Today my gunwriting assistant and I tested three different tactical styled 22s from a hunting standpoint. The first was the DPMS rimfire conversion kit for an AR. I mentioned this unit briefly a few posts back. Today we got serious and not only tested it from the bench but I let my son blast some steel plates and squirrel targets too. I also installed it on an upper with a Timney AR 15 Trigger already installed. I’m sure this helped with the accuracy results. The unit ran flawlessly(200 rounds) and was very accurate with two of the loads tested. If you already have an AR, this seems like the way to go.

We also tested the PUMA PPSH. I know, this looks nothing like a hunting rifle but Bat really likes the looks of this gun and if that makes him more interested in shooting, I could care less if it was pink or had Rosie O’Donnell’s picture on the side. Amazingly, this rifle was very accurate, averaging less than an inch at 50 yards for the three test loads! The problem was, it did not like to run. We had a malfunction about every 1 out of ten rounds. This kind of let the air out of the 50 round drum magazine.


The last rifle we tested was SIG’s new 522. This is indeed a sweet little rifle but was a tad heavy for Bat. The trigger was on the squishy side but surprisingly not hard to control. This rifle also shot very well, averaging under an inch. (Might have to write a check for this one. One perk to this job is getting to try all the guns that interest you without writing a check. The down side is that sometimes you just can’t bring yourself to send them back.)

SIG 522

These tests were part of a a research project of a much broader scope that covers 11 different tactical rimfire rifles. The feature article will appear in the next annual issue of AR Rifleman.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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  1. Rob Robideau says:

    Please now! Rosie O’Donnell’s picture on the side? We have to draw the line somewhere…

    • gunwriter says:

      You’re right of course. I might have went a bit too far but I think you get the picture. I’ve learned that kids look at guns and other things much different than seasoned shooters. We need to recognize that when we are introducing them or bringing them along in the shooting sports.


  2. Pingback: Tactical .22lr Rimfire Guns from Sig Sauer, Puma, and DPMS | Personal Armament Podcast

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