Savage Arms has brought a new semi-auto rimfire to the market with the announcement of an expansion to its popular, high-performance A Series. The rifle is chambered in .22 Long Rifle and called, fittingly enough, the A22 22LR. And now that a variety of .22 ammo can be found again on gun-shop shelves, this is great news instead of a taunting tease.
According to a release from the gun maker, the new A22 semi-automatic rifle is designed to deliver reliability and accuracy with modern aesthetics, all of which have become the standard of the company’s big-bore A-Series rifles. The new A22 is driven by a straight-blowback action that is designed to feed a variety of .22-caliber ammunition, according to Savage.
“That in itself is no small feat for any rimfire autoloader, but Savage’s exhaustive testing, conducted by Savage’s engineers in their factory, also revealed the new A22 22LR’s action is up to three times more reliable than competitive brands,” the company notes.
The action feeds from a proprietary 10-round, flush-fitting rotary magazine that’s compact, so it won’t catch on grass or brush in the field. Savage has partnered with Butler Creek to increase the rifle’s capacity by creating a 25-round, spring-fed, aftermarket box magazine for the new rifle.
The A22 22LR also features Savage’s adjustable AccuTrigger, and thread-in, zero tolerance headspace, much like the company’s centerfire platforms, along with a 22-inch carbon steel barrel that is button-rifled for increased accuracy. It’s all held together by a black matte synthetic stock designed to hold up in any weather conditions.
The A22 22LR comes with adjustable steel open sights, but it is also drilled and tapped for scope mounts. All told, it is an extremely affordable, out-of-the-box rimfire shooter.
|Caliber:||.22 Long Rifle|
|Magazine:||10-rotary mag (aftermarket 25-round box magazines available from Butler Creek)|
|Overall Length:||41.5 inches|
|Sights:||open adjustable sights|
|Barrel Length:||22 inches – carbon steel|
|Stock:||Black matte – synthetic|