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I’m a convert

A bit back, I picked up a AR-15 22LR conversion kit (available at Brownells). It’s a drop in unit that allows you to fire inexpensive 22LR ammo from your AR. Simple math makes it worth it. Inexpensive 5.56 ammo is $0.22 per round. Last time I was at WalMart, I snagged a box of 550 rounds of Federal for about $16, or $0.03 per round. The conversion unit is priced with a magazine at $180. So, after one case equivalent of 22LR, it pays for itself.

Took it to the range Saturday in Junior’s pink AR and ran 3 magazines through it. It ran perfectly. I was hitting clays at 30 yards with it easily (not flying, stationary). Next, I’ll give it a go with some subsonic ammo.

14 Responses to “I’m a convert”

  1. Pete Says:

    Now you need the black dog machine 50 rd drum:

    http://blackdogmachinellc.net/drum-ar15-22-50rd.aspx

    They are also coming out with magazines that have a pull down follower ala .22 pistol magazines. No word on arrival yet

    (other online retailers sell it for less than $80)

  2. JP Says:

    Thanks for telling us about the product from Brownell’s.

    I’ve been debating on picking one up myself, with the other option being a dedicated .22lr upper with a higher twist rate barrel.

    Have not decided if the extra money on a dedicated upper is worth it or not yet.

  3. SayUncle Says:

    Trouble with the dedicated is that you have to get optics and such if you wish to make it a plinker version of your carbine.

  4. T Says:

    What do you do about the sights? Leave them set for the .223? Since you’re presumably shooting at <50 yards, I would guess you're not off by much.

  5. Wolfwood Says:

    Sounds like your AR is a convert, too…

  6. SayUncle Says:

    T, I left the open sights where they were.

  7. aeronathan Says:

    Wish my conversion worked that well. I’ve got one of the old Ciener kits. I’d toss it in the garbage rather than selling it and subjecting someone else to that POS….

  8. Sigivald Says:

    I’ve heard dubious things about conversion accuracy (something about a .223 barrel not being Quite Right for .22LR).

    Presumably since you’re hitting the clays it’s not gharstly, but how’s it compare on a target?

  9. SayUncle Says:

    will give that a shot next range trip.

  10. Bergeron Says:

    When my guns were stolen, the first thing that I felt I needed was a .22 semi-auto. I built up a dedicated AR-15 in .22, and I absolutely love that gun. A friend of mine calls it the “giggle gun”, it’s so much fun to shoot.

    I highly recommend getting a pack of $1.00 army men, and blasting them to smithereens.

  11. RobertM Says:

    I may have to pick one of these up for myself.

  12. mariner Says:

    I must have one of the “newer” Ciener kits, because I like mine (~1-1/2 years old).

  13. Linoge Says:

    Good to hear that it is still working well – and, do not worry, it is going to be replaced by something, but that something is probably going to be a full .22 upper, despite having to kit it out independently from the rest of the gun.

    That integral-flash-hider-suppressor-holder setup sold me :).

  14. Andrew Rothman Says:

    I assume you are referring to the boxer-primed steel cased Tula .223? Have you shot it? I love the looks of the price.

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