Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is a new rifle that allows the shooter to break it down for compact storage with a quick twist of the barrel.  Take down rifles are simply long guns that are designed to easily come apart and reassemble for compact storage and easy transportation.

Take down .22LR rifles like the AR-7 have been popular with backpackers, outdoorsmen and preppers for a long time.  Ruger is now throwing their extremely popular 10/22 into the take down mix.

On the new 10/22, disassembly takes mere moments, and reassembly is even easier.  Watch the videos below to see how easy it is in action.

The new 10/22 is weather resistant with a synthetic stock and stainless barrel.  It comes with a black backpack (with molle webbing, of course) that can hold the Takedown and extra magazines and accessories. This rifle may wind up being the perfect backpacking gun for many people.

Some people may look at the 10/22 Takedown and try to decide between it and the AR-7 for purchase.  Both rifles offer advantages, and are worthy of consideration.

Ruger 10/22 Takedown

One of the handy features about the AR-7 is that when it is disassembled, the gun is sealed inside the waterproof buttstock.  The stock even floats should it fall into a body of water.  In a true survival situation, this may be of some benefit.

The flip side is the Ruger Takedown is a much more robust and durable gun than the AR-7.  So, understand the differences before making a purchase. For most circumstances, I would probably go with the Ruger rifle.


  • Caliber: .22 LR
  • Capacity:  10 rounds
  • Barrel Length:  18.5″
  • Overall Length:  37.0″
  • Weight:  4.67 pounds
  • Stock:  black synthetic
  • Barrel/Receiver:  stainless steel
  • MSRP:  $389.00

Ruger 10/22 Takedown


Ruger at the NRA Show

The new Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle was on display at the 2012 NRA show.  We were able to get a full demo of the new gun while on the floor.

Video transcript:

Aaron: Hello. This is Aaron. I am here at the Ruger booth, at the NRA Convention. I am talking to Todd Wilkinson. He is going to go over the brand new Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle.

Todd: Thank you Aaron. This is the new 10/22 Takedown Rifle. It has all the same internals of the standard 10/22, so you have the same reliability. It takes standard 10/22 magazines, only now you can take it down. With the bolt in the lockback position, you tip it over, grab onto your takedown lever, pull it forward, turn it 1/8th of a turn, and slide it out. Now you have your two pieces that fit into the case that it comes with.

To put it back together, you simply slide it in, rotate it, push together, and turn; now it is locked back together. It has an adjustment ring, so that you can always keep a tight lockup for continued accuracy and longevity.

Aaron: Great. Todd, what are these going to retail at?

Todd: MSRP for the gun, one 10-round magazine, a scope base, and the bag is $389.

Aaron: Great. Todd, thank you very much.

By Richard Johnson

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One reply on “Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle”

I noticed the backpack has two slots for the barrel, is there a conversion for another barrel to be used with this .22 platform ?

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