Review: Ravenwood RW-AR22 Stock for the Ruger 10/22

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In recent years .22 trainers like the Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22, the Colt M4 .22, or the HK 416 .22 have taken a bit of focus away from the ever popular Ruger 10/22. I have a strong feeling that has a lot to do with the Ruger looking more like a hunting rifle and the AR pattern rifles being more in line with what many newer shooters are familiar with. The Ravenwood RW-AR22 stock puts a bit of that focus back on forgotten rifles by allowing shooters to transform their otherwise normal looking 10/22 into an almost AR like rifle.

When the Ravenwood stock showed up I pulled a brand new 10/22 with a fancy lasermax from my inventory to dress up. I cleared the dining table off and got to work installing the otherwise unassuming stock 10/22 into the RW-AR22 (A mouthful if I do say so) stock. I decided to lay everything out to really take in what was involved.

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The receiver is a molded part with faux AR-15 controls. I found that out of habit I tried to take the rifle off of safe with the molded safety once as did my father when he picked it up. IMG_0795

Here you can see where the 10/22’s receiver will lay, the Ravenwood stock relies on a tight fit inside the clamshell to keep everything in line. I was a bit concerned about the rifle retaining zero, but was very pleased when we saw no degradation in accuracy after zeroing then jostling the gun around a bit.  IMG_0796

The handguard features an ATI style “nosecone”, after installing the rifle I thought it looked much better with it than without as a result of the rifle’s thin barrel. With a .920″ barrel I am fairly sure that you would need to remove the nosecone. IMG_0806

The stock is adjustable for length and also features an adjustable cheek rest. Ravenwood includes the one you see below as well as a lower profile rest. I opted for the lower profile rest because I prefer the optic as low as I can get it and didn’t see the need for the ultra tall one.  IMG_0808

The pistol grip has a recoil reducing style cushion on the back of the grip. Putting the grip on is kind of a pain and I was a bit afraid of breaking something as a result of the amount of pressure I had to put on the plastic clamshell receiver. IMG_0810

Like I said I decided to pull a brand new 10/22 out to install into the stock. While there is nothing wrong with the stock 10/22 the Ravenwood stock looked as though it could be fun to shoot. IMG_0811

Below is all that is retained from the factory rifle. I started taking photos of the install process but it proved to be a bit difficult with only 2 hands. IMG_0813

Several steps later I had a complete rifle again. Changing the magazine on the complete rifle reminds me a lot of of the CMMG Mutant rifles that I have had the pleasure to shoot. The crossbolt safety did throw me for a loop once … or twice. IMG_0832

Out at the range I was able to sight the rifle in rather quickly. It did look a lot tacti-cooler than it did in the factory stock. The full length rail allows you to mount just about anything you want to it really allowing you a wide range of back up iron sights and optics to be used. IMG_0843

The faux selector was a bit deceiving for someone that normally shoots an AR variant of some type.  The clamshell receiver even has a bolt stop and magazine catch.  IMG_0845

The low profile cheek riser was more than enough for how low I mounted the scope. The kit did come with a taller one if you decide that you need more height. IMG_0846

The clamshell even has a molded in brass deflector and a faux forward assist as well as a faux AR style mag button.  The molded magazine well prevents shooters from using the flush fit style of magazine that the 10/22 ships with. Not that big of a deal since if you are outfitting your 10/22 rifle with this stock you are most likely going to be using a larger magazine. IMG_0847

I shot a quick 10 round group at 25 yards and found that the Ravenwood stock did not allow the 10/22 receiver to shift under recoil. I was able to turn out a respectable group for a factory 10/22 barrel and trigger. You can see my two shot zeroing groups on the other 4 visible bulls-eyes. IMG_0848

Time to have some fun shooting the steel! I rather enjoyed shooting the Ravenwood stocked 10/22 but was reminded often that it was not a real AR style trainer. The rifle did function flawlessly throughout our range trip. IMG_0878

I gave my father the rifle and told him to go nuts on the steel torso. He was drilling the hostage swinger shot after shot and having a blast. I had a rather hard time prying the rifle from him at the end of the day, he was sold on the stock needless to say. IMG_0918 IMG_0940 IMG_0941

Something of note that I didn’t think about till I got home after the range and was cleaning everything up was that you have to totally disassemble the chassis to clean the rifle. There is no way to get to the trigger pack pins or the inside of the receiver without removing it totally, that means taking the entire thing apart as a result of how the Ravenwood stock is put together. Another thing of note that I mentioned earlier is that the stock will only accept “banana” style magazines because of the plastic clamshell’s magazine well.

If it wasn’t for the cleaning issue I would say that the stock is a home run, but if taking it apart to clean it isn’t a deal breaker for you than the RW-AR22 might be something that you should look into. It is far cheaper than another gun with a MSRP of $179.99. You can learn more about the Ravenwood RW-AR22 stock at Ravenwood International’s website here.


Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • CanadianShill

    Any idea on weight? I tried the ATI stock and got rid of it, felt too cheap and weighed the rifle down too much.

    • Patrick R.

      I will have to pull my scale out when I get home. I can tell you it was much heavier than I expected.

    • Patrick R.

      45.25 ounces for just the stock.

      • CanadianShill

        Thanks!

  • TC

    Thanks for the well written review. I think I’ll stick with my original walnut stock, especially since my trusty old 10/22 has been relegated to target shooting with the kids.

  • P

    Thanks for the well written review. I have a Nordic Components chassi for my 10/22. I prefer the aluminum to plastic. The other option I would say is the Troy chassi kit. Not sure why one would buy a plastic chassi unless perhaps there is a great price difference.

  • mike

    Do people not realize that ruger already makes an ar style version already. its actually aluminum not this cheap feeling plastic. It may be a little heavier but likely cheaper than buying the stander gun and then this stock.

  • Just say’n

    The 10/22 is a “.22 trainer” for the Mini-14 😉

  • iksnilol

    I caught that Jericho reference. ;=)

    Also, why mold AR controls in a rifle that doesn’t use them? It just clutters up the appearance IMO.

  • VF77

    “I have a strong feeling that has a lot to do with the Ruger looking more like a hunting rifle and the AR pattern rifles”

    — that’s because it IS a hunting rifle! 🙂 And basically a squirrel hunting rifle at that. You can dress a little girl up as a lumberjack, but she’s still just a little girl.

    Don’t get me wrong. I love my 10/22… and it sure is tempting to dress her up in full kit sometimes with all of the cool stocks and gear they have now… But it’s just an illusion. It’s still a rimfire, and it’s still a .22.

  • Cymond

    I have no problem with tacticool rimfires, and I personally have a folding stock on my 10/22, but I wish they’d stop trying to make the 10/22 look like an AR-15. Let it be it’s own thing, don’t try to shoehorn it into being a pseudo-AR.