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There are few firearms in a shooter’s arsenal more useful than a light .22 rimfire rifle. Whether used for plinking, hunting small game, training new shooters or any other lawful purpose, a good .22 Long Rifle is indispensable. For decades, the semi-automatic rimfire market has been dominated by a handful of models, but now there is a new product to consider in this space: the Thompson/Center Arms T/CR22. This budget-priced, compact and lightweight rifle chambered in .22 Long Rifle is packed with features that will make it attractive to a variety of firearm consumers.
The T/CR22 is a simple blowback design that draws heavily from the Ruger 10/22, and is compatible with many accessories intended for that platform. The fully machined receiver is constructed of 6061 aluminum, and includes an integral Picatinny rail for the mounting of optics. The bolt is machined of stainless steel and uses an oversized handle for additional cocking leverage. The rifle feeds from a 10-round detachable rotary magazine that is equipped with a bolt hold-open tab, and is compatible with 10/22-pattern magazines. The extractor hook articulates from the bolt’s 3-o’clock position, and the fixed ejector is located at 6 o’clock.
L - Placement - T/CR22 - Aperture - Sight
(l.) The placement of the T/CR22’s rear aperture sight, mounted as far back on the receiver as possible, maximizes the rifle’s sight radius. (r.) The rifle’s 17″ button-rifled barrel is made of chrome-moly steel that has been finished in matte blue. Its muzzle has been threaded 1/2×28 TPI, and the gun ships with a thread protector.
The one-piece, injection-molded OD green stock is made by Magpul and is similar, though not identical, to the firm’s Hunter X-22 model. The angled grip and fore-end appear to be clones of the X-22, but the stock on the T/CR22 does not include the adjustable length of pull or comb. Front and...
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