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Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle

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22 LR Caliber, 10 Round Capacity, Black Synthetic Stock, Gold Bead Front Sight, Adjustable Rear Sight, 4.67 lbs. weight, 13.50“ Length of Pull, 16" RH Barrel Twist, 6 Groves

Model Options:

10/22-TDT, Ruger Model 11112, Alloy Steel, Satin Black, 16.62” Barrel Length, 36.75“ Overall Length, Threaded Barrel with Flash Suppressor Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) $419.00

K10/22-TD, Ruger Model 11100, Stainless Steel Barrel, Clear Matte Finish, 18.50” Barrel Length, 37.00“ Overall Length, Standard Barrel MSRP $399.00

Pat's Product Review: Ruger's 10/22 Takedown Rifle

I've received numerous requests from SurvivalBlog readers to review the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown .22 LR rifle. I literally lost count of the number of e-mails I got from SurvivalBlog readers, but it was probably close to a hundred requests. Now, I hate to admit this, but I never (personally) owned a standard Ruger 10/22 rifle of my own - my wife and youngest daughter owned them, and I shot them, but never owned one myself. So, this was a good time to lay claim to a sample for this article. I've recommended the Ruger 10/22 rifle to untold numbers of folks, based on the reliability and accuracy of this rifle. Now, we can agree to disagree on this point, and I honestly don't need hundreds of e-mails agreeing or disagreeing with me on this. A lot of folks don't believe that the .22 LR cartridge makes a good survival or self-defense round - fine! We are all entitled to our opinions. However, my research shows, at least from many years ago, that back in Chicago, according to their crime lab stats (now it's called CSI) that more people were killed with the lowly .22 LR than other, much bigger and powerful calibers. When it comes down to it, I'll take a .22 LR firearm over throwing sticks or stones when it comes to survival. Besides, I'm not advocating that anyone arm themselves with just a .22 caliber firearm for their self-defense or survival needs. However, every survival firearms battery should have some kind of .22 caliber gun for taking small game for the pot. Additionally, I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to be within 150 yards on the receiving end of someone armed with a .22 caliber rifle, who knows how to use it. It may not kill someone at that distance with a single shot, but it would sure make that person wish they were some place else. One of the great things about any .22 caliber firearm is the readily availability of ammo, the low cost (all things considered today) and the amount of ammo a person can pack with them. You can easily carry several thousand rounds of .22 LR ammo in a backpack, along with several spare magazines for your .22 rifle or pistol. I don't know about you, but that's a lot of lead a person can throw downrange at an attacker. Try carrying several thousand rounds of .223 Rem., 7.62x39 or .308 Winchester ammo in your pack. That simply isn't going to happen! The new Ruger Takedown 10/22 rifle that comes in a Ruger backpack carrying case. Just a quick over view of the 10/22 Takedown is in order. First of all, it is in .22 LR caliber. It has a stainless steel barrel, with a black synthetic stock and fore end. Adjustable rear sight, with a gold bead front sight. There is an extended magazine release (nice), and a 10-shot rotary magazine - but it also takes all after-market magazines (25-30 round mags), as well as the new Ruger 25 round mag (BX25). There is a scope base on the receiver, too.

Plus, the Ruger backpack carrying case deserves some mention. The backpack carrying case is made out of ballistic Nylon, and when you takedown the rifle, into the two sections, they fit nicely inside two of the three large inside pockets. The third pocket inside the case is for either a scope or extra magazines. On the outside we have a carrying strap and handle, plus two more pockets for carrying spare ammo or carrying spare magazines, or whatever else you might want to haul. There is the big Ruger logo on the case, and this is my only source of contention. While we take pride in our firearms, and want folks to know what we are hauling, from an OPSEC point of view, I'd rather not have this logo on the backpack. A person could toss the Ruger 10/22 Takedown in the back of their rig, and anyone looking into the rig would just think it's any other backpack and wouldn't bother with it. However, anyone with any firearms knowledge would know that logo means there is possibly a firearm in that backpack. So, I'd like to see Ruger offer the option of not having a backpack with the red Ruger logo on it - just my druthers! JWR Adds: It is easy to find a 2” diameter round embroidered patch on eBay or at a craft store that can be sewn over the top of the big red Ruger logo. I'd suggest selecting something innocuous like an environmentalist logo patch. Perhaps a recycling theme. After all, most of us shooters save our empty brass and reload our centerfire cartridges. So we're environmentally friendly. ;-) Or, humorously, perhaps a Buckaroo Banzai patch might be sufficiently obtuse and yet still deliver a double entendre. But seriously: The dimensions of the Ruger 10/22 backpack are very close to a soft trumpet case. So a trumpet patch or other music logo patch would be the best camouflage.] I don't know how many of the various Ruger 10/22 rifles models have been sold over the years, but I'm sure it has been well over a million. It is the most popular .22 rifle in this country to my knowledge. The 10/22 has an unmatched record for reliability, too - no other standard factory-made .22 LR rifle that I know of, is as reliable as the 10/22 is, period! As to accuracy - there's plenty there. In my testing, with a huge variety of .22 LR ammo - I was able to get 1-1/2“ to 2” groups all day long without trying that hard. And I didn't have any malfunctions or misfires in more than a 1,000 rounds of shooting. It is noteworthy that some of my stored .22 LR ammo is 15 years old, but stored in US military ammo cans. The 10/22 rotary magazine is famous for reliability and it didn't let me down, easy to load, too. I'd really like to see Ruger include one of their own 25 round magazines along with the standard 10 round mag - where allowed by law. Anyone into serious preparedness will immediately purchase a good quantity of 25 or 30 round mags for their 10/22. They are presently inexpensive and plentiful these days - get them while you can. I even tried some Eagle brand cheap all-plastic mags and they worked fine - I bought some of these many years ago for $6.99 each. Butler Creek brand 10/22 mags also worked without a hitch. [JWR Adds: My favorite full capacity (25 round) magazines for Ruger 10/22s are made by Tactical Innovations in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Their top of the line magazines are machined out of aluminum stock! They also make some less expensive polymer magazines. They all work flawlessly. We've put many thousands of rounds though ours, without a hiccup.] The 10/22 Takedown rifle is, as the name implies, you can take it down - into two pieces, the receiver and butt stock and the barrel and forearm. And, taking the 10/22 Takedown apart takes all of about three seconds, simply lock the bolt open, push the locking lever forward to unlock it, rotate the barrel assembly and pull forward - it takes longer to explain it, than it does to actually perform this action. To put the two pieces back together, you simply insert the barrel assembly into the receiver, twist 90 degrees and it locks together. The gun comes adjusted from the factory, however should you find the two pieces starting to loosen over time, there is an adjustment ring on the receiver, and it only takes less than a minute to make any needed adjustments so the two pieces are tightly locked together - I had no problems at all with my sample becoming too loose - after at least a hundred times of taking the gun apart and putting it back together. [JWR Adds: It bears mentioning that the takedown mechanism is so simple that it can be done blindfolded. The crucial thing to remember is that the bolt must be locked to the rear when both disassembling and re-assembling the rifle.] I really like the gold bead front sight - it is fast to pick-up, and it stands out, makes for fast shots. The extended magazine release is also a nice touch, makes mag changes fast and easy. The entire gun only weighs 4.67 pounds – light as can be. If you are out hiking in the boonies, the 10/22 Takedown would be a great addition to your kit - you have a handy .22 caliber rifle on-hand, should you need it, in a nice backpack. You can also pack a lunch and put it in one of the outside pockets of the backpack, along with water and a good supply of .22 LR ammo for a day's shooting on the trail, or in a worse case scenario, for self-defense against two-legged predators. Again, we can all agree to disagree about the .22 LR round as a viable self-defense cartridge. However, as I pointed out at the start of this articles, it sure beats having to throw stones at an attacker, or fighting them off with a sharpened stick. Nope, I'll gladly take a .22 caliber firearm over no firearm at all. Plus, there is always the “fun factor” associated with shooting a .22 caliber firearm - and it is cheap to shoot, even though the price of .22 LR ammo has doubled in the past 10 years , and I don't expect it will get any cheaper. You should stock-up on all the .22 LR ammo you can afford to get. In my neck of the woods, at the local membership store, you can usually find some kind of .22 LR ammo for $13.99 for a brick of 500 rounds - that's a day of fun shooting, or put it away for survival purposes. A box of 9mm FMJ ammo cost $12.99 these days–and that's only 50 rounds of ammo. Just make sure to store your ammo in quality US military ammo cans for the best storage life of all your ammo. The new Ruger 10/22 Takedown retails for $389 and you can usually find them discounted a bit in the big box stores, and many gun shops. They are a super-hot seller right now, and they might be a little bit hard to find, but keep looking, they are worth it. Yeah, you can find a less expensive .22 LR rifle, but you aren't getting a Ruger 10/22 Takedown, with unsurpassed reliability, and the option of taking the gun apart and carrying it in a backpack. Yes, I know, there are some other “survival” rifles out there, that you can take apart, but they aren't a Ruger. And they don't have the Ruger legendary reliability or accuracy, either. Make you choices wisely…your life may depend on it!


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Ruger 10/22-TD Takedown Model – New Gun Review

by Administrator on March 28, 2012 You probably already know the classic looks of the rotary magazine Ruger 10/22, but this one has a surprise.

This 10/22-TD, for “takedown,” actually breaks down into two pieces so you can fit it in your backpack, Kayak comparment, airplane or under the front seat of your car.

This new takedown design for the 10/22 revolves around this click adjustable locking ring and set screws for the barrel.

When you take the gun completely apart and put it back together, the parts that would get loose with a takedown stay nice and tight as the gun settles itself in over the years.

The whole thing fits in its own backpack, and there is even room in there for your scope and ammo.

Depending on how much weight you carry in it, the padding of the case is reported to actually keep it afloat for a while if you dump the canoe.

The takedown mechanism is so simple that you really don’t even have to read the manual, but you still should of course. It has a tip in there about getting your gun back to zero on the scope.

Because of heavy wind I felt that the best accuracy test of this gun would be at 25 yards. This quarter inch group was with the CCI ammo that the gun clearly liked the best. In over 400 rounds I had no failures to feed and most of the ammo was in the same range as this. It is a sub-MOA gun.

I did several of these 5 target groups, until I ran out of time at the range, and for every target of five shots I took the gun apart in between. I feel like an infantryman who can take apart and put his rifle back together in his sleep, but as you can see the test revealed that this Ruger is not your average takedown. It returns to point of aim with no adjustment using the in included scope bases. With open sights it would as well.

This is a significant product for Ruger in an overall very successful year. You can get them, for now, by having your local dealer order one for you. If you want a 10/22-TD for this summer I would not wait to see if you can find one for another $20 off online. The demand for them will quickly outstrip supply.

Ruger Firearms

by Wayne Lincourt

The Ruger 10/22 generally needs no introduction. There is no more recognizable and ubiquitous .22 rifle on the planet. Today Ruger released a new 10/22-TD, MSRP $389, which stands for “Takedown,” and it is a completely new design for the gun. It even comes with its own backpack. You probably already have questions formulating. Takedown designs can sometimes have issues with accuracy, returning to zero and long term reliability, but Ruger seems to have addressed all of these going into the design of this new gun. From what I can see so far, the 10/22-TD should be a great long term success and a reliable gun for those fortunate enough to get one.

You may have heard already that Ruger has stopped taking new orders temporarily from distributors because of record sales, but there should be plenty of them available at least for a couple weeks.

This new takedown model of the 10/22 is basically a Ruger All-Weather Model made with the takedown modifications. It has an aluminum alloy receiver, stainless steel bolt and barrel, and carbine style, black fiberglass-reinforced polyester resin stock with composite barrel band. One inch in front of the receiver the stock is “cut,” separating the forend from the rest of the stock.

Inserted into the front of the receiver is a stainless steel sub-assembly made up of a cylinder to receive the barrel, and a knurled, click adjustable ring and pinned spacer at the front to adjust how tightly the barrel fits. This is a key component in the long term reliability of the 10/22-TD because one of the biggest complaints about takedowns is that the latching mechanism wears out. By making the connection a click adjustable ring, the gun can be locked up tight no matter how much it “settles in” over time. I am buying this test gun from Ruger for this reason. I expect that all the performance I was able to measure in my test will repeat themselves in 20 years after the gun has been taken apart and put back together hundreds of times.

Starting with a disassembled gun, as it comes in its ballistic nylon carrying case, and with the bolt locked open, you simply slide the rear of the barrel into the front of the receiver, exert enough pressure to depress the spring loaded locking plunger in the forend, bringing the parts together, and twist the forend/barrel assembly clockwise (as seen from the muzzle) 45 degrees until the plunger snaps into position, locking the barrel in place. To separate, again with the bolt locked open, push the plunger locking lever in the forend forward, twist the forend/barrel assembly counter clockwise 45 degrees, and separate. It’s even easier than it sounds.

What surprised me most about the gun is how solid it is. Usually we think of .22 rifles as light and not very substantive firearms, and you would think that a takedown, essentially a backpack gun, would feel floppy and not very substantive. It doesn’t, and it is actually the opposite. The feeling is hard to describe, but the 10/22-TD has a recognizable feeling of smoothness and strength as it locks up. The design of the takedown mechanism is nothing short of elegant, and it seems to have a rugged simplicity coupled with genuine ease of use.

My test gun weighs 4 pounds 9.4 ounces with an overall length of 36.8 inches. The official weight is 4.67 pounds or 4 pounds 10.7 ounces, with an overall length of 37 inches. The balance point at the front of the receiver, where you would carry it in the field.

I did most of my shooting with an optic, but the 10/22-TD does come with pretty good open sights. The front blade sight is mounted in a dovetail, serrated on the back edge to eliminate reflections, with a gold bead to aid in sight acquisition. The rear sight is a folding notch dovetailed in place and adjustable for elevation. There is a white diamond below the notch which brings the sight up and into alignment pretty fast. Because of my aging eyes and curiosity about the gun returning to point of aim when scoped, I installed the included Weaver-style scope base adapter to which I mounted a Leupold 3-9 power scope for accuracy testing.

What most interested me was determining if the scope returned to zero each time the gun was taken down and reassembled. Takedowns are known for sketchy performance at best in this area. These test targets you see here that have five bullseyes each were pretty consistent results accross several brands of .22LR ammo. I broke the gun down between each string of five shots. The scope returned to the same zero every time, even after being taken down and reassembled fourteen times. This was informal shooting, using the included Ruger backpack as a rest (I’d forget my head sometimes if it wasn’t attached) and the winds were 5 mph gusting to 15.

The secret to getting a return to zero without a first shot flier after reassembly is to dry cycle the bolt two or three times. Pulling the bolt all the way to the rear and releasing it so that it flies forward into battery several times creates enough vibration to ensure that the barrel is properly seated. With guns you should always read the manual first, and this tip is actually in the manual.

Three different kinds of ammo were used: Remington 22 Golden 36 grain hollow points, CCI Mini Mag 36 grain round nose, and CCI Stinger 32 grain hollow points. All three use plated bullets and all performed well, although accuracy was a little better with the CCI Mini Mags.

The magazine is the standard Ruger 10/22 ten-shot rotary magazine. I put more than 400 rounds through the gun which worked flawlessly. No malfunctions of any kind, including the ammo.

Out of the box, the trigger had a pull weight of 6 pounds 4 ounces, very little take-up, almost no creep, and a little overtravel. After a day at the range, the trigger weight averaged 5 pounds 12 ounces. It should be adequate for most uses but if you prefer a lighter trigger, there are lots of trigger modifications and drop-in assemblies available in the aftermarket. The 10/22 is one of the few guns in the world for which there is a huge aftermarket. You have a ready-made supply of triggers, magazines and sights to customize your gun however you want. Most of the internal parts should work except barrels because of the special machining which locks the barrel to the receiver.

The takedown .22 is probably the most classic backpack, bug out, and survival gun. You can carry a lot of ammo for not a lot of weight, and you get a rifle length sight radius without having a rifle sticking out of your backpack. Unlike other takedown .22s intended specifically for the survival market, the Ruger has a full forend which makes the gun much more user friendly for everything else for which you’d use a .22. It’s well suited for small game hunting, target shooting, carrying stowed away in your truck, boat, airplane or backpack, or for just fun plinking.

The Ruger 10/22-TD comes with a padded backpack carrying case with external pockets for ammo and accessories. According to Ruger, the case will float for a short time with the gun in it depending on what else you may have stuffed into the various pockets. I couldn’t bring myself to throw it into the river to confirm that but if you should have the occasion to test the floating theory, please let me know.

The $389 MSRP is about half of the only other .22 takedown with a full forend, the Browning, and it might just outperform that gun head to head. I’m keeping this one so maybe we’ll test that theory down the road a piece. The good news is that Ruger held up the news of this gun until they had some in the market, and 10,000 of them are sitting in the distributor warehouses right now. Your local dealer won’t have them yet, but they can for sure get you one, but don’t be surprised if they dry up for a bit in a few weeks. Ruger just announced that they have to catch up a bit before they can take some more orders for guns, until June or so, when long after the 1,000,000th Ruger has sold in the last year. It has been a good year for our old friend Ruger Firearms, and this 10/22-TD will be part of the new records they will hit in the coming year I am sure.

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In April 2012, the new “Takedown” stainless version was introduced. The “Takedown” model has an 18.5“ stainless barrel and a synthetic black stock, which are able to separate into two sub-assemblies for ease of transport with a backpack-style transport case. All .22 LR versions use an aluminum receiver, while the discontinued .22 Magnum version used a steel receiver with integral scope bases.

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