With more than six million Ruger 10/22 sold, the rifle is considered affordable, reliable, and easy to use for all levels of abilities. Because of its popularity, Ruger 10/22 accessories are wildly popular and easy to find.
The 10/22 features a hardwood stock, folding barrel, and a folding rear sight. This dependable rifle weighs less than five pounds and is one of the most common guns out there.
Ruger 10/22 fans can take this affordable rifle and customize to create a premium version, even on a budget.
Background of the Ruger 10/22
The Ruger 10/22 is a semi-automatic rifle that uses the .22 cartridge and has a rotary magazine.
Sturm, Ruger, & Co. is responsible for the Ruger 10-22 and has produced this rifle since 1964.
A year after production began, the stock was swapped with hardwood, such as birch or maple. However, the birch stocks were eventually discontinued.
The classic version of the 10/22 is the Carbine, which was the 1965 redesign.
While the Carbine is still engineered, several over versions evolved over the years, some of which are still in production.
The Ruger 10/22 does well even after years of heavy use.
Why Is the Ruger 10/22 so Popular?
Reliability is just one of the reasons why the 10/22 is a go-to for so many gun enthusiasts. The rifle is accurate, as well. If you have reliable ammo, your Ruger 10/22 will shoot as well as your skill level. Also, ammo for this rifle is known to be less expensive per round compared to other calibers.
Furthermore, the Ruger 10/22 is fun to shoot no matter your skill level. Expert shooters spend years customizing and using their 10/22 rifle while beginners find the rifle a perfect place to start learning.
What Is It About the Design That Makes Them So Fun to Customize?
The Ruger 10/22 is affordable upfront, and the aftermarket items available for this rifle are easy to find and inexpensive.
Therefore, customizing fits into any budget and adds some joy to the process of customization because of its value and availability.
Ruger 10/22 Accessories: Magazines and More
Rifle magazines often wear out. The magazines fail to feed the rounds correctly for a variety of reasons. Therefore, it is considered a best practice to rotate through many magazines and to replace them as needed. Fortunately, there are many aftermarket magazines to consider.
The BX-25 magazine is a 25 round magazine made of polymer. This magazine is comfortable on the fingers when loading and will work with any factory 10/22 rifle. The Ruger 10/22 has a 10-round rotary magazine, but shooters tend to go through 10 rounds rather quickly. Therefore, the 25 round gives you more time to focus on your shot.
ProMag Archangel Magazine
The ProMag Archangel magazine design is carbon fiber and reinforced polymer. It features an injection-molded follower, feed lip, and base plate. Also, Promag forms the spring from chrome silicon wire.
BX-Style Belt Clip Magazine Case
This Belt Clip Case gives shooters access to up to two BX magazines. Having a belt clip for magazines helps keep ammo clean. Also, you are less likely to lose your ammo if you have a handy way to carry it. Furthermore, having ammo readily available reduces reload time. This magazine case fits on the belt with a paddle or with the included attachment clip.
Ruger 10/22 Triggers
One of the simplest upgrades to a Ruger 10/22 is the trigger assembly. Some feel the original factory trigger is heavy. Fortunately, this part of the Ruger is incredibly easy to upgrade, and the available trigger upgrades options are seemingly endless.
The Ruger BX Trigger is effortless to install. This trigger is a drop-in, and it reduces the trigger pull weight to give the trigger a lighter and crisper feel. This genuine Ruger accessory is rugged and dependable, just like the Ruger 10/22 itself.
Volquartsen Trigger Guard 2000
The Volquartsen Trigger Guard 2000 is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and features precision parts. The trigger is anodized and has an automatic bolt release. The trigger pull is between two to two and a half pounds for a clean and easy trigger pull.
Ruger 10/22 Optic Accessories
If you want to improve your shot and you find the standard iron sights with the bead is not doing it for you, consider upgrading to an optic sight.
TRUGLO Optic Sight Set
TRUGLO’s Optic Sight requires no significant alterations or professional gunsmithing. With the green rear and red front, this sight is easy to align. The fiber optics gather the light, so experience precision in your shot. Also, the body adjusts for wind and even elevation.
Tech Sights, LLC TSR100 GI-Style Sight Set
Tech Sight’s military-style sight gives you a longer sight radius to increase accuracy.
You add this sight without any permanent changes to your 10/22, as the sight uses the factory set holes for the scope.
This sight has flip-up apertures, and there are two for both long- and short-range. Also, the front sight is easy to adjust for elevation while the rear sight adjusts for wind.
Ruger 10/22 Accessories: Stock Upgrades
Another popular modification and customization are to change out the stock of their Ruger 10/22. It is inexpensive and very straightforward to do on your own.
Magpul Hunter X-22
Magpul makes the Hunter X-22 for both the standard 10/22 and for the takedown models. It is made of polymer, and the installation features a simple drop-in process.
The grip is textured, and it is adjustable depending on our preferred length-of-pull. There are other options for this stock, as well. You can add a cheek riser if you prefer, which is handy if you use optics.
Tactical Solutions, LLC Vantage RS
The Vantage RS stock is a beautiful and ergonomic upgrade for your Ruger 10/22. This stock’s design is meant to contour the body of the shooter to increase ease of use, comfort, and the accuracy of the shot.
The Vangate RS stock has a non-compression pillar bedding system. Also, because it has a durable metal pillar, there are no worries about the wood and metal fitting and working together.
Ruger 10/22 Barrel Upgrades
Upgrading the barrel adds precision and accuracy to your shooting. Also, there are both lighter and heavy barrels available, depending on your preference.
E.R. Shaw 10/22 Target Barrel
The E.R. Shaw barrel will prove to improve your accuracy. There is nothing specifically wrong with the Ruger 10/22 stock barrel. However, the E.R Shaw barrel is very reliable. This barrel features premium stainless steel. Also, this barrel is rather heavy, which gives it stability, so your shots are consistent.
Volquartsen Carbon Fiber THM Barrel
The Volquartsen Carbon Fiber Barrel is a lightweight option to consider. This barrel is carbon fiber and stainless steel. Also, this barrel is tapped and drilled for the Volquartsen scope mount.
The length of this barrel is 16.5 inches, and it weighs 32 ounces. Also, the barrel is ported to reduce recoil, and you can swap this out with your old barrel in just a few minutes.
With All the Fun Options, You Will Never Be Bored
The Ruger 10/22 has decades on the market, proving its reliability.
Because of the tremendous amount of aftermarket upgrades available, it is easy to both update the aesthetic of your 10/22 and increases the performance.
Also, the beauty of this rifle is the ease and affordability of customizations. What we mentioned here is only the tip of the 10/22 iceberg. There are countless available ways to upgrade your rifle, and many are well within a reasonable budget.
How did you uniquely customize your 10/22?