Tactical 22s: A New Class of Rifles
Mimicking guns such as the AR-15, HK MP5 and SIG 550, tactical look-alikes in .22 LR are more common than ever. From the article "Tactical .22s"
Mossberg 702 Tactical Plinkster
It’s inexpensive, it takes some getting used to, and despite some early misgivings the Tactical Plinkster worked surprisingly well. There were no stoppages or malfunctions, and even with its bottom-rung accuracy it held a decent average of 2.25 inches. Also, the trigger broke cleaner than those on a number of the higher-end guns. With a price of only $276 it’s well-under half the cost of some of the other guns reviewed here. So from an economical standpoint, the Mossberg has a rightful place in the line-up: It’s something well-suited for the discretionary spenders who want a gun that simply functions reliably.
The action is based on that of the standard 702, but the gun is essentially all plastic. And by “essentially,” this means besides the barrel, the trigger housing, the bolt, the safety and some Phillips-head screws, it was a challenge to find anything metallic. Even the rear peep sight and sight adjustment screws are polymer. This is also true for the carry handle, the faux charging handle, the receiver and the pistol grip, all of which are one-piece. The six-position buttstock is locked into the equivalent of a receiver extension, and a fixed-stock version is available. A hole in the carry handle allows the attachment of a rail or scope.
The only controls are the charging handle, the safety and the unusual magazine release. After firing the last round, one must pull the charging handle, depress the magazine release lever and pull the magazine downward to remove it from the gun. Again, it takes some getting used to, but it works. The 10-round magazine itself is made of steel, and a 25-round version is planned.
Manufacturer: O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.; (203) 230-5300; www.mossberg.com
Receiver: one-piece polymer upper and lower
Rifling: seven-groove, 1:16" RH twist
Magazine: 10-round detachable box
Sights: A2-style rear aperture and front sight post
Trigger Pull: 5 lbs., 8 ozs.
Stock: black synthetic; six-position collapsible: length of pull, 103⁄4"–141⁄2"; drop at heel, 1½"; drop at comb, 1½"
Overall Length: 35½", 33¼-"–37"
Weight: 5 lbs., 2 ozs.
Accessories: owner’s manual, top rail
Suggested Retail Price: $276