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Old 04-29-2013, 14:06   #1
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Dedicated Ar in 22lr

Just got a notice about an AR in 22 from Palmetto. It has a Omni polymer lower which is compatible with all AR uppers. It has a mil spec buffer tube and stock, though I suppose the buffer and spring are not included since you don't need them for a 22. Upper is M4 type, flat top with FSB. It uses the common, Ceiner type, CMMG, Black Dog etc mags. Cost is a penny short of $400.

Seems to me that you could buy that, split them up and make money on the deal. A complete lower w/stock even if it was an Omni is probably worth more than $200. From what I see a dedicated 22 upper is worth $300-350 if you can even find one at that price.

Deal or no deal?
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Old 04-29-2013, 14:09   #2
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I personally wouldn't give $200 for a complete poly lower, but in theory, that could happen. I think I spent about $450 on a CMMG upper to put on a standard AR lower that I had, so you might have something there.
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Old 04-29-2013, 14:11   #3
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No experience with Palmetto or Omni. I can highly recommend CMMG and Spikes.
Almost sounds like a deal too good to be true.......

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I already have a Spikes 22 conversion kit. It works ok but I was kind of looking for a complete 22 upper. My thinking is that I could buy this rifle, sell the lower, sell the conversion kit which are now worth about twice what I paid for it and pretty much break even. If I sold the upper as well I could probably make a buck off it.

In regards to the Omni lower. S&W MP 15-22s use a polymer lower but are not compatible with other AR uppers.

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http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...m_medium=email
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Old 04-29-2013, 15:08   #5
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I'm willing to bet that the upper on that rifle is a polymer upper as well.
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Polymer upper, polymer lower,........not worth docking with.
Get a dedicated .22lr upper, stick with your conversions, or buy a S&W
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I'm willing to bet that the upper on that rifle is a polymer upper as well.
You are right. It uses a polymer Chiappa Arms upper which I think is what the Colt AR 22 uses. I also read some mixed reviews on this rifle. Pretty much everything is plastic including the FSB, barrel nut etc. I am going to pass on it.
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I don't remember the brand of plastic/poly .22lr upper I saw at a gun shop once, but the thing that stuck me the most about how cheap it felt was the fact that the receiver actually bowed in a bit on the sides.... like someone squeezed it and it didn't come back.

That alone turned me off from polymer ARs.
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That is a deal, I think a polymer lower is perfect for a dedicated .22 lr build. MUCH less stress on it than 5.56.

I have a CMMG .22 lr upper that cost me close to $500(plus almost $300 for the dedicated lower its on) and its worth every penny! 100 percent reliable and as accurate if not more so than my 10/22. Almost all the fun of shooting a AR for a fraction of the price. It was more fun when .22 lr ammo was easily replaceable, though.

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That is a deal, I think a polymer lower is perfect for a dedicated .22 lr build. MUCH less stress on it than 5.56.

I have a CMMG .22 lr upper that cost me close to $500(plus almost $300 for the dedicated lower its on) and its worth every penny! 100 percent reliable and as accurate if not more so than my 10/22. Almost all the fun of shooting a AR for a fraction of the price. It was more fun when .22 lr ammo was easily replaceable, though.
I don't have a problem with the polymer lowers, I have a couple Cav Arms lowers. However, the polymer upper is of concern. Apparently the barrel nut is plastic, the FSB is plastic and held on with a set screw. This isn't a AR upper using a 22 lr barrel like the CMMG, this a cheap plastic upper disguised as an AR.
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