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Rifles

Magnum Research MLR22AT Rifle

Magnum Research RifleAhead of the 2012 SHOT Show, Magnum Research announced a new .22 LR rifle called the MLR22AT.  This rifle is part of the Magnum Lite series of rimfire rifles offered from Magnum Research.

The MLR22AT uses a graphite bull barrel which is supposed to be six times stiffer than steel, up to a pound lighter than steel and dissipates heat up to 43% faster than steel.  This rifle has a 17″ barrel and synthetic stock, making a total weight of 4.25 pounds.

The MLR22AT uses the Ruger 10/22 trigger group and magazines.  I admit to not knowing much about the Magnum Lite line of rifles, so I do not know what kind of arrangement Magnum Research (owned by Kahr) has with Ruger for the parts production.  But, it certainly speaks to the quality of the 10/22 rifle.

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New Ruger SP101 Revolvers

Ruger SP101 revolverRuger announced two new SP101 revolvers.  Both SP101 revolvers are larger, target-sized revolvers featuring longer barrels and fiber optic sights when compared to the standard SP101 handguns.

The two new Ruger revolvers are very similar in appearance and demensions.  The first is chambered in the classic .357 Magnum cartridge, while the second new model is chambered in the ubiquitous .22 LR.  Capacity on the Magnum is five rounds, while the rimfire will hold eight cartridges.

Both models use a 4.2″ long barrel.  Existing SP101 revolvers have either 2.25″ or 3.06″ barrels.  So the new wheelguns have more than inch of extra barrel over the next closest gun.

Ruger outfitted both of these new handguns with a green fiber optic front sight and an adjustable rear sight.  Like the other models in the SP101 line, the frame, cylinder and barrel are all made of stainless steel with a satin stainless finish.

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Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition Introduces Low Noise .22 Long Rimfire Cartridge

Winchester Ammo 22

If you are looking for a quiet 22 rimfire round, consider the Winchester SUPER-X CB-Match round.  Winchester Ammunition introduced the .22 Long rimfire cartridge in 2008.  The round is designed for high accuracy and very low noise.

The SUPER-X CB-match .22 Long round pushes a 29 grain bullet at a relatively slow 770 fps from a 24″ barrel.  From a 6″ barrel, Winchester states the muzzle velocity is a paltry 575 fps.  Expect even less velocity from a handgun like the Walther P22 (3.4″ barrel) or Ruger SR22 (3.5″ barrel.)

This round matched to a gun with a sound suppressor, and this should be a very quiet shooting round.

I would expect that this round would be reliable in only bolt-action and single-shot firearms. Running it in a semi-auto pistol or rifle may not work well, as the load probably doesn’t generate enough force to reliably operate the gun’s action. Of course, I could be wrong, and if anyone has any luck running this in a semi-auto gun, please sound off in the comments section below.

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Ammunition Handguns

SIG Sauer .22LR Pistol Conversion Kits

A .22 conversion kit for your SIG SAUER pistol is a great way to get range time in at a fraction of the cost associated with centerfire ammunition.

For a time, SIG offered a .22 conversion kit for the classic pistols: the P220, P226, P228 and P229.

However, the company discontinued these kits and they are now only available as used kits that often sell for triple the original MSRP.