Savage A22 Magnum
The A22 shows a polymer stock with textured sections on the grip and forend and Q/D sling studs fore and aft. The build is all-steel, with a button-rifled, barrel (22LR-16-inch and 22WMR-22-inch) and case-hardened receiver. It’s threaded ½ x20 UNF and feed is from a 10-shot mag (either calibre). It comes with Weaver bases and controls consist of a cross-bolt safety in the trigger guard, AccuTrigger and a manual hold open. In 22 WMR it offers a powerful rimfire auto-loading platform and should prove popular. A laminate thumbhole stock version will soon be available.
This rimfire, .22 AR15 offers an all-polymer receiver. This example was an M4-style with integral case deflector and ejection port cover, with a 16.5- inch barrel, muzzle brake, oval handguards, telescopic butt and A2 pistol grip. The upper receiver is a flat top Picatinny-type, up front is a classic M16, A-frame front sight (with D-handle option). Controls are standard; magazine button — rear right of the mag well and a single-sided safety catch left above the pistol grip. Feed is from Black Dog magazines!
Webley & Scott Xocet WSRX22CF
The Xocet is a rimfire bolt-action that offers the option of a carbon-fibre wrapped or standard steel barrel and synthetic stock. The action is CZ-like, even down to the safety catch, feed is from a 10-shot box mag. It comes fully fettled with a Picatinny base, QD sling studs, adjustable trigger and threaded barrel. It’s chambered in 22LR, 22WMR and 17HMR and is available with 2x magazines, or a package deal that includes a Nikko Stirling 3-9x50 Panamax scope, Match Master 1-inch mounts and an aimSport 22 Rimfire moderator.
A few years ago, CZ decided to replace their iconic 452 bolt-action with a new version the 455. You’d be hard-pressed to tell, as it looks identical, even down to the magazine used. The major difference is the fact that the new CZ455 is a switch barrel, which is a clever move. Available in 22LR, 22WMR and 17HMR the barrel is retained in the action by twin set screws and changed in five-minutes. The mag well is for the longer magnum magazine and in 22LR a filler block is used to take up the shorter COL.
Chiappa Little Badger
The Little Badger is a break-barrel, single shot rifle and is available in 22 LR, .22 WMR and 9mm Flobert. It’s light at 3lbs and can fold up for storage. The butt is a simple, metal, wire frame attached to a moulded polymer pad. There’s no forend but a 4-way Picatinny rail for optics (iron sights come as standard). The action is opened by a lever in front of the trigger guard; there’s no safety, instead, the hammer is manually cocked. The 16.5-inch barrel is threaded for a moddy.