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advocatusdiaboli
06-23-2011, 2:26 PM
Spike's isn't making 22LR uppers any more (verified by email to them). So what does that leave for high-quality complete uppers for the AR-15 platform? I searched but no one addressed 22LR uppers in a post the dang search engine could find.

fty
06-23-2011, 2:36 PM
CMMG

Cuahitl
06-23-2011, 2:38 PM
Tactical solutions.

motorwerks
06-23-2011, 3:26 PM
Tactical solutions.

This one has my vote. I have one of their barrels for my 10/22 and its Fricking amazing how accurate is is for a .22 that weighs NOTHING. A friend of mine laughed at me when I told him I was going to get an Aluminum sleeved barrel for my 10/22 till I out show his for half the weight, and a little less price.

bjl333
06-23-2011, 3:46 PM
Nordic!!

http://shop.nordiccomp.com/images/NC22UP183_resize.jpg

CHS
06-23-2011, 3:50 PM
Tactical solutions.

Best freaking .22lr uppers on the planet.

Toolbox X
06-23-2011, 4:01 PM
Why isn't spikes making .22 uppers anymore?

advocatusdiaboli
06-23-2011, 4:33 PM
Why isn't spikes making .22 uppers anymore?

They didn't say—asked by email and got a terse reply that they are no longer. Maybe at North of $600 they just couldn't compete? IT's 7:30pm in FL. I'll call them tomorrow to se if they give more information.

advocatusdiaboli
06-23-2011, 4:34 PM
Nordic!!

http://shop.nordiccomp.com/images/NC22UP183_resize.jpg

Is the barrel free-floating. Looks like it is. Nice looking but what is the quality reputation?
Function over form for me.

advocatusdiaboli
06-23-2011, 5:08 PM
Best freaking .22lr uppers on the planet.

I checked out their site. Look well made and on back order but I'll wait for quality. Thanks for the recommendation.

CK_32
06-23-2011, 5:09 PM
What?!?!? I thought that was what got spikes name on the board was their dedicated 22 uppers

xxINKxx
06-23-2011, 5:09 PM
My cmmg upper I got from rifle gear kicks the spikes uppers a**. I couldn't get my spikes to run properly in the last 3 years, even after I sent it back to them for warranty work. They sent it back and it appeared they did nothing to it. Every other shot i had FTF, FTE, crazy stovepipes ect. Did everything there was to help fix it, diff ammo, diff mags, recoil springs ect. Ended up taking a loss and selling it to a buddy for like 150$. Good riddance to spikes!!

The cmmg just runs like crazy with any ammo I feed it. And it was pretty cheap, 399$.

Tactical solutions is probably one of the best as well.

Oh and this should be in the rimfire section

advocatusdiaboli
06-23-2011, 5:15 PM
What?!?!?

If you mean that they stopped making them, it's true:

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your interest. Yes, we have stopped making them. I'd post
on a forum somewhere to see what others are recommending.

Anything else, let me know.

Thanks,

kozumasbullitt
06-23-2011, 5:18 PM
My spikes upper work great and I would be willing to sell it if the price was right.

Beatone
06-23-2011, 5:20 PM
That's to bad. I really like my Spikes Tactical .22. At pricey but it shoots great and never had a problem after 10,000 rounds.

CHS
06-23-2011, 7:37 PM
The Spikes really seemed to always be hit or miss. You'd get guys that would have nothing but trouble, and guys that they ran like clocks for, and not a whole lot in between. It's possible that they never ironed out their issues so decided to stop selling them.

Their conversion units were the same, and to be honest so were CMMG's.

Never heard anything bad about a CMMG dedicated upper though, so that's a promising one. If you have the money I highly recommend the TacSol's though. You pick one of those up and you can just feel the dedication to quality in them. I've heard excellent things about the Nordic's as well, but have no personal experience with them.

Inquirer
06-23-2011, 8:30 PM
Not to go OT, but why would one buy a $600 upper when you can buy a dedicated AR-style .22LR for $400 from Colt (http://grabagun.com/colt-m4-22lr-16-2-30rd-blue.html) and S&W (http://www.gunforall.com/shopcart/mcartfree/product.asp?intprodid=158570&thisitem=swl%20mp1522%20%20%20811030%2022lr%2016%2 0col%20%20%20%2025)? Just curious.

Droppin Deuces
06-23-2011, 8:50 PM
Tactical Solutions for accuracy and quality, CMMG for features and price. They are both very reliable. TacSol gets the nod for quality because of the beautifully machined bolt where the CMMG is just welded. I'm sure this is where some of the cost cutting is done, but it doesn't seem to hurt the product at all.

I'd say that as a total system, the CMMG is better, but again, TacSol is more accurate.

kozumasbullitt
06-23-2011, 9:44 PM
Not to go OT, but why would one buy a $600 upper when you can buy a dedicated AR-style .22LR for $400 from Colt (http://grabagun.com/colt-m4-22lr-16-2-30rd-blue.html) and S&W (http://www.gunforall.com/shopcart/mcartfree/product.asp?intprodid=158570&thisitem=swl%20mp1522%20%20%20811030%2022lr%2016%2 0col%20%20%20%2025)? Just curious.

Because those rifles are not the same quality as using an AR lower with a dedicated upper. They are also not milspec and look more like ARs then they really are.

CHS
06-23-2011, 10:30 PM
Not to go OT, but why would one buy a $600 upper when you can buy a dedicated AR-style .22LR for $400 from Colt (http://grabagun.com/colt-m4-22lr-16-2-30rd-blue.html) and S&W (http://www.gunforall.com/shopcart/mcartfree/product.asp?intprodid=158570&thisitem=swl%20mp1522%20%20%20811030%2022lr%2016%2 0col%20%20%20%2025)? Just curious.

Quality.

The "Colt" isn't a Colt and it's not an AR in any sense of the word and the S&W is one of the flimsiest piles of plastic I've ever held.

There is a reason they are so inexpensive.

Purple K
06-23-2011, 10:38 PM
Do any of the dedicated .22lr uppers have a functioning last shot BHO?

Droppin Deuces
06-23-2011, 10:40 PM
It's an option with CMMG.

Santa Cruz Armory
06-23-2011, 10:43 PM
Tactical Solutions. Mine is a kick and accurate as hell!

HK Dave
06-23-2011, 11:13 PM
Tactical Solutions would be #1, CMMG would be a close 2nd.

advocatusdiaboli
06-24-2011, 3:11 PM
Not to go OT, but why would one buy a $600 upper when you can buy a dedicated AR-style .22LR for $400 from Colt (http://grabagun.com/colt-m4-22lr-16-2-30rd-blue.html) and S&W (http://www.gunforall.com/shopcart/mcartfree/product.asp?intprodid=158570&thisitem=swl%20mp1522%20%20%20811030%2022lr%2016%2 0col%20%20%20%2025)? Just curious.

Like they all said—quality and training. Why do athletes use the same equipment in practice they use in a game? Training. To goal with the 22 LR upper is three-fold: 1) reduced cost training without sacrificing form and function much, 2) being able to use indoor ranges for convenience sometimes, and, least of all 3) not needing bullet button for while.

I hate to bring this up (because SHTF is over done), but SHTF, a 22 LR Upper for hunting small game might be a life saver. Special Ops #1 survival firearm? 22LR pistol: lots of ammo, low weight and small game out number big game by a lot.

IPSICK
06-24-2011, 3:16 PM
Nordic!!

http://shop.nordiccomp.com/images/NC22UP183_resize.jpg

This FTW! As for quality and reputation, look it up online. Plenty of action shooters train with this. The barrel is free floating and with this you get function and form. No need to compromise.

Here's a review by the Top Shot Season 1 winner and 3-gun shooter:

Nordic Components NC-22 (http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/nordic-components-nc22/)

Here's my 20" NC-22 below my 18" JP-15 Upper.

http://i52.tinypic.com/fxxjwj.jpg

Wildhawk66
06-24-2011, 3:35 PM
Tactical solutions.

+1 Love mine.

762.DEFENSE
06-24-2011, 3:47 PM
CMMG.

tjlayzer
06-24-2011, 4:20 PM
+1 for CMMG. I built a dedicated 22lr using their barrel and bolt and its very accurate. No complaints.

spdrcr
06-24-2011, 4:24 PM
Another vote for CMMG. My dedicated .22LR AR eats any ammo I give it and never fails to perform. Good cheap fun!

Gts408
06-24-2011, 4:43 PM
I went with a CMMG also. Shooting that thing is a BLAST. :)