Volquartsen Custom 10/22 rifle

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I first learned of the Volquartsen line of rifles and pistols on Top Shot Season 3, and I then had the opportunity to shoot a Volquartsen SuperLite rifle during my time on Season 4. We were shooting offhand at soda pop openers at 75 feet, and gumballs on tees at 35 feet with a Volquartsen. During the competition, I said to myself, “when I get home, I have to look into getting a Volquartsen. They are beyond awesome.” I’m now the proud owner of a Volquartsen 10/22, and am in love with it.

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A Volquartsen 10/22 rifle with a blue laminate thumbhole stock, and an “I-Flute” barrel with 2lb match-grade trigger. The Carl Zeiss 4.5-14×44 scope is mounted on an integrated Picatinny rail.

The Volquartsen line of pistols and rifles are like .22 cruise missiles. Aim at your target, and the high precision gun does the rest. The fun part of about getting your own Volquartsen is the number of customization options available. They have varying barrels, stocks, calibers (.22LR, .22WMR, .17HMR, .17Mach2) and muzzle brakes depending on what kind of performance, feel, and aesthetics you’re looking for.

Photo by David Dyer-Bennet

Photo by David Dyer-Bennet

The 2lb trigger is nice and crisp with a short reset. The 21.5″ I-fluted barrel is lightened through the fluting process, which also helps cool the barrel. The forward-blow compensator is machined from 416 stainless steel and has sixteen precision machined ports.

A huge thanks to the great folks at Volquartsen for making excellent precision rifles and pistols!  www.Volquartsen.com.

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.

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Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and an NRA News Commentator. A self-taught amateur (and former Googler) turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.


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  • Jesse tronier

    Not a huge fan of the stock, but everything else looks great.

    • https://twitter.com/zerg539 Zerg539

      The great part about that is with it being a 10/22 there is almost a guarantee of a stock you like that could fit the rest of the gun.

  • Fudd

    That’s a beautiful piece of wood right there.

    • Zermoid

      What is it with gun guys and wood :-)

      My son got me a USGI M1 Carbine last Christmas and my first comment was “Nice Wood” as well.
      And you never hear “Nice piece of Plastic” or “Nice piece of fiberglass” either…..

      But yeah I’ve really come to admire a nice laminated stock over the years, after my initial reaction many years ago of “It’s a plywood stock? That ain’t right…..”

      Still don’t like fiberglass though……

  • Justin J

    Could I get one in LSU purple and gold?

    • TALCUL1

      I think you misspelled OSU scarlet and gray!

      • Komrad

        You miss spelled UIUC orange and blue.

  • Tuulos

    I actually have a stock from GRS that is the exact same colour. And the rest of the gun is really nice looking too.

  • mechamaster

    Almost recoil-less !

  • Sam

    Volquartsen makes a nice rifle – the only issue I have with them is lead time. I ordered a couple rifles for a customer back in October of 2010……and still have yet to receive them. But apparently, shops don’t rank high on the priority list for getting rifles out the door.

  • gunslinger

    so what kind of price tag are we looking at here? looks like a nice rifle, but it’s still a 10/22.

    we talk about all the “new” AR and AK rifles that’s just a bunch of parts put together. what does this offer that i can’t get anywhere else? how does that reflect in the price?

    not nocking the 10/22, i am hoping to get more than an article of “i saw this rifle, now i bought it and it’s cool” ok that’s nice. but i didn’t get anything else out of this article.

    • JDub

      I think this article can serve as an introduction to Volquartsen to the uninitiated.

      Anyone who has a Ruger .22LR and has wanted to upgrade it probably would be interested in Volquartsen’s products.

      I’m happy with the parts I’ve upgraded my 10/22s and MarkIII with that I purchased from them. One doesn’t need to go whole hog and get their complete firearms. Just a few of their parts on your rig can make a huge difference.

      Not affiliated with them…just a satisfied customer.

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      • JDub

        Yikes…yeah I think the real value lies in their upgrade parts.

        I spent $27 on a Volquartsen target sear for my Mark III and it transformed the trigger pull completely. It has not turned it into a high-end target trigger (maybe a D+ to a B+, if I were to give it a grade) but I wasn’t expecting A+ for $27.

        Modding out Ruger .22s is gobs of fun and you don’t have to spend the $1500 to achieve a really accurate rifle/pistol.

  • http://anzel360.com Anzel360

    I have their trigger group on my 10/22. It is pretty amazing.

  • TALCUL1

    I purchased a Mark III 22/45 Lite for my wife last year and have so far upgraded her trigger group, hammer/sear, extractor and firing pin with Volquartsen parts. It also wears the same forward blow compensator as the rifle in the article. Those parts are outstanding and I would recommend them to anyone! That pistol, with those upgrades and some good ammo (CCI Stingers are my favorite) is more fun to shoot and so darn accurate than I can even describe! …Love Volquartsen!

    • Komrad

      You should look into some match ammo from Lapua, Norma, Eley, or Aguila.
      It should probably help tighten your groups up even more.

  • Mike Knox

    That stock looks like some scented candle left out in the hot sun..

  • Larry

    I’m interested in a target rifle, Long bull barrel, (Highly acurate) I’m not a hunter or plan to carry the gun except to the bench. I’m to old for walking. So weight is good and barrel length is good for me. What do you all think ???