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Old 05-16-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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I was just curious - back in the day - when the USAF bases did not necessarily have ranges to shoot the M-16 they had a conversion kit to make it shoot 22 LR. I was pretty sure all they changed was the magazines and the BCG.

Could you easily take an MP 15-22 and by adding an upper assembly with the appropriate BCG, mag, and barrel if necessary make it into a rifle capable of shooting 5.56?

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Old 05-16-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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No. While the lower can use standard ar15 trigger assemblies there is no buffer tube for the bolt carrier to ride in.

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Nope. Dimensions are wrong. Won't fit.

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better to go with a cheap M&P15 Sport and then buy a used Ciener kit (like the Airforce kits you speak of.)

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Thanks for the info

Still debating - narrowed my choices down to the DPMS Oracle rifle or Mini-14 tactical - want a rifle that is 5.56 capable and is a proven battle design - AR 15 accuracy - but relability I think has the Mini-14 in there too

Gonna pull the trigger in a couple weeks either way - just thought if the MP 15-22 could be changed out it would have been a plus to the AR system

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I do not prefer the brand of AR mentioned although a good AR is a good AR! The AR rifles are much more versatile and accurate than the Minis. Not that the Minis are bad rifles! I do not imply that because they are good little combat rifles. I prefer the AR over the Mini regarding the speed and ease of Magazine Changes, Accuracy, Optics applications and there are a million options with the AR regarding add on equipment. And availability of almost anything under the sun.

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IMO the mini-14 is not what you are looking for. From talking w/ guys who run minis they take a lot of work and time to reach AR like performance.

What type of shooting are you planning on doing?

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I have a good familiarity with the AR and variants (I carried and qualified with one for 20 yrs) There are pluses and minuses to it - it is accurate, reasonable reliable (yes seen torture tests, but I had lots of experience clearing jams in this rifle over the years) and there are lots of accessories and I like the ease of magazine changes - so it is in my opinion a good system

Mini 14 - When I was a police officer this was our patrol rifle and it worked great - my father had M1s (both the carbine and Garand) and I never seen the things fail to go off (not that they can't fail, I just don't remember one) being a lefty I like the safety on the gun - but I know it is not the most accurate rifle out there. I just am not convinced for what I want it for 1 MOA is necessary over a gun that is reasonably accurate 2 or 3 MOA and goes bang more reliably - but magazine changes take a little more getting used too

This is a gun for recreational shooting and defending myself if it ever comes down to that.

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Why would you want to settle if this firearm may potentially be used for defense? Does Lance Armstrong ride a huffy? I just don't see, well it's just my family a mini-14 is good enough as a responsible answer.

From reading your last post I'm picking up that you're probably older. "When I WAS a police officer..." and "reasonable reliable." There's a reason departments and other .gov agencies do not use or have gone away from the mini 14 and are now using ARs. Reliability USED to be an issue and is only an issue at this time if you go w/ certain manufacturers or if lighening happens to strike.

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