Winchester Wildcat Brings Polymer Rimfires into the Modern Era
By Kristin Alberts
There’s not much that hasn’t been done in the rimfire world, but somehow, Winchester has managed to put out an innovative new rifle. Here’s what you need to know about the Wildcat design and whether it stands a chance against the test of time.
Meet the Wildcat
MSRP on this 4-pound semi-automatic rimfire rifle is a sleek $249.99. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
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The newest Long Rifle rimfire on the block is a new-age looking semi-automatic rifle named after the old brand of rimfire ammunition made by the company—and that ammo returns in conjunction with the rifle. That’s where the nostalgia ends, however.
This repeater uses a striker-fired, blowback action. The button-rifled chrome-moly 18-inch sporter weight barrel wears a recessed target crown and is fed by a rotary magazine. A skeletonized black polymer stock is simple and modern with plastic buttplate, Picatinny rail and trigger guard. Polymer is undoubtedly the name of the game, right down to the polymer “iron sights” and molded sling swivel mounts.
Undressing the Wildcat
Depressing the red button at the rear of the upper mechanism releases the rifles’ internals for cleaning or maintenance.
New features aside, the Wildcat just might be the easiest semi-automatic rifle to disassemble and clean. With the magazine