The first photos have surfaced of a new rimfire carbine made by Tanfoglio in Italy. It’s a bullpup design and will come in two flavors, .22LR and .22 WMR. Said to be fully reversible for left hand or right-handed shooters, it weighs just 4.5 pounds. Iron sights are integrated into a high Picatinny rail mounted above the barrel, and another Picatinny rail sits underneath the barrel. I’m thinking a laser there would fit in nicely with the futuristic overall look of the gun, but a bipod would be more practical. Called the “Appeal,” the rifle looks much like a Walther G22 with sharper features and Italian styling touches. The rifle will come with ten round magazines here in the US. In Italy, customers will be limited to a ridiculous 5-round capacity.
Photos show that you can fit a compensator to the Picatinny rail, and the compensator itself has another Picatinny rail built into it. Therefore, attaching a compensator won’t affect the rifle’s ability to mount accessories—very smart! The arrangement of the iron sights and Picatinny rail is also an improvement over previous rimfire bullpups like the G22. There is plenty of rail space up there for mounting a wide variety of optics with different eye reliefs, but with such a lightweight design, I think a red dot is the natural choice. There are sling-mounting loops integrated into the rifle’s stock and forend, but they are simply part of the larger moldings, so if the polymer breaks you’ll be out of luck for mounting a sling. Length of pull on the stock is adjustable with plastic inserts, perhaps a hint that the Appeal can grow alongside a youngster as a first .22 rifle that will still fit after a big growth spurt.
Does the new Tanfoglio “Appeal” to you? They make great firearms but I have a hunch that shooters will either love or hate the looks of it. For me, it’s all about performance. If the Appeal shoots straight, doesn’t break, and has good reliability with quality ammo, it will be a huge success. More people than ever are shooting .22 calibers simply because of affordability. This rifle should be affordable too—expect a street price in the low $300 range. Tanfoglio is said to be working on a future version in .17 HMR, but that gun isn’t read for prime time yet.