Franklin Armory F17-L


Franklin Armory (FA) is now shipping the F17-L rifle chambered in 17 WSM. The rifle was first shown at the 2014 SHOT Show, and has been described by FA as the first gas-operated rimfire rifle.


  • gas piston system
  • ships with standard magazine release (not bullet button) to California
  • 20″ bull barrel
  • 10-round magazine
  • 7075-T6 aluminum upper & lower with anodized OD green finish
  • free float handguard (Magpul M-Lok compatible)
  • ERGO pistol grip
  • Magpul MOE stock


One of the things that is interesting about this rifle is that it may fall outside the gun control legislation of some states that have passed so-called assault weapon bans. Some laws specifically exempt rimfire guns from the laws, which would seem to make this gun legal in those locales.

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  • This is an interesting rifle. I will be thinking about this one when I’m looking for a rimfire target rifle.

  • Will

    I’m concerned that that scope might not be high enough. Surely there are some additional risers he could use.

    • Thracian Beast

      Sh$T I need to find that defense review article on a 5.45 AR I gave them so much shit for the insanity mount they had. They Censored me, but that went full retard ( no disrespect to retarded people) because this mount way beyond any logic base.

      • Thracian Beast

        Thats it

        • Thracian Beast

          Dis regard all the other stuff EDITOR SUPREMO.

          I checked my 6 no mo me being a bad dude. THANX

    • Zachary marrs

      Battlefield Vietnam did it better

      • Zachary marrs

        Pic aint comin up

  • iksnilol

    Rimfire + gas operated? Good luck.

    It does look nice in spite of the AR magwell striking again.

    • Marc

      Why shouldn’t rimfire work with gas operation?

      • iksnilol

        Rimfire ammo isn’t the cleanest ammo.

        • Thracian Beast

          33,000psi .17 cal semiauto rimfire. Wonder how long the barrel will last?

        • floppyscience

          Pretty sure that’s why they went with a piston instead of DI.

          • Anonymous

            Boom Shakalaka

        • Marc

          That the cheap rimfire ammo you probably buy isn’t very clean has nothing to do with the type of primer.

          • iksnilol

            Primer has nothing to do with it. Most rimfire ammo uses dirtier powders than centerfire. Many people have had problems with .17 WSM bein dirty.

          • Thracian Beast

            The compound in the primer has alot to with corrosion. LIL known fact vihtavuori n320 (most popular minor powder I know ) was initially developed as a “rimfire powder) Now the Primer Berdan or Boxer can be comprised of Lead azide , mercury fulminate,lead styphnate and a few more. Take it into a rimfire ignition system. well

            iksnilol has a great point

          • Thracian Beast

            And thus my point or two about this whole semi concept

          • iksnilol

            I stand corrected, primer has much to do with it.

            I don’t shoot the cheap stuff, I shoot CCI Standard velocity for plinking and Eley Match (golden-yellow box) for competition/ training for competition.

    • K to the C

      I guess that is why it is gas piston so the cleanliness was taken into consideration.

      • iksnilol

        Did not see that part, yay for gas pistons.

  • ClintTorres

    Why don’t all you guys get .17WSM rifles so we can get the ammo to under $0.90 a round? Somewhere below the cost of brass-cased 5.56…

    Then I’ll buy in.

  • Timothy G. Yan

    Rimfire has not restriction in California other than the low cap magazine.

  • Julio

    Is it too soon to say the .17WSM hasn’t caught on? I ask this because my first response to reading .17WSM in the header for this item was “Oh yes, that.”, when 12 months ago I think I would have thought “Great: this should get the .17WSM ball rolling!”. So. Questions. Does anyone on here actually own a Savage BMag or a Winchester Low Wall in the calibre? If you do, are you glad about it? And if you are, why is that?

    • Pimpin OnCrack

      The problem with the 17wsm not catching on is because the savage rifle shoots terrible by most accounts. That and finding ammo that’s cheaper than than match grade center fire stuff. Seems savage kinda shot themselves in the foot out of the gate. But if this is a reliable and accurate rifle it should sell good. A lot of varmint hunters are restricted to rimfire only at night or certain times of the year, so they could really use this I bet.

  • Sixshot6

    Were it not for rimfire semi autos being restricted to nothing above a 22 (WMR included), this would be a great rifle for the UK. Regardless of what people think, they should be applauded for making rifles that while they look a gun owners paradise at side of the UK (not that difficult I find), it should be an option for Connecticut residents and even California’s blighted Denizens.

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Alexander Arms has a blowback .17 HMR, so that’s another option for semi auto rimfire.

    • Thracian Beast

      Straight blowback .17HMRs are freaky. Look at the back of the rim on an ejected case, its a dome not flat, and also the shoulder has moved forward.

  • ATman

    If that is an actual ar-15 lower then this gun sucks. Namely because in the peoples republic of Canada you could only use this on a restricted license and only at the range.

    • floppyscience

      Hey, don’t blame them for Canada’s crappy laws.

      This would be restricted as an AR variant whether it had an AR lower or not, so long as it’s marketed as or shares a passing resemblance to an AR. Remember those terrible Armscor .22 abominations dressed up with M16A2-ish stocks and carry handles? Those are restricted for being AR “variants”.

      • ATman

        It was my understanding though that the Arms-cor had other technical issues with the firing mechanism. Also there are other rimfire non restricted options in the market that are considered non restricted. There is a 12Ga M-16 look alike that is non restricted and a couple different companies are putting out match grade ar-15 look alike s with custom uppers and lowers that are non restricted. My begrudgement with the law is that unlike the BATF there is not actual multi point analysis baseline setup for approval it is all based on how some bloke in the RCMP beef taco is sitting with him and whether or not they will be nice.

  • floppyscience

    Neat. And I was just beginning to wonder what had happened to the .17 WSM.

  • Secundius

    I would think a standard rifle scope would be just fine. When your talking about ranges, not exceeding 200-meters.

  • Zachary marrs

    A minor nitpick, could they have made that magazine any uglier? Looks like an ak mag that got bashed on the sidewalk

    • Thracian Beast

      That mag has a disease.

    • Anon. E Maus

      It was probably the most reliable design they could come up with.
      It is a rimmed, bottlenecked cartridge.

  • Jim

    seriously bring back the 5.7×33 spitfire!