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Old 09-22-2009, 06:05 PM   #11
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Default NEW AR .22s-S&W vs Colt?

Hey, RA-

Appreciate the new 'dope' on your purchase. This is doing much to help me
decide. What about Appleseed, though?

The Appleseed Project

Still wondering (about that)-

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Old 09-23-2009, 11:24 PM   #12
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I see no reason why a S&W 15-22 wouldn't work at an Appleseed training program. At the Appleseed website they actually suggest using a .22 rifle due to ammo costs and if a 10/22 - one of the guns they mentioned - will work I see no reason why the S&W wouldn't. I can tell you from my own experience that this gun is easily capable of putting 5 shots into a quarter size hole at 25 meters (less than 80 ft). With a 4X scope and a rest/bipod, I'd guess you could place 5 shots into an area the size of a dime at 50 yds with a little practice and good ammo. OTOH, they suggest bringing at least 5 magazines and at this time the gun is VERY new and extra mags are still in tight supply.

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Price of the S&W makes it seem like the better buy but everyone has their own opinion on new guns.

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Price is only part of why I preferred the S&W over the other guns I looked at. If I wanted a reliable, accurate but less inexpensive .22 rifle I would have bought a basic 10/22!

While there are many people who like their guns made of only metal and wood (I do myself in most cases), I think a polymer frame/stock is a good choice for an all purpose gun, especially a .22. It's lighter (weight is good for recoil control but a .22 has no recoil), won't rust, is much less likely to break or warp, is usually cheaper to make and can be molded into almost any shape. Some folks have suggested I should have got the basic 10/22 and "tricked" it out and I considered it. However, between the cost of a new gun, an aftermarket stock and other parts that met my requirements, it would have cost as much as the S&W by the time I'd purchased everything separately, quite possibly more.

As Windwalker said, everyone has their own opinion. For me the 15-22 best filled the requirements I was looking for in a .22 rifle at a price I was willing to pay. For someone else it could be a Colt, Ruger "AR", SIG or any number of rifles that are becoming available to shooters who want something other than the bolt action, single shot or more "traditional" styled semi-auto's that have been around for decades.

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