New for 2021, the Winchester Wildcat 22 SR is a suppressor/silencer-ready carbine that provides shooters with a proven, blowback-operated semi-automatic that is chambered for the diminutive, and ubiquitous .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The suppressor-ready Wildcat 22 SR will come packed with features that made the first iteration of the Wildcat successful, such as tool-less takedown, rotary magazine, Picatinny rail and more.
The new Wildcat 22 SR is a great platform training for new and youth shooters, while accommodating small- and large-stature adults. The gun’s overall length measures 34.75” and weighs 4 lbs. empty. Bilateral controls pave the way for left- and right-hand operation, too. By adding a shortened, 16.5” button-rifled barrel with 1/2X28 t.p.i. muzzle threading, the svelte repeater takes on a whole new presence by allowing the addition of muzzle accessories. The chromoly-steel barrel features a recessed target-style crown and twist rate to accommodate myriad bullet weights for repeatable accuracy and functionality. Winchester provides a matte-blued finish for protection against corrosion.
The shooter’s interface is a polymer stock that is skeletonized and shaped to effectively fit most all shooters and rimfire-shooting tasks—a vertical grip, tapered fore-end and straight comb-to-heel measurement further extend the unit’s possibilities. The stock is modified to supply accessory- and sling-attachment points; a molded-in and covered Picatinny rail is found at the fore-end’s tip. Furthermore, Winchester supplies Picatinny-style rail molded into the receiver’s top and included is a fully adjustable rear sight with peep. The front sight is a ramped post.
Field-stripping and cleaning the Wildcat 22 SR couldn’t be more simple; by depressing a button at the receiver’s rear, the striker-fired bolt and trigger assembly may be removed from the receiver. For further disassembly, two hex wrenches are nested within the receiver housing. Winchester supplies its own rotary-style magazine with capacity for 10 rounds that features metal feed lips, translucent polymer body and a bolt-hold-open mechanism that initiates once the last round is fired. Ruger 10/22 magazines and aftermarket magazines modeled after Ruger’s design will function, too.
Wildcat: Fast. Flawless. Fun. These are the words Winchester debuts with its marketing behind the Wildcat 22 SR, and from our initial sampling, the sentiment stands true: The action is fast. The operation is flawless. And is a whole lot of fun to shoot. Screw on a direct-mount silencer and experience what you’ve been missing.