Ruger 10/22 Special Boy Scouts Edition

The Ruger 10/22 Boy Scouts of America Special Edition was featured on the last episode of NRA’s Curators Corner. NRA Blog reports

With an 18.5″ barrel and a gold bead sight, this limited edition rifle comes with a ten round magazine and a classic walnut stock. It is there, on the stock, where things really get interesting.

I love that walnut Monte Carlo stock

[ Many thanks to Lars Dalseide for sending me the photos. ]

Steve Johnson

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  • SpudGun

    Quite literally a Scout Rifle – why anyone would want to hunt Scouts is beyond me, but I’d want a larger caliber for anything above Cub size.

  • curtis

    that’s a bueatiful rifle. ironicaly it’s unsuitble for teaching the rifle shooting merit badge, as the boy scouts require a single shot rifle(I guess they’er just not sold on those new fangled repeters).

  • .22 LR is the perfect caliber for Bear, Wolf, and Eagle!

  • Peter

    @spudgun funny lol

  • Komrad

    I don’t like stuff like this. It isn’t representative of what scouts would use at the range. They only use single-shot rifles or instruct the scouts to use only one round at a time. They would never use a 10/22 or any semi-auto rifle for that matter.
    The scout on the stock isn’t representative either, that hat is way outdated.
    If I were going to buy something to honor and support scouting, I’d rather have a rifle that simply has a brass medallion in the stock, or a simple engraving, rather than have most of the extra premium go towards superfluous (and gaudy) decoration.

  • Burst

    Exactly, Komrad. There’s tasteful engraving, and then there’s this.

    From the constantly changing font size, to the highly questionable stock fresco, this thing is one step above a tiger striped Desert Eagle.

    Lest we forget, thriftiness IS a virtue.

  • Fred Johnson

    This would be a nice gun given as an award to anyone that makes Eagle Scout. The BSA ought to buy them all up for that purpose. πŸ˜€

  • Why don’t Ruger have a girl scout edition as well? As the father of a daughter I would buy one if they did . . .

    Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, Ruger. πŸ™‚

  • Ted

    Oddly enough that hat is available right now for $94.99 on the official scout store website…
    The LASER engraving isn’t adding a whole bunch of expense to the manufacture of the firearm. Once it’s setup you just toss several stocks on the bed of the machine and hit the go button…

    My older Scout (just finishing up Star this month) would love to have it hanging next to his 1944 Mosin Nagant, and the Daisy Red Ryder Friends of the NRA BB gun that was bought to commemorate the year he was born…
    He’s already got his Rifle Shooting Merit Badge and is working on earning enough to add some 7.62x54R dies to our reloading setup…

    I was a ‘plain gun’ person for a number of years… until I bought a fully engraved Mod 91 Winchester OU shotgun (while stationed in Germany) and discovered that fancy engraving doesn’t affect the accuracy at all…

    It’s not the 10/22 I’d buy for myself (I like the hammer forged bull barrels) but it IS something I’d consider getting him as a reward for pinning that Star Rank Mother’s Pin on his mom at the next Court of Honor

  • Connor

    I agree, I am a scout, Im 17 and I have only shot single shot rifles. (made by savage) I was in Virginia for the scouting’s 100th anniversary (another case of the flashy and unnecessary) and I had the chance to fire Remington 870s that were donated. They had the scout symbol engraved on the side. More tastefully done too. I do attribute my interest in firearms to scouts, since I’ve been shooting since I was 9 and scouts has influenced my to get my own firearms. My favorite firearm I have fired in scouts was a .50cal muzzle loader in the mountains of New Mexico, not far from the NRA center there. If I were to guess, this is Ruger’s deal, the scouts probably get royalties but unless its a 100% charity to them, than its just Ruger trying to make some cash.

  • michael kovach

    Iagree with most of you, it is NOT a rifle that scouts are trained on however it does make a beautiful presentation gift to a scout who has made eagle. When I first saw it in american rifleman I called my gun dealer & instructed him to get me one. He did not even know at that time what I was talking about as the advertising came out before dealers were informed. Anyway I did pick up one as soon as shipments went out & intend to give it to my grandson who has just made eagle scout. Its a gift that never goes bad,& will last sever hundred years, a good investment.

  • As a BSA leader and a State Hunter Education Instructor in a state that requires a shoot test to pass Hunter Ed. I see plenty of semi-auto .22 and they are as safe as any other gun, it’s the person behind the gun that makes the gun unsafe. Also page 182 of the 2010 Boy Scout Requirements book under section 2 (K) it says using a .22 caliber rinfire rifle and shooting from a benchrest…. It does not say anything about a single-shot rifle, things have changed. Be safe and be resonsible and you may make a good gun owner

  • Bob

    The Ruger Boy Scout 1022 is unusual in a couple of respects. I think it demonstrates the state of the art in laser stock engraving. The stock is a rich walnut. The box is one of the first dedicated packages that Ruger has done in a long while. There is a manual that ties the Boy Scout tradition to Ruger’s growth as a proud American company. The aim was to produce a fitting commemorative at a reasonable, affordable price. It costs less than 1/2 of previous BSA rifles with a suggested retail of $479. At this price, you can shoot it and enjoy it.

  • Dad

    I’m getting mine engraved with the months and years my son and I earned our Eagle Scout ranks. Hope to create an heirloom that will be handed down from generation to generation. And maybe it will inspire another generation of Eagle Scouts or gun enthusiasts; or maybe, more importantly, a simple fond memory of family gone by…

  • Mike Mercer

    Unfortunately the firearm is entirely inappropriate for Boy Scouts. It is not the Scout Handbook that dictates the rules it is the Guide to Safe Scouting. Section VIII, item 1 under Rifles states “Boy Scouts may shoot single shot 22 caliber rifles only.” Cub Scouts are restricted to BB guns but Venture Scouts can use any firearms.

    The Guide to Safe Scouting further restricts Scout firearms events to adhere to all federal, state, and local laws. So I think that rules out hunting scouts πŸ˜‰

    • Alton Laussade “Chip”


      1.Boy Scouts may shoot single-shot, bolt action, .22-caliber rifles with removable magazines only. Tubular magazines are not permitted.

      It does fall under the rules. It has a removable magazine and can be used as a single shot.

      Eagle 1982 Troop 381

  • Jonathan

    I am an eagle scout, as well as my father. I am planing to but this as a Christmas present, partially because of the gun as he is a collector but because they took the timeless Norman Rockwell picture and engraving on it, my dad raised me to hold a high respect for all manner of gun, and I see this as a testament to a old artist who supported the BSA and the ideas by which we are supposed to hold ourselves to. It is a nice gift and a beautifully presented gun.

    at least those are my thoughts.

  • Gregory

    Looks like a beautiful piece of workmanship. I do agree with previous posters that it is not suitable for actual scouting functions based on it having more than a single shot capacity. That being said, it looks like the perfect gun as a gift to those sons or fathers who have or will make scouting a lifelong venture.

    Now that I’ve seen it, I want one!

    Thanks for sharing.

  • mr moe

    just recieved one as a gift. love scouting. love guns. didnt care for this piece very much. I bought a plain stock to replace the laser engraved mess that came on this rifle… will keep the original in the box as a collectible…

  • Trtlrvr

    I was a scout and a marine and I love the rifle. The fact that it isn’t a single shot doesn’t really matter to me when I was in cub scouts my dad and me would shoot a 10-22 much like this one. I am more concerned about the fact that my son who is a wolf now is wearing a uniform and patch’s made in china FOR THE BSA.

  • Adam

    For what it’s worth, I started drooling when I saw this rifle. Sure, there are good any bad things about it. It’s a beautiful peice of artwork, plain and simple. I haven’t purchased one yet, but am working on getting 3 of them with sequential serial numbers. One for myself, I started with scouts as a tiger cub and worked my way to, and beyond eagle scout by getting into exploer posts as a youth, and as an adult, and then into venture crews as an adult. I hope that my 4 year old will decide to get into scouts and follow along these footsteps, one of the 3 is intended as a gift to him should he reach the rank of eagle. I plan to shoot mine, and show it off any time I go to the range. The third will be kept as a show piece hopefully for many many years to come. Here’s hoping it shoots as beautifully as it looks.

  • Rev.Robert M Brophy

    Komrad in ref to the Scouton the stock,it does reprsent todays Boy Scout, I am a Unit Commissioner and a Chaplain for the BSA and many Scouts still wear this style hat,i myself have one,granted i don’t wear it alot, as for the rifle ,this rifle is to honor the Boy Scouts of America,i don'[t think there was ever any intenshion to say it is used by thye BSA,it was to honor 100 yrs of service to todays youth, i just ordered one

  • OKAY….first and foremost; The BSA approached Ruger on making this gun just like they have done each of the others that have been made in the past. Secondly, people are correct in their comments about Scouts being allowed to shoot only single shots. That being said, you all realize that this firearm can accomplish that right. Either by placing 1 round in the bolt or by placing only 1 round in the magazine. Hmmm…makes sense huh? It’s the same thing when Cubs learn to shoot BB guns. They only load 1 round at a time. This is a BEAUTIFUL forearm and will make a great addition to any collection as well as a great presentation to any Eagle Scout that enjoys firearms.

  • Follow up:

    To avoid all of the in-comming comments about how I am wrong, the following is taken directly from the Guide to Safe Scouting;


    1.Boy Scouts may shoot single-shot, bolt action, .22-caliber rifles with removable magazines only. Tubular magazines are not permitted.
    2.All rifle-shooting activities must have a certified NRA Range Safety Officer directly supervising all live fire on the range. Additionally, the instruction offered must be done by a currently certified National Camping School Shooting Sports Director certified as an NRA Rifle Instructor, or an NRA-certified Rifle Instructor or an NRA/USA Shooting/CMP-certified Rifle Coach. These must be two separate individuals.
    3.Shooting safety glasses and ear protection must be worn on rifle ranges.
    4.Care must be taken to comply with federal, state, and local laws.”

  • Rev.Robert M Brophy

    I just got this rifle afew weeks ago,what a dream rifle it is,its BEAUIFUL, i have another 10/22 so this one will NEVER be fired, I am a BSA Unit Commissioner & Chaplain, like the last 2 post stated this rife can be use by scouts for the merit badge or at camp becouse it complies with all BSA reg’s
    God Bless
    Rev. Bob

  • Bob

    Great Post Rev. Bob!
    Let’s also remember that the sales of this rifle contribute a lot of money to BSA. It was never intended to be used to qualify for merit badges. The intent was to celebrate scouting in an attractive way. BSA wanted a 1022 rifle. They contacted Ruger to ask them to build one for Scouting.

  • MG


    Oh, get over it. It commerates Eagle Scouts and it is a fine rifle.


  • MG


    My mistake. I thought you were reviewing the BSA Eagle Scout rifle, not the standard commerative BSA rifle.
    But either way, it is a fine rifle commerating a great organization.


  • AlexM

    Great rifle, but the engraving is a little gaudy! I got my eagle a couple years ago and we were using bb guns for the rifle badge because we didn’t have access to .22’s. Single shot is because (I think) they want to make it more of a challenge since you could just blast away with a semi-auto while staying on target. Personally though I will stick with an ar-15 or my maadi ak-47 πŸ™‚

  • Tom

    Can we buy one or two of the guns.

  • Bisley


    Old post, but I am amazed at the stupidity in this thread. This rifle is a commemorative, meaning that it is a collectable item, not intended for an actual Scout to use to qualify for a merit badge.

    In other words, like it or not, it’s a gift item for Scout Leaders, Scouts that earn their Eagle, ect…. If it fits your taste or not that’s up to you.

    As for rifles that Scouting permits to be used at camps, ect…., that hopefully will change one day, but is limited due to liability, and misinformation and Libs that want to sue or cause problems.

    In Scouting we always encourage the Boy to go beyond what they are allowed to do on official events, and get involved in shooting sports, hunting, ect… In other words we encourage boys to become proficient, so they can move on to other things if they have an interest in say perhaps Service Rifle Competitions (AR15’s, M1A’s, ect…), ect…. The same goes for other hobbies, whether it be woodworking, canoeing, ect…

    IMO, the worst thing people can do is to want to limit anything referencing Boy Scouts to single shot rifles. We are not liberals and should encourage the boys to grow up to be men.

  • trololol

    What exactly does this have to do with Boy Scouts? I thought Boy Scouts was an organization for pedophiles to be scout leaders. And isn’t this gun for people with extremely small genitals?

  • Bob

    Most people understand; This rifle was a project that many scouts and former scouts purchased to celebrate their time in scouting. It served to raise a substantial amount of money for scouting through the licensing program. Every aspect of the rifle’s design and packaging was approved by BSA. BSA requested a Ruger 1022 rifle simply because it is, by far, America’s most popular .22 rifle. It was never intended to be used to qualify for merit badges
    You may take issue with some of the design elements but the jury is already back and literally 1000’s have been sold and scouting will be stronger because of the gun.

  • Kieran

    Spudgun…lol. Its the challenge man, its the challenge.

    Heroic effort on that rifle… lovin it. GO THE SCOUTS!

  • Perry Bata

    I am about to get my eagle and am ordering mine today. I already have a 10/22 so this 1 will become an erloom for me and my kids and grandkids. Its beautfil and it will always be a special gun for me because of the work i did to get my eagle