I am new to ar15s, so please forgive me if this is a dumb question, but i just read about a 'simple' . 22lr conversion. Is this true? Have any of you done a 22 conversion on your AR? Any issues with cycling the weapon? Any suggestions on whose conversion kit to buy? To stay away from?
I had a CMMG conversion it is just a drop in in place of your bolt. You also need their mag to feed the bullets. It works fine. I rather a straight 22 instead. There are several conversion kits. Mine was less than $200
You can purchase a dedicated 22lr AR 15 such as a Mossberg for $300 and up. S&W make one for about $500 and I own a Colt. The swapouts are not difficult and are cheaper; I just preferred to have the extra rifle on the bench ready to go.
Like hkhunter said, you remove the takedown pins then drop out the 5.56/.223 bolt and put the .22lr bolt. Many manufacturers make .22lr AR15 mags, and your conversion most likely comes with some magazine. If your really into hi cap mags, check out black dog mags, they make 50 round drums for the .22lr AR15
I like the cmmg stainless, its easy to clean I have put like 4000 rds thru it with only one issue and customer service at cmmg took care of it for free . Great customer service great product . I highly recommend their .22lr conversion kit .