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Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« on: December 15, 2019, 07:04:27 PM »
As the title states, what can you guys tell me about these? Thought it may be something fun for my son to mess with. He has out grown his little rascal single shot.
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2019, 07:42:29 PM »
As the title states, what can you guys tell me about these? Thought it may be something fun for my son to mess with. He has out grown his little rascal single shot.

Can't directly help you with the above, but have you given any thought to getting a M&P 15-22 instead?  I'm not sure what a conversion kit cost or even how well they work, but a few years ago, on a whim, I bought a M&P 15-22 w/adj stock and it ended up being a really fun little gun.  It functions really well with everything I've fed it and it shot pretty decent too.  The trigger was a little rough and kinda on the heavy side but they're a standard AR trigger so you can tune it up yourself or just replace it.  It's been awhile so without looking I don't remember if I tuned it up or put a CMC 3-3.5 in it.  You can get the model with the adjustable stock for right at $300 and they're a fair bit lighter than a centerfire AR so a perfect fit for a youth, but still fun for big kids too.

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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2019, 07:46:17 PM »
I also bought a 15-22 and it’s a really fun little rifle. Initially I was thinking of buying an AR and a conversion kit. I decided it would be way more convenient to just get the 15-22. I never did find out how the kits work out, but love that little S&W

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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2019, 08:08:19 PM »
Some of the folks I shoot steel with use conversions kits, the work most of the time. Had a buddy (long gone) with an early AR15 with a conversion (1972 ish) and it worked well. I even took it out on maneuvers at Ft. Lewis and ran it through my M16/M203 worked great even on full auto.
As stated by others, an M&P 15-22 would be a good option. Also look at Colt .22RF M4, the H&K version and Walther Tac1 they are made by Umarex in Germany good options as well and Mag's are interchangeable.  :twocents: 
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2019, 11:45:32 PM »
What “conversion” is needed? A 22lr upper and a mag?

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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2019, 12:06:34 AM »
 5.7x28mm is a .22 caliber, the upper (AR57) is manufactured locally and fun to shoot. :twocents:

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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2019, 04:22:32 PM »
Just buy a dedicated 22 AR . Like the M&P 22 .
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2019, 05:02:50 PM »
If I'm buying a whole new gun it sure won't be a rimfire AR. The whole point of the conversion kits is to not buy a whole new rifle which now requires all the semi auto Washington bs.
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2019, 09:19:42 PM »
The newer conversions work well but the gun will be fairly inaccurate, bullet diameter and twist cause some issues. Also, depending on how much you shoot, the fouling is terrible.
 I have gone away from the conversion kits and bought a dedicated .22lr upper for a standard lower.
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2019, 05:22:19 AM »
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2019, 05:24:45 AM »
I would just get/build a dedicated upper.  You get the better barrel specs that will make 22lr work and be accurate without the WA BS.   Takes a minute to swap over and off you go.

Right now you can buy a stripped lower without the BS as well..  That ends sometime next year though, so might be worth grabbing a stripped lower (or two, three,.....)
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2019, 06:01:53 AM »
The newer conversions work well but the gun will be fairly inaccurate, bullet diameter and twist cause some issues. Also, depending on how much you shoot, the fouling is terrible.
 I have gone away from the conversion kits and bought a dedicated .22lr upper for a standard lower.
thank you. This is what I was looking for. I'm an accuracy snob so I'll definitely go a bolt gun I guess. 
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2019, 06:36:19 AM »
Have you checked out those tikka t1’s Karl? I am jonesing for one pretty bad in 17! :drool:

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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2019, 07:05:44 AM »
Have you checked out those tikka t1’s Karl? I am jonesing for one pretty bad in 17! :drool:
I haven't. I'm not a 17 fan. Old school .22 mag guy but I need a 22lr for the kids to train on. The AR conversion appealed to what I needed as the 6 position stock could be adjusted to fit him but if I am gonna have to buy a new gun I'll go bokt action with adjustable stock as a bolt gun is a better trainer for a kid who will hunt with a bolt gun.
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Re: Opinions and experiences with 22lr conversion kits for AR15.
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2019, 07:26:54 AM »
If going bolt gun go with the CZ 455 with Manners stock  :tup:. Mines so accurate with CCI its almost boring , had The Range thread mine for a suppressor . Both my daughter's (11 & 7 ) love shooting it .
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