I was flipping through Cabelas’ Firearms & Ammo flyer and was blown away to find that Mossberg has released a .22 Long Rifle AR style rifle and knew I had to do an early gun review on it. While I haven’t held one in my hand to speak of it from experience, the first impression I get bears some similarities to that of the Smith & Wesson’s MP15-22 (need a gun review on that bad boy too!) also chambered in 22 Long Rifle as it’s a carbine style “practice/plinker” AR type shooter constructed of a simple semi-auto 22 action and primarily lightweight but durable polymer parts.
Sometimes inexpensive doesn't mean cheap.
Similarities include an 18″ barrel, quad rail forend and can be had with an adjustable M4 style buttstock or a fixed M4 style setup. The former could really help a young shooter get acclimated to shooting something, with the full compressed stock’s Length of Pull measuring just 10.75″. A couple of things in this gun review that stick out immediately are the absence of any muzzle break which could possibly hinder accuracy (though the accuracy of these are negligible to begin with), the front site is a typical fixed AR style front site and the upper receiver has an integrated (which means fixed) A2 style carry handle/rear sight. If the shooter is looking for a simple, open sighted AR style rifle they can shoot 22 long rifle out of and don’t care so much about flat top mounted optics, this shouldn’t be a disappointment at all.
The action is based on the reliable Mossberg 702 Plinkster (ANOTHER needed gun review) platform which is a tried and true “been around the block” type 22 semi-auto action. Aside from everything we just mentioned, probably the most exciting point about the subject of this new gun review offering is the price tag. While other models rarely break the $400-$500 mark, this little Mossberg claims an under $300 price tag and retail will prove even more encouraging as the Cabelas flyer I had showed a sale price of $229 on it which included an integral scope rail topper for the carry handle.