2A Armament Rolling out with Two New Dedicated ARs in .22 Long Rifle

These featherweight rifles come loaded with features. (Photo: 2A)

Boutique builder 2A Armament just launched two new complete AR-pattern rifles, both chambered for .22 Long Rifle. Each rifle comes with a unique set of receivers that not only stand out from each other, they stand out from all other AR receiver sets.

While there’s plenty of demand for AR-15 .223 Remington/5.56NATO to .22 rimfire conversion kits, there’s plenty of appeal for a dedicated .22 AR-15.

Dedicated .22 ARs offer improved reliability, better accuracy and much lighter weight thanks to .22-specific barrel options. Conversion kits are a good way to save money and enjoy the AR experience. Dedicated .22 ARs let you get the best performance out of your .22 rifle that happens to run like an AR, too.

The two new models are the Balios-Lite and Atheon .22. The Balios rifle uses 2A Armament’s featherweight, minimalist AR-15 receiver set. It pairs a slick-sided skeletonized upper with no forward assist and a minimal shell deflector with a matching lower.

The Atheon adds a few choice features like a forward assist, enlarged, flared magwell and integral quick-detach sling swivels on both sides of the buffer extension.

Both sets incorporate reinforcing ribs along stress areas of the receivers. Because these are the areas that bear the load, the other material can be removed. The difference shows. The Balios-Lite models weigh just 3 pounds, 10 ounces, and the Atheon just an ounce more.

The receiver sets are the only major difference between the two builds. Both feature 2A’s in-house titanium bolt, hybrid 7075-T6 and 4140 steel barrel, and 2A components.

The two rifles come with different handguards, cut to match the lines of the uppers. the barrels measure in at 16 inches under the extended M-Lok-compatible rails.

See Also: 2A Armament Launches Premium .22 Rimfire Conversion Kit for ARs

2A sourced some of the other parts including the Bravo Company Mod 4 charging handle, Magpul MIAD grip and Mission First Tactical Minimalist stock.

These rifles feature a lot of high-end components and command a solid price premium of $1,399. The rifles are assembled to-order and may take two to three weeks to deliver.

Still, if you like what you see here and think you can do it for less, they also offer their Balios-Lite and receiver sets separately for $559. And if that’s still too rich for your blood they also make an enhanced .223/5.56 to .22 LR conversion kit for $272.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Singleshotcajun June 2, 2018, 7:24 am

    I have a Model one sales National Match .22 LR upper that I use on my Rock River A2 lower and have beat the likes of Amschutz rifles in three position Smallbore matches. If you already have a complete lower you can get a Model One Sales or Compass Lake .22 LR upper and you are good to go.

  • Mort Leith June 1, 2018, 10:00 am

    When using the term “AR”,, I’m guessing you are meaning Armalite Rifle….
    Cuz it sounds like you’re using AR to refer to Assault Rifle,, the liberal made-up bogus term

    • Blue Dog June 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

      There is a dictionary definition of the term assault rifle. It would be difficult to make a case that a term is made-up or bogus if it is in the dictionary and used consistently with the dictionary definition.

  • jgwills June 1, 2018, 9:02 am

    I’ve used some 2A components before in my builds and they are quality parts. I have a habit of sometimes over tightening screws and I mangled up the set screws on one of their rails once. They took care of me even though it was my mess up and replaced the rail with a entire brand new unit at no charge. They have excellent customer service. Sometimes its the service after the sale that makes paying a little bit more for a given product worth that extra coin. While I have no hands on with any of their .22 line of product I can only assume its top notch like the rest of their product line.

  • Loughsun June 1, 2018, 4:02 am

    I have a Tippmann M4 22lr rig, and I’ll tell you it is a tack driver and durable and is an M4 through and through. These guys will have a tough act to follow. More especially at that price point. I wish them the best of good fortune.

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