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America's Favorite .22 Rifle. The Ruger 10/22 was released in 1964 and is considered by many to be the finest rimfire rifle ever conceived.
A brilliantly innovative design, the 10/22 was immediately popular upon
its release. This little gun has been so commercially successful that
it's considered the company's leading firearm design, with well over 5-
million units sold since its inception.
considering it was reportedly far from Bill Ruger's favorite gun as he
considered it more of an understudy to his .44 Magnum carbine rifle
released back in 1962. Nevertheless, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of
this iconic masterpiece-- a firearm that has transcended and transformed
the way we think about the rimfire rifle a half century later.
Ruger and Company was founded in 1949 by business partners Alexander
("Alex") McCormick Sturm and William ("Bill") Batterman Ruger. Prior to
the partnership, Bill Ruger had previously designed machine guns for the
U.S. military during World War II and afterwards, successfully
duplicated two Japanese Baby Nambu pistols in his garage based on
samples acquired from a Marine. It would serve as the basis for
launching the company when Ruger ingeniously combined the looks of a
German 9mm Luger with rimfire engineering from the Colt Woodsman and the
operating mechanism of the Nambu.
Bill Ruger and Alex Sturm
rented a small machine shop in Southport, Connecticut and immediately
introduced the world to the greatest rimfire pistol in history-- the
legendary MK-I, which still continues to this day in its third
Sturm was married to the granddaughter of President Teddy Roosevelt,
was a Yale graduate, a talented artist and business entrepreneur that
supplied the capital investment to start the fledgling company.
addition, he personally designed the famous Germanic heraldic red eagle
that still serves as Ruger's company logo. Bill Ruger supplied the
business acumen plus technical-know-how as a skilled gunsmith and
celebrated inventor. Tragically in 1951, Alex Sturm fell seriously ill
and died at the age of 28 just as the company was beginning to gain
After Sturm's passing, Bill Ruger mourned the loss of
his old friend and business partner by permanently changing the
company's distinctive red eagle logo to solid black (or white, shrouded
in black), where it remains to this day in remembrance. Bill Ruger would
go on to lead the company to world prominence, becoming the largest
manufacturer of firearms in the United States.
legend in American industry until his death in 2002, Ruger had a hand in
the design and styling of every single gun the company produced while
under his direction. To date, Sturm Ruger has manufactured more than
30-million firearms, while also becoming a leading supplier of precision
investment castings in diverse industries such as aerospace, automotive
and even golf clubs.
At the heart of the Ruger 10/22 Charger
design is its semi-automatic blowback action, meaning the bolt is held
closed by spring and hammer pressure against the back of the bolt. The
rifle has a relatively mild muzzle report, no recoil and is amazingly
It's 8" satin black (carbon steel) hammer forged
barrel with threaded muzzle features a unique attachment method that has
proven to be a boon for customizers everywhere. The V-block is mated
with a dovetail cut located beneath the barrel and is secured to the
receiver by a pair of machine screws. This allows easy replacement of
the barrel without the need for gunsmithing, barrel set-back or
headspacing. No timing or shoulder trimming is required, and no vice
blocks or action wrenches are necessary-- just a Allen head wrench.
clever rotary design means the magazine is much easier to load due to
the fact spring tension doesn't have to be heavy to be reliable, where
one ten rounder is supplied with this particular rifle package. Make no
mistake, the magazine is indeed incredibly reliable and also serves as
the gun's primary ejector.
Reportedly, Bill Ruger had an
affinity for Mannlicher style carbines, so it's likely he was inspired
by its graceful lines when he set about to design the Model 10/22,
choosing to conceive a magazine that fit flush with the underside of its
stock. This allows the rifle to rest on a flat surface when fired,
cupped in the hand or carried alongside the body when slung over the
The Ruger 10/22 Chargers's synthetic stock chassis
features a picatinny section on the rear. This allows for easy
installation of a brace or stock (if the firearm is a registered short
A lightweight black hard anodized aluminum
receiver has been engineered for a lifetime of reliable service. To
improve durability and performance, several upgrades have been made to
the original design. A tough polymer trigger housing replaced the old
aluminum design, which could be more easily broken or cracked if dropped
on the guard. In addition, an extended magazine release was added to
provide greater leverage when reloading.
The rifle weighs in at a
mere five pounds empty and has a somewhat stiff seven pound trigger
pull, undoubtedly for reasons of liability when in the arms of beginning
shooters. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the the design is the
fact it's so versatile that the 10/22 has a specialty industry that
exists whose sole purpose it is to customize products for this amazing
From match barrels, match triggers, replacement billet
trigger housings, stocks, scope bases, match springs, to high capacity
magazines and beyond--a legion of custom parts and accessories are out
there just waiting to be installed on this wonder weapon. A crossbolt
safety prevents the rifle from discharging if banged or dropped, and a
manual bolt lock rides slightly forward of the trigger guard. Even
though the bolt will not lock back after the last shot has been fired,
the catch still provides the ability to lock the bolt back by hand.
Ruger does not provide a written warranty, the company has always
promptly, professionally and courteously repaired the extremely limited
number of malfunctioning firearms we've sent them. In our humble
opinion, they have a better warranty and service track record than many
manufacturer's offering the so-called "limited lifetime" policy (which
by the way, is not your lifetime, but what that particular manufacturer
perceives to be the life of the gun).
Overall, the Ruger 10/22 Tactical is the perfect rimfire rifle for hunting or just having fun at the shooting range.
Detachable Rotary Magazine
Extended Magazine Release
Push Button Manual Safety
Combination Scope Base Adapter (included)
Durable, Lightweight Aluminum Alloy Receiver
Ingenious Barrel Attachment: allows quick & easy removal plus installation without having to calibrate headspace
Polymer Trigger Housing: tougher and more impact resistant than older alloy design
Magazine Capacity: (1) 15- Round
Finish: Satin Black
Black Synthetic Brace Ready Chassis
Barrel: 8.5" Carbon Steel w/ threaded muzzle
Action Type: Semi- Automatic
Weight: 4.3 lbs.
Warranty: "Sturm,Ruger & Company, Inc. has elected not to provide any written warranty, either "limited" or "full, rather than to attempt to comply with the provisions of the Magnuson - Moss Act and the regulation issued thereunder. There are certain implied warranties under state law with respect to sales of comsumer goods.As the extent and interpretation of these implied warranties varies from state to state, you should refer to your state statutes. Sturm, Ruger and Company wishes to assure its customers of it's continued interest in providing service to owners of Ruger firearms."