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Vindicator BF1 Carbine

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Lakeside Machine is proud to offer a rim fire rifle that has never been produced before.  This is the only true belt fed 22LR production carbine known. ( .17Mach2 in limited quantities) The barrel length is 16.25" and the over all length of the rifle is 35.5".  The entire firearm weighs just under 8 pounds.  It is fed by a woven cloth belt that can be reloaded time after time.  (Custom belt lengths can be ordered to suit your needs.) It can also be fed by a Lakeside Machine exclusive nylon disintegrating link that is capable of linking a belt into any length you wish. No modifications are needed to use the links or belts, the rifle will feed both options. This is the first firearm that has been able to satisfy the desire for "Infinite Capacity" in a rim fire.
Each firearm will be supplied with 2- 50 round cloth belts. (
longer belts are available as well as links) The .22 cal long rifle versions will be fitted with hand finished walnut stocks as shown. There were 50 22LR rifles in this production. This rifle can be transferred to a regular FFL dealer as a semi-automatic sporting rifle no differently than a common Ruger 10/22 you could buy at Walmart. This rifle is totally made from scratch and stands alone as an original.

THREADED MUZZLE>>The Vindicator BF1 is made with a threaded muzzle with 1/2-28 threads for standard attachments like flash hiders, muzzle brakes, and sound suppressors. Each BF1 is manufactured with a unique removable flash hider that is also a thread protector. (We suggest using our M22 suppressor for the BF1 as it can sustain long busts of fire without any damage to the suppressor internals)

SIGHTS>>The Vindicator BF1 uses a totally different design for the sight system. We call it "The Summit Sighting System" or "SSS". The front  and rear sights are aligned together by using simple shapes that the shooters eye can pick up easily. When the sights are aligned, the pin-point peak of the front sight or "Summit" can be zeroed in on the smallest target accurately without ever covering it up. With the invention of the "SSS" the Vindicator BF1 is very accurate. Within just a few times shouldering it, the sights become instinctive and are faster to use than conventional iron sights. 

MECHANISM>>The Vindicator BF1 uses the same technology as the proven Browning machinegun feed mechanism. The loaded belts or links are advanced with a cam operation operated by the linear travel of the bolt. Each round is advanced, chambered, fired and ejected with the simple front to rearward motion of the bolt. All fired brass is ejected out of the bottom. With the limited energy from a 22LR cartridge, this firearm using this mechanism is nothing short of amazing. The components of the Vindicator BF1 are made of machine steel and tool steel, no aluminum alloy or plastic is found in any parts other than the links that feed it. The Vindicator BF1 carbine is a workhorse in rim fire. 

STOCK>>The Vindicator BF1 features a stock design like no other on the market today. It is a ground up creation built and fitted to the barreled action. The Vindicator needed to have a military look and feel but yet needed to be stylish and functional in a shoulder fired belt fed. This mixture of demanding features led us to Matt Shuster of the  Ironwood Designs stock and exotic 10/22 conversion company in San Jose, California. Lakeside Machine chose Ironwood Designs because of their passion for perfection and the creativity and artistic skill they posses in their line of wood art. Working together, Lakeside and Ironwood Designs can up with a walnut and maple stock system that fit perfectly and was publicly accepted overwhelmingly at the world renown Knob Creek Machinegun Shoot and Show in October 2004.

FUTURE>>The Vindicator BF1 is open to many new accessories and features. We are already experimenting with a 3 partition belt/link box that will feed belts or links in quantities of up to 200 rounds. The feed box will also recover the empty links or belt. Since this rifle is a bottom eject system we can incorporate a brass catcher into this design as well. If production continues a folding stock and scope mount are thoughts for the future too.  

****NOTE, These are semi-auto and are able to be owned by anyone. We are able to make post May 1986 sample trigger packs for law enforcement agencies or class 3 dealers if requested. (demo letter needed to start transfer)

  Only 61 units were made in this production run.  Only three tactical versions were made.  One Tactical BF1 remains in our shop for reference and pattern purposes. 

All BF1 rifles are Sold and Currently Out of Production

Click Here To See List of BF1 Individual Rifles

Pictured below is the BF1 on a standard military clamp on bi-pod (not included)

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