Ruger 10/22 50th Anniversary Design Contest

Iraqveteran8888's Ultimate Ruger 10/22

Ruger is running a design competition to celebrate the  50th Anniversary of the Ruger 10/22. Contestants can submit Ruger 10/22 designs and the company will select 10 finalists based on their ability to produce it and on the expected consumer demand for it. The public can then vote on the 10 designs and they will put the winning design into production. The winning designer will get the rifle they designed, a tour of the Ruger factory and $5,000 worth of Ruger products. The nine other finalists will win a Ruger gun of their choice.

Ruger is looking to its fans and aficionados to help design a Ruger® 10/22® rifle to commemorate the 50th anniversary of America’s favorite rimfire rifle. Legal residents of the 50 United States of America who are 21 years or older may enter the contest by submitting a photo and additional information regarding their customized 10/22® rifle. Ruger will review the submissions and narrow the entries to ten finalists. Ruger fans will then vote for their favorite design. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Official Contest Rules, the winning designer will receive a production version of their rifle, a trip to the Newport, NH plant to watch the production run, and $5,000 to be used toward the purchase of Ruger® products. The remaining nine finalists will each receive a standard catalog Ruger® firearm of their choice.

To enter the Contest, visit www.Ruger.com/1022Contest. Entrants must submit up to three photos of their customized 10/22®, provide an itemized list of parts used, and give a brief description of their design. Submissions will be accepted beginning October 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET through October 18 at 11:59 a.m. ET. On October 21, Ruger will announce the ten finalists on the contest website and visitors can vote for their favorite design through November 1.

This is a very nifty competition idea. I look forward to seeing the finalists.



Steve Johnson

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  • Doopington

    I’m love a more common run of their Mannlicher stock versions if the barrel came free-floating (hidden behind the wood of the foreend) or bedded. Tactical .22s are probably better done with current contenders from the numerous 10/22 kits and your Tac-rifle mini-clones.
    Ruger should probably stick to a unique, elegant look.

  • ducky

    Hey Ruger, outsourcing design task for less than a design engineer would cost you per month? Clever…

  • Rus

    worn day to be an european guy

  • insider

    Assembling a rifle from aftermarket accessories isn’t what I would call designing.

  • George Hill

    I’d like to see someone do a very light weight skelotonized 10/22.

    • Blake

      You can get pretty close with a Henry AR-7, plus it floats!

    • Cymond

      I think that could succeed. You can build one now using a lightweight barrel from Tactical Solutions, Whistlepig, Clark, or Volquartsen but those aren’t cheap. A factory option would cost less in the long-run than buying an aftermarket barrel, and they already have the technical ability from the 22/45 Lite.

  • john somethingsguy

    aluminum trigger components and an anodized receiver? You know, the stuff people cry about that can’t be fixed with a quick trip to the parts store.

  • West

    How about one that fires 7.62 with a folding stock and 100 rd mags??

  • shockfish08

    Bring back an updated model of the original .44 magnum Deerstalker (upscale 10/22)

    • Blake

      Preferably a version that will shoot better than minute of dinner plate at 50yds…

  • Shanksabunch

    Hey FBLog, do you think this is an actual design, or can it be conceptual (drawn or computer generated)?

  • themasterunit

    I agree with Insiders comments. And why would the prize be a production version of the rifle/assembly when I already had the rifle/assembly to take the photo with?

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    While I understand Ruger’s desire for more pro-active and creative customer input to match their projected business model, it seems that the basic Ruger 10/22 is perfect as it is — a fully-functional, low-cost, reliable and adaptable .22LR light rifle that works fine as is, or which can be modified in so many ways to suit any particular preference. Perhaps the secret to long-term success is actually not to change anything regarding the basic platform while expanding the already wide range of options, albeit with the introduction of a few additional specialized models such as the 10/22 Takedown just to fill the gaps?

    BTW, I got a good laugh out of Iraqveteran8888’s Ultimate Ruger 10/22 photograph above — a wonderful, clearly tongue-in-cheek example of “accessory overkill+++” . Thanks :)!

    • Blake

      It ain’t fugly ’till it’s got a compensator
      &ltgrin&gt

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        :):):):)!

    • Cymond

      I’d love to give Ruger some ideas, but I lack the ability to *create* those ideas as an actual firearm. For example, I’d love it if Ruger would simply offer a 10/22 with a threaded barrel AND iron sights! It’s a simple concept but not something I can do myself.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        That’s still a very good idea for an improvement to the basic platform that should still be cost-effective. End users could then build on it ( as they always have ) as they see fit. Why not suggest it to Ruger anyway, even if it isn’t really part of this “contest” they are running?

  • Tpa Gunslinger

    I wish there was time to do a bull-pup 10/22. That would sell big.

    • Toby

      HTA 90/22?

  • Blake

    ‘sup dawg I heard you like nite lites, so I put lites on your sites and sites on your lites so you can see the sites at nite.

    apologies in advance, coudn’t resist 🙂

  • Blake

    This crowdsourced marketing stuff can backfire. Alfa Romeo tried it with the car that eventually became the MiTo, but the Spanish hated the crowdsourced name (“Furiosa”) & reportedly Fiat brass refused to let the car bear that name, so they came up with MiTo (for “Milano Torino”). Alfa fans gave them a lot of flak for the shennanigans…

  • Blake

    Well, two suggestions:

    This receiver with a Green Mountain bentz-chamber barrel on it and one of the really nice high-end Ruger factory stocks.

    – Bring back the model 96, especially in 17HMR. A 96/22 Hornet would be really fantastic as 22H lever guns are rare as hen’s teeth despite being a bottlenecked rimmed cartridge.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Hi, Blake :

      That’s quite a wish list — but a good one too.

    • Cymond

      If you’re not happy with the BX-10 or BX-25, I don’t know what to offer. I guess you need more than 10 rounds but something more compact than the BX-25. Double-stack rimfire magazines simply aren’t reliable.

      • Blake

        Yep, that’s the idea.

        We’ve messed with one of these triple magazine holders & they’re not bad if you’re somewhere clean & dry, but using the tops of two loaded mags as a rest ain’t great when you’re not at the range bench.

        I always liked the Ruger rotary magazine concept & would love to see a link-belt type implementation of it holding 20rnds or more.

  • derfelcadarn

    This is a perfect example of how ridiculous that bull$h!t gun accessories are getting. We do not have “riflemen” any more. What we have is rifles that shoot themselves and require a moron to carry them. What do you do when whiz bang gizmos fail You have a moron with a piece of equipment they do not know how to use. That is a scary and pathetic scenario. Real riflemen do not require whiz bang to get it done just ask Alvin York.

  • Sadler

    I was under the impression that “design” meant drawing something up, maybe using a CAD program, and then, eventually, making a prototype. To Ruger, apparently, it means slapping a aftermarket stock and flashlight on their receiver. At this point in time, there are plenty of companies that do exactly that. Why not let folks draw up something entirely new based on the 10/22 action, instead of mixing and matching assorted accessories for the gun?

  • El Duderino

    Make a factory Appleseed rifle / Liberty Training Rifle (Tech-Sights, USGI 1-1/4″ web sling, extended mag release) in bead blasted stainless with a camo laminate stock and I’ll be there with money in hand.

  • Cymond

    I’d love to see more models with a few simple parts, like a 16.5″ threaded barrel with fiber optic sights.

    Anything worth building isn’t eligible. “We’ll select ten finalists based on the style of their submitted design, Ruger’s ability to produce, and its appeal to Ruger consumers.” (ruger.com/micros/1022_50/index.html?r=y) “Ruger’s ability to produce” effectively excludes the huge majority of aftermarket parts.

    Second, you have to submit a photo which means you must actually build a version of your proposed design. That could be an issue. I have a lot of builds in my head that I can’t put together yet.

    My combo dubbed “SBR #1″
    Standard receiver, bolt, upgraded trigger
    Thompson Machine Operative-S (integrally suppressed 10″ barrel”
    Choate folding stock
    Nodak Spud NDS-23 & NDS-26 sights
    Bushnell TRS-25 dot sight

    My combo dubbed “SBR #2″
    Tactical Innovation CH-22 receiver
    AGP Arms take-down kit (7.5” barrel)
    AGP Arms folding stock
    micro-dot sight

    I also plan to build a bullpup 10/22 (which barrel? HTA or ZK-22?), Troy T22 Sporter, and a conventional-style rifle built as an ultra lightweight version. The Zimmerman Arms receivers are neat but I don’t like quadrails.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Cymond, those are pretty interesting 10/22-base SBR options you mentioned. Same with the bullpup and ultralight projects. Please keep us posted if you decide to proceed with them. Thanks!

  • Cymond

    Update: you can vote here: https://www.ruger.com/dataProcess/1022_50/
    Limit 1 vote per person PER DAY. You can vote on your favorite design every day. Also, it’s cheating but you can use multiple computers to vote every day.

    Personally, I really like the design from Gary in Michigan. The genius of it is that it combines the best features from several of Ruger’s other rifles. It’s a Ruger 10/22 action with a threaded barrel and front sight (like the Tactical Take-Down), the stock from a Ruger American Rimfire, and the sights from the Ruger Scout.

    It would be VERY easy for Ruger to build this version of the rifle and it would solve several of the 10/22’s shortcomings (like scope mounting, the short length-of-pull, and the extra expense of having a gunsmith add threads to the barrel).

  • Chris

    Reviving this since the finalists have been chosen. Personally I like the one with the Ruger American Rimfire bolt action stock, peep sights and flash hider. Gary-Michigan. Looks like a good all weather rifle that addresses the problems of most stock rifles. I think most companies put crappy sights on their rifles because the expect people to mount scopes on them. Yet, the stocks are two low for a proper cheek weld to see through the scope. The other problem is most stocks are either too long for kids and smaller people or too short. This design addresses all those issues and used Ruger parts which means Ruger can make it and sell it at a price most people can afford. I like the threaded barrel because you can use a suppressor and even though you don’t need a flash hider on a .22 it does protect the threads and protects the muzzle and crown from damage. Seems to a well thought out design. I would guess that Ruger will end up making a wood stock take down anyway and I would also guess they will make their own fancy Anniversary model as well.