By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
August 24, 2015
Last updated on 8/25/15.
As cool and interesting as the DPMS Panther Arms GII (G2) Recon .308 MSR 7.62mm NATO (7.62x51mm NATO)/.308 Win. tactical AR carbine is, and it is very interesting indeed, it’s awfully expensive to operate, since even the least-expensive (quality) 7.62mm NATO/.308 ammo isn’t exactly cheap. So, if you’re looking for good tactical AR-15/M4/M4A1 Carbine-profile gun for inexpensive plinking at the range out to a couple hundred yards, you might want to look at the new Bushmaster C-22 (Carbon 22) .22 LR (Long Rifle) semi-auto rimfire carbine, which utilizes a modified Carbon 15 flat-top polymer receiver and a M4/M4A1 Carbine-profile barrel with an A2-style front site. The C-22 is going up against the longer-established and very popular Smith and Wesson (S&W) M&P15-22. This will be no small task.
DefenseReview (DR) first got its hands on the Bushmaster C-22 .22LR carbine at the Remington 2015 Defense/LE/Tactical New Products Seminar at Gunsite Academy last December (2014), and we got to run it at the range a little (see all accompanying photos that DR shot at the event). It’s a fun little gun to shoot, and everyone seemed to enjoy it at the range event. The C-22 is similar in weight–although still a bit lighter–to a 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO)/.223 Rem. tactical AR-15 carbine with (with pencil barrel, like the Colt AR6720) at 5.6 lbs.
Defense Review doesn’t yet know how the Bushmaster C22 compares to the S&W M&P15-22 with regard to reliability, durability and accuracy at high round count, but time will tell. These things have a way of quickly revealing themselves as a firearm penetrates the market (or doesn’t).
By the way, the C-22’s mag (magazine) is a Black Dog Machine (BDM) 25-rounder.
– Caliber: 22LR (Long Rifle)
– 16″ M4 profile barrel with 1:16″ twist
– Mag Capacity: 25 rounds (Black Dog)
– Polymer receiver
– 6-position telescoping/retractable stock (buttstock)
– A2 front sight
– Flat top upper receiver
– OA Length: 32.25″-36″
– Weight: 5.6 lbs
Company Contact Info:
Bushmaster Firearms International
P.O. Box 556
Madison, NC 27025
Customer Service Phone: 1-800-883-6229
LE/Government Sales Phone: 1-800-998-7928
Email: [email protected]
Black Dog Machine (BDM)
9986 Cherry Lane
Nampa, ID 83687
Phone: (208) 465-1940
Fax: (208) 466-9479
Tech Support Email: [email protected]
Customer Service Email: [email protected]
DPMS Panther Arms
3312 12th St SE
St. Cloud, MN 56304
Email Contact Page: https://www.dpmsinc.com/crm.asp?action=contactus
DPMS Website: https://www.dpmsinc.com
DPMS GII .308 MSR Website: http://dpms-gii.com/full.html
Remington Arms Company, LLC
870 Remington Drive
P.O. Box 700
Madison, NC 27025-0700
Military, Law Enforcement, & Federal Agency Sales
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