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themanbeau 09-20-2009 03:56 AM

NEW AR .22s-S&W vs Colt?
Hi, Gun Bunnies-

I was in a Sportsman's Warehouse (man, what a dreamy place!;)) the other day, and saw the Colt .22 AR clone, marked at $599. As I lovingly caressed it, I began to (already) have some adulterous:o thoughts, in the form of the S&W version, in the same caliber. Perusing the Smith website (later) I was reminded that their's is (at least) $100 bucks cheaper, the only negatives being the loss of the Colt name (admittedly worth a lot) and a 5-round (30/25) reduction in mag capacity. But, the boys from Mass also give me the advantage of a poly upper/lower (ala Bushmaster's Carbon-15), reducing weight, and removing any worries about (future) potential corrosion.

Can anyone give me any different perspective(s) on this dilemma, or should I just grab the Smith, and (after paying for it, of course:p) run?

Great test report on it:

Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22, AR-15 Style .22 Long Rifle Semi-Automatic Carbine

hunter Joe 09-20-2009 09:15 PM

Both are fine firearms. The Colt is actually made by Walthers in Germany and besides the dust cover not being functional, for show only, the Colt is as good a choice as there is.

The Smith is also a fine dedicated .22 cal. firearm. Although it's less expensive than the Colt it is becoming a popular choice. The first three we received in stock I sold the first weekend.

You can't beat the .22 and the AR format only makes them more enjoyable to own IMO. Shoot Straight, Stay Safe.

themanbeau 09-20-2009 09:58 PM

NEW AR .22s-S&W vs Colt?
Thanks, Joe-

I assume you own a gun shop, then? :confused: Appreciate the input/advice. :)
How much are you getting for the Smiths? Haven't actually seen one of those,
yet-to get a (firm) price. If you were buying one for personal use, which
would you choose?

.22s go 'pop'!-cheaply (still).

Still Wondering-

hunter Joe 09-21-2009 10:46 PM

I actually work part-time at a firearm store/indoor shooting range. The Smiths are selling for 480.00 ish. I have not shot either firearm, although, I don't think one is better than the other. I have gotten good reviews from customers on both firearms. It just a matter of personal choice.

Let me throw another firearm into the mix. Have you seen the GSG 5 yet? This is another very nice auto-loading 22.

themanbeau 09-21-2009 10:51 PM


Have you seen the GSG 5 yet
Yes, the Walther, right? What do they go for? And what about that new
10-22/AR? How much for it?

Thanks, again- :)

chucksolo69 09-21-2009 11:11 PM

I have the Colt and am extremely happy with it. The dust cover is definately NOT just for show. Mine works great and snaps open when I pull the charging handle. My gun is VERY accurate and is one-hole accurate at 25 yards with CCI and Federal ammo. It took me about 500 rounds to properly brake her in. I shot CCI Mini Mags exclusively until then and then started shooting American Eagle stuff. Now mine shoots all brands with no issues EXCEPT Remingtons for some reason. Anyway, I am extremely pleased with the gun and even though the S&W has a great set of features, the Colt is pretty much a mirror of a standard M4....that, the all metal construction (the receiver us aluminum) and the prancing pony logo was why I bought it.

stalkingbear 09-21-2009 11:16 PM

The Ruger SR22 is a "gussied up" version of the 10/22 so it should be very reliable. The manufacturer website says 625 suggested retail. The link to it is in my thread "new ruger AR".

rachilders 09-22-2009 04:58 AM

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I got a S&W 15-22 about a month ago. It cost me $450 (included tax) and I have been VERY happy with it. The rails are standard picatinny and since I had a lot of spare parts from an AR I sold a few years back, I put a few on the S&W. I added a carry handle, rail covers, vertical grip and a sling and that's all I really plan to do. I've shot around 300 rds through it and it is FUN to shoot! I haven't tried any real "target" shooting with it but I can easily hit soda cans at 75 yds all day long with the gun using the iron sights. The photo below is a shot of my gun.

themanbeau 09-22-2009 05:07 AM

NEW AR .22s-S&W vs Colt?
Cool :cool:gun/pic, RA-

Believe it or not, I know where Longview is, too. I've even BEEN there. :eek:
You are the first real, live owner of the S&W version I've had contact with.
Did you make a comparison to the Colt? Or the Walther? I don't think the Ruger
was out then, right?

Do you plan on doing an Appleseed with it? I know that Fred says that .22s
are fine for it. It looks really light, and compact. I think I'm leaning that way,
especially if I can duplicate your price.

Thanks for the good post-:)

rachilders 09-22-2009 05:54 PM

There were two Colts and the Ruger at the store along with the S&W. I liked the Colt "Tactical" version of the AR-22 and considered buying it. It was almost exactly the same as the S&W but metal. OTOH, it was a good bit heavier then the M&P and cost about $150 more. The weight might be okay with a larger caliber gun but these guns shoot the .22LR. There is literally no recoil to deal with so I prefer the lighter gun. Also, all the controls are functional on the S&W, unlike the Colt. To me, the S&W seemed to be the best buy for the dollar of the three makes so I went with it.

I actually got the gun so my kids and I could both use it. It's light and has the adjustable stock so they can shoot it now but still lengthen the stock as they get bigger.

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