Posted October 22, 2019 6:45 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

Ruger 10/22s have been around for over a half-century, with millions sold in the constantly evolving design
First introduced in 1964, the Ruger 10/22 rimfire rifle has been produced in the millions and is still going strong.
Bill Ruger’s semi-automatic .22LR rifle was light, weighing in at just 5-pounds with an American walnut stock, and had a layout similar to the M1 Carbine. Billed as the “ultimate in logical design” when it was first introduced, the gun’s unique 10-shot detachable rotary magazine fits flush in the stock, a feature that competitor’s plinkers did not offer. The 18.5-inch barrel produced a handy carbine-length rifle that went just 37-inches overall.
The 10/22 was an instant hit and has never been out of production since it was introduced 55 years ago, including versions chambered in .22 WMR and .17HMR. An upscaled carbine chambered in .44 Magnum was pitched as a country brush gun. A pistol version of the gun, the Charger, was released.
This circa 1980 10/22 in the Vault carries a 3-6x variable Weaver scope and military-style leather sling. Note the checkered walnut stock. Although nearly 40 years old, the design is not too far different from


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