Thursday, November 28, 2013

Firearm Forum Question: ArchAngel Ruger 10/22 Conversion versus S&W MP-22

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Which is better the ArchAngel Ruger 10/22 Conversion or buying a new S&W MP-22?
I have an old Ruger 10/22, which is a 22 Caliber Rifle but am thinking of getting the Smith-Wesson MP-22. Someone suggested that I convert my old Ruger 10/22 into an assault style looking rifle using an ArchAngel Conversion Kit. I would like to get some opinions on which is better.
Thank you Harvey Winestap.

Standard Ruger 10/22 with wood stock.
Suggested Retail Price 'New' $329.00
These generally sell for around $289.00 at most gun shops.
They can be found used for around $225.00
ArchAngel AA556R Conversion Kit using the Ruger 10/22 (sold without magazine).
Kit sold online for approximately $155.00 including shipping & handling.
Offered with or without a bayonet.
Smith-Wesson (S&W) MP-22 Assault Rifle.
Suggested Retail Price 'New' $499.00
Usually they are around $429.00 in most retail firearms stores.

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I had two older model Ruger 10/22 Rifles with Wood Stock which had two standard 10-round magazines and a 25-round banana clip. I converted one to an ArchAngel AA556R with Bayonet (see picture below). The other had the original Ruger 3 x 7 Rifle Scope with two 10-round cylinder magazines which I did not change.
The Ruger 10/22 has been around for a long time and is an excellent performing 22 caliber rifle. It is hard to beat and they can take punishment. They rarely jam and last forever.
In contrast the S&W MP-22 Assault Rifle in 22 caliber is fairly new. It has had some jamming issues and you can find a lot of these used at Gun Shows.
If you compare the cost of buying a New S&W MP-22 at say $429.00 versus buying a used Ruger 10/22 with two standard 10 round cylinder magazines for around $225.00 and then purchasing the ArchAngel Conversion Kit for $155.00, the total cost is $380.00, a savings of $49.00. Don't forget new firearms require an FFL Licensed dealer which means you need to register the gun in your name and probably pay a sales tax.

In my case I ended up with two Ruger 22 caliber rifles, which have interchangeable magazines. I have four 10-round mags plus one 25-round banana clip.

In my opinion the Ruger 10/22 with the ArchAngel AA556R Conversion Kit is a better choice, I recommend it. I would not recommend the S&W MP-22.

Here is my Ruger 10/22 with the ArchAngel Conversion Kit.
I added a combo Green/Red Dot Scope and a forward stock arm for around $65.00 that I found used at a gun show. Shown without the Bayonet and with the 25-round banana clip.

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  1. I have one of these ArchAngel. I bought mine all ready converted. They shoot great. Just love it. My friend has the S&W and it jams all the time with most ammo, unless he shoots Winchester 22LR ammo through it, and even then it on occasion. He plans on getting rid of the Smith-Wesson and get a used ArchAngel at the upcoming Gun Show.

  2. Can anyone tell me if the Flash Hider come off, and if so, is it threaded?

  3. I own one of these.
    The ArchAngel Model AA556R, made by ProMag, is a Ruger 10/22 Caliber Rifle conversion to an assault looking carbine. The Flash Hider is pinned on, it can be removed but you are still using the original Ruger 10/22 Barrel; therefore it is NOT threaded. If you need a threaded barrel it would have to be taken to either a Gunsmith or a machine shop.
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