The Best Rimfire Sporting and Tactical Training Rifles, SMGs, and Carbines

Published: August 07, 2020

Getting into a centerfire AR 15 or another sporting rifle can often be a significant investment. That is why it is never a bad idea to be sure you like what you are shooting before you take the leap. Consider the option to buy guns online that are rimfire clones of popular sporting rifles and carbines first. It is an effective, and usually inexpensive, way to try out and train on a sporting rifle before leveling up to a centerfire model. The fact that they are a source of endless plinking fun does not hurt either.

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Walther HK MP5 A5

Based on the HK MP5

The Heckler & Koch (H&K) MP5 is widely regarded as one of, if not the most popular and reliable submachine guns (SMGs) in the world. The Walther HK MP5 A5 is the only genuine HK-approved tactical rimfire replica of the famous SMG. Predictably, a firearm based on one of the world’s most respected firearms with the names Walther and H&K attached is fantastically made and a whole lot of fun to shoot.

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Based on the FN SCAR

While the ARX 160 is an up-and-coming hotshot in the tactical rifle space, the FN SCAR is the legendary grizzled veteran. The FN SCAR has proved its worth in over 20 countries since 2004, that reliability establishing it as a civilian favorite. The ISSC MSR MK22 is a skillfully realized clone of the venerable FN SCAR and the perfect way to secure an introduction to the original.

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Colt M4 Carbine in 22 LR

Based on the Colt M4 and AR 15 Carbine

No collection of tactical or sporting rifles and carbines is complete without the AR 15 platform. And what better way to get into the AR 15 family than with the Colt M4 Carbine in 22 LR. Just as the MP5 A5 is made by Walther for H&K, the Colt M4 Carbine chambered in 22 LR is made to the exacting Colt specs by Walther. Colt quality being ensured by Walther equals an unbeatable introduction to the AR 15 platform.

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Beretta ARX 160 22 LR

Based on the Beretta ARX 160

The Beretta ARX 160 was created as a modular weapon platform as part of the Italian Army’s “Future Soldier” initiative. It has proved an incredibly reliable, intuitive, and high-quality rifle, and has since been adopted by governments around the globe. The Beretta ARX 160 22 LR is the civilian rimfire variant of the rifle and is a huge hit. It is an experience not to be missed.