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Posted: 3/18/2001 7:52:31 PM EDT
Has anyone heard of one of these for sale?
Link Posted: 3/18/2001 8:03:27 PM EDT
No, I haven't heard of one, but I do recall that my Mini 14 manual said some Mini 14's made it out as 222.....so the idea of a AR in 222 is not odd (or is it).  All it would be is a barrel change, right.......
Link Posted: 3/18/2001 8:19:15 PM EDT
Yes there is one for sale right now on GunBroker.  They were made for export, primarily for countries that don't allow their citizens to have military caliber weapons.  I heard that most of them went to Europe, but I can't attest to that.
Link Posted: 3/18/2001 8:19:44 PM EDT
Actually the barrel would be the same, the chamber would be different.

I think Colt marketed some of these for sale to countries where guns in military calibers are regulated more strictly than guns in non-military calibers.
Link Posted: 3/18/2001 8:21:08 PM EDT
. . . which is what slt said, except his post wasn't up there when I wrote mine . . .
Link Posted: 3/18/2001 8:30:37 PM EDT
A book I have claims that Gene Stoner originally designed the AR-15 around the .222 cartridge. But, "It didn't work quite as well as he wanted, so he redesigned the .222Rem with a slightly larger case, and called it the .223Rem".

I don't know if this accurate AR-15 trivia or BS.
Link Posted: 3/18/2001 8:37:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2001 8:50:32 PM EDT
O.K. this is what I heard , it was origanaly to be a .222 , but the military requirements was that the bullet had to penetrate both sides of a helement at 500 yards , the .222 could almost do it but not quite , therefore the case was extended a few mm for the extra powder.
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