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Why the Mossberg 715T 22LR Rimfire Is No AR-15

Mossberg 715T 22LR Rimfire
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The Mossberg 715T 22LR Rimfire is an excellent semi-automatic rifle to have fun with and enjoy. Created to look like an AR-15, how does this semi-auto compare? In truth, looks are where the AR-15 similarities to the 715T stop. The controls, action, and balance are all much different than an AR.

With its pistol grip, lightweight, and unique plinkster handling, the Mossberg 715T is more easily compared to other .22 semi-autos. If you are looking for a more affordable trainer for drill work, there are plenty of good rifles to choose from.

Built with a 6-position adjustable stock, I can adjust the LOP range from 10.5” to 14.25” with an easy click of an integrated lever. The synthetic material feels a bit inexpensive, but it has held up quite well. After much use, I’ve not had any problems with wear, cracking, or loosening.

Mossberg 715T 22LR Rimfire

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Don’t turn your nose up at the synthetic. A big part of the Mossberg 715T’s appeal is the ultra-light weight that the material provides. The total weight of the Mossberg 715T is only 5.5 lbs. Compared to other semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15 with an average weight of over 7 lbs or the AK-47 that tops 9 lbs, the 715T is definitely in the featherweight category.

This full-sized rimfire is 33 inches overall. A 16.25” blued barrel is nestled within the synthetic clamshell forend. With a vented quad-rail forend. I can attach all sorts of accessories to the 715T. Lights, lasers, forend grip, and optics are all incredibly easy to change in and out.

A2-Style Synthetic Flat Top model includes rail-mounted front and rear sights. I like to use my 715T to test out optics, so there was no need to upgrade to the red dot rifle model of the 715T that Mossberg offers.

My Flat Top 715T provides me a 25+1 capacity, but there are also 10+1 models for shooters that may want or need more limited rounds. The notorious typical 22LR ammo makes the Mossberg a bit of a dirty shooter. However, aside from the increased need to spend extra time cleaning, the 715T has proven to be built to handle the grit. Reliable in feed and firing, I’ve never had trouble with performance.

So, with all of that said, for many shooters, these choices all come down to price. You can spend thousands on AR-15s. On average you’re looking at around $700 with some bare-bones options in the $500s. The Mossberg 715T can generally be found in the $250 range. Not even close to the higher cost of most semi-automatic rifles.

Think of it as having a “daily-driver” rifle. Not a big-priced investment weapon to treat with extreme care. I can use my Mossberg for plinking, for my rifle scope and other accessory tests, or small game fun around the house. Stylish, fun, and very affordable, the Mossberg 715T is a great semi-automatic rifle to enjoy.

I love my AR-15s. There’s no doubt about it. However, when I’m wanting to spend a day at play, that may involve my rifle bouncing around on a 4-wheeler or in the bed of my truck, my Mossberg 715T is coming with me every time.

Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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