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Rock River’s New LAR-22 AR-15s: All the Fun, Less $



Pictured: Rock River Arms LAR-22 Tactical Carbine

Is it getting a little expensive to feed your AR-15?

Rock River Arms, famous for their accurate and reliable modern sporting rifles, recently introduced a new line of AR-15-style rifles chambered in .22LR, the LAR-22 series. It’s certainly a concept you’ve heard before–all the sleek lines and handling of a black gun minus the recoil and expense of 5.56mm/.223 ammunition. The difference is that many such .22-caliber alternatives are just as expensive to purchase as a centerfire AR–but not so with the new LAR-22 series, which starts at $530 depending on the options you choose. The idea is to price them to make these easy additions to shooters’ portfolios or as “on-ramp” models for new or youth shooters. Three variants of the LAR-22 rifles are currently shipping—the Tactical Carbine, Mid A4, and the NM A4 CMP Trainer.

Tactical Carbine – For those who favor an MSR with a free-float barrel and handguard configuration, the LAR-22 Tactical Carbine is an optimal choice for tactical training or target plinking. Select between a forged aluminum upper and lower receiver set or RRA’s own polymer lower receiver set for a lower-cost option. Both rifles feature the RRA NSP-2 CAR, six-position stock, A2 pistol grip, two-stage trigger, and 15-inch 3G free float rail handguard that is M-LOK® compatible shrouding a 16-inch chrome moly barrel.

Mid A4 – Designed for those who prefer a more traditional A4-style firearm, the Mid A4 LAR-22 is also offered with either forged aluminum upper and lower receivers or the RRA polymer upper and lower receivers. Standard A2 grips, mid-length handguard with heat shields, six-position tactical CAR stock, single-stage trigger, and a 16-inch chrome moly barrel round out the key features.

NM A4 CMP Trainer – Built to be a stand-in practice rifle for CMP National Match competition, this rifle combines a precision 20-inch stainless steel heavy barrel with RRA’s NM CMP TRO free-float rifle-length handguard (with three TRO modular rails and a National Match sling swivel). Another precision upgrade is the RRA Two-Stage Match chrome trigger group. Available with forged aluminum upper and lower receivers, the NM A4 CMP Trainer includes the familiar A2 pistol grip and RRA Operator CAR six-position stock.

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