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cgmees
June 10, 2015, 08:52
I've decided that I want to have a 22LR that is as accurate as a nice 10/22 but built on top of an AR15 lower that I currently have. I am willing to build the upper, but in looking at the various options, it seems that it may be better to purchase a complete upper instead.

I can be talked back into building an upper if anyone can direct me to barrels, bolt and bolt carrier, or have suggestions as to how to approach the build.

But, currently I am looking mostly at purchasing a complete upper and would like any suggestions and comments on the better ones out there. Ideally the barrel would be 16-18 inch but am willing to consider a 20 inch if that is what is available, accurate and reliable.

I have found and am considering:

JP This one or similar http://www.jprifles.com/buy.php?item=JP-15UA-22

Tactical Solutions, their AR22-LT http://www.tacticalsol.com/ar-22-series-uppers/ar-22-lt

Carbon ARMs, http://www.carbonarms.us/AR-15-Upper...2LR-upper.html

Model 1, http://www.model1sales.com/index.cfm...ategory_id=268

TACCOM, http://www.taccom3g.com/ultralight-17--upper.html

CMMG, https://www.cmmginc.com/product-category/uppers/22lr-uppers/


I've heard of uppers by Spikes/Stag/etc but don't see that they are currently producing them. I do not want a conversion kit as I would like to get a 1 in 16 barrel for the potential additional accuracy.

Any comments/suggestions or reviews of 22 LR AR Uppers will be greatly appreciated.

I've posted this over on the Rimfire Central.com and so far the comments seem to favor the TACCOM or CMMG uppers. Just want to get any feed back from here also.

Chris

W.E.G.
June 10, 2015, 10:16
Just get the Smith and Wesson complete gun.

It's inexpensive, lightweight, reliable, and it won't puke all that detritus from 22 LR rounds into the guts of your "good" AR.

CG&L
June 10, 2015, 10:55
I have a Tactical Solutions 22 upper. Itís not very reliable and their customer service sucks. You need to scratch this one off the list.

I also have a Nordic NC-22. This is a great one. Extremely reliable and one of my favorite and most used 22s

Both the TS and the Nordic take Blackdog magazines

The Nordic comes with what looks like a YHM hand guard. This makes it very nice if you want to add a flashlight. A flashlight might seem like a ninja addition but if you need a 22 for armadillos, coons, etc at night, a flashlight is indispensable.

CG&L
June 10, 2015, 11:34
The Nordic NC22 hasn't been available for some time. I thought they may be back to selling them but apparently not

Supposedly, JP and DPMS use the Nordic upper and bolt but their own barrels.
If this is still true, the DPMS would be a great one at only $425

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/415826/dpms-ar-15-ap4-a3-conversion-upper-receiver-assembly-22-long-rifle-16-barrel

cgmees
June 10, 2015, 12:04
Just get the Smith and Wesson complete gun.

It's inexpensive, lightweight, reliable, and it won't puke all that detritus from 22 LR rounds into the guts of your "good" AR.

Primary reason I am looking at uppers is that I acquired a No Pew/Pew/PewPew lower that I really want to use on the 22LR:wink:. A personal reason that has no real benefit other than I want it.

But by building the lower I'll be able to have the trigger/safety/butt stock etc. on the lower that I want and not spend the money to replace them on a complete gun.

But yes, before getting the lower I was leaning towards the Model M&P15-22 - Performance Center, Threaded Barrel model.

Chris

Invictus77
June 10, 2015, 12:43
Primary reason I am looking at uppers is that I acquired a No Pew/Pew/PewPew lower that I really want to use on the 22LR:wink:. A personal reason that has no real benefit other than I want it.

But by building the lower I'll be able to have the trigger/safety/butt stock etc. on the lower that I want and not spend the money to replace them on a complete gun.

But yes, before getting the lower I was leaning towards the Model M&P15-22 - Performance Center, Threaded Barrel model.

Chris

If you want it simply because you want it, I understand and more power to you. The S&W MP1522 is good advice however. I have one I picked up used off a local FB gun group for about $200 or $250 a couple years ago. Between me, the wife, friends, kids, and grandkids it has fired several thousand rounds flawlessly. It can ring an 8" steel plate at 100 yards routinely with nothing but a cheap Tru-Glo red dot.

The "smiles per dollar" factor for the Smith is hard to beat.

ByronF
June 13, 2015, 07:36
I started with the basic CMMG conversion kit. Then ended up with a spare stripped upper somehow. So I built a dedicated upper with a CMMG barrel. Runs like a raped ape. No malfunctions, even with CCI sub-sonics. For reliability concerns you MUST use the CMMG plastic charging handle that does not have the bottom hogged out for the gas key. That gas key slot with a normal CH will suck empty cases and lock it up good.

Can't compare accuracy with Ruger because I don't have one. I have an old steel Weaver K4 on top ($10 gun shop junk box) but have never tried shooting groups with quality ammo.

Fn/form
July 04, 2015, 11:49
I had one of the older TS LTs, the barrel liner cracked.


CMMG sent my 22 upper with barrel loose. It prefers full power ammo such as mini-mags. Didn't like stock LMT milspec hammers or notched hammers, has worked well with Geisseles and LMT 2-stage. Somehow cracked one Foward Assist adpater, we'll see how the replacement goes.

1991-a2
July 07, 2015, 19:14
I recently, bought a dedicated dpms 22 upper, heavy barrel version. Very happy, so far about 250 round not an issue, not tested yet for accuracy. My daughter (11) shot it with a red dot. I will put a 3-9x40 leopold and will chime with report.

Henry,
FL

1991-a2
July 14, 2015, 16:19
Today went to the range to zero some scopes I recently bought. So, I removed the red dot I had on the DPMS bull 22 and place a leopold rifleman 3-9x40 (I know its the lower end of the line) for infomal plinking its enough.
So, my target was on 25 yards, (trying to get used to october appleseed distances) I consistenly did 3/4" for about 30-40 rounds of Federal Automach (335 round per box) flyers caused for me.
Before, I have shot Aguila SuperExtra almost with same results but it fouls so much. Since I have the automuch give it a try.
Sadly, here on summer weather command rain every 2 days, my target stil there at the range under rain waiting for the RO to be pick up.
To sum up, I have shot may be 350 rounds on the DPMS bull 22 clean twice not the barrel, only the bolt, not a single malfunction with black dog machine mags (10 and 26 rounds steeel and plastic lips).
Ok, I will post some pic on my next trip.

Ps.: Next to me was a guy with a sig 22 collapsable stock and precision benchrest who manage to do same size groups. I shot only with a support of 30 ammo can.

BruceHMX
July 14, 2015, 21:06
Just get the Smith and Wesson complete gun.

It's inexpensive, lightweight, reliable, and it won't puke all that detritus from 22 LR rounds into the guts of your "good" AR.

I totally agree. I went the same route.

GaryH
July 15, 2015, 09:42
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/10968/category/4459/

Pretty cheap

JohnnyMac
July 15, 2015, 10:27
http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/10968/category/4459/

Pretty cheap

The Mossberg uses proprietary mags, and is a regular semi-auto .22 stuffed into a cosmetic Ar15-esque shell.

There are many reasons why it is that cheap, none of them good.

JMc