Originally Posted by GLS_1956
Hard to argue that. I have a Bro who has the S&W AR-15-22 he's never had any problems with it.
However, I'd suggest you look at some of the non-autoloaders, just for a change of pace. I like my Marlin Model 39A leveraction 22.
I have never had a problem with mine either. For a first rifle and you don't want to fork out $400 dollars for a .22 then these are my suggestions.