There are many .22 lr rifles out there on the market. So many in fact that it can be quite a chore to decide which one might be right for you. Today we’ll look at one I picked up a few months ago, the Marlin 795.
At first glance it’s a rather standard looking semi auto 22 rifle by todays standards. It’s a blued steel barrel and action with a synthetic stock and comes with one 10 round stainless steel magazine.
It comes in at 37″ inches long, with an 18″ inch barrel and weighs in at just under 4.5 lbs (pretty light even for a 22 rifle). It comes with a crossblot safety right behind the trigger, which I personally prefer to some of the other tang style or flip style safeties on the market.
Now in addittion to the standard features that most .22’s offer this one also offers a couple features not commonly seen on less expensive .22’s.
First off it has a last round bolt hold open which is a great feature to have on a 22 because like most of us out there who don’t realize the mag is empty until we hear the click when we pull the trigger, this one lets you know your empty with you having to dryfire your rifle.
The next feature I particularly liked about this rifle was the bolt release lever in front of the trigger making it easy to get your rifle back on target after inserting a new mag, simply by using your trigger finger to flip the release down and let the bolt forward and chamber a new round.
Accuracy was what you’d expect for a .22 rifle with an 18″ barrel. I was shooting 2″ inch groups at 50 yards in an unsupported position. I’m sure the rifle is far more accurate than I am as I’m sure a better marksman than I could easily get smaller groups with this rifle at farther distances.
With its weight and overall length I think this rifle would shine as a camping or backpacking rifle for plinking or small game hunting because its easy to carry without worrying about adding too much weight and space to the rest of your gear. Also if your looking for a smaller lighter 22 rifle for your kids or wife this would fit the bill nicely.
Now I got this rifle on special at a local sporting goods store for $115 plus a $25 dollar rebate, so $90 bucks all said and done. Regular price on these run around the $120 to $140 range which puts it in line with other 22’s on the market like the Savage 64 or Remington 514 or the Mossberg 702.
All in all its reliable, fun, well built rifle with a couple extras over some other 22’s on the market and for the price its well worth picking one up ……. after all, who couldn’t use another .22.