Last August I reviewed the Enoch Odin Chassis for the 10/22. Well, Engineered Silence reached out and sent in their own 10/22 chassis. However, what separates the Engineered Silence chassis from the rest of the 10/22 chassis market is that it is designed for the 10/22 Takedown.
A 10/22 Chassis Unlike The Others
While PMACA does make a Takedown chassis, the styling is more like a benchrest style gun and not as modular like the Engineered Silence chassis. While the Odin chassis was great for my Ruger Charger, it was limited since it did not have a bridge over the barrel.
The Engineered Silence chassis has a full handguard that wraps around the entire barrel. They even include the Torx wrench for installing the top half of the handguard.
There are ten Torx screws that hold the top of the handguard onto the bottom half. It is a nice touch that the handguard reaches backwards to bridge the gap between the handguard and upper receiver top rail. Yes, you could rotate the top half 180 degrees and have that one MLOK slot overhand the barrel instead in case you need that extra slot for accessories.
When Engineered Silence first reached out to us, I did not think I could review this chassis since I did not own a 10/22 Takedown at the time. However Jon, of Engineered Silence, informed me that he makes a Non-Takedown V-block adapter. Perfect!
The Non-Takedown V-Block adapter simply replaces your existing barrel V-Block. It provides a mounting point to attach 10/22 Takedown forends onto your non-Takedown 10/22. Make sure you pay attention to the instructions. I had to loosen and retighten the V-Block a couple of times so the handguard was centered properly.
Another feature that separates the Engineered Silence chassis from the rest is that you can use any AR pistol grip even if it has a beavertail. I used my Larue pistol grip for this build.
Top Rail Real Estate
Since the Engineered Silence Chassis gives you a full wrap around handguard you can mount things to the top like an AR. Jon sent along his short Picatinny rail. At first glance, I questioned why it was so tall. Even the MRAX rails are shorter and I consider them already to be too tall.
The tall Picatinny rail is Jon’s solution to mounting an optic to the barrel end of a 10/22 Takedown. The height of the rail combined with a low profile optic like an Aimpoint T2 puts the optic at AR optic height when you cheek your Ruger 10/22 Takedown.
Below I used one of my longer MRAX rails and it fits the entire top of the handguard.
Interestingly, a 10/22 Takedown and Ruger PC Carbine share similar dimensions. You can take a Ruger PC Carbine handguard and put it on a 10/22 Takedown barrel. Or in this case mount it to the Engineered Silence non-takedown adapter.
One of the biggest problems with a 10/22 is being able to mount a clip-on night vision device (CNVD). With a full wrap around handguard now you can use a CNVD on a 10/22 Chassis.
Close Up On The ES Chassis
The Engineered Silence (ES) Chassis has a set screw for tightening up the fit on the rear of your 10/22 receiver.
Like the Odin chassis, the ES chassis has steel QD inserts on the sides.
The ES chassis is similar to the PMACA chassis since it has a threaded rear extension for AR-15 buffer tubes. However Jon at Engineered Silence just sent out his new Picatinny adapter so you can use MPX style stocks or braces. It is similar to the KNS Precision pitcatinny adapter but it is not designed solely for ARs. Rather you can use it on any gun that will take an AR buffer tube.
Just thread the adapter into the rear of the chassis, time the Picatinny rail and tighten the two screws. This pulls the threaded section while the pic rail section pushes against the chassis.
For additional security, the ES Chassis has a set screw that works with the slot at the bottom of an AR buffer tube or the Engineered Silence Picatinny adapter.
For due diligence, I acquired a used 10/22 takedown to see how the ES chassis was originally intended.
If you have a Ruger 10/22 takedown and want an aluminum chassis that you can accessorize then the Engineered Silence Chassis is the one for you. Ruger Charger Takedown chassis are limited and this chassis would work well for that. I only have a 10/22 Ruger Charger and the V-block non-takedown adapter is a cool little solution to use this chassis for my purposes.
The Engineered Silence chassis is more expensive than the other chassis I have used. It is on sale currently for $319.99. That costs more than I spent on the 10/22 Takedown rifle. It is up to you if you want to spend that much on a quality chassis that gives you more options for your 10/22 Takedown. For my 10/22 Takedown rifle, I got the Magpul Backpacker stock and plan to use the Engineered Silence Chassis exclusively on my 10/22 Ruger Charger instead.
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