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

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  • 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….