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Citadel M-1 22 Carbine CIR22M1W 22 LR

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As handy as the original, only a finish downgrade keeps this fun gun from getting a higher grade.

Citadel M-1 22 Carbine CIR22M1W 22 LR

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By checking with a magnet, we found that several of the smaller parts on the Citadel M-1 22 were fashioned from alloy or plastic. However, the buttplate was good old-fashioned steel, adding to its authenticity. As per the fixed stock M1 carbines (note the lack of a hyphen in the original designation), the rear connection point for the sling consisted of a relief in the wooden stock.
The trigger broke hard and clean, but the pull was heavy, presenting about 7.5 to 7.75 pounds of resistance. This was a good thing because knocking off the safety (arrow) required pulling it rearward with the index finger, which was, of course, the same direction as the trigger press. We found the crossbolt magazine release, marked with an “M,” to be reliable but awkward to operate.
The rear sight was fit into a dovetail (arrow) at the rear of the 11mm rail. It was anchored by a single Allen screw, which was exposed by turning the windage-adjustment knob fully to the right. Elevation was changed by manually pushing the aperture up or down. Each calibration point had its own click detent. The M-1 utilized an open top bolt. The bolt handle could be locked back.

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