Umarex, the air rifle manufacturers, have announced that they are introducing a replica Ruger 10/22 air rifle. Umarex have agreed on a licensing deal with Sturm, Ruger & Co. to produce the new CO2 powered air rifle. Chambered in .177 with a 10 shot rotary magazine, mimicking the real thing, the Umarex 10/22 can fire a pellet at 650 feet per second.
Here’s Umarex USA’s press release about the new rifle:
UMAREX, the “King of Replicas”, is introducing an officially licensed air rifle replica of the ubiquitous Ruger® 10/22® at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show January 22-25, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The air-powered variant of this notorious rifle comes after the 10/22 has graced shooting ranges around the country for over five decades.
The Ruger® 10/22® Air Rifle from UMAREX is true to form except that it is powered by two 12-gram CO2 cartridges instead of the ever-popular .22 LR round.
Umarex USA’s President, Richard Turner, expressed, “The 10/22 has earned its place in shooting history and we couldn’t be more excited that Ruger backed our development of the Ruger® 10/22® Air Rifle. Lots of people pulled a trigger for the first time with an airgun and if it wasn’t an air rifle, it was a 22. Very few guns can lay claim to that fact.”
The level of detail in the Ruger® 10/22® Air Rifle transcends its looks. “Umarex did a great job in developing the 10/22 Air Rifle,” said Ruger Vice President of Marketing, Rob Werkmeister. “We are truly impressed by the level of authentic detail and craftsmanship incorporated into this airgun, and we are proud to be affiliated with a company that shares our passion of providing quality products and exceptional service for shooters around the world.”
The 10/22 Air Rifle from UMAREX was designed to shoot .177 caliber pellets, the most readily available and most popular selling airgun caliber for recreational shooting. The magazine is authentic in shape and the magazine release pushes forward in authentic fashion giving you the ability to pull the magazine from the receiver. The magazine holds a red, removable rotary clip that accepts 10 flat or round-nosed pellets instead of the traditional .22 LR cartridge and is cleverly held in the magazine by a sliding lever, which allows for the easy exchange of a pre-loaded clip available as an accessory.
The bolt, while seemingly there for aesthetics, since it does not load a pellet into the chamber, serves to cock the rifle when actuated, giving the 10/22 Air Rifle a delightful three-pound trigger pull. The weight of the trigger and its identical overall size makes it an ideal rifle for first-time shooters whose natural next step up is the Ruger 10/22 chambered for .22 LR.
Loading quality UMAREX CO2 into the rifle is easy. With the twist of a button at the rear of the butt stock the buttpad slides out to reveal an incorporated Allen wrench. That wrench is used to remove a long cylinder inside the stock that punctures two, 12-gram CO2 cartridges when installed back-to-back within the stock of the rifle.
Beyond its function, the 10/22 Air Rifle is slightly lighter than the firearm, but looks the part. The sights are authentic in style, including the folding rear sight, and the rifle has authentic looking sling attachments incorporated. The receiver is ready to accept after-market rails that fit the Ruger® 10/22® so that you can customize your Ruger® 10/22® Air Rifle with the optic of your choosing.
Umarex have not yet announced an MRSP for the new air rifles but they will be at SHOT Show, booth #15062. More information about the 10/22 on Umarex website.