Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced the addition of a new rifle to the 10/22 line: the 10/22 Takedown Lite. The new rifle combines the features of the company’s existing take down rimfire rifle with the company’s modular stock and a lighter weight barrel assembly.
Ruger has been investing in its takedown style rifles, offering both 10/22 and SR-556 takedown versions of the guns. The original 10/22 Takedown was introduced at the 2012 NRA Show. I have not shot a 10/22 Takedown, but I found the SR-556 Takedown to be well built and accurate. I am hoping this rifle will exhibit the same characteristics.
The 16.1″ alloy steel barrels are hammer forged and have a 1:16″ twist. Ruger mates a 6061-T6 aluminum sleeve to the barrel which is then torqued down and is said to provide the correct amount of tension for optimum accuracy.
As one might expect, the barrels are threaded (1/2″-28) for the addition of a sound suppressor or other muzzle device. Since Ruger is now in the sound suppression business with its Silent-SR .22 caliber suppressor, I would expect that nearly all rimfire firearms the company introduces will have threaded barrel options.
Ruger introduced the modular stock not that long ago, but the company seems eager to move it into more and more of its rifles. These stocks allow you to adjust the length of pull and comb height by swapping out components. This gun will ship with both a high comb, standard length and low comb, standard length module. Other modules can be purchased from the company as well.
This new gun uses the same rotary magazines that other 10/22 rifles use. An extended magazine release allows the flush fitting 10-round magazines to be easily removed.
There are four versions of this new gun. The basic model has a satin black finish on the receiver and barrel assembly. The other three versions are functionally identical, but have a different colored finish: red, blue or green. All versions of the rifle carry the same suggested retail price: $659. Ruger includes a soft-sided carrying case with the gun.
I gave my wife a special edition 10/22 for Christmas. I’m thinking this rifle might be a nice way for her to return the favor.