Kingston Armory (website coming in two weeks) had a couple of intriguing rifles at SHOT Show this year. How does a .22 LR Garand or M14/M1A style rifle suite you? Well Kingston Armory is in the process of making them. These look like excellent fun guns with a heaping dose of nostalgia thrown in for good measure.
These were pretty slick. The actions are based of the Ruger 10/22 and use Ruger magazines. The receivers are made from steel. They also really look like the rifles they were inspired by, at least until you look at the action. No top loading here.
They were a bit lighter than the real thing, but we were told they were going to add a bit of weight to get them closer to the originals. The metal was parkerized and the stocks were oiled. The examples they had at SHOT were prototypes. We were told there were a few small changes that would be made to the production guns, but they should be rolling out soon.
Kingston expect the first production of the Garand to be ready in late spring and has promised us a review sample. The M1A will follow at a later date. These are going to be great guns for Garand fans. Assuming the rimfire shortage continues to get better, you could shoot one of these all day long for next to nothing–and you won’t be adding wear to your original.
The MSRP will be around $700.