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Thompson/Center T/CR22
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here are few firearms in a
shooter's arsenal more useful than
a light .22 rimfire rifle. Whether
used for plinking, hunting small game,
training new shooters or any other
lawful purpose, a good .22 Long Rifle
is indispensable. For decades, the semiautomatic rimfire market has been
dominated by a handful of models, but
now there is a new product to consider
in this space: the Thompson/Center
Arms T/CR22. This budget-priced,
compact and lightweight rifle chambered in .22 Long Rifle is packed with
features that will make it attractive to
a variety of firearm consumers.
The T/CR22 is a simple blowback
design that draws heavily from the
Ruger 10/22, and is compatible with
many accessories intended for that
platform. The fully machined receiver
is constructed of 6061 aluminum, and
includes an integral Picatinny rail for
the mounting of optics. The bolt is
machined of stainless steel and uses
an oversized handle for additional
cocking leverage. The rifle feeds
from a 10-round detachable rotary

magazine that is equipped with a
bolt hold-open tab, and is compatible
with 10/22-pattern magazines. The
extractor hook articulates from the
bolt's 3-o'clock position, and the fixed
ejector is located at 6 o'clock.
The one-piece, injection-molded OD
green stock is made by Magpul and is
similar, though not identical, to the
firm's Hunter X-22 model. The angled
grip and fore-end appear to be clones of
the X-22, but the stock on the T/CR22
does not include the adjustable length
of pull or comb. Front and rear sling
swivel inlets are molded into the stock,
and M-Lok-compatible slots at the
6-o'clock position on the fore-end allow
for the simple addition of a bipod. The
cutout shape of the stock's toe line is
ideal for use with a rear sandbag or
rest, making the stock very compatible with supported shooting from the
bench. Like most, if not all, injection
molded stocks, the fore-end lacks the
rigidity of wood or fiberglass, but
there was no sign of a degradation
of accuracy or point-of-impact shift
during our testing when fore-end
pressure or position varied.
The 17" button-rifled barrel is
finished in matte blue and is threaded
1/2x28 TPI so that it is compatible
with rimfire suppressors. A knurled

thread protector covers the threads
when they are not in use, and a
small rubber O-ring at the rear of the
threads provides a tight gas seal if
a muzzle device is mounted. Unlike
many rimfire rifles that are equipped
with barrel-mounted open sights,
the T/CR22 uses an adjustable rear
aperture sight in conjunction with a
highly visible green fiber-optic front
pipe. Thanks to the position of the
rear peep, the sight radius is as long
as the rifle's design will allow. The
result is a very useful and durable set
of sights that are ideal for instructing
new shooters in the use of irons. The
sights also make this rifle attractive
to those who don't want to make the
subsequent investment in a scope
and rings after purchasing the rifle;
this one is ready to shoot straight
out of the box.
The T/CR22's controls center
around the trigger guard, and
include a crossbolt manual safety,
a bolt hold-open lever and an oversize magazine release. To load the
rifle, the bolt hold-open tab on the
magazine is depressed to load the
first round-subsequent rounds are
loaded normally, and the magazine
is inserted into the well. The bolt is
cycled and the rifle is ready to fire.

The rifle's 17" button-rifled barrel is made of chrome-moly steel that has been finished in matte
blue. Its muzzle has been threaded 1/2x28 TPI, and the gun ships with a thread protector.

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