Military-style rifles chambered in .22 LR are a growing segment of the firearms market. There are magazine-fed rimfire versions of the M16, AK-47, MP5, HK416, Sig 556 and more. However, for those who want to fire a small-caliber version of a belt-fed machinegun, there is only option—Lakeside Machine of Horseshoe Bend, AR.
Lakeside Machine is owned and managed by Eric Graetz, who founded the company in 1997 after buying the rights to produce the Tippman miniature machine guns previously owned by F.J. Vollmer & Co. The Tippman miniatures are fully functional ¼-scale versions of the legendary 1919 Browning .30 caliber and .50 caliber machine guns. Eric is a collector of Tippman firearms and an experienced Class 3 firearms enthusiast. Lakeside Machine’s first models were the belt-fed LM-7 AR-15 upper receiver, followed by the Vindicator rifle in 2004.
The Razorback was introduced in 2009. It is a .22 LR upper receiver that will work with either a semi-automatic AR-15, or with a few additional parts, a select-fire M16 lower receiver. With the feed box installed and a sling over your shoulder, you can’t help but think of yourself as a SAW gunner!