Mossberg’s New .22LR Auto Loading Rifles
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Mossberg has announced (press released below) their new .22 auto loading rifles. I’m sure these are great little rifles, but does it look like an AR-15 and a Ruger 10-22 got together for a one night stand and had a baby to anyone else?
Here is the press release:
North Haven, CT – Following the introductions of the new 20 gauge 500® FLEX™ and 500 JIC® (Just In Case) FLEX pump-action shotguns at the 2014 SHOT Show, Mossberg International is pleased to bring a rimfire rifle to the FLEX family of multi-platform, modular firearms. The FLEX-22 combines the versatility of the Mossberg FLEX TLS™ (Tool-less Locking System) with a fun-to-shoot, cost-effective 22LR autoloading platform. Now available in two models; a 6-position, adjustable tactical stock with 25-round magazine and in an easy-to-handle Youth model with compact stock and 10- round magazine. Either model can be quickly reconfigured, without tools, for a custom-like fit with FLEX TLS accessory stocks and recoil pads.
Based on the Mossberg International line of 22LR autoloaders (702 Plinkster®/715T™), FLEX-22 rifles come standard with free-floating barrels with a 1:16 twist rate; fully-adjustable front and rear fiber optics sights (adjustable for windage and elevation); durable synthetic stocks with stippled forends for more positive grip; complementing blue metal finishes; last-shot, hold-open design; and optional 10-round or 25-round detachable magazines.
The FLEX TLS System is the ultimate, adaptable platform with its patented series of connectors that allow stocks, recoil pads and forends (FLEX shotguns only) to be reconfigured for individual, custom-like fit or for specific use. Stocks can be interchanged with the simple lift and turn of the TLS latch on the receiver; remove the stock and slide the replacement stock onto the connector. Once aligned, simply turn the TLS latch 90 degrees clockwise and close the latch, locking the stock firmly in place. Recoil pads can easily be switched from large, medium or small (3/4 – 1 1/5 inches) with the TLS release buttons located on stocks; when depressed. The FLEX-22 easily accepts all FLEX TLS stocks and recoil pads.
FLEX-22 Autoloading Rifles – The 25-round model features the 6-position FLEX tactical stock with length-of-pull (LOP) adjustments from 11 to 14 inches, controlled by the integrated lever; shorter 16 1/2-inch barrel with A2-style muzzlebrake for reduced muzzle jump; top-mounted, removable Picatinny rail for ease of adding optics; and handy magazine loading cap (37064). The Youth version features the FLEX compact, fixed LOP stock (12 1/2 inches) combined with the compact (3/4 inch) recoil pad; 18-inch barrel length; dovetailed receiver that accepts 3/8-inch scope mounts; and 10-round magazine (37063).
The standard rifle is pictured at the top of the post and here is the youth model.