Remington Model 597 VTR : AR-15 style .22

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Remington have announced a new addition to their line of Model 597 semi-automatic .22 rifles. The VTR (Varmint Target Rifle) is styled after the AR-15 and features:

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* 16″ target-style heavy barrels.
* A2 style stock or Pardus M4-style collapsible stock
* A2 Pistol grip
* Free float handguard
* 1913 Picatinny rail for optics.
* Black finish on all parts.

It is not clear if standard AR-15 compatible stocks and pistol grips can be attached. I will try to find out from Remington.

Two models will be available. The “Model 597 VTR 22LR with A2 Stock” model will MSRP for $445 (10 round magazine) and $479 (30 round magazine).

The “Model 597 VTR 22LR with Collapsible Stock” features a Pardus collapsible stock and had an MSRP of $445.

UPDATE: According to John, Product Development manager, different AR stocks should be compatible. AR pistol grip interchange will be limited because of the receiver design.

Thanks to Linda from Remington for her help getting me information.

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  • Dead eye dave Dead eye dave on Apr 10, 2011

    I've had this riffle for 8 months i put a bushnell 9x40 on it i also bought the 30 rnd mag and new quad rail. i tried remington ammo, .............jammed every 6-7 shot, i changed to cci stingers wholy crap what a difference! i'm really impressed i can make an accurate shot at 100 yrds. tried 150 yrds. scope is just a little under powered to see. but from 10 to 100 yrds this riffle is amazing. and the rate of fire is unbelievable for semi auto. i double trigger it as fast as i can and it spits em out out like a auto.

    • Troy Troy on Mar 23, 2012

      @dead eye dave I have a Remington VTR 597 that I bought for my son. I later ordered the quad rail from Remington so he could add gadgets to it like a forward grip and bi pod. But the rail won't thread on and replace the foreend. Did you get yours to work? if so, How? Any help would be appreciated.


  • Brian Brian on Dec 22, 2011

    I have the 597 vtr can you put a quad rail on it? i was thinking about adding some cool gaer to it