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THOMPSON/CENTER T/CR22

MANUFACTURER: THOMPSON/CENTER ARMS (DEPT. AR), 2100 ROOSEVELT AVE., SPRINGFIELD, MA 01104; (866) 730-1614; TCARMS.COM
35"
1.81"

1.38"
17"
13.75"
CHAMBERING: .22 LONG RIFLE
ACTION TYPE: BLOWBACK-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC RIMFIRE RIFLE
RECEIVER: MACHINED 6061 ALUMINUM
STOCK: MAGPUL SYNTHETIC
MAGAZINE: 10-ROUND DETACHABLE BOX

BARREL: CHROME-MOLY STEEL,
BUTTON-RIFLED; 1:15" RH TWIST
SIGHTS: FIBER-OPTIC FRONT,
ADJUSTABLE PEEP REAR

TRIGGER: SINGLE-STAGE; 5-LB., 1-OZ. PULL
WEIGHT: 4 LBS., 6 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL, LOCK
MSRP: $399

SHOOTING RESULTS (50 YDS.)

VEL. @ MUZZLE
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

BLAZER
40-GR. LRN

1185 AVG.
20 SD

125

0.80

1.33

0.96

CCI STANDARD VELOCITY
40-GR. LRN

1046 AVG.
22 SD

97

0.79

1.05

0.86

NORMA MATCH
40-GR. LRN

1020 AVG.
22 SD

92

0.68

1.30

0.98

.22 LONG RIFLE
CARTRIDGE

The placement of the T/CR22's rear
aperture sight (above), mounted as far
back on the receiver as possible, maximizes the rifle's sight radius.

The polymer trigger broke at 5 lbs.
of pressure after some take-up and
a very slight amount of creep-we
did not find the trigger to be a
detriment to good accuracy during
our range testing. Removing the
magazine was a bit tricky at first,
and was the only ergonomic hiccup
that we encountered; we quickly
discovered that it is necessary to
maintain pressure on the magazine
release until the magazine clears
the receiver.
Fieldstripping the rifle is
accomplished by loosening the
captive No. 5/32 hex bolt, centering the safety button in its inlet
and lifting the barreled action out
of the stock. Drift removal of the
trigger group and bolt stop pins

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

0.93

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
N OTES: MEASURED

LAB RADAR
CHRONOGRAPH AT THE MUZZLE . A CCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE , 10- SHOT
GROUPS AT 50 YDS . FROM A BENCH REST . T EMPERATURE : 92° F. H UMIDITY : 76%.
ABBREVIATIONS: LRN (LEAD ROUND NOSE ), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION ).
AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR

allows for the removal of the bolt,
recoil spring assembly and bolt
handle. With the rifle fieldstripped,
the bore can be cleaned from the
breech end through a hole at the
rear of the receiver designed for
just that purpose.
We mounted a scope and fired the
rifle extensively using three standardand high-velocity loads to test both
accuracy and reliability. For starters,
the rifle functioned with 100 percent
reliability throughout our testing save
for one Norma cartridge that failed
to fire. A close inspection of the case
head indicated a good primer strike,
so this event can likely be considered
an ammunition failure-not unheard
of in the rimfire world. The rifle was
also function-tested with a SilencerCo
Warlock II suppressor mounted, and
reliability was not affected by the use
of the suppressor.

10

SHOTS FIRED NEXT TO A

Our test rifle was capable of
consistently good accuracy from the
bench, and its performance exceeded
our expectations. The smallest average 10-round groups at 50 yds., which
measured just 0.86", were shot with the
CCI Standard Velocity 40-gr. lead round
nose load. Though the CCI ammunition
shot the best, all three loads produced
10-shot averages of under an inch at
that distance. Perhaps best of all, points
of impact were consistent across the
spectrum of loads tested.
The T/CR22 is a useful, serviceable
and fun-to-shoot rifle that provides a
great deal of value. The flexibility of
either iron sights or hassle-free scope
mounting, the ability to add a suppressor without gunsmith intervention and the freedom to use the wide
variety of accessories intended for the
10/22 are all attractive attributes of
this accurate and reliable rimfire.

The T/CR22 draws heavily from the
10/22, using similar 10-round detachable rotary magazines (r.), as well as a
crossbolt manual safety, a bolt hold-open
lever and a magazine release all located
just forward of the trigger guard (l.).

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