.22 rifles are, by definition, rifled. In quite a few countries, that’s subject to a higher level of restriction than smoothbores. 22LR round is fixed ammunition, and that is also more restricted compared to loosely loaded black powder guns. The key is “fixed ammunition”, not smokeless…the old single action “peacemaker” Colts would be too modern for those who want us disarmed.
Looking at German gun control efforts of the 1920s, we see “liberals” trying to disarms the hardliners of both sides. A few short years later, the hardliners got in control of the enforcement mechanism and re-defined eligibility. Nazi gun control wasn’t all that onerous for the party supporters, but all others were severely restricted. Even sticks were considered prohibited weapons by 1938. American politicians followed the Nazi lead in exempting themselves from gun control laws.
Even without the accessories, this Little Badger would make gun-banners uneasy. It folds for storage. It has a threaded muzzle. It looks martial. That it’s a single-shot .22 wouldn’t stop them from making you ineligible to own it. The licensing scheme of New York City is the best illustration — they want to control who has any weapons at all, even a single-shot .22 rifle that would be considered a child’s learning tool in the rest of America.
Threaded muzzles are scary because they allow attachment of accessories. The amazingly pro-choice leftists aren’t in favor of choices we might make, only of those they would approve. Noise reduction isn’t one of them.
The current ammunition shortage is a great illustration of the marginal worth concept from microeconomics. If a 500rd brick of .22LR cost $15 at the store, how much would you pay for just one round when your rifle is empty and your foe is upon you?
While the oversized red dot is a poor fit for this small carbine, how long before optics become a target for the gun banners as well? They know full well that these are force multipliers. Some countries already ban gun-mounted lasers, could a ban on modern sights be far behind?
We are at war with those who would disarm us. Being deprived of modern defensive arms is the cultural equivalent of going to a secondary crime scene with the perpetrator. We don’t know exactly where that would lead, but we can be sure it leads nowhere good. Our chances of fighting back effectively diminish with every concession we make.