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