Ruger 10/22 50th Anniversary Model

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ruger 1/22 (1964-2014), Ruger ran a competition to see who could design the best 50th Anniversary Ruger 10/22 model. The winner was Gary from Michigan (whom I know is a reader of TFB, as was one of the Runners Up, Chris from TN). Gary’s design incorporated Ruger’s American-style stock, with its adjustable length of pull, a picatinny rail, flash hider, a winged post front sight and a low-profile rear aperture sight. Ruger is putting this gun into production soon and had a prototype on display at SHOT Show.

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The Ruger American stock is solid and does not have that cheap polymer feeling. As a Ruger 10/22 aficionado, I take my 10/22 stock choice seriously, and this is a stock I would personally use (and probably will as soon as Ruger takes my money). It is lightyears ahead of the standard black Ruger 10/22 polymer stock.

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The sights are fantastic. They are much lower profile than the Tech Sights I have used for years. The rear sight is mounted level with the picatinny rail rather than on top of it. It will not interfere with mounting optics. The rear sight looks to be adjustable for both elevation and windage.

The flash hider looks tactical and will probably appeal to many people, but it is debatable if one is required on a .22. Still, having a threaded barrel will be appreciated to people who want to use suppressors.

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I **really** want to buy one of these rifles. I hope that it becomes a standard model, not just a limited edition.

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.


  • Gareth Williams

    I could be mistaken, but you’ve written ‘appear’ twice when I believe you meant to write ‘appeal’.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Thanks, I think my grammar checker made changes I did not noticed. Fixed now.

      • Gareth Williams

        In this day and age, computers should just ‘know’.

        • LOL—they can cause some havoc. I know Steve and I both have to check that darn grammar checker for changes we didn’t want.

  • MP

    Would the low-profile sites be compatible with an average-sized can on the threaded barrel?

    • Dan Atwater

      If you’re using a rimfire can, yes.

  • SeanSorrentino

    I think that the flash hider (which you have written as “flash sight” is only there to justify the threaded barrel. The threaded barrel is there so you can thread on a suppressor.

  • FourString

    as this was the first rifle I ever shot TAKE MUH FERKIN MUHNAY

  • FourString

    “I **really** want to buy one of these rifles. I hope that it becomes a standard model, not just a limited edition.”

    You and me both, bro, you and me both.
    Ruger, ya hear us?!!!2das1afsdkjjkfdsahafhou94q

  • Derpington

    I really want one as a first rifle to grow as a target shooter with! Ruger can’t put one in my local FFL inventory fast enough!

  • swannytheswan

    Does it have a bedding block like the Ruger American?

  • Blake

    Any idea about the barrel profile? It looks like a “target”-style barrel but hard to tell from the pics. If it is indeed a “target” bbl then it should group quite well.

    Maybe Ruger could also sell these rifles with a brick of 22LR so a new buyer could actually shoot it for a while before having to submit to the scalpers…

    • gunslinger

      i was going to comment on the price (and availability) of .22 ammo

    • Anonymous

      Looks to me like the plain vanilla skinny 18 1/2″ “Sporter” barrel that Ruger puts on 95% of 10/22s.

      These barrels are still capable of quite decent accuracy. I’ve never heard of one that wouldn’t do better than 2 MOA with ammo it liked.

  • Fred Johnson

    Wow. I forgot all about the contest that Gary won. I think I voted for his idea at least a dozen times. Nice to see it put together by Ruger.

    A Ruger American Rimfire meets a Ruger Gunsite Scout. Sweet.

  • Kris

    I’m amazed by the number of people that posted on Ruger’s facebook post “ugh, there were much more pretty rifles in the contest…why would they make this?”. Clearly these folks aren’t actual shooters that understand the value of a rifle that has exactly what it needs…nothing that it doesn’t. Gary is an Appleseed instructor (that I’m proud to know and work with) and 1) brilliantly put together a set of parts that a real company could make and be profitable on and 2) actually thought through what a rifle needs to be field accurate at distance. This isn’t a Kia with a bunch of stickers, spoiler and exhaust devices on it make it look cool. This is a 72 GTO that is plain on the outside but will smoke you in a second if you try to challenge it.

    • Ian Thorne

      I think of it more as a Honda Civic. It’s plain, boring and nothing special, but it will get you where you are going. I would rather see something unique rather than a slightly different version than what is already out, which is still inferior to a fully aftermarket varient.

      And to me an accurized .22lr is a Kia with a fartcan and wing. And the 72 GTO is more like a more capable rifle like an Accuracy International or Surgeon.

  • iksnilol

    Not related but:

    How well do rifles with detachable barrels keep zero? I am thinking a 1022 Takedown or a Marlin Papoose. How well would these work with scopes?

    • gunslinger

      supposedly the 10/22TD is pretty good, as it has some mechanism to “realign” the barrel each time.

      i think TFB did an article on it.

    • Steve Truffer

      Usually, the front & rear sights are both on the barre to retain zero on takedowns. You would need a cantilever mount to ensure perfect, repeatable zero

      • iksnilol

        When you say cantilever mount, you mean mounting it on the barrel?

        • Steve Truffer

          Mounted to the barrel, but usually it will extend back over the receiver to mount a traditional scope normally

    • Mystick

      It’s adequate for .22LR 50-100 yard plinking. Maybe not for shooting 1″ groups at 100 yards reliably, but then again, it IS a .22LR. Buddy of mine has the Volquartsen receiver and associated “trigger group” plus bolt, and a Tactical Solutions barrel… it reliably shoots sub-MOA(with the right ammo – Golden Bullets seem to work best), and he shoots accurately out to 300 yards with Stingers. But then again, it’s effectively a $1200 Ruger 10/22. You’re not going to see that with ANY take-down firearm(scaled, of course).

      One trick I do with mine is tightening the thumb-nut BEFORE putting the barrel on. Get it just-so tight that any more and you wouldn’t be able to get the barrel on at all. Tightening it once you have the barrel on the action often didn’t work so well, especially with only the knurling on the nut to provide traction for torque. Ends up being loose after a few shots – enough so that the gun “rattles” when waving it back and forth. The above procedure alleviated that problem completely.

      One suggestion I received was milling the barrel to accept a scope.. it would have to be a pistol scope for the eye relief. It would eliminate the problem of the take-down features introducing error, but I just didn’t want to cut the gun up like that and invest that much in this particular rifle.

      Oh, and make sure the bolt is locked back before attaching/removing the barrel!

  • allannon

    I don’t care about the birdcage or stock, but I do covet those sights.

  • Nicholas McCrite

    I just like the fact that with the American Stock you get integrated sling attachments. That’s always been a gripe of mine

  • GreeKNastY

    can we have a price?

  • kdawg

    I’d buy one of these, but I’m in a state where I can’t have dangerous things like threads on my barrel or a flash hider. Never really had a problem with muzzle flash on a 10/22 though, so I wish that feature was just omitted. Looks good otherwise. I really like the peep sight.

    • Cymond

      If you really want one, an out-of-state gunsmith could simply remove the threaded section of the barrel and recrown it. It would add to the cost, but it’s far from impossible.
      I currently live in California, but the first thing I do when we move will be to start the process on a sound suppressor.

      • J-

        For the amount of money it would cost to cut and re-crown that rifle, it would be cheaper to buy and install a new picatinny rail/peep sight combo to a standard stainless steel 10/22.

        • Cymond

          I was just offering a solution to a stated problem. And a new scope rail is not necessarily cheaper than cutting the barrel. Adco will cut & recrown a barrel without threads for just $30 plus S&H on the barrel, which should still be cheaper than the $55 scope rail + S&H from Midway.

          Plus, some people probably like that stock, too.

          • NukeWaste

            Personally, I would move before I would chop off the threads. California is about to implode horribly. bozo will force us to pay for their demise.

          • Cymond

            I’m not sure where “kdawg” lives, but threaded barrels are just fine on rifles in California. You can have a threaded barrel on a pistol, but not if it has a detachable magazine.
            Honestly, I disagree with it, but it’s a minor inconvenience considering that suppressors are illegal in CA anyway.

          • NukeWaste

            I will not destroy a firearm just to please some libturd losers. I had a neighbor once that never left me alone because she was a born again anti-gun freak. I told her that if she screamed for help because of a break-in, I would happily cal 911 for her. I would respect her anti-gun attitude and not use a sidearm nor rifle to save her since that would violate her beliefs. She thanked me.

          • Cymond

            I was addressing the issue of threaded barrels in California, not any of the political aspects of firearms. This is, afterall, The Firearm Blog. Seriously dude, at least tone down the rhetoric.

            And I’m on the fence about the oil filter adapters. I don’t know if they’re really worth the hassle for cleaning, and I don’t think the benefit/risk ratio is worth misusing one as a suppressor.
            And btw, that story is an old meme, but that’s really not what we’re here to discuss on TFB.

      • NukeWaste

        When you get to where you want to live, look up using an adapter and an oil filter as a cleaning drip collector. It is very important for you. You will be very happy.

      • NukeWaste

        Just buy an adapter for an oil catcher. Much cheaper.

        • Cymond

          As I said 2 months ago: “I don’t know if they’re really worth the hassle for cleaning, and I don’t think the benefit/risk ratio is worth misusing one as a suppressor.”

          Adding to it, here at TFB, Steve Johnson (and a few commenters) recently claimed that it is illegal to even possess an adapter and an oil filter, because it is considered a de facto suppressor. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I see no reason to take the risk. I just let my solvents drip into an old rag when I’m cleaning, and there is **no way** I’m going to risk everything in my life (home, job, relationships, freedoms) by misusing one as a suppressor.

      • Cymond

        If I buy a rifle from another dealer, can it be shipped to you to be made AWB compliant, then shipped to a dealer in my state?

        Yes, but there is an additional $30 transfer fee, and I only receive rifles for AWB compliance work from other FFLs. Email me and I’ll send you a digital copy of my FFL so the rifle can be shipped here. I will also need a copy of the receiving dealers FFL, which can be faxed to 419.882.6627 or emailed to [email address redacted by Cymond to prevent spam to ADCO]

    • Guest

      If I buy a rifle from another dealer, can it be shipped to you to be made AWB compliant, then shipped to a dealer in my state?

      Yes, but there is an additional $30 transfer fee, and I only receive rifles for AWB compliance work from other FFLs. Email me and I’ll send you a digital copy of my FFL so the rifle can be shipped here. I will also need a copy of the receiving dealers FFL, which can be faxed to 419.882.6627 or emailed to

  • Gary Watts

    I would not buy this gun unless…The lower trigger group housing was made from metal and not the plastic polymer that Ruger is using on the current production models.This would help retain value on a collector peace.

    NO PLASTIC PARTS…at least on the 50th Anniversary Ruger 10/22 model.

    Gary Watts

  • Hunter57dor

    oh good they fixed those horrid stock ruger sights.

    wonder if they swapped the horrendous magazine release too?

    just about everything on those is terrible except the action operation and that wonderful rotary magazine.

    • Cymond

      They started putting extended magazine releases on them a few years ago. They’re not huge, but it’s still a major improvement from the completely flush old-style release.

      • NukeWaste

        Put your own on. I love the Rugar 10/22. 22LR is available. You have to look.

        • Cymond

          I was just pointing out that yes, Ruger has “swapped the horrendous magazine release too”

          I have a Bell & Carlson mag release on my 10/22, but I’m eventually going to try some of the extended releases, like the one from PWS. And even though 22lr is available (and easily available online), the problem is still that prices tend to be high.

          • NukeWaste

            .22LR would be cheap again if people would quit buying the rounds like they were going to be bnned tomorrow. In my opinion, nobody needs 10,000 rounds .22LR in their basement. Who will fire off 4,000 rounds in a month?

          • Cymond

            First, as MANY have stated before, you should not be telling anyone what they “need”. You’re really not much better than those “libturds” you hate so much who say that “no one needs a 30 round magazine”.

            And some people want to have a large stockpile for the long term. However, those people should have bought their ammo long ago. Only a fool builds a stockpile during a time of high demand. If some idiot wants to spend $1,000+ on 10,000 rounds of 22lr, that’s their problem. If you want it so badly, feel free to outbid them. Meanwhile, I’m slowly rationing my stockpile (it was originally about 3,000 rounds) while I wait for prices to return to normal.

          • NukeWaste

            I am not telling anybody not to spend a fortune. But really think. Should you stockpile during a shortage? Or wait it out? I don’t think that anybody needs that much but I am not telling any business to ration their rounds. As for the size of a magazine, that is a specious argument unless the magazine is non-removable.

          • Cymond

            “In my opinion, nobody needs 10,000 rounds .22LR in their basement.”
            “I don’t think that anybody needs that much”

            Many arguments for restricting people’s freedoms start with “nobody needs ____[fill in the blank]____”.
            Who are you to decide what someone else needs?
            That is exactly what “libturds” do.

            And FWIW, I don’t think that most (any?) people are still stockpiling & hoarding. This ammo shortage has been too long to continue blaming on hoarders, surely their hoards are full by now. If you want to discuss the issue of stockpiling, it would be far better to respond to me somewhere over here:

          • Anonymous

            Before the Obamamania ammo panic, I was shooting 1-2 bricks or bulk packs per week of whatever was cheap at Wal-Mart.

            I don’t know if I ever broke 4000 rounds in a month but I know I was doing 2-3000 almost every month.

            Two years of this greatly improved my handgun skills. But for the last two years I’ve had to ration what little I’ve got left because I’m unable to replace it.

  • Jesse P Weaver

    Sign me up for one..

  • pikid89

    As a fellow appleseed instructor, I appreciate Garys inclusion of the flash hider on his design. At the appleseeds, you will find many instructors loaner rifles feature clamp on flash hiders in order to protect them from so called “worm digging” by new shooters who may accidentally poke the barrel of the rifle into the dirt while in the prone position

    • Superheat

      Glad to see someone picked up on why he wanted a flash hider. All my loaner rifles have one. I just got tired of seeing my muzzles pushed into the dirt.

  • GearHeadPatriot

    It should be noted that this rifle was designed by an Appleseed Instructor, specifically to fill the role of a Liberty Training Rifle (LTR). It includes the features that the Appleseed program have found most desireable in a .22LR training rifle, short perhaps a GI web sling (cotton!), which you’d need to sling up properly. The Appleseed program tried for years to work with Ruger to develop a LTR rifle, but Ruger wasn’t interested. Marlin on the other hand stepped right up, and produced a LTR for the program with Appleseed stenciled on the side of a Marlin 795. Now, see if you can actually find one of Marlin’s LTR’s, they can’t keep them in stock. So now here we are, despite Ruger’s unwillingness to work with a great program, when it came to a vote, shooters selected the Appleseed submission. As a well tenured Appleseed instructor, I’d offer that both the Ruger 10/22 (especially the anniversary version highlighted here), and the Marlin 795 are the best rifles to use at an Appleseed, and we see them all!. Bring what you have, but if you’re in the market, either LTR will set you up for success when shooting the now infamous Appleseed Qualification Test (AQT).

  • smurf

    Any details on the action? Is it “bone stock” or did them embelish anything? No worries as there are a bazillion aftermarket parts.

  • David Pickens

    I am buying 2, 1 for myself and 1 for my future wife (I will get her trained to shoot if she’s not already).

  • Adam

    OK, this thing is cool and I have to have one. Would be super bad-ass if they made it in a take down model.

    • NukeWaste

      modify the Take-down.

  • J-

    I love the sights and scope mount. Peeps are far better then the standard barrel mounted v-notch on the regular 10/22. I just wish they hadn’t done the flash suppressor. Not just serve no function on a .22, BUT IT NOW CLASSIFED AS AN ASSAULT WEAPON IN CA, NY, MA, CT, NJ, CHICAGO, and AURORA, IL.

    • Cymond

      It is NOT an “assault weapon” in CA because rimfire rifles are exempt (rimfire pistols are not). We can also have tube-magazine rimfire rifles with capacities over 10.

      The CA definition of a rifle “assault weapon” explicitly states “centerfire” as well as “semiautomatic” and “detachable magazine” with evil features. Hence, we can have semiauto rimfire rifles with detachable mags and evil features, semiauto centerfire rifles with fixed/locked magazines and evil features, semiauto centerfire rifles with detachable mags and no evil features, or we can have all the features & detachable mags we want if it isn’t semiauto.

      • J-

        I didn’t know that the CA AWB only applied to center fire. Here in Illinois, they don’t make the distinction, and this rifle will get you sent to Jail in Cook County. I know rimfire pistols with magazines in front of the trigger guard are a no-go. Couldn’t ever go to a bullseye match in CA since my Walther GSP is illegal out there.

        Also didn’t know about Adco. I’ve tried to have shotgun barrels cut down before (wanted my Mossberg .410 cut from 24 to 20 inches to get rid of that useless fixed full choke), and couldn’t get a quote from a gunsmith for less than $100.

    • NukeWaste

      So get off your asses and change the law

      • J-

        Yeah, cuz it’s so easy to go up against the Chicago Democrat Machine. These people didn’t move on legalizing handguns or concealed carry until the Supreme Court found the bans unconstitutional.

        • NukeWaste

          They keep getting elected. I turned down a job in Chicago because of the lifestyle forced upon people there.

  • John

    LOL they all like something better yet they all have time to come tell you how wrong you are and how right they are. I guess they never heard of PERSONAL Choice. Maybe they could go to a gun page they like and boost about how smart they are

  • Mustridemore

    Any word yet about a release date?

  • Anonymous

    Now that they’re finally available in gun stores, I’ve been able to examine one firsthand.

    A store nearby–I won’t mention the name or location, I’m not advertising for them–has them for $369 plus tax.

    So, my impressions are, the action and trigger group are bone stock. You sometimes get a 10/22 with a good trigger–the last one I bought had a trigger that broke at 4 1/2 pounds fairly crisp with very little creep–but sometimes you don’t.

    The barrel is the exact same 18 1/2″ skinny “Sporter” profile they use on almost all 10/22s.

    The polymer stock feels solid and well made.

    I’m not sure I understand why a rifle designed as a trainer for iron-sight highpower shooting has a Picatinny rail on top of the receiver, but it’s there for those who want one. I’m thinking that mounting a scope that clears the rear sight is going to require some pretty high rings, and maybe some kind of raised cheekrest, though.

    I prefer to think of the flash suppressor as a “muzzle crown protector/thread protector/cleaning rod guide device.” I’ve heard some of these rifles are being shipped with muzzle threads that are neither concentric nor parallel, a grave matter to those who want to use a suppressor, but I was not, of course, in a position to disassemble this one and get out the micrometer.

    The front and rear sights are those of the post-2005 Mini-14. You may or may not like these sights. The front is a narrow, square-topped, serrated ramp type with protective “wings” on each side, like the front sight of a Garand or M14. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation, however it requires a tiny allen wrench in order to do so. The rear sight aperture is a bit large for my tastes, being the same unit they put on the Mini-14. Utility in low light conditions trumps precision here, I suppose. If I had one I’d be sorely tempted to ask a gunsmith to remove that rear sight, drill it out and tap it to accept Williams or Lyman apertures, and go with an .040″ match aperture. But that’s really a matter of personal tastes. The iron sights as supplied are decisively superior to those of the normal 10/22–the front brass bead isn’t half bad, but that tiny folding U-notch rear had to go, in my opinion.

    I think you could do worse here, actually. Though some will look at it and start doing mental math–“let’s see, it’s $190 over the prices the base model goes for. How much to drill and tap the receiver for a Williams FP-RU-TK or a Lyman 66? And maybe a Lyman globe-type front also?”