SR-22: A Belated, In-Depth Exam Of The 10/22

After all these years we finally address America’s most popular rimfire rifle, now available from the factory in a new, dressed-up form.


by Chick Blood

I know exactly what you’re thinking. Chick Blood has lost it. That’s no Ruger 10/22 in the main photo. That’s not the rimfire carbine that hit the gun business like a force five Kansas twister and has seen six million like it vanish from dealer shelves since 1964. No way, no how.


Not so fast, my friends. Disarm those sniper pens and pencils. Abandon all thought of emails to the editor accusing your obedient technical editor of going soft in the head. Deny any temptation to forward expressions of extreme pique at his insulting your intelligence by daring to start off this admittedly belated article concerning a .22 caliber carbine intended purely for sporting use with a picture of what is obviously a tactical weapon.


Now hear this, ye potential detractors. It is not a tactical weapon. It isn’t even a tactical trainer. As you will soon discover, it is indeed a Ruger 10/22. It has merely been adorned with a tactical tuxedo and you are to be enlightened with actual, factory methods of its disassembly and reassembly. A unique approach consistently followed since day one by this publication and the accused mental case, I will add. Onward to fundamental take down procedures.


Read more in our October 2011 issue. Back issues are available.

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