Magnum Research has unveiled a new black walnut stock on its .22 rifles.
Magnum Research has unveiled a new black walnut stock on its .22 rifles.

Magnum Research is best known for its heavy-hitting selection of pistols. But the Minnesota-based manufacturer has a lighter side.

The subsidiary of Kahr Arms also has made a name for itself as a top-notch maker of rimfire rifles. And recently, it has given one of its more popular models a fairly classy makeover.

The company’s Magnum Lite .22LR and .22WMR now wear a stick of striking black walnut. The rich, dark wood looks to bring out the every curve and angle of the stock’s unique design.

Switching the thumbhole stock to hardwood, however, was not purely a matter of aesthetics. There is function in what Magnum Research calls its Barracuda American Black Walnut stock, as well.

The new material gives the gun a lighter overall weight than when it was purely stocked with laminate; it tips the scales at less than 5 pounds in both chamberings. The lack of heft should make the light-kicking rifle an ideal choice to tote into the field.

Another factor keeping the new rifle trim is Magnum Research outfitting it with its patented graphite bull barrel. This material also is meant to give the firearm greater accuracy by creating a stiffer barrel. Another advantage, the company touts is it will also dissipate heat 43-percent faster than steel.

The rifle features a Bentz target chamber designed specifically for semi-automatics, full floating barrel for maximum accuracy, CNC-machined receiver from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum forging with an integral Weaver-type rail for optics, and a black anodized finish.

The Long Rifle variation has a 17-inch barrel length and an overall length of 19 inches. The Winchester Magnum model has a 19-inch barrel and an overall length of 37.5 inches. Both have Ruger 10/22 trigger groups and utilize 10/22 rotary magazines. MSRP for the .22LR is $824.00 and the .22WMR is $941.00.


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