Thompson/Center’s T/CR22 rimfire rifle is an impressive rival to the dominant Ruger 10/22. See our review of the T/CR22 here. We really loved the features-for-the-dollar the T/CR22 offers. Given the rifle’s extensive compatibility with 10/22 mods and aftermarket parts, you had to know that Thompson/Center would be expanding the line.
Now American Outdoor has turned the Performance Center people loose on the .22LR T/CR22 and they’ve come up with two new models featuring heavy fluted barrels and Hogue thumbhole stocks. Here’s their press release…
Performance Center® Expands Rimfire Offering with New Performance Center T/CR22® Rifles
Performance Center T/CR22 rimfire rifle line to include specialty stocks, heavy barrels
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (January 2, 2019) – Performance Center announced today that it has expanded its rifle line with the addition of two new .22LR rimfire rifles. The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifles feature ergonomic Hogue® Overmolded® and Laminated thumbhole stocks as well as precision rifled heavy contour barrels. Co-developed by Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms, the Performance Center T/CR22 rimfire rifles will operate using the reliable T/CR22 semi-automatic rifle action and ten round rotary magazine, while maintaining compatibility with most aftermarket 10/22® parts and accessories.
Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center, said, “For the second time in 2018, the Performance Center has partnered with Thompson/Center to develop the Performance Center T/CR22, a new, cutting-edge rimfire offering. Building upon the success of the Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifle, we have designed and developed this specialized rifle for competitive shooting and small-game hunting, engineered to deliver the supreme accuracy and ergonomics that Performance Center is known for.”
The Performance Center T/CR22 is offered in two configurations: a Hogue® Overmolded® Thumbhole synthetic stock and an Altamont® Laminated Thumbhole stock. The rifles feature a light, crisp trigger pull, button-rifled heavy contour barrel, and a threaded muzzle that allows for the use of a suppressor or other muzzle device.
Additional Performance Center T/CR22 Features include:
- Available with Hogue® Overmolded® Thumbhole stock or Altamont® Laminated Thumbhole stock
- Last shot bolt hold open when using factory magazine
- Easy-to-use push button safety
- Oversized bolt handle for easy manipulation
- Fully machined 6061 aluminum receiver
- Fully machined stainless steel bolt
- Heavy contour stainless steel 20” fluted barrel, 1:15” twist rate
- Optics-ready with built-in picatinny rail
Chambered in .22LR, the new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle ships with one 10-round detachable rotary magazine andincludes Thompson/Center’s limited lifetime warranty. The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle with Hogue®Overmolded® stock will carry an MSRP of $497, while the Altamont® Laminated Thumbhole version will carry an MSRP of $616.
About Smith & Wesson®
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