When I read this post, I went to the vault room and looked at all of my examples to be sure I had not missed anything. I did not see any plastic. When I got back upstairs, I looked at a 1969 Parts List "exploded view" and there is nothing shown that is plastic. All of the parts in the lifter, bolt and trigger mechanisms are metal.Turns out the knowing guys say stay away from them. There's a plastic insert in or around the chamber mouth that is easily lost or breaks. These inserts are seemingly unobtanium, so if it breaks now you have a $450 wall hanger.
The plastic piece I mentioned was told to me as an internal part, something around the chamber area. I don't know what the part was/is called or I would've been more specific.When I read this post, I went to the vault room and looked at all of my examples to be sure I had not missed anything. I did not see any plastic. When I got back upstairs, I looked at a 1969 Parts List "exploded view" and there is nothing shown that is plastic. All of the parts in the lifter, bolt and trigger mechanisms are metal.
If someone were to ask you which products Colt has sold over the years, would you say a .22 semiautomatic rifle? I didn't think you would. Colt made three versions of .22 rifles, the Courier, Colteer and Stagecoach, as well as others under several private-label names for Sears, Wards and other companies. This alloy rifle shot well, but did not hold up well. Unless it was kept oiled and clean, the alloy parts wore very rapidly. In spite of this, the little Colt rifles were good enough lightweight shooters that most owners will pay to get them fixed rather than discard theirs.
Parts for this rifle are available from one or more of the large parts companies, but they often do not fit or work well. Sometimes when production is stopped, whatever parts are left over are sold in bulk to whoever wants them. This is good, in the sense that parts are available to repair guns. The downside is that the bulk quantity often includes the scraps, rejects, discards or mistakes that are lying around the plant. Given the Colt rifle's cast and stamped parts, it seems there were many of these problem pieces around.
There are any number of problems that can occur with the Colt .22 rifle, most commonly failure to fire, feed, or eject, a loose barrel, firing when the safety is turned off, a nonworking safety, and breech sticking. You may often run into a combination of more than one of the above.
Check the following items regardless of the information the owner gives you, keeping in mind that one of the problems with this rifle has been that some fire by themselves-especially as you feed live ammunition through this one. If the owner says his has never gone off by itself, then feed some shells through it, always keeping the barrel pointed to a safe spot.
The only semi-automatic .22 rimfire rifles made by (for) Colt are the Courier, Colteer and Stagecoach. There is no Colt 4-22 rifle. There is a 1-22 Colt bolt-action .22 rimfire rifle. Perhaps that is what you are thinking of.I just realized we may not be talking about the same model. I'm referring to the semi version, the 4-22 I think it was called? Pic attached.
That designation is from the net, not myself.There is no Colt 4-22 rifle.
Colt, semi-automatic tubular fed rimfire rifle, Model "The Colteer, 4-22", caliber .22 LR, NSN, barrel length 19 3/8", receiver retains 95% original blue w/ some scratches, barrel retains 100% original blue, open sights, straight grip buttstock W/ semi-beavertail forarm, 99% original finish w/ handling marks here and there, LOP 13 1/2", factory plastic buttplate, GROOVED TOP OF RECEIVER FOR SCOPE MOUNT, desirable 15 SHOT tubular fed magazine, Retail value $400.00, Sale priced at $295.00
No, the pic is from a random pic off the internet.Again I ask, is the rifle picture above the gun in your local gun store? If so, where?
There is NO plastic anywhere inside of these Colt rifles.For the money I think I would go for a Browning SA 22. No plastic in the chamber on those.