I’m going to tell it to you straight, this thing is a turd. The trigger is really heavy. Its design elements leave a lot to be desired and make you think “Why the hell did they do that?”. The carry handle is not a true Picatinny rail. It came with only one magazine. The charging handle is short. The bolt release feels bad. And there are some other things too…
The Tanfoglio Appeal is made Brescia, Italy and imported into the States by European American Armory Corporation. I have been meaning to buy this neat looking gun for a long time and did so in the spring of 2017. I got it for a total of $319.99 out the door of a local FFL’s house after buying it from CDNN Sports. The first time I took it out shooting it ran about 150 rounds of CCI Maxi-Mag +V 30 Grain JHP without a hick-up. I took it shooting about two weeks later and it kept have light primer strikes so I dissembled it to see what was happening. Some parts that were supposed to come apart weren’t and they still don’t to this day. After all was said in done I was unable to fix it there at the range and now after reassembly it was unable to go into battery due to the charging handle colliding with the outer shell of the gun.
Well, the short of it was, after about a 5-month period I finally got the gun working through my own labor which included making several parts on a lathe and drilling hardened steel and jerry-rigging the bolt assembly in place with cold weld. You may think, “Wait, why didn’t you send it in for warranty once you had trouble reassembling the gun’s parts that were explicitly stated as able to be taking apart without tools? The warranty lasts a year doesn’t it?” And to that I say I’m ignorant about legally mailing guns so it would have been a hassle for me to send in the gun due to complex government regulations plus the cost of transportation of the firearm is my responsibility according to Tanfoglio. To me, it was more of a challenge rather than a hassle to get this gun working again. After all, I was going for a degree in advanced manufacturing at the time. I learned a lot from fiddling with this gun, so it is not all negative.
Alrightly, back to the product. The carrying handle/top rail makes for a bad carry handle given the weight distribution of this bullpup. Also, the top rail is not a Picatinny rail like what a lot of other people have said. It’s more of a weaver-style rail since its wider and the slots are shallower than true 1913 Picatinny rail. Any optic you put on this thing will result in a weird cheek-weld when aiming because of the unnecessary height of the rail. The iron sights are pretty course, i.e. chunky. The front sight post is elevation/gravity adjustable and the rear sight notch is windage adjustable. Sadly, the plastic threaded area that interacts with the rear sight adjustment screw is, more or less, disintegrating. But it still works.
This gun has controls that are switchable from left to right like the charging handle and ejection port door along with the internally located ejector. Like I said earlier, the charging handle is smaller than what I would like especially since the gun has a blow-back action which means its spring are going to be stiff. A neat feature with the charging handle is that it can be pulled out and pushed into its designated spot on either side with just your hands. It also serves as the front sight tool.
Now, I can’t say much on accuracy. I bought this gun as an cool-looking plinker and I don’t even plan on putting a lot of rounds through it. I never shot the gun with maximum accuracy in mind. At the end of the barrel, there is a flash hider that is attached from the factory. It’s plastic and useless given how there is little flash produced by .22 magnum out of an 18-inch barrel. Good thing it is removable! With or without the flash hider you are given a weaver rail out near the muzzle. It is too far away for a foregrip but you could add a light or bipod, if desired. Keep in mind that it isn’t a picatinny rail, rather it is weaver rail which is similar but not the same.
This rifle’s pistol grip was actually designed quite well. The finger groves on the grip fit my large hands. Curiously enough, the portion of the trigger guard that connects to the grip is under-cut on both sides and is shaped to make more room for the middle finger. The cross bolt safety is within reach of the index finger and there’s a red colored slot on the safety that can be seen when the button is pushed in the fire position. The magazine release is in a smart location. Its the protruding button in the thumb hole of the stock. Its right in front of the magazine so you can drop the mag by pressing the button with your thumb and just cup the mag as it falls out. By the way, the gun comes with a single 10 round mag and additional mags are hard to find. The bolt release is on the left side below the bolt handle. It must be pushed up to release the bolt.
The Appeal comes with three spacers that extend its length of pull. With one spacer the overall length gets to 26.3 inches. My one gripe with the stock is that I wish it was capped with a rubber buttplate to prevent the gun from falling overall when stood upright. Lastly, the Appeal weighs a mere 4lbs and 13oz with an empty magazine.
If you want a semi-automatic .22 magnum rifle then your other options could be the Magnum Research Magnum Lite .22WMR, the CZ 512/512 Tactical, the Keltec CMR-30, the Excel Arms Accelerator Rifle, or the Savage Arms A22 Magnum. Ruger apparently used to make a variant of the 10/22 in .22 magnum back from 1998-2000. Remington’s 597 was also made in a .22 magnum version but that is discontinued as well.
Thank you for reading my article. I put time into making sure they are well constructed. If you have any questions, criticisms, or comments go ahead and let me know in the comment section. I’ll try answer any question in a timely manner.