Savage Launches New A-Series Rimfire Rifle – The A22

Rimfire ammunition is finally(!) starting to reach what most would consider easy availability, with units actually staying in stock on retail shelves. For the last three years, the spaces have typically been barren and those wanting ammo in bulk had to seek it online at higher prices. Recognizing this, various manufacturers are working hard to get new rimfire products to the market.

The latest is Savage, which has announced the launch of their latest A-series rimfire rifle the A22. The A22 is similar to many of Savages other offerings, incorporating some potential accuracy improvements over its competitors, especially using Savage’s thread-in headspace system. The trigger is likely quite good from the factory, from Savage’s AccuTrigger line.

The weapon is a 22LR straight blowback using a 10 round rotary magazine. The barrel is button rifled where many “cheap” 22’s use an extruded rifle barrel and mated to a billet aluminum receiver set. The receiver is drilled and tapped from the factory for rails and accessories and comes equipped with adjustable iron sights. The rifle is rounded out by a composite stock.

Perhaps most interesting on the new offering is the price. Considering the offerings from the factory which other platforms have as aftermarket upgrades, the $281 MSRP is a steal. Street prices likely won’t be too much less (as MSRP is so low), but I can see a $250 hunting-ready rimfire being a real possibility.





Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • DW

    Savage, yuo need 25rd mags to compete with them big boys, better yet if yuo also make them for A17

    • Twilight sparkle

      There are 25 round mags out there already. Butler creak makes them

  • ??

    The two I had in .17 WSM were GARBAGE!! ABSOLUTE GARBAGE. The proprietary sparklemotion action may be a thing for .22lr . Those two rifles were freakin bad as hell tho… I lost my taste for anything built on this platform ever …. It’s lucky they make semi decent bolt guns ….. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fef29a393855e7b490c57e2f70b1ea16646ae4cf6f77952896ae1cf48b6c47ca.jpg

    • Dougscamo

      Accuracy or function?….

    • gunsandrockets

      Uh, .17 WSM? Don’t you mean .17 HMR?

      • ??

        Derp……

      • Dougscamo

        Guess that is why his didn’t run well….failure to load….common problem when you insert the wrong BB’s…. 🙂

  • BearSlayer338

    I’ve really never understood the popularity of .22’s,sure they are cheaper to shoot than centerfire cartridges but they are also way less fun shoot and they aren’t even a challenge to shoot well with. I also prefer my firearms to be in calibers that are effective for other things than just paper punching. I like my .357 magnums the best,they are the most accurate handguns I own and also the most versatile. Then again though I might just be less recoil sensitive than other people,shooting .357’s has never been hard for me,not even my first one at 13. I also find little .380’s like the LCP to have zero noticeable recoil,I honestly felt like I was shooting a .22 when I first shot a few boxes through my LCP.

    • iksnilol

      #Humblebrag

      • BearSlayer338

        I don’t mean to come off that way,I just think a lot of people are overstating how much recoil some guns have,especially on little .380’s like the Ruger LCP.I’ve read a lot of people say its snappy but when I shoot mine I don’t notice much recoil to speak of,I don’t know if it has anything to do with me having small hands for a dude or maybe it is because I just hold my guns very tight in the weaver stance or maybe it runs in the family,my father before he passed away shot my LCP and also thought it didn’t have noticeable recoil and he has much larger paws than me.

        • iksnilol

          [humblebragging intensifies]

    • Tassiebush

      Well the appeal for me of .22lr is low cost, ease of shooting (why is challenging good), low noise level, light ammo weight and low bulk. The guns that use it can be very handy and light also. Then there’s the minimal meat and skin damage on small game and vermin. In the case of small game the low cost also is somewhat relevant to the economics of hunting them depending on the individual’s circumstances. It’s not such a factor but it has been in the past when you hear about subsistence hunting.

      • Dougscamo

        The world’s most efficient cartridge….when properly used….don’t take my word on it…..ask any poacher or spotlighter…. :O

        • Tassiebush

          Yeah those are definitely points that are considerable. Spotlighting is mainstream here. It’s meant to only occur under permit but no-one follows that unless there’s an annoying greenie around who’ll dob them in. (for context it’s worth mentioning that our pests are largely nocturnal)
          I’ve shot more wallaby by spotlight and .22lr than without although I tend to be more daylight focused currently. I guess too another plus is when those projectiles go skyward at a possum or crow up a tree they come down with far less energy than most rifle projectiles. Although the .17cal rifles would be even better in that regard.

          • Dougscamo

            Yeah….but they would probably come down a whole lot farther away than the .22….though that is probably not a huge issue where you hunt….
            In this Commonwealth, a spotlight can be used (with written permission from the landowner) for any nuisance species…..but there are people that do it for game as well….dang ’em….

          • Tassiebush

            It’s interesting to ponder the whole airborne projectile thing. Quite right about the distance. The rook rifles used in Britain were the exact opposite approach. A slow velocity with sufficient weight projectile that could smack rooks or crows out of a tree but had a fast velocity loss. I do wish rook rifles were still a commercially made category of gun.
            Yeah I don’t support any methods that spoil it for others or have antisocial impacts.

          • Dougscamo

            Was not familiar with rook rifles….so I looked them up….wow! Not exactly cheap!…

          • Tassiebush

            Oh yeah they could be very flash items. But there’s certainly nothing requiring them to be so.

          • Dougscamo

            Have some friends that are involved in fast draw competitions at targets….while they use SA pistols don’t know why it wouldn’t work with other platforms….they use homemade wax bullets that are powered by just primers….
            Back in ye’ olden’ days (pre-Airsoft, pre-Semi auto for that matter)…when revolvers were what LE used….used these for training on the Tactical Team at my agency….very effective reminder for when you screwed up if you got hit by one….

    • Kivaari

      Seriously? You don’t understand .22s. Really?

  • What the heck is that guy hunting with a .22LR that he needs to go through that much camo effort?

    • Gary Kirk

      A spot in a bass pro catalog..

      • Dougscamo

        Notice the trend in archery? Camo bows with day-glo strings that kinda jump right off the page at you…. I think you are exactly right….

        • Cal S.

          I need Squirrelism because I need equal pay for equal exposure!

          • Dougscamo

            From the look of the snow in the pic….exposure may be an issue….but gathering nuts is strictly free market….

          • Drew Coleman

            My name is do-SQUIRREL! Hi there!

    • Critter

      tactical squirrels.

  • iksnilol

    SOoo, a Savage 10/22 essentially?

    I like it.

    • Cal S.

      But does it take 10/22 magaz…

      Oh, nevermind.

    • HenryV

      But without the stupid bolt controls. A better trigger from the get go.

      And let us not forget who invented the rotary magazine in the first place.

  • Wetcoaster

    Are you going to review the new B22 either? Can’t say I’m looking too forward to that one, because I wonder if it means the coming end of the Canadian rimfire plant and the Model 64 and Mark I/II if the A22 and B22 really take off.

  • J.T.

    They also have an A22 Magnum and a new B series that are bolt action but use the same rotary magazines as the A series semi-autos.

  • gunsandrockets

    Aww… I was hoping for semi-auto Savage in .17 WSM!

  • Twilight sparkle

    The A22 has been out a while so I don’t see how they can have recently “launched” it even if they did come out with a new 22lr as opposed to the magnum that’s been around awhile. Also I’ve never heard of extruding barrels???

    • Dougscamo

      Read of them….primarily from early model CVA barrels that were extruded….25,000 pressure max….probably more out there…guess they have a machine that just craps them out… 🙂

      • Twilight sparkle

        I’m actually a lot more interested in that than I am in a new chambering for the a22 lol

        • Dougscamo

          Roger that….ChuckHawks has an old article on it that I read that said that Shilen extruded barrels at one time….
          Is it just my account or is Disqus running like crap today?….I am getting ZERO notifications…last one it shows is from 17 hours ago and I know I have 3 items that should have shown since then…like yours…

          • Twilight sparkle

            It’s running like crap, my account is telling me I have a notification but if I check it it won’t tell me what it is… So I’ve just been clicking till I find it.

            I’ll check out that chuck hawks article

          • Dougscamo

            Thanks for the reply….even when I’m getting email notifications, half of them tell me the page does not exist….glad we are all sharing in the misery and I am not alone!….was that selfish?…. 🙂

  • nova3930

    Hey Savage! I’m still sitting here waiting for a factory threaded Semi-auto 22mag! $ in hand even!

    • iksnilol

      Is it really that hard to buy the .22 mag version and having it threaded? For real?

      • nova3930

        It’s not hard, it’s just time and irritation. Got a lathe sitting in my garage I could do it on but then it’s taking time away from other projects. Pay a gun smith and it’s taking $$ away from other projects. In 2016 with the proliferation of suppressors there’s no reason to not have a factory thread option…