The Smith & Wesson Performance Center has expanded its rifle line with the addition of four new lightweight .22 LR rimfire rifles. The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifles feature a lightweight carbon-fiber barrel and ergonomic stocks available in multiple color options.
Co-developed by Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms, the Performance Center T/CR22 rimfire rifles operate using the reliable T/CR22 semi-automatic rifle action and 10-round rotary magazine, while maintaining compatibility with most aftermarket 10/22 parts and accessories.
The company introduced a pair of custom rimfires last year, but the new offerings are distinct in looks and features. Tony Miele, Sr. Director, New Products and Performance Center, said, “Building upon the success of the Performance Center T/CR22 rifles, we have designed and developed this lightweight rimfire rifle for competitive shooting and small-game hunting. These rifles are designed to reduce weight through their slim, ergonomic stocks and carbon-fiber barrels while being engineered to deliver the supreme accuracy and ergonomics that Performance Center is known for.”
The Performance Center Lightweight T/CR22 is offered in four configurations: a Hogue Overmolded Thumbhole black synthetic stock and an Altamont Laminated Thumbhole stock in a wood, red or blue finish. The rifles feature a light, crisp trigger pull, lightweight carbon-fiber barrels and a threaded muzzle that allows for the use of a suppressor or other muzzle device.
Performance Center Lightweight T/CR22 features include carbon-fiber barrel with 1:15-inch twist rate, custom Performance Center muzzle brake, optics-ready with built-in Picatinny rail, last shot bolt hold open (when using factory magazine), easy-to-use push-button safety and oversized bolt handle for easy manipulation.
Chambered in .22 LR, the new Performance Center Lightweight T/CR22 rifle ships with one 10-round detachable rotary magazine and includes Thompson/Center’s limited lifetime warranty. The new Performance Center rifle with black Hogue Overmolded stock will carry an MSRP of $523, while the Altamont Laminated Thumbhole version will carry an MSRP of $642.