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Thread: Marvel .22LR Conversion Kits review

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    Marvel .22LR Conversion Kits review

    Please use this thread to discuss our review of Marvel .22LR Conversion Kits, as it appears in our E-zine.

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    Excellent review, Frank. A conversion kit is something I have on my list, and with so many choices it's tough choosing one. This very well may have helped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom
    Excellent review, Frank. A conversion kit is something I have on my list, and with so many choices it's tough choosing one. This very well may have helped.
    +1 Thanks Frank!

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    Very well written Frank, I am impressed.
    The pictures and descriptions were excellent. I met the folks at Marvel Conversions last year at SHOT and they were a very nice group of folks.
    I will look into a kit for one of my pistols, I have yet to try a conversion kit but I believe you have swayed me.
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    Well written review Frank. I like how you took the time to explain the quirks of rimfire semi-autos. A lot of folks don't understand that and will take to bad mouthing conversion kits without understanding the nature of the beast.

    I don't blame Marvel for specifying CCI Mini Mags. They are my go to round on testing a finicky .22lr. If it won't run with Mini-mags, then there's probably something wrong with the gun.

    The article is very timely with our current economy. Anything that will let us keep our skills up for cheap is something we should be investigating. .22lr is $40/thousand vs. 45ACP at $40/hundred. That's trigger time by a factor of 10.

    Just out of curiosity, are there any plans to test the kits from the 3 other major players?
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    Very informative review. I received my unit 1 about 3 weeks ago.I was a little
    disapointed as my units test target measures .975 with lapua midas ammo.
    But on the upside i have used C.C.I.. aguila, federal,and eley. All of which were standard/target velocity 1080 f.p.s. or lower with no problems what so ever no failure to feed fire or eject but when i ordered it i told them i was a beginner bullseye shooter so i assume they tuned it for that type of ammo. If not then i have had some good luck for a change. I fully expected to be messing with trying to tune and adjust the magazines as several of the guys i shoot with have had to do.Now i need to find some ammo that shoots a little tighter groups.

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    Thanks all.

    Garrett, I don't know if we plan to test any other makes. AFAIK, the Marvel conversion units are some of the more recent ones on the market. Some of the other makes have been around for a while. As you know, we try to be near the front of the line with our reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank
    Thanks all.

    Garrett, I don't know if we plan to test any other makes. AFAIK, the Marvel conversion units are some of the more recent ones on the market. Some of the other makes have been around for a while. As you know, we try to be near the front of the line with our reviews.

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    Frank, thanks for a superb review... great writeup and photos too!

    That optional metal magazine looks virtually identical to one for a Colt Service Model Ace...

    Edit Note: I checked the Marvel website and they state, "Our magazines are a Colt Ace Style Magazine".

    I seem to recall that Metalform was making magazines for the SM Ace and Colt's factory Conversion units.

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    The idea behind the Colt conversion unit was to simulate as much as possible a semi auto pistol with the handling characteristics of the G.I. .45, but with the economy of rim-fire ammunition.

    How does the Marvel unit stack up in this department? without the floating chamber is the recoil anywhere near the 45 ACP? From the article I assume that it makes for a real nice target gun but does not try to substitute the 45 feel for practice.

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    I have fired an ACE conversion kit some years ago, and while it had the floating chamber, I do not remember it to be anywhere near a .45 pistol recoil-wise.
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