend of cutting-edge gun features and old-fashioned reliability.
Introduced with the SR22P, Ruger’s new Lightweight Compact Revolver chambered in .22 LR features an eight-round magazine, along with square-notch rear and fixed-blade front sights. With a barrel length of 1.875 inches, this lightweight, smallbore snubbie makes for an excellent carry option.
Ruger is a long time industry leader in .22 plinking and hunting with their ever popular 10/22 semi-automatic rifles. In 2011, they listened to customer feedback and introduced the 22/45 pistol and 10/22 rifle with barrels threaded for sound suppressors, a factory 25-round magazine for the 10/22 rifle, the 10-shot Single-Ten single-action revolver and an eight-shot rimfire version of the popular SP101 double-action revolver. For 2012, look for the new polymer-framed SR22 semi-auto pistol and the LCR-22, an eight-shot rimfire understudy for the LCR .38 caliber concealed-carry revolvers.
Ruger 10/22 Takedown
Touted as “America’s No. 1 .22,” Ruger reintroduced its famous 10/22 semi-auto as a takedown rifle earlier this year, and it was met with glowing reviews. The 10/22 Takedown is easy to disassemble and put back together, making it incredibly portable — and it’s super accurate too — and with its two-piece, black stock and stainless steel barrel, it’s certainly a treat for the eyes.
Ruger 22/45 Lite
With a gold-anodized aluminum finish, this futuristic-looking trail gun almost looks like something out of Star Wars. The Ruger 22/45 Lite features fully adjustable target-type sights, along with a threaded barrel that accepts suppressors (where legal, of course).
Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 MOE
Smith & Wesson made big news years ago when it introduced a .22-caliber version its M&P15 rifle, the M&P15-22. Now, the rimfire AR is available with Magpul MOE furniture. Our sister magazine, Petersen’s RifleShooter, labeled this rifle its favorite tactical .22, and for good reason: It’s lightweight, reliable and functions exactly the same as a standard 5.56-chambered AR.
Smith & Wesson M&P22
Available with 10- or 12-round magazines, the Smith & Wesson M&P22 is everything a shooter should expect from S&W’s M&P centerfire series. With a magazine disconnect safety and an ambidextrous thumb safety, the M&P22 is an excellent learning tool for young or inexperienced shooters, and of course, it’s a joy to shoot.
Taurus Tracker 992
Taurus calls its Tracker 992 double-action revolver “the most versatile Tracker ever,” due to its easily removable cylinder, transforming it from a .22 LR to a .22 Mag. with just the push of a button. The Tracker 992 features a transfer bar mechanism, which prevents hammer striking unless the trigger is pulled completely to the rear, along with Taurus’ signature rubber grip and the Taurus Security System.
Umarex USA .22LR UZI
Umarex USA will be importing .22LR semi-automatic pistols and rifles based on the famous UZI submachine gun. These rimfire guns are branded IWI, which is the original UZI maker, but they are manufactured by Carl Walther in Germany. The rifle, modeled after the UZI carbine, includes a folding stock and faux suppressor. The pistol, based on the Micro UZI, will accept the same 20-round magazines as the rifle. Umarex will also be shipping a replica of a Colt 1911 semi-auto designed to shoot .22.
Walther is releasing a new model of the popular P22 pistol. This version will include an integrated red laser sight.
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