The Ruger 10/22 is one of the leading .22 rifles in retail sales. After 50 years of manufacture, here’s why.
From the introduction of the Ruger model 10/22 rifle in 1964, to the fiftieth anniversary now in 2014, this little adaptable .22 caliber autoloading rifle has been selling off the shelves at a fast pace.
What has kept the sales soaring over its competition is that the Ruger 10/22 is a quick firing, dependable rifle that can be bought in various models suited for specific needs, or the user can choose from a vast array of aftermarket accessories. Heavy weighted bull barrels are shooting the x out of the ten ring, and special take-down models are riding in backpacks into the wilds.
The .22 long rifle cartridge, though it has been quite a bit harder to find and the price is higher than it was, is still a cheap practice round that lends itself quite well for target practice and hunting for people of all sizes and ages. The recoil is non existent, and it is a very accurate loading. There are match grade varieties of this ammunition, at higher prices, but the payoff is tournament quality groupings.
This cartridge has been a huge plus to the reliable Ruger 10/22 platform that will digest just about any quality ammunition you can feed it.
Standard capacity magazines hold 10 rounds flush with the stock and out of the way in its unique rotary style magazine. Ruger makes a 25-round clip for higher capacity, and there are various manufacturers, such as Butler Creek, that sell 50-round magazines.
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Drum mags? Yep, those are available too. Special stocks, barrels, magazines, scopes, sights, bipods, and ammunition make this rifle a very adaptable weapon. Sound suppressors, where legal with permits, are well-suited for use on the Ruger 10/22.
Best suited for informal target shooting, “plinking,” small game hunting and action-shooting events, the 10/22 is an all-around workhorse.
If you’re looking for a way to brush up on your target shooting skills, the 10/22 Target model is great. If squirrels are calling and you’re ready to make some stew, the Compact will get you in and out of thick woods easily. If you want to celebrate the 50 great years of 10/22 performance, go for the 50th Anniversary model, which was the winner of a design contest held early in 2014.
Who doesn’t love a good .22? Get out there and try Bill Ruger’s old American classic!