The Rimfire Report: The Eternal Debate – SBR or Takedown 22LR Rifle?

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report! This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its rich history, the extensive array of unique firearms, as well as its fun and enjoyable shooting sports that are accessible to virtually everyone on the globe. Last week we talked about the extremely obscure, rare, and quite honestly pretty cool M6 Scout Rifle. This takedown, folding combination gun is one that many of us seem to have a massive affinity for, even if the concept itself isn’t all that great on paper. I think most of us might rather have a dedicated semi-auto, bolt-action takedown, or SBR 22LR rifle than an M6 as a general-purpose 22LR rifle. So today we’ll be going over the advantages and disadvantages of both, to see what the general consensus is among you, readers, as well as a few of the TFB staff that I’ve asked about the concept.

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REMINDER: Tax Exempt ATF Form 1 Application Deadline Approaches

Our friends at Silencer Shop are reminding everyone that in three weeks (April 26, 2023) they plan to stop taking new orders for tax-exempt ATF Form 1  applications. ATF’s deadline to submit all tax-exempt Form 1s is May 31, 2023 but, based on high demand, Silencer Shop expects to stop taking orders by end-of-day on April 26 to ensure all customers have time to complete their submission by ATF’s cutoff.  As a friendly reminder, both TFB & Silencer Shop don’t make the rules or laws, but we want to help you stay informed so you can make the best decision for your situation.

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Ready for that Short Barrel Rifle? BATFE eForm 1 Still Processing Quickly

Still on the fence about making your Heckler & Koch SP5 into a short barrel rifle? Are you thinking about picking up a stock for your SIG Sauer MCX instead of a shoulder brace? Now may be as good a time as any.

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Smith & Wesson Offers M&P15 SBR Through Mil Vet/LEO Program

Smith & Wesson has produced ARs for many years now. Their M&P 15 series has expanded to dozens of models, ranging from .22 rimfire plinkers, to standard .223 AR-15s, to large-frame camo-coated .308 versions, and more. Most of their offerings live more on the budget-friendly end of the price range as well, which has helped them become hugely popular with customers. S&W has sold a ton of these rifles over the years. Now they’re adding a new option to the list, offered exclusively to the military veterans, law enforcement personnel and other first responders who qualify for S&W’s “America’s Guardians” program. This newest M&P15 is an SBR, and thus will require a $200 tax stamp from the ATF on top of the purchase price. Davidson’s, who will be distributing many of these mil/LEO program guns to retailers and end users, issued the following announcement about the new item.

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Project: Building an AK-47 Short-Barreled Rifle Clone

In this article you will meet a brand new Romanian Cugir WS1-63SB chambered in 7.62×39 mm. The rifle is available for just a little short of 900 Euro or roughly 1 000 US Dollars in Germany.

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SIG MCX Rattler Ultra Compact Assault Rifle, Hands on at [AUSA 2017]

Manufacturer SIG Sauer brought along their brand new MCX Rattler ultra compact 5.56mm and .300 Blackout assault rifle/carbine to the 2017 Association of the United States Army annual meeting. The Rattler is an ambitious design intended to bring a reliable extremely short barreled AR-type rifle to the military and civilian market. Historically, designing very short barreled gas operated rifles that function well has been a serious challenge, so the Rattler’s designers had a tall order to fill.

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