Worth a Good Look: Savage A22 Semi-Auto .22 Long Rifle
Copying from the playbook that produced the high-performance A17 and A22 magnum autoloader rifles, Savage expanded the popular A-Series with a new semi-auto rimfire chambered for .22 long rifle cartridge
The Savage A22 semi-auto .22 long rifle is an A-Series expansion model from the popular A17 and A22 magnum rifles. (Photo courtesy of Savage Arms)
Built to be equally at home afield or on the range, the Savage A22 .22 Long Rifle Semi-Automatic is flush with features engineered to give .22-LR fans the same reliability, accuracy and sleek modern stylings of its larger A-Series Magnum siblings.
For starters, it’s driven by a smooth-cycling, straight-blowback action that feeds a variety of .22-LR caliber ammunition from the magazine to the chamber. That in itself is no small feat for any rimfire autoloader, but Savage’s exhaustive testing, conducted by their engineers, also revealed the new A22 .22-LR’s action is extremely reliable.
Of course the action is only as reliable as the magazine feeding it. In a victory for surefire performance, the A22 .22-LR’s chamber is fed by a proprietary, 10-round, flush-fitting rotary magazine. The design is easy to use and delivers a virtually flawless flow of firepower. Plus, its compact stature ensures the magazine won’t catch on grass, brush and branches in the field, making the A22 .22-LR a great companion for quietly stalking a variety of small game.
For shooters seeking a more prodigious supply of ammunition, Savage partnered with shooting accessories supplier Butler Creek to increase the rifle’s ammo capacity by creating an equally reliable 25-round, spring-fed aftermarket magazine.
The easy-handling, fun-to-shoot A22 .22-LR features Savage Arms’ accuracy-boosting adjustable AccuTrigger. This technology enables shooters to fine-tune trigger pull to match their personal taste, allowing for a light and crisp release, without sacrificing safety or paying a gunsmith for a trigger job.
Like the A17 and A22 magnums, the A22 .22-LR features thread-in, zero tolerance headspace similar to the company’s celebrated centerfire platforms. Further fueling its downrange exploits, the rifle’s 22-inch carbon-steel barrel is button-rifled for increased accuracy and finely balanced with the rugged yet easy-shouldering black matte synthetic stock.
The receiver, cradling the A22’s precision inner workings, is machined from a single billet of case-hardened steel, which is a major upgrade from the inexpensive diecast receivers of many rimfire rifles.
With a total length of 41½ inches and weight of 5.63 pounds, the A22 is light and easy to handle for shooters of all shapes and sizes. The rifle comes equipped with adjustable open steel sights, so it’s ready to shoot right out of the box. The rifle is drilled and tapped for scope mounts, allowing shooters to easily add their favorite optics.
The rifle’s sleek, ergonomic and good-looking stylings is a refreshing look. With a suggested retail of $281, Savage’s new A22 .22 Long Rifle Semi-Automatic is an affordable option for rimfire enthusiasts seeking a high-performance autoloading .22 for everything from backyard plinking to serious target shooting and small game hunting.
Features and Benefits
- .22-LR straight-blowback action
- User-adjustable AccuTrigger
- 10-round rotary magazine
- Button-rifled barrel
- Steel receiver
- Rugged composite stock
- Adjustable sights
- Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
For more information about the Savage A22, please visit: www.savagearms.com