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Ruger 10/22 Custom Shop Competition LEFT HAND .22LR
Ruger 10/22 Custom Shop Competition LEFT HAND .22LR 31110
Ruger 10/22 Custom Shop Competition LEFT HAND .22LR 31110

Ruger 10/22 Custom Shop Competition LEFT HAND .22LR 31110
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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.

Indeed impressive 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.

Sturm, 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 generation.
Alex 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.

In 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 traction.

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.

A pioneering 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.

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 shoulder.

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.

Weighing in at a balanced 6 pounds empty, the rifle has a somewhat stiff seven pound trigger pull, undoubtedly for reasons of liability when in use by beginning shooters. 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. While 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.

(1)- 10 Round detachable rotary magazine
Extended Magazine Release
Push Button: Manual Safety
Combination Scope Base Adapter (included)
16.1" Barrel: Precision-rifled, cold hammer-forged barrel with .920" diameter target barrel that is fluted for weight reduction
Dual Bedding Block Receiver
Caliber: .22LR
Integral 30MOA Picatinny Scope Base
Action Construction: Lightweight Aluminum Alloy
Stock: Painted Laminate Stock
Action Type: Semi- Automatic
Weight: 5.3 lbs.

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