Ruger 10/22 Takedown

I am ecstatic! I can barley contain myself from hitting “Post” and sharing the great news! Ruger is now producing a Takedown version of my favorite gun or all time, the Ruger 10/22. The barrel is removed just forward of the “V Block”. The forend of the two piece stock is attached to the barrel. It ships with a backpack designed to hold the rifle.

From the press release …

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to introduce the Ruger 10/22 Takedown™. Readily separated into two subassemblies, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown offers a convenient transport and storage option for the popular Ruger® 10/22®. As reliable and accurate as every 10/22, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown makes it even easier to keep America’s favorite rimfire rifle by your side.

The barrel and forend of the Ruger 10/22 Takedown are easily separated from the action and buttstock by pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies, and pulling them apart. Reassembly is the reverse of takedown, and is quick and easy. The friction fit lockup of the assembly joint is simple to adjust, but will rarely need re-adjustment after the first assembly. The lockup is secure and repeatable, ensuring an accurate return to zero, even when receiver-mounted optics are used.

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is shipped in a ballistic nylon backpack-style case that features internal sleeves which hold the subassemblies. External pockets with MOLLE webbing provide storage for magazines, ammunition, and other accessories. Multiple attachment points for the padded, single shoulder strap offer different carrying options.

The 4.67-pound Ruger 10/22 Takedown is 37″ long when assembled; each subassembly is less than 20 1/4″ long when disassembled. Utilizing the standard 10/22 action and ten round rotary magazine (one magazine is provided), the Ruger 10/22 Takedown offers legendary 10/22 reliability in a compact and portable package.

Now for a few criticisms. Ruger’s 10/22 stocks are awful. Horrible, horrible pieces of plastic. I shed a tear everytime I see someone using a 10/22 factory plastic stock at the range. Some of Ruger’s newer 10/22 have been supplied from the factory with the Hogue Rubber Overmoulded stocks. These stocks are excellent. Sadly, the Ruger 10-22TD appears to be shipping with awful plastic stock and none of the high quality aftermarket stocks will fit the 10/22 Takedown.

My second criticism is that accuracy is going to suffer with that forend hanging off the barrel. That combined with the “barrel band”, one of Ruger’s worst inventions, is really going to mess up the barrel harmonics. The barrel is going to be bouncing around all over the place between shots. The Marlin Papoose does away with the forend to avoid these accuracy problems.

My third criticism is that the Ruger 10/22 is already a decent takedown rifle. Simply removing the action from the stock results in a compact rifle suitable for a pack. My “takedown” 10/22, my pride and joy, is a 12″ Short Barrel Rifle topped off with a compact EOTech and a detachable suppressor.

That said, I still think this is a fantastic rifle. I really like the “new” Ruger. It is no wonder why the company can’t meet demand.

[ Many thanks to Chris & jdun for emailing us information. ]

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Jeff M

    Wow, nice! I always liked the papoose, this is even better! This will be a hit for sure.

  • Komrad

    To avoid the issues with the barrel band, I purchased the “sporter” version that has checkering, a buttpad, and comes sans barrel band. I got it on special at Scheels in Menasha (or was it Appleton) Wisconsin for slightly less than a standard model.

    As for this, I too am excited. I think this will work better than removing the stock which leaves a pin loose and easily lost. Only time will tell whether Steve’s concerns over the stock are warranted. Until then, I remain optimistic.

  • Dave

    Next step, the Ruger Mark IV which only takes ten minutes to disassemble not thirty…and without using a hammer!

    • Pascal

      Try this, seem few know about this kit that eliminates all that pain.

      • rufus13

        The speed strip kit with the 3.2 package makes a stuffy new MkIII a really fun pistol to shoot and clean. Magazine disconnect delete makes the trigger better. Chamber-loaded indicator delete is good also. Missing parts/functions that are not essential increase usefulness & reliability.

        See the Volquartsen site for more add-on’s/upgrades.

        I don’t need to satisfy the legal department.

        How about a 25 round magazine for the MKIV and a retrofit for the MKIII pistols?

        Choate folding stock on my 10/22 makes it pretty compact. The same folder on a 10/22TD would be fantastic. Barrel threaded!


  • H. L. Fahnestock

    I already have two 10/22’s. Now I have a reason to buy a third!

  • MacK

    Wow a local Arizona company has had something similar out for almost a year now…

    Rugers is a different take but I guess whatever.

  • Lance

    That’s why I always prefer the wood stocked 10/22s But have to admit there a great rifle.

  • jdun1911

    I wonder if Ruger will sell the adopter and stock only. From what I understand it is an addon to a normal 10/22. I might be wrong tho.

  • dave

    why didn’t they just thread the barrel into the receiver and get rid of the barrel vblock and ring?

    then they could do a plastic sportster style stock- using less plastic and maxing profit.

  • Vhyrus

    If they made it so it folded similar to a kel tec then it would really be something special. Other than magazine capacity I don’t really see an improvement over the ar-7, although I’m sure it will sell like fresh panties at an Usher concert since it has the 10/22 name on the side. The fact that they felt the need to make a special backpack just to carry it says to me it really isn’t that portable.

    • FindYourInnerWoodsman

      Something an aftermarket stock couldn’t take care of maybe? I have a keltec su 16c and love the under folding stock, should be simple id think to create one that folds with a twenty five rd banana stick in place.

    • Beaumont

      I’ve always wanted to like the AR-7, and have seen a few that worked. Most, unfortunately, exhibit all the functionality of a rusty scalpel. The 10-22s, and the Marlins as well, enjoy a well-deserved reputation for working when you want them to. That’s a satisfactory trade-off for increased bulkiness.

    • justamessenger

      Having fired the AR-7 I can attest to the fact that it is, in fact, a survival rifle. As in: I have NO other firearms to rely upon. I am not saying that the AR-7 is a bad firearm, it’s not, but it is not a rifle I would resort to unless I had no choice.

      I just bought a TD and will be taking it to the range tomorrow. I am hopeful it will shoot as well as a standard 10/22, the reviews I have seen so far have me optimistic. If it is even 75% as good as the old standby then I will be thrilled. I am getting it primarily as a plinker for my son and camping rifle for me.

      • justamessenger

        Let me expand a bit on that: I am not trying to be unfair to the AR-7, but the things are finicky when it comes to ammo, and they aren’t particularly accurate, even when you take the time to zero. Of course, it doesn’t hold a zero worth a damn when you break it down and reassemble, sadly.

        It’s not a bad rifle, in the context that it was designed for: as a rifle for USAF pilots who had to bail out. It was never intended to be particularly accurate or sturdy. It was designed to be lightweight, easily portable and able to last long enough for the pilot to be rescued.

  • spencer

    In the words of the great Fry. “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!”

    • Jax

      I Agree! I want one in pink though, it’s the only way I can stay “girly” in a male dominated activity 😀 Well said!

  • mike

    Neat. Will get one but how slow are ruger? When did marlin do this? How long ago did ramline offer a kit FOR ruger. they only offered a tactical 1022 last year. after how many companies made stuff for it? for how long? wake up gang

    • FindYourInnerWoodsman

      True, but look how far they have come since Bill Ruger passed away…I think they are catching up with the times quite well. Though Ill say if they want to move at a faster rate, won’t bother me none!

  • Fred Johnson

    I really like take down guns and this 10/22-TD looks to be a great one.

    The bag looks well built but seems really bulky for a survival rifle bag. Maybe if the ammo pockets were made smaller and kept inside the bag the size could be slimmed down.

    Still, thumbs up to Ruger to jump in the fray with Marlin, Henry, and even the odd Beretta Neos Carbine Kit.

  • BombedCarnivore

    I don’t have any experience with 10/22’s. Why are the standard Ruger stocks bad?

  • alden

    Now offer a version with a threaded barrel. 🙂

    • dpaqu

      I’ll echo that and say that somthing along the lines of Tactical Solutions X-Ring SB-X barrel shroud setup in a takedown 22 would be great.

  • JessJ

    Another site has tested it’s accuracy, removing and reinstalling the barrel between 5shot groups.. Total of 25 shots was <1" at 50 yds.

    A suggestion to the author, please test things prior to presenting speculation as fact.

    • JessJ

      Oh, and I agree about your comments regarding the suppressed SBR.

    • Komrad

      Well that settles the accuracy question. I might have to pick one up.

  • Sian

    Ruger has sure gotten interesting since they shook their fuddyduddyness.

  • chiggerbug

    I ordered one yesterday. It was the last one the distributor had in stock and he said he didn’t know when he would get another. This will be my first 10/22.

  • James Martin

    I’m a huge fan of takedown .22’s and decided that I wanted a rifle that didn’t need to be SBR’d but was still legal without a stamp. Shopped around to find someone to do the work and finally got Liberty Suppressors to permanently attach a shround to my Papoose. Here are a couple pictures of the result. It’s pretty much perfect. I can screw in my suppressor when I want to go quiet and the OAL of barrel is still at just a hair over 16.5 inches.

    I’ve replaced the trigger-guard (got rid of the crappy plastic one) and charging handle, topped it with a picatinny rail and primary arms red dot. Stock is hollow and has a bag with 250rds of standard velocity hollowpoints and some spare batts for the optic in it.

  • Ben

    Maybe you ought to shoot the thing before telling people that accuracy will suffer, because based on the reports from people that have shot it accuracy hasn’t suffered at all.

    • Grant

      I put mine together today and shot dead ringers each and every time I pulled it apart and put it back together. I’m not sure what all the fuss is about

  • Bob

    Wonder if the bag will float?

    • Evans

      I have one. I’ve never seen it advertised a being a floating case, so I doubt it will float. There is padding in the case, but I can’t tell if it’s closed cell or not. Even so, it doesn’t look to me like there’s enough of it to float the case with the rifle in it, especially if you mount a scope and/or put a lot of ammo in the case.

  • Johny Flash

    Must. Thread. Barrel.

    • Josh

      You just made me laugh out loud. In fact, I’m still laughing. Totally agreed. Except, I live in Chicago…or is it especially because I live in chicago? Anyhow, just purchased the takedown at a local gunshow, and can’t wait to pick it up. But while I was there, saw a Savage .22 bolt gun with a tacticalish bolt, their accu-trigger, and [sound of angels singing] a threaded spout with a protective endcap. Totally sweet, only if you live where you can legally own a can. Only draw back on the savage is their torturously tight single stack magazine that only looks to hold about 5 rounds. Fine if your spitting .308s, but with .22’s, you wanna keep shooting for a while. Anyway thanks for the laugh.

      • David/Sharpie

        Same thing in Canada, but I still want that Savage, I’ll put a fake can on it

  • David/Sharpie

    That case sucks, seems too big for a backpack or something, they should have given it a hollow stock for ammo and a smaller case to throw in a backpack, of course the pack itself could be a small camping pack.

    Next 10/22 will either be this or the ACU 10/22 ( < looks bad-ass)

    • David/Sharpie

      Why are people thumbing this down? Do you really think that backpack is going to be practical for anything but the gun? Or that is will take up the least amount of space in a camping bag necessary?

      Say why I’m wrong, don’t just be douchebags and thumb it down

  • Wait, Ruger just announced that they are not taking any more orders since production can’t keep up with demand and then announce a take apart 10/22 that everybody wants? I don’t get it?

    • David/Sharpie

      Build desire? They’ll fly off the racks when they’re available again

  • 032125

    Would that they had worked with Troy in advance to incorporate a more useful forend than the old faux dog collar.

  • Cymond

    For those of you that already own a 10/22, you could buy the AGP kit, or an Tactical Solutions barrel would make a nice light rifle.

    I suppose someone can use any stock on this takedown rifle – just chop the forearm off of your preferred stock. Likewise, I imagine it’s possible to remove the barrel band and/or forearm if you really want (like the Papoose). It’s doubtful that Ruger stuck them on with epoxy or anything.

    Also, the stock that came on my 10/22 was hollow. I pried the buttplate off and modified it with a dremel and drill bits to swing upward. A few strips of electrical tape on the inside panels made for a tight friction fit. I never came up with a locking mechanism to keep it closed but I thought about a push button. I misplaced the stock but I still have some pics somewhere.

    I’m interested in this new version and the bag is a nice bonus. It would be nice to add a small red dot on one of those scope rails with a center groove so you can still see the iron sights when the dot sight is removed.

    • Cymond

      Ok, I now know that stocks need extra modification to fit the takedown mechanism, but AGP Arms now makes a stock for the 10/22 TD.

  • Sam

    I’ve already modified a blackhawk Axiom stock to work with the 10/22TD. The only downside is that I have to use the factory fore end and I have to sand some parts of the stock down. But, other than that, it works and looks pretty decent. My biggest complaint is that it is stainless.

  • Rob

    Any ideas on a Scope that’s 6 inches or less long so that it fits into the Ruger bag???

    • Keven

      Nickon P223 fits in the bag nicely

  • ch22

    Tactical Inc should make a ch22 rear charging reciever for the 10/22 TD, by then ill wait around for the aftermarket stocks (Tactical Folding Stock?) that companies will surely be making for the 10/22TD as well as the aftermarket integrall supressors that you could just swap with the factory barrel and clip on whenever you wanted to. Cant Wait.

  • Doug

    Barrel harmonics, barrel bouncing around!? It sure is sad to think that there actually are kids out there that watch nutnfancy vids and think it isn’t contrived crap and that you can apply nutnfancyisms to everything.

    • David/Sharpie

      Barrel harmonics aren’t contrived crap, NutnFancy said so!! (Kidding, I don’t watch his videos, too long winded for my tastes)

      But really, they do play a role in accuracy, not not for the average gun owner, for the sniper, hell yes.

      And by barrel “bounce” I assume you mean whip? Watch a slow-mo video of a Pre-’06 Mini-14 being fired, you’ll see a ton of barrel whip

  • Craig Sander

    I love the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown. Check out this awesome video of of it shooting and exploding bottles I can’t wait to get one and do the same.

  • Merle

    I and a friend each purchased a takedown and they both have been shipped back to Ruger. When attaching barrel and tightning down thumb screw there is still play felt in barrel attach point when a slight pressure is put on barrel left to right. This is unacceptable for many rerasons but especially when putting scope on receiver every time barrel moves it changes scope zero. Sighted both in at 50 yds and if barrel was removed and put back on the point of impact changes by 4 inches. Everytime barrel is removed point of impact changes. This would not happen if only using iron sights since both sights are on barrel so you maintain point of impact with iron sights. We could shoot 100 rds at 100yds and maintain 3 in group but if barrel is taken off and replaced point of impact changes drastically because scope is on receiver and barrel does not go back to zero each time. Waiting on Ruger to reply.

  • Peeps

    Im an avid shooter of several larger caliber rifles, but this is my first 10/22 and I have to say I love it. With that said my only question is to how reliable the semi automatic feature is supposed to be. I’m having some stove pipe issues. I bought cci sv, cci mini mags, winchester x, and the blazer, along with some older federals I’ve had lying around. All had a 2-3 issues in a run of 50. The only shell that shot 100% were the cci green tags I shot yesterday. They also had some of the best grouping at 25 yards without a scope. Im getting my Nikon Rimfire 3-9×40 with BDC today, so Im going to be running the same test. Has anyone else had any stove pipe issues?

  • Couldn’t wait to buy it. Couldn’t wait to shoot it. Couldn’t get 12 rounds out of it without a hard jam. Couldn’t clear the jam in the field. Couldn’t believe how piss poor the parts were made, NOT UP TO RUGER QUALITY! Couldn’t make the bolt operate without a hard, and I mean a HARD jam. Couldn’t get Ruger on the phone, sent email and waiting for response. Couldn’t believe my great expectations turned to complete frustrations in less than 2 minutes of shooting and an hour of attempted repair.

    I’ve owned a 10/22 for 40 years and know my way around the action and expected reliability. But this new Takedown model doesn’t even compair with the quality I’ve come to expect. The bolt is a very poor casting, the cocking handle and guide rod seem to be the root of the jamming problem. I HOPE I GOT THE ONE AND ONLY LEMON MADE AND THAT OTHERS DON’T EXPERIENCE WHAT I HAVE WITH THIS RIFLE. I FULLY TRUST STURM, RUGER & COMPANY AND EXPECT THAT THEY WILL DO ALL THEY NEED TO TO REPAIR MY BRAND NEW, LESS THAN 15 ROUNDS THROUGH IT, HATE TO HAVE TO SEND IT BACK, BUT MUST RIFLE.

  • George Everson

    About the play between the two parts after they are assembled, and how to eliminate it:

    The separate instruction sheet that comes packed with the rifle explains how to mate the two parts for the first time to simplify future assembly. Follow those instructions, then firmly grasp each of the two parts and test for movement between them. If there is any, disassemble the two parts and tighten the tightening ring one more click. Test again. Movement? Disassemble, tighten one more click, reassemble and test again. Keep doing this until the connection is rock solid. Problem solved!

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  • Geoff

    Does anyone know if I can safely shoot stinger ammunition from this rifle? There is a warning with the instructions that says not to shoot stinger ammunition with with “target” model 10-22’s. I don’t know if this is a “target” 10-22 or not. Thanks!

  • trapper 45

    i just got the 22 taake down. have a taco 3 by 9 scope with quick release mounts. have had a standard 1022 that shot like a dream and shot center all dat lonf, not so with the take down. cant get it to shoot the same place twice. going to try a different scope other than that dont know what to try . any ideas

  • Woltz

    I have been reading alot of the comments and have to laugh. I have 3 takedowns and have no trouble at all. For instance, one said the barrel is loose side to side. R E A D T H E I N S T R U C T I O N S. If the barrel is loose take it apart and turn the ring another click. Still loose, take it apart and turn the ring another click. Do this until the barrel is tight without putting to much force on it. Another one ask can I shoot stinger ammo from my takedown? R E A D T H E I N S T R U C T I O N S.. NO NO NO STINGER AMMO. If you can’t follow simple instructions maybe you should not be handling a dangerous firearm.

  • Greg Bankston

    I’ve heard the barrel band is only cosmetic on the TD, awaiting confrmation from Ruger.