It seems like Ruger does something to set the firearm world on fire every other month. This month they have managed to do it once again with the Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle.
The 10/22 Takedown Rifle utilizes the famous 10/22 action along with some clever engineering to create a rifle that can quickly and easily be taken down into 2 pieces. This makes the rifle much easier to pack into your backpack or the slick little backpack that Ruger provides with the rifle. Judging by preliminary reviews, Ruger was able to accomplish this with no real loss of accuracy and return-to-zero capability. This take down functionality coupled with the reputation of the 10/22 for reliability makes this rifle extremely attractive.
As cool and interesting as this rifle is, it does seem that there are some potential downsides. First, the stock appears to be very similar to the standard OEM plastic stock that comes on some 10/22s. If this is the case, many users may not care for the shape and plasticky feel of the stock. Second, the standard 10/22 is held in the action via only one screw so it is already a decent “takedown” rifle when you remove the barreled action from the stock. It even returns to zero quite well if you witness mark the screw so you can be assured that you are returning it to the same tension constantly. It also looks there were opportunities to shed some weight from this rifle that were missed.
In spite of my initial misgivings, this rifle does intrigue me. The preliminary reports of performance and how consistent the barrel locks up are impressive. It is, after all, a 10/22 and who doesn’t like a 10/22?
Check out the new 10/22 Takedown Rifle on Ruger.com.
I’m pretty excited about this rifle. I think it will be a great backpacking/survival rifle and will compete nicely with the AR7 and Marlin Papoose.
Would that they had worked with Troy in advance to incorporate a more useful forend than the old faux dog collar.
I had the opportunity to handle the 10/22 Takedown yesterday at a local shop. The backpack is really nice. Removable shoulder straps allow attachment to something else of carry using just the handle. It also has MOLLE on the outside.
The joint mechanism is simple to use. Slide a lever forward, a pin disengages from the receiver and twist and the barrel and breech pulls forward from a bushing in the receiver. When assembled, there’s a fine ratchet thumb adjuster accessible from the top in front of the receiver that removes play between the haves of the weapon.
However, it does not eliminate all the play. So an optic mounted to the receiver will be firm as the barrel’s slight play will cause an inaccurate shot.
Nice concept but not quite there yet.
Awesome feedback! Thank you Earl.