looking for an AR 15 .22 upper


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Tex4426
June 22, 2012, 11:09 AM
Im wanting to get a .22 upper for my AR....i dont think i want a chiappa because i heard the reciever is polymer...Im looking for a solid built upper...doesnt have to be special just a plinking rifle and the occasional squirel hunt...id like to stay around 400 if i can

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happygeek
June 22, 2012, 11:33 AM
Ctrl + C & Ctrl + Ving what I wrote in http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=657977&highlight=left+handed+ar+upper.


I have two of their dedicated 22LR uppers. The difference between their 22LR upper and a 'real' AR upper is the barrel, barrel collar, bolt, receiver plate, recoil spring, and 22LR magazine. The mags they use aren't proprietary, and can be had for as little as $12 each these days. The cool thing about their uppers is that the barrel sticks into the receiver (the barrel collar surrounds this part of the barrel) so that a 16 inch barrel looks like a 14.5 inch M4 barrel when the rifle is assembled. The other nice thing is they use a M4 profile barrel on their 22LRs; I've never got mine even hot to the touch. I'd probably have to buy a 50 round drum and rapid fire it to do that.

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The first one I and the wife bought about 3 years ago at a gun store, so I have no idea when CMMG made it. The gunstore had paired it with a RRA lower. The bolt, receiver plate, and barrel collar in that one were parkerized, and it only really liked Federal and Winchester ammo. It was a jammomatic with Aguila.

That upper still has iron sights, but I've replaced it's bolt, receiver plate, and barrel collar. The original receiver plate came apart and the feed ramp on the original barrel collar got all scratched up. CMMG has made quite a few updates to their bolt since I bought that thing 3 years ago, and it now runs with every type of 22LR ammo I've tried.

I got a second 22LR upper from them about a year and 1/2 ago, that one I ordered with the stainless bolt, receiver plate, and barrel collar upgrade. That one now wears a Burris 2-7x scope so I can just switch between the two uppers if I want to shoot scoped or irons. The second upper came with their newer bolt and ran complaint free right away with all 22LR ammo I've tried.

Both uppers now run nearly perfectly. They routinely go 1,000 rounds + between malfunctions, but I also clean & oil them between every range trip. Come to think of it I think the first malfunction my scoped upper had was right about 3,800 rounds after I bought it, when the firing pin broke in half. Luckily they sell all the individual parts on their website so I was back up and running for $15.

Accuracy wise the best I've done at 50 yards was a 5 shot group the size of a quarter [as in 25 cents, not 1/4 inch]. I rarely shoot 22LR past 25m though, I've got a bunch of targets I print off that simulate range and are meant to be shot from standing, kneeling, sitting, & prone as the simulated range increases. For that type of shooting the upper is far more accurate than I am. I took the scoped upper to an Appleseed shortly after I got it and it managed a 214 score in spite of me.

I've got right about 17,000 rounds through the two uppers now and my only complaint is with how much they charge to ship a dang firing pin.

Eventually when I make more money than I do currently I'd love to have a 50 round drum or two and a suppressor for those uppers. They have the standard threaded barrels.

68wj
June 22, 2012, 12:34 PM
A breakdown of the CMMG: http://68forums.com/forums/showthread.php?29583-CMMG-.22-Upper-Review

I have to sort out an issue with the trigger/hammer/firing pin though as I am getting some issues with light strikes.

B!ngo
June 22, 2012, 06:24 PM
Ctrl + C & Ctrl + Ving what I wrote in http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=657977&highlight=left+handed+ar+upper.
I believe that you wrote that as a response to my inquiry re CMMG and their apparent plan to create a complete LH .22LR upper. Thanks again. They still haven't released the new piece but just recently sent me a private email directing me to purchase a few parts to assemble in to the complete working system.
To wit:

RE: Estimated date?
From:
sales@cmmginc.comAdd to Contacts
Sent:
Wed, May 23, 2012 at 10:44 am
To:
B
We do not have an upper assembly set up yet, however, we do have the parts available separately on our website:

Ambi .22 upper receiver for $154.95:
http://cmmginc.secure-mall.com/item/9mm22LR-Upper-Receiver-Assembly-1843

Left handed .22 bcg with magazine (we can do a dedicated, if you mention it in customer comments) for $239.95
http://cmmginc.secure-mall.com/item/Left-Handed-SS-22-Kit--Mag-1607

Along with any other parts you would need to build your own upper. Please let me know if you have anymore questions.

I suspect this is not the same as the piece they intend to create, but I'm likely to proceed with their guidance.
B

happygeek
June 22, 2012, 09:36 PM
I got carried away replying to your question in that thread and ended up writing a novel, figured I'd just copy and paste it.

That sucks about buying in components, you're looking at spending $400 before you even get a barrel, hand guards, gas block, etc.

Looking at their site just now it looks like their prices went up again; they're asking $400 now for a complete upper. When I responded to your thread it was $380, when I bought mine they were $350. Has the election panic started already?

bowyer19
June 24, 2012, 01:17 AM
I just put a Chiappa on my carbon 15 upper and it runs fine and is as accurate as any of my other stock .22 autos (Rem.597& Marlin M-60).

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