Ruger's New Charger Pistols

Richard Johnson
by Richard Johnson
Ruger Charger

Ruger is now shipping two new Charger pistols. The first is a reworked base model, while the second is a take-down version of the gun.

Ruger Charger

The guns have a number of new features that will appeal to many shooters. Among the new features are:

  • 10″ threaded barrels (1/2″-28) for the addition of a suppressor
  • includes an adjustable bipod
  • laminate stock
  • BX-15 magazine (15 rounds)
  • A2-style grip that can be replaced with any standard AR-15 grip

The Charger Takedown uses the same type of disconnect that the company used on the 10/22 Takedown rifle. This model has a Green Mountain laminate stock, but otherwise shares the same features as the standard model.

Ruger Charger

Both pistols are chambered in .22 LR. The MSRP for the standard model is $309 while the Takedown is $409.

From Ruger:

Ruger Introduces the Re-engineered 22 Charger Pistol and the New 22 Charger Takedown

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) proudly announces the re-engineered 22 Charger™ pistol with enhanced features and introduces the new 22 Charger Takedown pistol. First introduced in 2007, the 22 Charger pistol became a favorite for .22 LR pistol shooters and plinkers alike.

Weighing just under 3.25 pounds, the new 22 Charger pistol has an overall length of 19.25 inches and features a 10-inch precision rifled, threaded barrel with a 1/2″-28 thread pattern to accept most popular muzzle accessories. The redesigned brown laminated stock sports a standard A2-style pistol grip, which makes the platform easy to customize with the MSR grip of your choice. The matte black receiver features a factory installed Picatinny rail which provides ample space for a variety of optics, from scopes to red-dot sights. Like the original 22 Charger, these new pistols are built on the legendary Ruger® 10/22® platform and offer the same proven reliability.

The new 22 Charger Takedown model has all the features of the standard model, plus the very popular quick disconnect feature found on the full sized 10/22 Takedown® rifle. This feature allows the firearm to be taken down quickly and easily by simply pushing the recessed lever in the forend, twisting the subassemblies, and pulling them apart. The 22 Charger Takedown features a Green Mountain laminate stock and comes in a custom hard case for easy transport to the range.

Also new and included with both models is the BX-15™ magazine, a 15-round version of the very popular BX-25® magazine. The BX-15 is the perfect height when shooting with the included bipod from either the prone position or from a bench. The BX-15 fits all 10/22, 22 Charger, Ruger 77/22® and Ruger American Rimfire® rifles chambered in .22 LR. The bipod (included with both models) easily attaches to the forend.

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  • Rill Buger Rill Buger on Jan 01, 2015

    I am very curious about a part listed in the supplemental parts list & exploded view on pg 34 of the owners manual for the takedown model:


    Key No. Part Name Part No.
    1 Buttstock Assembly BH00445

    Anybody have any idea what this is or could be?

    Is there some sort of Ruger PSB planned for the Charger down the road?

  • Gunslinger Gunslinger on Jan 02, 2015

    i swear i didn't intend to use the short charger barrel on my take down rifle!

    i must have accidentally picked the wrong barrel and started shooting.