Ruger’s 22 Charger Takedown Pistol


On day one of SHOT I stopped by Ruger and took a look at their newest guns and triggers.  Of course the most popular gun of the day – the one I and one of the great guys at Ruger stood and waited awhile to take a look at – was the Ruger 22 Charger Takedown Pistol, which proved incredibly simple to slide apart and back together again. After having tried this one out at Industry Day at the Range I have to say it’s an enjoyable pistol to shoot, and there’s just something fun about the whole together/apart/together/apart process.


From Ruger:

“The Ruger® 22 Charger™ pistol is back with enhanced features and a new 22 Charger™ Takedown model. First introduced in 2007, the 22 Charger™ pistol became a favorite for .22 LR pistol shooters and plinkers alike. The new 22 Charger™ pistol offers improved ergonomics, new features and the new BX-15™ magazine. The Takedown model has all the features of the standard model plus it employs the very popular quick disconnect feature found on the full sized 10/22 Takedown® rifle that allows the firearm to be taken down quickly and easily.”


Caliber: .22 LR

Capacity: 15

Material: Alloy Steel

Barrel length: 10″

Grip: A2 Style

Grooves: 6

Twist: 1:16″ RH

MSRP: $409.00

Take a look on the website:




Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at


  • Jsim

    are the pistol and rifle barrels interchangeable and if so can you legally make into a sbr?

    • iksnilol

      You can, but doubt it would be legal. Would be sorta like the T/C Contender which has both a pistol and rifle configuration.

      • Steve Truffer

        US has “SBR” stuff for that. You can go sub 16″ on a rifle, but requires a form 1 (Manufacturing an NFA item) & $200 tax.

        • MR

          Could either SBR it, or install a barrel over 16″ before installing the rifle stock. Just don’t try to put a short barrel on a rifle receiver, even with a pistol “stock”, without a tax stamp. Turning a pistol into a rifle is okay, turning a rifle into a pistol complicates things.

          • Grindstone50k

            *local laws may vary

        • iksnilol

          That’s what I meant with illegal. You can’t put a T/C pistol barrel on a rifle receiver without paying the tax stamp.

    • gunslinger

      you can’t legally make a SBR from this. your rifle needs to be registered as a SBR before putting a smaller barrel on it. like AR uppers, they make “pistol length” for AR pistols, but they can be placed on rifle lowers. and that is a no-no per the feds.

      • David Sharpe

        You can legally make an SBR from this, but you have to register it.

        Your first sentence kinda contradicts everything else you said.

    • David Sharpe

      Where do you live? In Canada it would be legal. If you were American you would have to register it.

  • iksnilol

    Tin can assassination here we come!

  • Bobby

    Pretty neat little guy, ive never shot one but i imagine a 10 inch barrel with a bipod on a 22 its pretty accurate.

  • Brian

    I don’t understand the appeal. Why not just use a rifle if you need a bipod?

  • Maxpwr

    Don’t grab that bipod while you shoot or your just redesigned it to be an AOW and will spend 10 years in the federal slammer.

    • Phil Hsueh

      I was thinking the same thing. Along those lines, if you hold the bipod like a foregrip does that mean you’ve altered the bipod?

      • Derp

        you’ve “redesigned” it. Since now you are a freakin’ engineer and your redesigning things just by holding it the wrong way. And since the gov’t doesn’t define bipod, I’ve asked my friend jim and he said it was a cantaloupe. So therefore, a cantaloupe having a spherical shape and you could grab the spherical shape like a machine gun it could be easily converted to a machine gun. I’m pursuing a career as a ATF agent BTW.

        • David Sharpe

          No, holding a bipod is legal….for now anyways.

          • Derp

            satire brah

    • David Sharpe

      No, holding a bipod is legal……for now anyways.

  • echelon

    Katie looks very enthused in those pics…

  • asdf

    but why though….. isn’t the regular pistol small enough? i see the appeal in a takedown rifle, hell i own a takedown 10/22, but for a pistol? i don’ get it.

    • David Sharpe

      I thought the same thing, how small if your case that you have to “takedown” a pistol.

      • Cymond

        OTOH, the potential is a super compact little plinker. I found an integrally suppressed SBR Take-Down online recently. This is definitely a goal for me!

        • David Sharpe

          Oh my god, I want that. Future goal for me too…..if Canada ever makes silencers legal…and the BX25 mag.

  • John Buhoh

    If you have to ask why, maybe you are on the wrong site. 🙂

  • Car54

    I would hardly call a Ruger Charger a gang banger pistol. What are you smoking?

    • Doughboy

      Sarcasm, dude.

      • David Sharpe


        Just kidding.

  • Mister Thomas

    Very nice. But too bad there isn’t a version that is stainless

  • Weaponized_Hotdog

    You can have the takedown Charger, I want those BX-15 mags….