DPMS 22 LR Rifles from the 2013 SHOT Show

DPMS 22LR Rifle

At the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, DPMS announced the addition of two new .22 LR AR-style rifles to their line of guns.  The new “DPMS Mil-Std 22LR” rifles use mil-spec receivers, which means they are not limited to rimfire should you decide to bolt on an upper in .300 BLK, 5.56 or another caliber.

DPMS 22LR Rifle

The new DPMS rifles will come from the factory in one of two configurations.  The first is the 6.45 pound AP4 carbine with an A2 front sight and rear detachable carry handle.  It has a 16″ barrel with a 1:16 twist.

The second new rifle is also a 16″ carbine, but has a heavy bull barrel and is completely devoid of all sights.  This rifle is a little heavier at 7.3 pounds.

Both of the new DPMS guns will ship with one 26-round magazine and one ten-round magazine.  $935 is the suggested retail price on each gun.


AP4 Carbine 16” Bull Barrel
Product # RFA2-AP422 RFA2-22LR
Caliber 22 Long Rifle 22 Long Rifle
Upper Receiver 7075 T6 Forged Aluminum 7075 T6 Forged Aluminum
Lower Receiver 7075 T6 Forged Aluminum 7075 T6 Forged Aluminum
Handguard “Glacier Guard” M4 Type Aluminum free Float
Flash Hider A2 Flashider None
Stock AP4 6 position Fixed A2
Barrel 4140 chrome-moly AP4 profile 4140 chrome-moly Bull
Twist Rate 1×16 1×16
Front / Rear Sights Standard A2 / detachable Carry Handle None, optics only
Length 35.25” 33.5”
Weight 6.45lbs 7.3lbs
MSRP $935 $935

Richard Johnson

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  • Adam

    It’s cool that companies are making more AR15s in .22lr. I think I’d rather have a M&P15-22 but the fact that it’s on a multi-cal lower is cool. Now if we could just standardize the magazines.

    • Guest

      I love my M&P 15-22. However I do wish it was much heavier. There isn’t an option out there, which I know of, that has the manual of arms identical to a 5.56 AR AND the weight of a standard AR too.

      The plastic of the M&P may keep the cost down but it limits its usefulness as a training tool IMO. I find that if I run drills with it then pick up my M&P 15-VTAC the sudden weight increase of the VTAC throws me off significantly as it’s easy to pick up bad habits for handling the 15-22 due to it’s low weight that suddenly don’t transfer to a full weight firearm.

      Regardless the 15-22 is a damn fine little rifle. Mine is very very accurate and just tons of fun. Some people have had problems with them being picky about ammo but mine eats anything. Plus I got the threaded barrel version and put a YHM QD flash hider so I can switch my YHM Phantom suppressor between the VTAC and the 15-22 which ups the fun exponentially.

      • Criticalthinkingiscritical

        Scratch that; from the post it looks like the DMPS does have the magic weight + manual of arms combo I lamented the lack of above.

      • Billy Oblivion

        tape some weight to the 15-22 if it changes things that much for you.

  • gunslinger

    so this is a standard AR15 lower with a .22 upper? not bad.

    • Adam

      Yes. To be more specific it’s a fully-functional AR15 chambered in .22lr. Well that might not be 100% accurate, it’s probably blow-back operated, but for all intents and purposes it’ll work, function, and feel like a regular ar15 but chambered in .22lr.

  • BlackLion

    Complete Upper Available Separately? Pricing for this Option?

    • Mark

      I was thinking the same thing and just checked the DPMS website. It looks like they have the uppers available separately. $399 for the bull barrel and $425 for the A4 style. Sold out right now, of course…