Sturm, Ruger & Co. teamed up with TALO Distributors to introduce an M1 Carbine reproduction based on the company’s 10/22 rifle design. The new guns are not a true reproduction, but have the classic look of the old guns combined with the company’s incredibly popular rimfire action.
The new rifles, called the 10/22 M1 Carbine, will be semi-automatic and use the company’s standard magazines. Aftermarket 10/22 magazines should also work in this gun. The standard rifle ships with a single 15-round magazine, but will also take the flush-fitting 10 round mags for an appearance more in keeping with the M1 Carbine lines.
A second model that ships with a single 10-round magazine will also be available. This should open the gun up to those shooters living in states that have restricted their rights.
A wood stock modeled on the original M1 Carbine is standard as is the originally-styled iron sights. The company includes a Picatinny-style rail on the receiver for adding a decidedly more modern optic such as the recently released Trijicon MRO.
The suggested retail price on the new guns is $415. This compares favorably to the Citadel M1 .22 Carbine that has a suggested retail of $400 for a wood stock and blued barrel. The Citadel does have a more authentic appearance, but the Ruger has the advantage of an incredibly reliable action. I would expect that prices at your local gun shop to be nearly identical.
Chiappa also offers a .22 LR version of the M1 Carbine. With a wood stock, that gun is less than the others with a MSRP of $319. However, the company’s use of RFID chips that monitor the weapon and the company’s rather insulting response to reasonable concerns has soured many on the brand. It is too bad, as I have found some of the company’s guns to be quite nice.
|caliber||.22 LR||.22 LR|
|magazine capacity||15 rounds||10 rounds|
|# of included magazines||1||1|
You can expect to see these on display at the 2016 SHOT Show that kicks off on January 19. Make sure you follow all of our SHOT Show coverage here.