Christensen Arms Offers Lightweight Rimfire – SHOT 2020

Paper, steel or prairie dogs should all fear the Ranger 22

Christensen Arms has made a business of lightweight firearms; weighing in at a mere 5.1 pounds, the new Ranger 22 is certainly not the exception. The Ranger takes advantage of all the technologies Christensen has perfected to make a very unique full-sized rimfire rifle.

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Watch the video below to learn more about the new Ranger .22 and the new titanium Ridgeline.

Dual ejectors ensure positive removal of cases

The Ranger 22 has an aluminum receiver but utilizes steel locking lugs for strength and durability. The hand-lapped 18” carbon fiber tensioned barrel carries the Christensen Arms sub-moa accuracy guarantee, though for the rimfire this is at the appropriate distance of 50 yards. The muzzle is threaded ½ x 28 tpi for attachment of a suppressor if desired.

Atop the receiver is a 0-degree Picatinny rail for mounting the needed optics. Whether the Ranger 22 is used for plinking, small game, or rimfire precision matches this should be adequate.

big rifle style bolt stop shows level of detail in Ranger 22 designing

The flyweight action and barrel are mounted in a Christensen Arms carbon fiber rimfire stock. This stock is very well designed with vertical grip, a generous palm swell, a flat fore-end, a palm hook for the support hand, and a sticky recoil pad.

The action is fed from the very reliable 10/22 style 10 round rotary magazines. The bolt handle on the action is a bit longer than expected and adds the leverage to make action operation effortless.

Oversized bolt knob gives the feel of large rifle practice with no recoil

A Triggertech Field trigger is used to send the little 40-grain rimfire pills downrange. However, any Remington 700 compatible trigger will fit the Christensen Arms Ranger 22.

Shooting the Ranger 22 at the range was an absolute pleasure and it managed hits out to the 100-yard targets before it was impossible to see the small impacts on the steel targets. The MSRP for the Ranger 22 is $795 and are heading to the dealers now.

Sling swivel stud supports bipod mounting
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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • Richard March 18, 2021, 6:10 pm

    Have to agree with other comments…very expensive for what you get. I have one. Love the lite weight, love the carbon fiber barrel, love the threaded barrel, trigger tech makes a great trigger…however, mine came with a factory set trigger at 5 lbs 13 ozs, that’s more than the gun weights. Couldn’t get it to go below 3 lbs 13 ozs. Contacted Christensen Arms, they suggested I get another trigger…that’s sad for a $800 rifle that’s should come with a factory set trigger of 3 lbs. Hummm. I’m not a happy customer.

  • Archangel February 3, 2020, 3:52 pm

    A 22 LR that shoots well at 100 yards and it only costs $800!
    WOW, those $200 10-22’s that can shoot further than 100 yards are in serious trouble…..NOT!

    For that price I can have a really nice 10-22, a nice carrying case AND a few thousand rounds!

  • Nate February 3, 2020, 10:33 am

    “… carries the Christensen Arms sub-moa accuracy guarantee, though for the rimfire this is at the appropriate distance of 50 yards.”
    If the guarantee is limited to 50 yards, it is not really accurate to MOA, is it?
    Why don’t you just say ‘1/2″ at 50 yards’ instead of making the unprofessional mistake of using an optical term, (MOA), to describe ballistics?

  • Mark N. February 3, 2020, 2:46 am

    I’ve been shopping around for a new .22, and when I saw this Ranger I was sold. Per the manufacturer, this should be available in April or May. I will be waiting!

    • Larry Howes February 3, 2020, 8:17 pm


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