That's not 100% some rejected rifles were converted to trainers as well as type 35s that were worn out. Also, some had steel receivers they were just never heat treated, headspaced and so on.
Originally Posted by Deano41
As to converting....Well, A barrel sleeve is a barrel sleeve and even a traingin rifle is more than beefy enough to handle .22LR. The hard part may be converting the bolt. I like the idea but with trainers coming up in value I would make sure it has no value before dinking with it too much.
I own firearms not to fight against my government, but to ensure I will not have to.