3D Printed Ruger 10/22 Charger Reciever

The below video of a 3D printed Ruger 10/22 Charger has been making the rounds on the internet, upsetting tech bloggers who never realized that people have been legally printing firearm receivers for other guns, such as the AR-15, for years. The designer of this 3D model has not released the model files online (yet). I am sure it won’t be long before someone replicates the model and makes it available online. The same model could be used to print polymer Ruger 10/22 rifle receivers.


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  • JW

    “i” before “e”, except after “c”. Just saying..

    • MP

      They’ll ban you for telling them how to English.

    • Cymond

      … or when sounded like “A” as in “neighbor” or “weigh”.

      • Kelevra

        or on weekends and holidays and all through-out May and you’ll always be wrong no matter what you say!

    • Shadow

      So how do you spell “their”? Eight, freight, either, caffeine, feign, being, ?

      English can be hard.

  • Blake

    Now if only you could 3D print 22LR ammo for it…

  • Phillip Cooper

    I really, really need to build a 3-D Printer soon…

  • gunslinger

    this is pretty cool. i think the 10/22 receiver would be better than the ARs for 3d printing and use.

    • Cymond

      Except for the way the barrel mounts into the receiver. At least on an AR, the barrel mounts into aluminum. Here, all that stress from the barrel’s leverage is put on the printed receiver. It might work out, but I wouldn’t recommend a free-floated full-length barrel.

  • jimmarch

    This makes sense for a bunch of reasons…low pressure round, obviously, strong design, and the very strong laminated wood “grip” surrounds the receiver and may help control the result of a k’boom. Won’t prevent a k’boom, don’t think so anyhow, but should add a decent safety element.

    Very, very interesting.

  • J

    Thought about this recently, have been debating how to handle the threads for the V block screws as well as the barrel bore. Maybe I’m over-thinking it, but I’ve still got the 3D file that I used to program and machine a rec from a block, maybe I’ll have to test it out.

    • MP

      Think about how strong the return spring is on the bolt. Yes, the vblock has to handle more than that, but probably not an order of magnitude more. Depending upon the amount of material available make a bigger hole and epoxy a threaded insert there. Or a stud/nut setup instead.

  • mig1nc

    That’s cool. I want to make a charger with a sig pistol brace on it. Because.

    • Cymond

      Me too! I’m really excited by all of the non-AR-15 possibilities for the brace.