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LR version of the AR-15 that operates exactly
like the real thing. Various AR rimfire clones
have some AR-15 functions, but most use the
magazine follower for bolt holdback rather
than with an operating bolt release. As a
result, the bolt drops when the magazine is
removed. Up until the introduction of the
Tippmann M4 series, none of the rimfire
AR-15 clones had functioning forward assist.
While I've never used forward assist on a
centerfire AR-15, it's a nice feature on the
rimfire versions because of the much lighter
operating spring in the .22 LRs.
Last year at the NRA World Shooting
Championship, one of the side games
featured the Tipmann M4 22 Elite in a Metal
Madness gallery-type shoot. I was intrigued
with the operation and asked for a test
and evaluation gun. I've been favorably
impressed. With an aluminum alloy upper
and lower receiver, the Tippmann feels
just like the real thing. It uses a proprietary
magazine that has a sliding outer shell to
protect the magazine from contamination. To
load the magazine, you depress the release
on the magazine shell and the shell slides
down exposing the lower part of the follower.
The sliding shell then friction locks into place.
You can then relieve the spring pressure to
allow easy loading. The magazine is polymer
with a metal insert for longevity.
Loading the magazine requires a bit more
care than some of the other AR clones, but
the design puts the magazine much higher
in the receiver and the loading ramps are
integral with the magazine, meaning the
bullet doesn't slam into a steep ramp to
accomplish loading. There's no feed ramp
cut in the barrel and the only cut other than
the chamber is the extractor slot. Potentially,

Specifications
Action:

Semi-automatic, bolt hold-open
and release, forward assist

Barrel:

16-inch steel, Parkerized finish,
½x28 A2 flash suppressor

Magazine: 25-round (tested), 10-round
Receivers: Cast aluminum upper and lower
Charging Handle:
Handguard:

Proprietary with oversized
version available
Full-length top Picatinny rail
(eight-sided, modular)

Stock: Six-position, sling attachment
Trigger: 4½ pounds
MSRP: $549
this means a precision barrel could be easily
fitted to the Tippmann with a good chance
for match rifle accuracy.
To load the magazine, I held it so the
round dropped vertically, using gravity
to make sure the base of the case was
properly seated to the rear. The standard
magazine holds 25 rounds, but they offer
a shortened 10-round magazine that might
be an advantage in Precision Rimfire events
because it allows a lower prone position.
The bolt and bolt carrier on the Tippmann is
a one-piece affair with the rear being a hollow tube to keep weight down. The bolt face
is simple and the combination bolt/carrier is
much easier to clean than most AR clones
because there's no recoil spring and sliding
bolt. Tippmann uses a reduced-weight recoil
spring in the standard AR-15 buffer tube. This
works because the one piece bolt/carrier is a
hollow tube with the solid bolt in the front end.
It's notched for the forward assist and while I'm
not a fan of forward assist in centerfire ARs,

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