Unfortunately this isn’t a shooter-tested review, rather a jealous non-owner review, from someone who has been looking for a great pack / take-down /survival 22 LR that is tough as nails.
I’ve narrowed it down to two choices and this fellow right here is making a strong case to be champ. It takes down to two pieces in under two seconds! Booyah!
The 15.5 ounce, eye-catching Pack-Rifle from Mountain View Arms is really amazing, and the more I got to learn about it the more I wanted to lay my hands on one. The 33″ .22 LR packs down to an amazing 17″, meaning you can take it virtually anywhere with no significant space or weight cost.
With a lot of the parts machined out of heavy-duty aluminum they were able to drop the weight on this significantly, yet they didn’t skimp on toughness because crucial pieces are constructed of Stainless Steel.
The barrel, surprisingly, is made up of a fiber composite outer layer and a precision button rifled, Cro-Moly liner for long-term reliability for hunting or survival. The small butt stock tube is also manufactured using fiber composite and it houses your .22LR ammo.
Here’s a factory introduction to the Pack-Rifle.
Let’s take a closer look at this little guy with Ryan Jordan, who bagged a Grouse with his, giving testimony to the accuracy of the rifle:
So what’s not to love? Well, there has to be a but doesn’t there? The retail price of these hovers around the $400 range, give or take, and for that price you’re in the range of rifles like the Henry AR-7, a cool little take-down that is the other rifle on my short list.
The Ar-7 can be bought for under $300 and sports an 8 round magazine, and has a huge bonus in that when taken down and stored in its butt stock, it floats. If you drop any other rifle in the river, pfff, fuggedaboutit!
I’ll put up a quick post about the Henry U.S. Survival AR-7 tomorrow for easy comparison, as I think one of these two will become mine soon and take its place as my pack and survival 22 LR of choice. Update: Here’s the link to the Henry AR-7 article, but be sure to leave a comment below first before you leave to read it, and let me know what you think about the Pack-Rifle.
What’s your favorite pack or survival rifle in .22 LR, and what do you think about this one?