The Magnum Research Semi- Automatic .22LR and 22 Magnum, Magnum Lite® Rifles make an excellent home-defense firearm for the person searching for a lightweight and low recoil rifle option. The MRI MLR-22 has a unique gas-system that improves reliability, an evolution of the classic design. With Ruger Rotary Magazines and a Ruger 10/22® Trigger Group, this MRI rifle is available in many configurations. These different models of the Magnum Lite Rifle offer either the patented graphite barrel, solely to Magnum Research, or even a stainless steel barrel. Finishes including the Hogue® OverMolded stock, Black Polymer, Tactical Black, and Barracuda, adds an amazing tough to these prestige, lightweight rifle. For more specific information, please visit each specific item or scroll down to the bottom of the page for much more detailed manufacturer information.
The Magnum Research Magnum Lite® MLR-22 Semi-Auto Rifle
MRI : Magnum Research History
In 2010, Kahr Arms, a well- known manufacturer of precise and high quality compact handguns and the maker of the world famous Thompson sub-machine gun a.k.a. Tommy Gun, purchased Magnum Research Inc. (MRI) after 25 years of its very own history. Jim Skildum and John Risdall have been involved with Magnum Research since 1979, these two individuals supervised the rise of the Magnum Research Desert Eagle Pistol from concept on paper to the gas-operated, rotating bolt and all-steel construction handgun it is today.
MRI is solely responsible for the specific design and development of the Magnum Research Desert Eagle Pistol. Until 1995, the Desert Eagle Handgun design was refined and these pistols were actually manufactured by Israel Military Industries (IMI), hence "Desert Eagle". Magnum Research then shifted their manufacturing contract to SACO Defense, but in 1998 MRI returned their contract back to IMI, which reorganized into their new name Israel Weapon Industries, IWI. Though these contracts were solely for manufacturing/contracting purposes. Magnum Research was still in control of all the intellectual property, including :patents, copyrights and trademarks. The Magnum Research Desert Eagle has been produced though in the USA since 2009, with some models such as the DE44W and DE50W, are still made by IWI in Israel. With the most commonly Black Oxide finish on the Desert Eagle, Magnum Research/MRI has developed many Desert Eagle Handguns with distinctive and appealing finishes including: Brushed Chrome, Matte Chrome, Polished Chrome, Bright Nickel, Satin Nickel, 24k Gold (24 karat), Titanium Gold and Titanium Gold with the latest "Tiger Stripe" pattern in a titanium nitride coated finish.
Under the Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle name, MRI imported the IWI/IMI brand of pistols until the end of 2008. Though in 2011, the import of the Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle progressed once again when MRI was purchased by Kahr Arms in June of 2010. Magnum Research does offer other products. The Magnum Research DE1911G and DE1911C from BUL Ltd. in Israel are some of these other products; the Magnum Research MR9 and MR40 Eagle as well. The MRI MR9/MR40 Eagle series is a striker fired polymer frame pistol from Walther, located in Germany. This Magnum Research Eagle made in the USA features a polymer frame from Walther with a Stainless Steel Slide and a Stainless Steel Barrel. Introduced in 2011, the MR9/MR40 Eagle Handgun was an innovation to the Magnum Research product line. Besides the MRIs Desert Eagle, Baby Desert Eagle, MR9 Eagle, and MR40 Eagle; Magnum Research also produces a series specified as the Big Frame Revolver, or more commonly known as the BFR. The Magnum Research BFR series is a single action magnum revolver. The Mountain Eagle Center-fire Rifles and Magnum Lite Rim-fire Rifles, featuring graphite barrels are also some other products produced by MRI.
The Magnum Research Magnum Lite® Semi-Auto Rimfire Rifle (MLR Series)
The Magnum Research Magnum Lite® MLR22AT will give .22LR 22 (Long Rifle) rifle shooters something to get excited about. The new ambidextrous lightweight thumbhole 10/22® stock is made of polypropylene with fiber additives for maximum strength. The stock comb height is designed high enough to comfortably and properly shoot with optics. The new stock design also features a checkered semi palm swell on both sides of the pistol grip, and a molded-to-fit hard rubber butt plate attached with screws. This Magnum Research rifle is equipped with the Magnum Lite® revolutionary patented graphite bull barrel, exclusive to Magnum Research. The patented uni- directional graphite fibers, parallel to the bore axis, results in a barrel with 6x the stiffness of the equivalent weight of steel. The lighter barrel weights (from 13-16 oz, depending on barrel length) are easier to wield and dissipate heat up to 43% faster than steel. The result is rim fire performance of extreme accuracy.
Other features of the MRI Magnum Lite® include a .22LR Bentz target chamber designed specifically for semi- automatics and a full floating barrel with an 11 degree muzzle crown for maximum accuracy. Magnum Lite® receivers are CNC machined from a 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum forging and include an integral Weaver type rail for optics. The MLR22AT from Magnum Research has an approximate weight of 4.25 lbs, barrel length of 17 inches, and over all length of 35.5 inches. The Magnum Lite® rifle utilizes the 10/22® trigger group and 10/22® rotary magazines. MRI bolts are manufactured and machined from heat treated and through hardened 4140 steel with minimum headspace for better accuracy. The patented graphite barrel is unique to MRI. It provides lighter weight, better heat dissipation than steel and is extremely stiff. The Magnum Research MAGNUM LITE® receivers are CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machined from a 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum forging and include an integral Weaver type rail for optics. The bolts are manufactured and machined from heat treated 4140 steel with tight bolt face depth tolerances for better accuracy.
In all, The Semi- Automatic .22LR Magnum Lite® Rifles make an excellent home-defense firearm for the person searching for a lightweight and low recoil rifle option. The MLR-22 has a unique gas-system that improves reliability, an evolution of the classic design. With Ruger Rotary Magazines, this MRI rifle is available in many configurations. Magnum Research also provides a more powerful version of this rifle. This would be the Magnum Lite 22WMR, or the 22 Magnum. The MRI MLR- 22 Magnum uses a 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire caliber. With it's unique gas- assisted blowback system, this Magnum Lite Rifle is also lightweight and available with either the graphite barrel or a stainless steel barrel.
The Barracuda 22WMR Series from Magnum Research, is a rash looking rimfire. The effect on this rimfire rifle comes from the blending of some rather unique components. This Rimfire Rifle action is similar to what is expected from the Ruger 10/22. For a fact, Magnum Research uses the same fire control system with a 5 lb to 6 lb trigger and a 9 shot magnum rimfire magazine as the Ruger, but as far as this, that is all the similarities between these two rifles. The Magnum Research Barracuda MLR 22 Magnum Rifle certainly lives up to its namesake as a deadly, accurate varmint rifle, and its available in .22 LR as well as .22 WMR. Priced competitively, its one of the great, original rimfire designs. (Gun Magazine, September 2012)
MLR 22 Long Rifle (LR) - MLR22AT, MLR22BFC, MLR22BN, MLR22BP, MLR22H, MLR22TB
MLR 22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR or 22 Magnum) - MLR22WMBFC, MLR22WMBN, MLR22WMBP, MLR22WMH, MLRS22WMBP, MLRS22WMH
MLR 17" Graphite Bull Barrel - MLR22AT, MLR22BFC, MLR22BN, MLR22BP, MLR22H, MLR22TB
MLR 19" Graphite Bull Barrel - MLR22WMBFC, MLR22WMBN, MLR22WMBP, MLR22WMH
MLR 18" Stainless Steel Barrel - MLRS22WMBP, MLRS22WMH
Black Polymer Ambidexrous Thumbhole Stock (MLR22AT only)
Barracuda Forest Camo Stock (MLR22BFC/MLR22WMBFC)
Barracuda Nutmeg Stock (MLR22BN/MLR22WMBN)
Barracuda Pepper Stock (MLR22BP/MLR22WMBP, MLRS22WMBP)
Hogue® OverMolded™ Stock (MLR22H/MLR22WMH, MLRS22WMH)
Tactical Black Stock (MLR22TB)
From Shooting Times, the following link contains much more information on the MLR22AT Rimfire Rifle from Magnum Research.
From Gun Magazine, the following link contains much more information on the Rimfire Magnum Tack Driver, Magnum Researchs Barracude .22 WMR.
From the Personal Defense Network, the following link contains much more information on the MLR- 22 Rifle.
Magnum Research MLR-22 Rifle from the Personal Defense Network
From GunTalk.TV, the following link contains much more information in video on the MLR-22 Rifle.
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