AMT Lightning 25/22

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AMT Lightning 25/22
Type Semi-automatic rifle
Production history
Manufacturer Arcadia Machine & Tool
Produced 1984–1994[1]
Weight 6lb[1]
Length 26.5" (Folded), 37.5" (Opened)[1]
Barrel length 17.5"[1]

Cartridge .22 LR[1]
Caliber .22
Action Blow-back, semi-automatic
Feed system 25 or 30-round detachable box magazine[1]

The AMT Lightning 25/22 was a .22 LR-caliber semi-automatic rifle manufactured by Arcadia Machine & Tool (AMT).

As is alluded to in the nomenclature, the Lightning 25/22 is functionally a clone of the Ruger 10/22 with the substitution of a larger 25-round magazine instead of the 10-round magazine used by Ruger. Also, the receiver is stainless steel rather than aluminum and features a Stainless Steel and Nylon folding stock and pistol grip rather than the wooden or composite stock mounted on the 10/22. The rifle also features an extended magazine release.[2]

The AMT Lightning line, which included direct clones of the Ruger 10/22 and Mark II pistol, eventually prompted a lawsuit against AMT that forced them to discontinue the line.

The AMT Lightning was also exported to the UK and tuned by Theoben Engineering, the result was the AMT/Theoben Target Model. This rifle is known for its reliability; accuracy and rarity. Produced in very small numbers this rifle had a bull target barrel and a special evolution moderator to fit the larger barrel (.917).


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ken Ramage (2008). The Gun Digest Buyers' Guide to Guns. p. 262. 
  2. ^ Dan Shideler (2009). The Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900-Present. Gun Digest Books. p. 269. ISBN 0896898245. 

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