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When I first saw the Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 in .22 rimfire, I knew they had a winner. It has been an incredibly profitable product line for them. They are popular as plinking guns, kids love them, and there are matches all over the country that now have a class for rimfire tactical rifles. The problem is they won’t accept a lot of commonly used AR-15 accessories.
Plinker Tactical has come up with a couple of accessories for the M&P that promise to be popular. The S&W magazine is a good one, it loads easily and is reliable. It only comes in one length though, and some are limited to just ten rounds in states like California. The 25-round capacity is good but Americans always want more. Plinker Tactical has come up with a 35-round magazine that’s ten rounds better for those folks. While the Plinker magazine doesn’t have the spring compression button like the S&W, there is a loading device that compresses the spring allowing easy loading. This can be seen both ways. The compression button is handy but it can allow dirt into the magazine, and in the growing in popularity rimfire tactical matches, magazines are ditched when they’re empty.
For a good part of my life, I’ve been teaching young people how to shoot. When I got my first M&P 15-22, I asked about a shortened magazine to allow prone shooting. The 25-round magazine is too long for a conventional prone position and doesn’t work well on a shooting bench. Once more, Plinker Tactical has filled a niche. The, soon-to-be-available ten-round magazine will allow a low prone position and will work fine on products like the Caldwell Lead Sled.
Plinker Tactical has also come up with something for those guys who are shooting rimfire two-gun and tactical matches with their M&Ps. They now have an extended, ambidextrous charging handle made from aluminum and stamped steel. The ambidextrous charging handle allows faster stroking and right side operation with less effort. I’ve upgraded mine and it’s amazing how fast people notice the change.
This is a quality magazine but I’d have liked to see the spring compression button included. It does, however, look more authentic and that’s a feature many will prefer.
The charging handle is great as is and takes less than a minute to install.
The magazine functioned perfectly. While there is no spring compression button on the side which makes loading a little harder, the magazine isn’t subject to getting dirt into the magazine in events that require a magazine drop. The loading accessory makes loading 35 rounds easy.
At $29, these magazines are not cheap but they are quality magazines that offer something you can’t get elsewhere.
The charging handle is $42, which is in line for about any tactical charger.
Magazine size on the up side isn’t a big thing for me. I use the M&P for training and magazine changes are a viable part of that. The smaller magazine is of interest to me because of shooting low prone and bench shooting with younger shooters. I’d recommend both to anyone looking for bigger or smaller. These are quality magazines.
Image by Dick Jones