HUSH! Volquartsen Firefly 10/22 Bolt

Hey! Yes, you. How’s it going? Did you wait until the final days of the ’41F silencer rush of 2016′ to order your first rimfire silencer? It’s ok, I’m not here to scold you. But, you may be wondering how you are going to endure the dreaded NFA-wait, which at this point could take up to 18 months to process an ATF Form 4 transfer application. Fear not, high-end Ruger part-maker Volquartsen may have a solution for your no-silencer blues.

The Firefly 10/22 Bolt is specifically designed to cycle subsonic .22LR ammunition like the CCI Quiet-22 line. Most semiautomatic guns won’t cycle the lower powered ammunition because of the insufficient force required to blow back the bolt. Volquartsen has changed the bolt, recoil rod and spring to allow for super quiet shots even without the use of a quality rimfire suppressor.

So, while you wait for your new silencer to clear ATF limbo, consider picking up the Volquartsen Firefly and a brick of CCI Quiet-22. At a price less than that tax stamp you paid for but haven’t received, you can pass the time in peace and quiet.



Are you looking for a quiet alternative when shooting? Don’t want to go through all the necessary work to get a suppressor? Our Firefly Competition Bolt for the Ruger 10/22 designed to shoot the CCI Quiet 22 LR is the answer!

There is no denying the Quiet 22 LR is what is claims to be…quiet! Less than 68dB at the shooter’s ear! The only problem is it would not cycle in the semi-autos we tested it in. Well, problem solved for the Ruger 10/22.

By changing nothing but the bolt and supplied recoil rod and spring, this round functions flawlessly. You do not need to modify the magazine or change any other springs. Our Recoil Buffer for the 10/22 is also included for an even quieter shooting experience.

Volquartsen Firefly

Volquartsen Firefly


Volquartsen Firefly

Volquartsen Firefly


  • Type III black hard anodized finish
  • Recoil rod and spring included
  • Recoil Buffer included
  • Designed to shoot any 22 LR round rated under 1000 fps
  • Product Number: VC10FY


Volquartsen –
P.O. Box 397 (Post Office only)
24276 240 th Street (Fed Ex or UPS)
Carroll, IA 51401
Phone: 712-792-4238
Fax: 712-792-2542


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  • UVB76

    Is the 18month wait time what they are saying for Form 4s in June/July? Where is my Snickers bar…

    • PK

      You obviously weren’t waiting on stamps in the late 90s or early 00s… it took a couple of years, minimum. Although that may have been because of my examiner, they aren’t bound by name/region any more.

      • BryanS

        Thats because they decided to hire on another 2 people to the office of infringement.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      It’s an estimation some are making. A year wait is almost guaranteed.

  • bmartin79

    Will this cycle supersonic rands too?

    • RocketScientist

      For some reason this comment sparked in my mind the image of Ayn Rand, blasting through the air at supersonic speeds, in a superman pose, bringing objectivism and rational self-interest to the masses.

      • John

        Is the gun she’s being fired from wielded by an edgy teen?

        • Cory C


      • JT Wise

        I had the same vision, only it was Rand Paul.

    • Longhaired Redneck

      No rands, just Krugers…

  • thedonn007

    I was thinking that this was going to turn your 10/22 into a “bolt action”, to quiet down the action noise.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Since the PWS Summit is out of production, I’ve been looking for options to make a bolt action Charger.

      • thedonn007

        What? The PWS Summit is out of production? It was a little bit too expensive for me, but I was somewhat considering buying one.
        Tandemkross has a picatinny rail adapter left handed charger that I was thinking about using on a 10/22 manual cycle build, but have not looked into it too much.

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          I know. I was too. They say they are focusing on producing their other products that they can’t keep up with.

      • Sardo Numspa

        The summit was considerably louder then my Tacsol X-ring , my buddy had one and we went head up to see whos’ was more quite and needless to say he also has a X-ring now .
        We both are running Thompson Machine integrally suppressed barrels .

  • joshv06

    We can already do this with a lighter recoil spring by Kidd..

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      Yeah, but I still have a ruger bolt with my Kidd spring setup …..

  • DanGoodShot

    No need. I popped out my bolt and hand polished the snot out of it and low n behold, it now reliably cycles subsonic. I was surprised, but wasn’t about to argue.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Good to know! Thanks.

      • DanGoodShot

        The funny thing is I did the polishing to make cleaning easier. I had a bunch of random 22 subs given to me. I tried em prior to polishing, no dice. After that they just sat collecting dust. Then about 2 months after I polished it I was teaching my daughter to shoot. Thinking the 22 subs would be perfect for that I busted em out. To my surprise, every single shot of the 250 rounds that day and all since cycle flawlessly.

    • Gary Kirk

      Amazing what happens when people take the time to look at a problem, instead of just buying a fix.. Not saying that your solution will work for everyone, but sometimes..

    • American Spartan

      What part of the bolt?

      • DanGoodShot

        I did all around it. But concentrated on the left, right, top and bottom. Basically, look for anywhere it makes contact in the reciver. Also, do a little in the reciver itself and the fcg, again, where it contacts the bolt.

  • Jess Johnson

    Volquartsen already had this in their 22 short kit. That kit also came with a special magazine for the shorter rounds, but the light bolt worked great with subsonic ammo.

  • Andrew Miller

    My 10-22 cycles subsonic ammunition already.
    At least the types I tried.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      The CCI quiet is especially weak. 710 Fps

  • Hoplopfheil

    All of a sudden I want a 10/22.

    • Blake

      All of a sudden I want *another* 10/22 🙂

  • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

    Great, yet another expensive 10/22 part I want. Now to replace the receiver with something not Ruger to get rid of the last Ruger parts on my Ruger 10/22.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Same. The receiver is my last Ruger part.

      • DanGoodShot

        Once you replace the reciver you can put all the ruger parts back together and have your original rifle.

  • Disarmed in CA

    Oh good, another replacement part that costs as much as a new gun.

  • Bob

    Meh, I have an easy solution, I can always just shoot my bolt action, it’ll eat anything .22 LR or smaller.

  • iksnilol

    Is it padded or something to make it cycle more quietly?

    • Blake

      It’s lighter than a standard 10/22 bolt, & has a much smoother surface than the factory part.

      • iksnilol

        It will still hit the receiver when closing. You’re still getting metal banging on metal. That’s got to make noise. If they wanted quieter they’d use a rubber bit on it or something. Just to avoid the metal on metal when closing.

  • MarcoPolo

    My 10/22 cycles on subsonic just fine, I must be doing it wrong.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      It might be because of the extra back pressure when you are using a can. Also The CCI Quiet 22 is like ultra-subsonic. 710 Fps