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Stanksbeamen
09-10-2011, 9:15 AM
Looking for some owners response how well the weapon shoots. Comparable to the S&W? TIA

davek8s
09-10-2011, 9:50 AM
Get the S&W or Sig. I have the 15/22, my friend has a 522 and his brother has a Colt. I like that a 15/22 uses real ar-15 parts. All 3 guns shoot fine and with about equal accuracy, but the Colt like a toy to me.
To answer your question, it shoots just fine.

clbshooter
09-10-2011, 11:40 AM
I pick up my Sig 522 on Wed., so I can't tell you how it shoots, but I looked at all of the forums and most people like them. If you want to install another stock you have to buy an adapter for about $90, for me the stock that it comes with it is ok. I also found spare 10 rnd mags for about $12. each and 26 rnd mag rebuild kits for the same price( add I think $1.50 to take each one apart). I like the feel and the looks of the Sig alot better than the rest.

pennys dad
09-10-2011, 11:40 AM
Get the S&W or Sig. I have the 15/22, my friend has a 522 and his brother has a Colt. I like that a 15/22 uses real ar-15 parts. All 3 guns shoot fine and with about equal accuracy, but the Colt like a toy to me.
To answer your question, it shoots just fine.

I agree with Davek8s mostly. Accuracy is equal, S&W does use mil spec mostly, shooting wise both are fine.
The colt can use some mil spec as well.
My hang up with the colt was the breakdown for cleaning, the colt is the easiest to clean since you dont breakdown the bolt to clean it, but since I am an AR person and used to breaking down a bolt is caused me a little heart ache.
The biggest issue with the S&W for me was they didnt have stubby mags when I got mine, now they do.

Arteel
09-10-2011, 12:42 PM
Have you thought about picking up an OLL and a CMMG .22lr upper? You can have an authentic AR15 for practically the same price.

Packy14
09-10-2011, 2:00 PM
Build a AR-22, durability and flexibility wise, its the way to go. I have 1000's of rounds through mine.. the only problem has been breaking BDM mags.

Stanksbeamen
09-10-2011, 2:03 PM
Thanks everyone for your responses. I decided to pass on it and I'm glad I did, I want an AR15 but have a little more research to do.

Have you thought about picking up an OLL and a CMMG .22lr upper? You can have an authentic AR15 for practically the same price.

I'm pretty new to this site so I dont know all lingo but could you explain a little more or a link to read here. Thanks, I'd like to build it myself so if I could get a .22 conversion kit, I'll buy a stripped lower and an .22 upper. That way if I wanted I could step up with a 5.56/2.23 upper and use my lower that I have already built minus the .22 stuff.

More searching! :) Thanks again...

Arteel
09-10-2011, 2:17 PM
OLL = Off List Lower

Like you mentioned, you can simply purchase a stripped AR lower along with LPK (lower parts kit) and stock assembly, or if you are 21 or older, you can buy a complete lower, then just top it off with a complete .22lr upper. My suggestion would be a CMMG upper (http://cmmginc.secure-mall.com/item/M4-LE-.22-LR-Evolution-16-inch-Upper-wF-Marked-FSB-1513). You will also need a rear sight or optic.

When you are ready for a centerfire setup, all you have to do is swap uppers, magazine, and throw on a magazine lock (if going with a featured setup) and you're G2G.

Stanksbeamen
09-10-2011, 3:29 PM
OLL = Off List Lower

Like you mentioned, you can simply purchase a stripped AR lower along with LPK (lower parts kit) and stock assembly, or if you are 21 or older, you can buy a complete lower, then just top it off with a complete .22lr upper. My suggestion would be a CMMG upper (http://cmmginc.secure-mall.com/item/M4-LE-.22-LR-Evolution-16-inch-Upper-wF-Marked-FSB-1513). You will also need a rear sight or optic.

When you are ready for a centerfire setup, all you have to do is swap uppers, magazine, and throw on a magazine lock (if going with a featured setup) and you're G2G.

Thanks, I think there is an OLL stickied in the centerfire section so I'll check that out. I PM'd shadow65 per others recommendations on going with CMMG uppers. :)

shafferds
09-12-2011, 10:23 AM
X 2 for building your own ar 15 (22lr specific). It won't cost much more and more options for you.

shafferds
09-12-2011, 10:27 AM
Lower + tax + dros about 140. Lpk: psa 50.00 + shipping . stock 45.00 + shipping. 22 lr upper 350.00 and rear sight or optic (whatever you want).

Stanksbeamen
09-12-2011, 10:58 AM
Lower + tax + dros about 140. Lpk: psa 50.00 + shipping . stock 45.00 + shipping. 22 lr upper 350.00 and rear sight or optic (whatever you want).

Just purchased a CMMG upper (stainless bolt/collar, BHOA and forward assist) with a few 10 round magazines and revolution hand guard. Hopefully there wont be any problems that others are having with them. I'm thinking of a spikes tactical lower with parts kit locally. Then purchase the stock some where online and shoot it!

I have to find my PCS orders to purchase the lower because of CA strict rules. Any lowers I should avoid? Any recommendations on stocks?

Any good but cheap red dots? Just building to shoot for fun!

ejhc11
09-12-2011, 4:55 PM
The Bushnell TRS-25 is the best priced red dot at Amazon.com on sale plus a $30 rebate but you'll need some type of riser and the cheap ones have mixed reviews.

If you can swing a little higher in budget then go look at the Primary Arms MicroDot removable base version and their PA Riser. Its bright enough in the daytime and light.

Stanksbeamen
09-13-2011, 12:06 PM
The Bushnell TRS-25 is the best priced red dot at Amazon.com on sale plus a $30 rebate but you'll need some type of riser and the cheap ones have mixed reviews.

If you can swing a little higher in budget then go look at the Primary Arms MicroDot removable base version and their PA Riser. Its bright enough in the daytime and light.

This the one with option PA riser/quick disconnect?
http://primaryarms.com/product.sc?productId=924&categoryId=419

Not bad...Looked at the other one also, thanks.

pbsmind
09-13-2011, 3:12 PM
I'd vote for build your own, as I am currently in that process right now.

LINKS001
09-13-2011, 5:40 PM
If you're on a budget on your red dot, go with a "Tasco Red Dot"

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Tasco-Red-Dot-Scope-Sights-BKRD30-Rifle-Airsoft-Handgun-/00/s/NDIwWDYwMA==/$(KGrHqIOKpsE5WuOEgQFBO(+qBmr5!~~60_3.JPG

I have one for my .22lr and it shots fine for a CHEAP low ball red dot. (Since you just want a simple red dot). Its has 11 light settings, 5MOA, 1x30mm, weavers/pico style of choice. simple to use and install. It sits low, that is the only con.

LINKS001
09-13-2011, 5:42 PM
P.S. sorry i chose a crap looking photo from ebay, which i was on. :oops:

dirtracer27x
09-13-2011, 6:02 PM
as much as people hate on the colt,i love mine.have shot both and they bothe feel good.i went with my just due to the feel/weight of the rifle.it was very accurate outta the box and very reasonably priced,$459 on sale at big 5.the sw1522 shot well also but felt very light and toy like to me due to the composites,but on the flip side if you want a lighter gun sw is the way to go.i bought mine on a impulse buy so it was sight unseen,but i am very pleased with her.1000 rnds and no hiccups.either one and you in the money imo:)
oh and all my accesorys are mil spec
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1480-1.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1486.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1482.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1481.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1477.jpg

Stanksbeamen
09-15-2011, 5:41 PM
I'd vote for build your own, as I am currently in that process right now.

Yep, just purchased my stripped lower (Stag Arms) today. Have the 10 day wait, have to find a good lower parts kit, a butt stock and sights/red dot.

If you're on a budget on your red dot, go with a "Tasco Red Dot"

I have one for my .22lr and it shots fine for a CHEAP low ball red dot. (Since you just want a simple red dot). Its has 11 light settings, 5MOA, 1x30mm, weavers/pico style of choice. simple to use and install. It sits low, that is the only con.

Thanks for the info, the other day I probably looked at about 15+ red dot sights. I found one that uses a AA battery but now forget which one it was. I'll have to revisit that one day but for now folding sights will do the trick. Red dot is just an add on, not needed right away.

as much as people hate on the colt,i love mine.have shot both and they bothe feel good.i went with my just due to the feel/weight of the rifle.it was very accurate outta the box and very reasonably priced,$459 on sale at big 5.the sw1522 shot well also but felt very light and toy like to me due to the composites,but on the flip side if you want a lighter gun sw is the way to go.i bought mine on a impulse buy so it was sight unseen,but i am very pleased with her.1000 rnds and no hiccups.either one and you in the money imo:)
oh and all my accesorys are mil spec


Thanks, I posted this thread while i was at a gun show so I almost purchased the gun with not knowing much about it. I decided to wait and do a little more research and am happy with my decision to build. I wanted to know a little more about it so building it will help me know all the parts/functions.

jkonquer
09-16-2011, 5:46 PM
Get the S&W or Sig. I have the 15/22, my friend has a 522 and his brother has a Colt. I like that a 15/22 uses real ar-15 parts. All 3 guns shoot fine and with about equal accuracy, but the Colt like a toy to me.
To answer your question, it shoots just fine.

what? where do you come with this conclusion?

Colt is probably the closest copy of the real ar15, its weight, parts, and material it uses. only thing different from real ar15 is the safety switch. other than that colt is as real as it gets. all parts are mil-spec and interchangeable with ar15 parts.

SW is very good gun as well. however it is made out of polymer material. so its weight and realism isn't as good as colt. That doesn't mean it doesn't shoot well. it is probably the most accurate ar15 copy there is.

Sig isn't a ar15, but the material and quality is top notch. and as well as accuracy.

I've shot all three guns, but in the end, I wanted something that is closest to the real ar15 and COLT was it. As far as accuracy, you won't tell the difference between all these guns.

and i really don't understand all the hate on Colt. 2000 rds on mine with any problem at all. and cleaning is a breeze that even my girlfiend did it right the first time without me tell her anything. SW is little cheaper around $100 less. but i bought my colt ops version for 500 after tax and dros.

gtoxonizukax
09-20-2011, 5:13 PM
as much as people hate on the colt,i love mine.have shot both and they bothe feel good.i went with my just due to the feel/weight of the rifle.it was very accurate outta the box and very reasonably priced,$459 on sale at big 5.the sw1522 shot well also but felt very light and toy like to me due to the composites,but on the flip side if you want a lighter gun sw is the way to go.i bought mine on a impulse buy so it was sight unseen,but i am very pleased with her.1000 rnds and no hiccups.either one and you in the money imo:)
oh and all my accesorys are mil spec
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1480-1.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1486.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1482.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1481.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k318/mccraryfloors/IMG_1477.jpg

where did you get that 20 round mag?