.22 conversions Galore!

Now, what you think you saw in the title picture was an MG42 and a British Bren light machine gun. However, what you are actually lovingly gazing at, are .22 LR rifles inserted into the parts kit of those guns, and indeed, are fully functional with their .22 LR magazines  and actions (no belts here). The creator of these freakish things of beauty has another thirty or so conversions just like it, and just as similar to their true life counterparts. I stumbled across this gentleman on a Facebook group where he posted some pictures of his work. The guy lives in California, and as a way to buck against the absurd firearms laws, as a hobby, and as a present to his son (he started building them when his son was born), took it upon himself to buy either actual demilled parts kits, or the airsoft shooters modeled after iconic firearms, get either Marlin or 10/22 .22 LR rifles, completely gut out the internals, place the .22 LR receivers/barrels within the actions, and have them in working order. He has done this to an MG34, MG42, Bren, Tavor, H&K UMP, M240, M249, BAR, M14 EBR, and the list just goes on. From his own words-

I didn’t wait for manufacturers to do these so I found those airsoft conversions on customrifles.info. I did those and then took them to a new level with new builds before I was using a dermal and angle grinder to cut the metal each build would take 6-12 hours through trial and error there wasn’t a real guide on how to do them. After doing 2-3 conversions, it got easier for me to do these. I’ve done over 35 different builds in the past 6 years. Not all are airsoft bodies I use real parts kits and some aftermarket dress up kits like the archangel G36 and M1A to drop in a 10/22. I just epoxy glue the 10/22 mags to an airsoft mag. I use faux mags or they’re just hollowed mags just to complete the look. Inside it is usually ugly and covered up alot of epoxy putty, brackets, JB weld, etc when you see internals, its not as pretty because of the dermal cuts.

He has a Youtube channel in addition to a Redditt thread that feature all his work very well. I seriously think GSG or Archangel should take a look at his work!


The jealousy is strong with this one.


Real Trijicon, fake SAW, and an M60, all in .22 LR


His son at work with the .22 LR Barrett. This one is from an airsoft body.


The SA80 and Tavor in .22! I believe the AK and AR are both legitimate versions.


Notice the barrel of the Marlin poking out from underneath the faux barrel of the SA80.


Faux Chey Tac, real .22 LR rifle within. Look closely at the two actions and you’ll notice the actual .22 LR receiver and action embedded in them.


Separate from the .22 LR creations, the guy has messed with this magazine fed contraption for a Mossberg shotgun.


The guy has a cart just for all his range rifles!

Much thanks to “Rey” for providing the pictures, info, videos, and permission to use all the above. Your creations are fascinating!


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  • Azril @ Alex Vostox


    • Cymond

      No. Just no.

      Rimfires are specifically, explicitly exempt from the CA assault weapon ban. Franklin Armory designed an AR-15 in 17 WSM because of the rimfire exemption.

    • defconskylude

      no. .22LR’s are not classified as assault rifles.

  • Riot

    Still should be illegal going by the cali lawmakers – they still look scary!
    Look at that sa80 it has two barrels! Thats… thats some double assault weapon!

    • Mike

      I believe that is just the tube magazine for the 22lr. At least, that is what it looks like.

  • dshield55

    I don’t know how I feel about this. But one thing is for sure.

    This guy looks like a TOTALL BOSS when he rolls into a California gun range with those on his cart. Uncontrollable salivating is happening from bystanders up and until the point that the small crack of “pew” comes out of the Barret M82 completely bewildering everbody who was expecting the “PEEEWWWWW!”

  • hami

    Amazing! This guy is a genius.

  • iksnilol

    Put a fake suppressor on the Barret. Mess with people majorly by claiming you have the worlds best silencer. Use a shell catcher to hide the cases.

    • Cal S.

      Chambered in the new .50 BMSHUSH.

      Or would that be a .50 Hushed-puppy?

      • iksnilol

        .50 HBS (Hush-BullS***)

        When people ask, you tell them it stands for the sound it makes.

    • Riot

      You sneaky git….
      Better to not say to people I think, just walk in shoot walk out.

      • iksnilol


        Dress up like a man in black, put on a real suppressor on it. Shoot a mag, walk out, try not to giggle like a schoolgirl.

      • defconskylude

        that would be hilarious. there were times id shoot the Barrett standing up and do a 10 rnd dump mag.

        i turn around and you’d see people smiling or laughing in disappointment. other than that, its funny.

  • Brett

    This guy is a freaking genius. It’s like those nomad stocks but way more badass.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Somebody better get this guy a stripper for Fathers Day.

  • defconskylude

    thanks all. ive thought about doing a .22LR Battlefield Vegas for KIDS ONLY. no adults. lol rent a package of 6 clones for like $30 and have fun. but id be worried about the liabilities.

  • mosinman

    although i respect the ingenuity and craftsmanship that went into these i don’t really like these .22s that look like the real deal. to me it’s like having a Corvette body but underneath it’s a Chevette. but that’s just me

    • Todd G

      So go for the Mosin .22LR trainer.

      • mosinman

        no need to get annoyed it’s just my opinion

        • Todd G

          Not annoyed, just a suggestion for helping with the OCD.
          And a real “Mosin Man” would likely have one of those anyway.

    • defconskylude

      i made them for my 5 year old son. so its ok.

      • mosinman

        well you did a good job!

  • Todd G

    Pull this out at the next Appleseed. Have the conversation; “Rimfire? Sure, this one uses a cartridge with a rim, what about it?” A rifleman’s patch using a converted M60 or Barrett would be epic.

  • tony

    fine taste in firearms, well done

  • David

    Cool, but talk about a big disappointment for everyone that see’s you pull these out.

    • defconskylude

      it’ll be the most popular 5 year old at the range shooting them .22’s

      • David

        Not that a 5 year old would care that much regardless. Each one of those airsoft guns probably cost 3-400 dollars or more, then the cost of the .22. Guy could have bought the real thing of a few of those rather than toys when you add them all together.

        • defconskylude

          nah. some of the exotic ones are over $5,000 to $10,000. they’re still a fraction of the price for something unique. i bought them broken/used for $100 or so. id only buy them brand new if theyre rare or hard to get which is ok.

          also note that California has NFA restrictions and some rifles are banned by name. We have .50 BMG restrictions. No full auto and large mag caps (unless they were grandfathered in before the ban).

          i dont think CA allows M240B, M249, M60 unless they were semi auto and transferrable. also the M249 goes for $7k+ for the semi auto that’s coming into the civilian market.

          theyre fine for what they are – fun range toys.

          my son can shoot my .308’s when he gets older.

          Rem 700 .308
          M1A EBR 7.62×51

          • OBlamo Binlyen

            9 is old enough for 5.56. Grandpa take care of his grandkids.

  • defconskylude

    some extra pics

    • Richard

      They look fantastic. What’s the bolt-action rifle next to the Cheytac?

      • defconskylude

        Remington MSR/RACS/XM2010. The real chassis cost $3k.

    • Grindstone50k

      Damn, you stay busy.

  • J.T.

    “Notice the barrel of the Marlin poking out from underneath the faux barrel of the SA80.”

    Nope. That is the magazine tube of a Marlin Model 60.

    • defconskylude

      correct its a Marlin 60. that SA90 clone was $60 full metal. Marlin 60 was $70

  • Edward Franklin

    Hopefully the internals of these are a bit more sound than some of the ‘conversions’ I’ve seen before. Endless JB Weld and Bondo isn’t the most confidence inspiring thing and a lot of folks use it in abundance.

    • defconskylude

      no bondo was used. just JB Weld and epoxy putty were used to help bridge metal brackets that were used.

  • Southpaw89

    Mixed feelings about using parts kits, unless its a common one like the STEN, still, its pretty cool.

    • defconskylude

      i never had intention or skills to restore them to its original functionality since full auto is not allowed in CA. its nice to have the look, weight and feeling of these clones and its cheap to shoot.

  • defconskylude

    MG34 and 1918 BAR

  • Porty1119

    I’m pretty sure that Mossberg sells these as the 715T…

  • Iblis

    How much to do this to an MG42 kit or airsoft kit? I need to know how much money to throw at you.

    • defconskylude

      sorry i dont do these as a service. its better if you DIY or pay a gunsmith to inlet it for you. the MG42 is an actual parts kit that will probably cost you about $600. plus you need to fabricate a faux receiver that needs to be inletted. the airsoft MG42 is about like $450

  • Very cool

  • Ismael

    Yes please, I’ll take one each. Except the 50 bmg, have one. Someone get him hooked up on kick-starter. Better yet some entrapanuare create a company like Archangel.

    • defconskylude

      im designing/machining my own rifle chassis’ for the .22’s via CNC. look out for that. i did these manually through a mini mill for 30 hours just on one side. still need 50-70 more hours to finish them. CNC will be a lot faster. 🙂

      this is a 10/22 and a Savage MKII F

  • Donald Darr

    Great idea and he should market it.