Skip to comments.Mossberg Unveils $276 “Tactical .22″
Posted on 09/24/2010 8:45:36 AM PDT by marktwain
Mossbergs unveiling its entry into the tactical .22 market with a product cleverly called the Tactical .22. Heres the press release:
Mossberg International introduces the Tactical .22an alternative firearm for those shooters and enthusiasts who want the look and feel of an AR-style .22 rimfire with an affordable price.
Mossberg knows its target market: price-driven firearms buyers (Hecho en Mexico baby!). Its a bit surprising that theyre so late to the AR-style .22 game. Even slow-mo Smith & Wessons tapped the AR gestalt, with a damn nice product too: the M&P15-22, in both standard and CA-compliant version for around $500 $600 bucks. The Mossie clocks in at roughly half the price. Right answer . . .
With the rising costs of centerfire ammunition, the new Tactical .22 rimfires are a great choice for recreational shooters, as well as those searching for a cost-effective training platform.
Aint that the truth. Well, maybe. While an AR .22′s trigger and general ergonomics would help sharpen a shooters full-size AR skills, theres nothing like the recoil. In fact, you wouldnt even call it recoil, and managing recoil is the Big Kahuna. Also, baby ARs weigh less. So . . . its not really the same, is it? Theres no substitute for training on the weapon youre going to use with the ammo youre going to fire.
Also, while .22 is as cheap as it gets, and Mossbergs audience is into cheap, there are a lot of handgun-caliber carbines hitting the market at the moment. Theyre a far better choice for less than 5.56 protection; youd have to hit a human exactly in the right place or many times with .22s to do any damage.
The lightweight and fast-handling Tactical .22 parallels the look and feel of todays AR-style rifle while being built around Mossberg Internationals reliable .22 autoloader. Taking cues from their proven 702 autoloader, the Tactical .22 matches an 18 barrel to a quad rail forend allowing the operator to fit the rifle with lights, lasers or other tactical accessories.
Now were getting closer. Its a toy gun thats not really a toy but it is but it isnt.
Two stock configurations will be offered in this series: a six-position adjustable and fixed stock. The six-position polymer stock adjusts the length of pull from 10-3/4 14.5 accommodating youth and smaller framed shooters up to adults. The fixed position stock has a standard 13 LOP. The Tactical .22 is integrated with an A2-style carry handle and an adjustable rear sight aligned with a front post sight.
Another smart move. No question: the Tactical 22 will be THE ultimate Christmas Story gift for an entire generation of young boys. I reckon thats an extremely price-sensitive market, and Mossberg nails it.
The Picatinny handle mount is included, allowing versatility in scopes and other optics while providing the clearance necessary to utilize the AR-style sights. Other features included with the Tactical .22 are sling mounts and a ten round magazine.
The 10-round capacity sucks. A Henry Repeating Rifle gives you 16. But the Henrys a heavy old thing and it doesnt LOOK like an AR (Western vs. military). You cant put lights and lasers and cup holders on a rifle that you use from a horse. Its only a matter of time before someone offers a 30-round mag for this bad little boy. I wonder why Mossberg didnt do it straight out of the gate. Lawyers. Bah.
Theres your headline attraction, although one wonder just how cheap and cheerful this product will be. If its a piece of junk for that price, well, who cares, really? Beggars cant be choosers, even if theyre armed.
Nice combo. I’m with you.
However; I do have a Mossberg shot gun that I can hit 50 at trap consistently. Don’t ask about skeet. ;o)
Rick....#4 buck should be your inside the house AP round. Have slugs and 0 or OO buck for when you have to shoot through your own walls or car doors.
If that is seriously it they will sell a ton of them.
PC Walmart won’t be allowed to carry them unless: They come in a pretty colors. They turn that black stock to a nice walnut finish. They take off the flash hider and pistol grip. And limit it to a three round magazine. With those changes, they would probably want to sell it in full-auto and seek exemption from the NFA.
Don’t let more than half a dozen get together or you’re a goner.
At ranges inside a residence, #8 birdshot from a 12 gauge aimed at the head will blind the average perp, then you can finish the episode as you see fit.
That's where you'd like one of these, w/ its 50rd mags:
I bought a Smith and Wesson M&P15R 5.45 x 39mm a couple of years ago and about 10,000 rounds of Russian ammo (cheap but corrosive, but OK if weapon is cleaned properly). I’ve been satisfied with the purchase.
Found this elsewhere on the web
In March of 1980, the obstreperous militant leftist Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated outside of the city’s main cathedral. The assassin employed a scoped, turn-bolt rifle chambered for the .22 LR round, and fired from a distance of 80 meters. Romero was killed by a single bullet to the heart.
F.B.I. statistics clearly show more people in the U.S. die, accidentally or intentionally, every year from .22 LR gunshot wounds than any other round.
I owuld note that this stat may be driven more by lack of pre-hospital care or that folks simplely own more 22LR weapons than not.
But - get shot by anything - and not have a truma center nearby - and you may become parts of these grim statistics..
Also - The bulk of sound-suppressed pistols designed for covert use by clandestine operatives have been chambered for 22LR - think Mossad.
IIRC, Ruger stopped making the 10/22 Magnum several years ago. Used examples bring premium prices. Also, Remington recalled its Model 597 rifles in .22WMR not long ago.
It's a tough cartridge to successfully use in an autoloader (at least of the traditional blow-back design). I think AMT still makes their stainless 10/22 clone in .22 Mag, and Volquartsen has a version of the hot-rod rimfire too. Even so, the ranks of rimfire magnum semi-autos are definitely thin.
I've been hoping to see a .22 WMR conversion for the AR-15, but so far everything of the sort is still in prototype stage.
I own 2 military surplus Mossberg 500s.
If it’s good enough for the army it will be fine for home defense.
I agree with you. A 10/22 with a high quality 30 round mag might not be the best choice for home protection but it is still a very very good one.
my brother used to have a “suppressed .22” for dealing with varmints without alarming the chickens...it was a .22 that had a nipple from baby calf bottle fastened to the end of the barrel with a radioator clamp...unfortunately, that gun was lost in the tragic house fire along with all the rest...
Tactical my ass. This thing is no more tactical than my Remington nylon 66. Any gun is better than no gun at all when you need a gun but if you get into a shoot out with this thing move out as quickly as possible if you are able to.
I feel the same about ARs.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Calibers: .22 Magnum (.22WMR) Weight unloaded: 13.6oz. 385.6g Loaded Magazine: 6oz. 170.1g Length: 7.9" 200.7mm Height: 5.8" 147.3mm Width: 1.3" 33.0mm Barrel length: 4.3" 109.2mm Sight radius: 6.9" 175.3mm Energy (40gr): 138ft-lbs 187J Capacity: 30 rounds Trigger pull: 4-6 lbs 17.8-26.7N Slide and barrel are 4140 steel, frame is 7075 aluminum.
Grip, slide cover, trigger, mag release, and safety
levers are glass reinforced Nylon (Zytel), much like other
Kel-Tec Pistols. Magazine is Also Zytel and holds 30 rounds,
with round count ports. Other features include: dual opposing extractors for reliability, heel
magazine release to aid in magazine retention, dovetailed aluminum front sight,
Picatinny accessory rail under the barrel, Urethane recoil buffer,
captive coaxial recoil springs.
The barrel is fluted for light weight and effective heat dissipation.
PMR30 disassembles for cleaning by removal of a single pin. Description MSRP PMR-30 $ 415.00
My tube-fed Marlin .22 doesn’t even make a “bang”, it’s more like a loud SNAP, like you were braking twigs or something...
snap... snap... snap
Darn nice little gun. Long barrel too.
this one didn’t even do that...it was mpre like a muffled click...too bad about that fire...
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