Yesterday gun stores around the country started receiving the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown Autoloading Rifles. Although a lot of them were shipped out, it sounds like the distributors may have put a cap on the number ordered from each store. That’s pure speculation based on a couple of stores telling me they ordered 10 rifles but only received 5. Most of them were sold before they even arrived. As of this morning, Guns & Ammo Garage had 1 left and Northwest Arms had 2. Not sure what other shops in Vegas may be carrying them.
Getting to the gun itself, I’m sure you are all familiar with the Ruger 10/22. Millions of these rifles have been sold since their introduction in 1964. This new Takedown model breaks in half for easy packing. It’s great for hikers, ATV riding, trail riding, tucking away in an RV, etc… The design is fairly simple and definitely easy to use. Just lock the bolt back, push the locking lever forward, and twist it about 1/4 of a turn then separate the halves. Putting it back together is as basic as lining the two parts up, inserting the barrel half into the action half, and the same 1/4 turn. That’s it! No special tools required.
The rifle features an adjustable ring which allows it to index at the same point every time so your rifle always returns to zero. The first time you put it together, you spin the ring until it’s firm against the barrel. Then you take the barrel off, turn the ring another couple of clicks, and put the barrel back on. Done.
Ruger includes a backpack style carry case with additional pockets for cleaning supplies, hearing protection, safety glasses, magazines, or whatever else you want to put in there. The pocket for the action is large enough to accommodate a scope.
The 10/22 Takedown looks to me to be a nicely made rifle, which I fully expected. I’m sure this will prove to be a very popular option for years to come.
Ruger’s website lists the MSRP at $389.00 but the stores here in sin city are selling them at $369.99.