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Who's got one and what brand? Which one is priced best for the rifle? I kind of like the Rugers since they take the 10-22 mags but they are kind of high.
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I've heard the most good things about the s&w, that's what I would buy if I was in the market.
 

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i have the Spikes Tactical and love it.. if i want i can just get a .223 barrel and swap it in with a bolt and im ready to rock and roll..

the S&W is all plastic and a OBD can trash the upper and lower.



 

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I have the S&W M&P15-22 and love it. I had a few magazine issues early but S&W sent me a version 2.0 mag and it has worked very well. Accuracy is very good, handling is good familiarization for AR (a little light for total accuracy though) and it is a ton of fun. My wife and 7 year old both enjoy it.

The Ruger is really just a dressed up 10/22. Not that that is so bad, but it wasn't what I wanted. I am very happy with my purchase.
 

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Thanks for the responses. Gunluvinatty or anyone, do any mag companies make compatable mags yet or is this to small a market for now?
 

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I don't have any experience with the Spikes Tactical, but have heard good things about it. Of the Others I like the S&W, because the controls work just like an AR. Magazines for the Smith are reasonably priced from what I've seen. Now the Ruger, Remington work more like modified versions of their less tactical looking bretherin and use the same magazines. So in my opinion it will depend on your intended mission for it. If you want a plinker then just get a regular 10/22. If you want a 10/22 that looks cool then get the modified one. If you want a 22 that looks and acts like an AR that you can practice drills with on the cheap then get the Spikes or the Smith. You see I didn't mention the Colt. The reason being is all the controls don't work like a standard AR, and I view it as a very expensive plinker.
 

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Thanks for the breakdown on each model Swede. I have several .22's so don't need another. Want one for cheap fun and let the wife get used to the controls. She won't have anything to do with an AR because it looks complicated I guess. That's why I give her revolvers for self defense, pull trigger and boom.
 

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sidroski said:
Thanks for the breakdown on each model Swede. I have several .22's so don't need another. Want one for cheap fun and let the wife get used to the controls. She won't have anything to do with an AR because it looks complicated I guess. That's why I give her revolvers for self defense, pull trigger and boom.
I want to get an AR type 22 myself as I can't afford to practice with the centefire version anymore. Ammo I do have I want for emergencies. Getting a spouse used to the controls using a 22LR version makes perfect sense to me. Noise and recoil although negligable to me are bothersome to my wife. For doing drills affordably is what I want it for. That it looks cool is a side benefit.
 

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The M&P 15-22 is a strong contender because of its low cost (my dad picked one up locally in TN for $399), and because the bolt hold open works like a real AR-15. It's also lighter than a Spike's upper setup, so the recoil should be at least a little closer to the real thing.

If you don't care about AR-15 commonality, I think the Sig 522 is a great choice. It uses common magazines (Black Dog Machine) that are cheaper than the S&Ws. Pretty much all reports I have heard have been positive.

I've got a Spike's ST-22 upper and I really, really like it. Kind of expensive for what it is now that the dedicated .22 guns have started hitting the market, though.
 

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Spikes Tactical

I went with the Spikes Tactical upper and it runs flawlessly, I liked the idea of not having a dedicated gun that I couldn't swap out the uppers on. That can't be done with the others. Shoot nothing but the Federal bulk pack and runs goos as I can expect.
 

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I went with the Spikes Tactical upper and it runs flawlessly, I liked the idea of not having a dedicated gun that I couldn't swap out the uppers on. That can't be done with the others. Shoot nothing but the Federal bulk pack and runs goos as I can expect.
What's the cost of their upper?
 

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If you don't care about AR-15 commonality, I think the Sig 522 is a great choice. It uses common magazines (Black Dog Machine) that are cheaper than the S&Ws. Pretty much all reports I have heard have been positive.
I'll second this. The 15-22 and 522 (guns, not magazines) are priced the same most places. Note, though, that the 522 comes without sights of any type so in the end it is more expensive. But, you get a slightly heavier rifle with more metal, a better trigger and more reliable magazines. My 522 will cycle subsonics whereas my 15-22 will not. I haven't compared them accuracy-wise, but have found both more than acceptable. I like them both and don't feel one is superior to the other. It depends on what manual of arms you want. I don't have an AR, I have a Sig 556 Patrol.
 
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