Bushmaster introduced a new .22 LR rifle at the 2015 SHOT Show called the C-22. Fortunately for shooters, the gun mirrors the controls of a standard AR-15, works with other .223 AR uppers and is reasonably priced. Additionally, Bushmaster offers the rifle with a .223/5.56 upper in a single package.
Let’s take a look at the new Bushmaster C-22 and CM-15/C-22 combo…
Although .22 rimfire ammunition continues to be hard to obtain in some areas, a number of .22 LR guns have been introduced in recent months (like the new G36 in .22). By all accounts, traditional rimfire guns like the 10/22 continue to sell very well. So, it is no real surprise that Bushmaster would introduce a new MSR chambered for the tiny cartridge.
The C-22 (also referred to as the C22 in Remington Outdoor Company literature) looks and acts just like a typical AR-15 rifle. It has a 16″ CrMo barrel (exact alloy not stated but probably the same 4150 that is used in other CM-series rifles) topped with an A2-style birdcage. An M4-type 6-position buttstock and pistol grip are used. The gun has an A2-type front sight base with bayonet lug. The gun comes with a single 25 round Black Dog magazine.
What I am not certain of is what kind of hand guard will be on the shipping guns. The Bushmaster catalog and press release show a M4-type hand guard as does the company’s PR photo of the gun (above.)
However, the Remington Outdoor Company’s specification book shows the rifle fitted with a Mission First Tactical polymer quad rail. So do the photos of the CM-15/C-22 kit. I’ve reached out to Remington for clarification, and will update this article when I have final word.
Internally, the composite lower uses standard AR parts and will take a CM-15 .223/5.56 upper. Anticipating many people would want a single lower to swap uppers on, Bushmaster will offer a kit called the CM-15/C-22 Combo. Note that the kit is also called the CM15/C22 in some company literature.
If you compare the C-22 PR photo (top) with the CM-15/C-22 photo (above) you can see some significant differences. For example, the C-22 in the lower photo is lacking a forward assist and dust cover that are plainly evident in the top photo. Additionally, the .223/5.56 upper in the lower photo does not show a dust cover. I’ve also asked Remington to clarify these issues. I will update the article when I know more.
The C-22 rifle alone carries a suggested retail price of $499. The kit has a MSRP of $1,221.80.