Kingston Armory M1 Garand and M14 10/22 Rifles

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Inexpensive .22 caliber rifles that are modified to resemble military rifles are nothing new; the Stevens 87M was an early attempt to create a visually modified .22 rifle for military training, and today you can find many .22 LR weapons modified to look like almost any military rifle you want.

Few, though, look as good as the Kingston Armory rifles.

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Kingston Armory, of Liberty, NY, makes rifles based on the 10/22 action that resemble the M1 Garand and (new for 2015) M14 rifles; indeed, calling them “visually modified 10/22s” is stretching the truth; Kingston Armory makes their receivers in-house from 4140 steel, which helps lend a very correct-feeling heft to the rifles.

From behind, the Kingston Armory rifles really do look convincing; the sights are National Match Garand and M14 sights and are as excellent as the originals, which really takes these guns out of “visual clone” territory and makes them trainers in their own right. In fact, the guns feature many new-production Garand and M14 parts, including stock fittings, gas blocks, sling swivels, etc.

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That means you can – aside from loading for the Garand model – use and shoot the Kingston M1 and M14 .22s just like the originals. The rifles accept plentiful 10/22 magazines, and come with their own visually modified magazines to complete the look.

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At $699 a piece, these guns are reasonably priced, if you are someone who wants a unique, good looking .22 that would be all the rage at an Appleseed shoot. Many will find that seven hundred dollars is too much for a .22, but I honestly was surprised the price was so low given the high quality of the wood and the 4140 receivers made in-house.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Don Ward

    How many .22 caliber soldiers were killed because of the infamous M1 Garand *ping* alerting the enemy that GI was out of ammunition and had to wait a week in order to buy two more boxes of .22 lr?

    • Perry

      “The Ping” is a myth that can never really be substantiated. If one man’s rifle “pinged” in a rifle squad did that mean they were all out of ammo and having to reload?

      • gunslinger

        but the sniper!

      • Don Ward

        I watched the Histry Chunnel. Which is why I always carry an empty en bloc clip in my pocket in case I have to distract Germans/Ninjas/my wife when they try to get the drop on me/get me to take out the garbage.

        • noman1200

          But pocket sand works better.

  • joeyskylynx

    no ping, no buy

    • joeyskylynx

      Which reminds me… Someone needs to make an M1 Garand in .17HMR and .17HM2
      WITH ENBLOCS.

      • Fay Gag

        And they might as well invent a time machine so we can all go back to the last time any of us saw HM2 ammo for sale… And not on close out prices.

        • kipy

          I assumed the HM2 went the way of the Nazis

      • noguncontrol

        i love the enbloc clip system, best system ever!!

    • gunslinger

      get an arduino and mini speaker.

  • guest

    great… take a really fun and functional platform and add 10lbs and $300! woohoo! rocket scientist these folks are!

    • They will make a shitload of money on these I assure you. Hell, those stupid ass .22lr MP5s and Sturmgewehrs sell like crazy.

      Haters gonna hate.

      • Don Ward

        It is known.

      • Edward Franklin

        There’s also a fairly big price difference between the GSG .22’s and these, and for a lot of people two or three hundred dollars is a big difference.

        • Hooo yeah; the Kingston Armory guns are way higher quality, for one.

    • great… take a really fun and functional platform and add 10lbs and $300 and excellent sights and sling mounts and a ten gallon bucket of panache! woohoo! rocket scientist these folks are!

      FIFY

  • noguncontrol

    they should make these in 9mm, 5.7×28, .40 S&W, .45acp .30 mauser , .30 luger and many other pistol cartridges that will work on a blowback system.

  • Biglou13

    Marlin took the model 99 semi-auto to look like a Garand with the M99M1

  • DaveP

    It’s for fighting very small Nazis ..

    • noman1200

      We have Nazis zombies, Nazis aliens, Nazis in space, why not Nazis squirrels?

  • BrokenForks

    Hmm, tough decision, you could buy a Garand shaped 10/22 for $699 or a real Garand for $630.

    • On my way to the SHOT Show!

      Maybe 5 years ago. A decent Garand from CMP will set you back $1000. Still, I see your point.

      • Perry

        Service Grades are $730.00 and that is less than the $1000 you claim the decent Garands run.

      • steve

        I got a fantastic looking SA Service Grade last year, and spent well under $1000 through the CMP. Most Service Grades coming out of the CMP today are still looking great, and it doesn’t cost the $1000 you claim.

      • Ken

        There are plenty of nice Service Grades and Field Grades still to be bought from the CMP. My most recent M1 was a Field Grade bought in July 2014 that easily qualifies as a nice Service Grade. A buddy of mine maxed out his 12 M1 limit for 2014, and they’re all nice as well.

      • MrApple

        I bought mine back in the 1990s for $350.

  • Madcap_Magician

    I just discovered something that heretofore I was not aware I needed. Thanks TFB.

  • Limonata

    I would love to see TFB to review both of these. They have me sold, but if they shoot terrible they are not worth it. There are many replica 22s but many shoot shotgun patterns versus one ragged hole. If they shoot well, these would make great Appleseed guns.

  • Vitsaus

    These are for old guys who are too soft and squishy to shoot real .30cal rifles anymore.

  • Chris22lr

    Do these guys have a website, or somthing like that? Googling them brings only one gun-related site, which is TFB post, but I’d like to have some more info on them.
    Actually in Europe, where getting Garand is not as easy as in USA, this would make a really great range toy!

  • Full Name

    Ain’t those cute!

  • Ken

    Depending on what the street price really ends up being, I may get one. I’ve never owned a .22 before, so this would be a cool buy.

  • nova3930

    So uh, anybody know where you can actually buy one. I can’t even seem to find a website for these guys. The M-14 variant would be neat for the collection…

  • The next obvious step would be to add a M1 Carbine vismod.

  • Fled

    I’m in! Dig slit trench, don helmet and look out you #! $* &% Nazi squirrels!

  • rich

    made of steel is why the cost and probably worth it

  • bthomas

    Excellent idea. Just as soon as this company is up and running and producing rifles that work, I will be ready with my money in hand to buy one. Simple reason why. I like the M-1 Garand rifle. I like shooting. I have always liked shooting. Keeping a .22 LR round on a SR-1 while at the same time producing a good score with such a rifle as this .22 LR Garand facsimile would be excellent practice for actual shooting in a match. Given that many matches are shot on 100-200 yds. ranges due to the lack of ranges with access to actual distances beyond 100-200 yds., learning to make hits with this sort of rifle will be helpful in actually learning how to produce good scores in typical matches. Cool. As well, the actual cost of shooting will be greatly reduced. This will encourage more actual shooting which is always a good thing.

    Of course there will be some who object. They’ll complain that this rifle doesn’t mimic the actual recoil of firing M-2 ball from a M-1 Garand. No problem. They can just have someone kick them in the shoulder after every shot. That’ll help them feel satisfied about the recoil business. After say… 10-20 go rounds of that, they’ll probably not care if the little .22 LR round kicks or not. For those who say this rifle will have only a very narrow appeal, so what? The same is true of many things in life. It is not a little 10-22 from Walmart. Those are available new/used just about everywhere. For those that want them, they are fine. But this rifle will appeal to those who very much enjoy the M-1 Garand and who want to enjoy such a rifle for shooting and practice, etc.

  • Richard Chelvan

    Stupid name since Kingston Armory actually exists! It is now a National Guard Armory in Wilkes-Barr.
    It also looks like they ripped off the design from Ruger – the 1022 rifle which they freely admit. Only the outside is different.
    I mean it’s a good idea and I would love to get one but the price is steep. Still though.