Ruger 50th Anniversary 10/22 Officially Announced

Ruger has finally officially announced the availability of the Ruger 50th Anniversary 10/22. The final production version of the rifle looks identical to the prototype we saw at SHOT Show earlier this year. The design was thought up by a TFB reader, Gary, who entered it into a competition Ruger ran and won. The MSRP is $379.


The rifle features a Ruger American-style interchangeable stock system, allowing the rifle to be customized for both length of pull (youth, full size) and comb height (an iron sight comb height and a optics height).

It has a low profile adjustable ghost-ring sight that sits to the rear of the picatinny rail. In their marketing material Ruger describes the rail and sight as “Scout Rifle-style accurate sighting system” and “Scout Rifle-style Picatinny rail”. Scout Rifle-style in gun literature usually refers to Col. Cooper’s scout rifle concept, in this case it refers to the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle. The sight, rail design and flash hider are very similar to what was used for the Ruger Gunsite rifle (one of my favorite Ruger rifle designs of all time).




Model Number: 11173
Caliber: 22 LR
Capacity: 10
Finish: Stainless
Sights: Non-Glare Post Front, Ghost Ring Adjustable Rear
Barrel Length: 18.50
Overall Length: 37.00
Weight: 5.00
Length of Pull: 13.50
Twist: 1:16″

From the press release …

Sturm, Ruger && Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR), in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 10/22®, is proud to announce the 10/22® 50th Anniversary Design Contest Winning Rifle. The contest winning rifle, available only in 2014, takes the legendary action and renowned, reliable rotary magazine of the 10/22® and combines them with the best features of other popular Ruger® rifles. The result is a fun, versatile .22 rifle that enthusiasts of all ages are sure to enjoy.

The 10/22® 50th Anniversary Design Contest Winning Rifle is the result of Ruger’s most extensive Voice of the Customer Program ever: In late 2013, Ruger invited fans to submit ideas for their ideal 50th Anniversary 10/22®. Ten contest finalists were put to a vote on the Ruger website and, after almost 40,000 votes were tallied, the winner emerged!

“For 50 years, the Ruger 10/22® has been America’s favorite .22 rifle and this Contest Winning rifle is a great representation of what Ruger is trying to do today – listen to its customers,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer. “The idea for this gun was submitted by one of our customers, and voted on by many more.

Based on the original 10/22® rifle, this model features the ergonomic, lightweight black composite stock and the Ruger® Modular Stock System from the Ruger American Rimfire™ rifle. It also includes a protected, non-glare post front sight, ghost ring adjustable rear aperture sight, and Picatinny rail from the popular Gunsite Scout Rifle. The special edition rifle is rounded out with a precision-rifled, cold hammer-forged, stainless steel barrel, which is capped with a blued alloy steel SR-556®/Mini-14®-style, 1/2”-28 thread flash suppressor

To further recognize the 50th Anniversary, this rifle and all 2014 production Ruger® 10/22® rifles will feature a special, limited-time “50th Anniversary Logo” bolt marking, “The Ruger 10/22 • 22 LR – Fifty • 1964-2014” receiver markings and a commemorative “50th Anniversary Logo” box.

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.


  • iksnilol

    380 MSRP, that means about 300-320 street price, right?

    I think i will stick to a Marlin 795 and some Tech-Sights, though this looks good for multiple users or if you want the gun to grow with the user(s) i.e your children.

    Also what are laws regarding export of firearms from the US? As in what would the red tape be if i wanted to import the already mentioned Marlin 795? I tried one with a friend, or more correctly I tried the 60 not the 795. They are the same action except for different feed system.

    • Steve Truffer

      ITAR = US arms export regulations. expect a 50 100% hike if you are not on the North American Continent

  • Limonata

    Is that a bull barrel or sporter?
    I do not see the need for the flash suppressor for a 22lr, but it looks cool

    • sianmink

      it’s a good excuse for a pre-threaded barrel for the suppressor can adapter of your choice.

      • Limonata

        Sadly, it makes it not CT legal.

        • Joey S

          I thought the fact that this is a gun made it not CT legal. lol J/K. I feel bad for you guys out there. Pretty soon they will be banning sling shots to.

        • CTGunLawsRDumb

          Yes it is legal. I just recently bought the nearly same version as this with the flash supressor installed from Hoffman’s.

    • Formynder

      They announced that the reason for the flash suppressor was to help keep dirt out of the barrel at Appleseed events. Apparently they saw a lot of new shooters resting barrels in the ground too much.

  • JohnnyBGood

    I wonder if this will be limited run or a new model. I really like this gun but if i can’t get one before the end of this year and they stop making them I’ll be pretty bummed.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      I am sure the sights will continue in the future line.

  • So I see a lot of 50th anniversary 10/22’s on gunbroker already (takedown models and other stuff that isn’t this new gun). This press release says this will only be available in 2014 so how can I set something up to make sure I don’t miss my chance to snag one?

    • wry762

      Maybe a dealer is accepting pre-orders…? I would also be interested.

  • WaltherJJR

    It’s nice to see that Ruger prices this fairly. I hate it when manufacturers use an “Anniversary” model to jack the price and shut out the little people. Thank you Ruger.

  • TKH

    I wished they’d offer a 16.5″ barrel version.

  • Fred Johnson

    I can’t wait to see one in person. Set the sights for 50 yards, pop on a Bushnell TRS-25, and have fun.

  • Cymond

    A lot of people criticize this for being too plain & tacticool. I see it as practical.
    I would far rather have functional than fancy.We finally have iron sights that aren’t blocked by a scope rail (so you can use both without resorting to Locktite constantly).

    Anyone remember the 40th Anniversary 10/22? It was just a standard 10/22 with a metal logo embedded in the stock.

  • NotoriousAPP

    That’s a great looking rifle with great specs, finally a 10/22 that one really could buy over the counter and not need to mod it out.

    It was almost perfect until I saw the barrel length, I really don’t see why they went with a 18.5″ barrel. What’s that about, anyone have an opinion other than longer sight radius?

  • mustridemore

    Any word on a release date?

  • Rick

    so it uses the stock off of the bolt action Ruger American Rimfire?

    How long until they make a Takedown version of the bolt action rifle? 🙂

  • Blake

    A 16″ bbl option would have been nice (since anything other than maximum-pressure 22LR like Stingers & Interceptors doesn’t benefit from more than about 10″ of bbl, & sometimes even slows down), but at least the sights are fantastic and you’ll get a little extra site radius out of the extra length. Also the gun might balance better when you fit one of the larger stock options to it.

    Anyone have an idea what the bbl profile is (i.e. sporter/target/bull)? It looks like a “target” profile but it’s hard to tell from the pics available so far.

  • Bob Collinsworth

    I guess it is ok if you are heavy into plastic.