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I scored one of these rare walnut stock Calico M-100S.
Looks like the wooden stock was only made the first 1-2 years of production in the early 80's. The serial number confirms that with an early one D0017xx.
 

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Range report!
Round mag takes a long time to load!
Can someone googlefu how many cranks on a full 100 round mag?
Long length of pull has me stretched out.
Yet my face is too close to the back of the magazine. The mag taps my safety glasses often. And with each shot, the crank/knob on the back of the magazine (lightly) contacts my face occasionally. The sights are very hard to see. First, you have to look all the way down the top of the magazine to find the tiny rear sight. The front sight is ok to see, but the buck horns are distracting. The horns should be taller to differentiate between the sight post. Or incircle the front sight post like the Sub-9, or semicircle ala AK.
Now that I think about it, a rear ghost ring may help.
A red dot would be the Bee's knees!

Who has a scope mount for sale???
 

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The wood on that stock is beautiful! I didn't know much about these so I looked them up on Bing! and just went with the Wiki article. Funny thing, there was a picture of another walnut stocked variant called an M105. It occurred to me that the M105 looked a lot like the older 'Planet of the Apes' version of the HiPoint carbine. Then I realized that the one in your pics is very reminiscent of the Beretta Storm carbine (as well as the ATI stock for HiPoint carbines which makes them resemble the Storm.) It makes me wonder if the designers of both of those carbines were big fans of Calico or if it is all a big coincidence.

This is a pic of the M105 from the Wikipedia article:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/57/M105calico4143.jpg

Okay, I tried to insert the pic. It showed up in the create/edit post view but went away when I saved changes so I guess y'all will get the URL, instead.
 
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I have one of the M105s. I brought it to Phideaux's a couple of years ago.

A scope mount can be had from Calicolightweaponsystems.

I believe the knob or crank should be tightened only about 12 to 13 turns. Less is better. Over tightening can break the spring.

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When I load mine, I generally have to release the tension several times during the process by pushing the button in the middle of the crank or knob, if yours is old enough.

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Here's a link to the Calico owner's manual showing magazine loading procedure.

http://stevespages.com/pdf/calico_m100.pdf

I had the later wood stock model with the plastic pistol grip.
It was a ball to shoot, but today's prices on .22 ammo would be hard to handle the Calico fires so fast.

The red dot sight on the Calico scope mount works very well but there is a major problem.......
With the mount on the rifle you can't disassemble for cleaning without removing the mount, and that looses the zero.
Also, in order to remove the barrel on the wood stock model, the "muzzle brake" and front sight assembly has to be removed by driving out the pins, then sliding the wood forearm off before the barrel nut can be unscrewed.

Other then that the only complaint I had with the Calico was because your trigger finger is very close to the ejection port some .22 ammo would drop hot bullet lubricant right on my trigger finger and give me distracting minor burns.

One "watch-out" is the quality and type of ammo used.
My Calico would lead the barrel horribly with standard velocity ammo.
The first time I shot it, after most of a 100 round drum I noticed something striking the dirt in the berm to the side of the target.
I checked the barrel and found it almost totally blocked.
How even fragments of the bullets were exiting the barrel was a mystery.
Removal of the lead blockage was a major job and ruined a new Dewey stainless steel cleaning rod when it bent as I tried to push the leading blockage out.

Strangely, with the Remington standard velocity ammo the bore would begin to lead with the first few shots, but by firing a few rounds of Remington Golden bullet the leading would be cleaned out.
This was disappointing because I'd just gotten a deal on a 5,000 round case of standard velocity.
To show how things have changed, I was an FFL Dealer at the time, and I got a sale from a distributor for cases of Remington ammo at around $100 a case.

The Remington standard velocity didn't lead up in any other of the number of .22 firearms I owned, from revolvers and autos, to Marlin 39-A rifles and a Remington 40-X Target rifle.
I assumed the problem was something to do with the Calico barrel.
 

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I learned to crank the tension to keep it feeding consistently. And I did nothing with the sights. It shoots a little to the right. I am going to have to paint a stripe/dot on my sights so I can pick it up.
I had 3-4 misfires with WWB 333rd box. The Remington Golden Bullet worked fine with no failures in the Calico. So that lowers my failure rate to about 1%.
Seems it likes plated rounds the best. But my data is off because of user error. My first range trip I shot mostly Winchester M-22 which says black copper plated (but looks like lead) I think most of my failures were due to improper tension on the mag. That an this 33+ year old weapon was unfired/not broken in.
Oh, and the trigger reset is the shortest and crispest of all my guns- that is a very nice surprise!
Especially with rounds on tap.
 
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