TFB's Build Of The Week Series: Week 4: Doug M's "Corona Light 10/22"

Tom R
by Tom R

The fourth entry named “Corona Light” by Doug is the lightest (and quietest) build of the bunch. Stuck at home under quarantine, he wanted to make a lightweight, suppressed rifle suitable for training and plinking.

Three and a Half Pound Corona Light

At 3.5 lbs, this rifle is definitely light. And personally owning a Surefire Ryder, I can attest it makes for a pleasant and quiet shooting 22LR. Hopefully, the Surefire Ryder is not discontinued—there are a few retailers that still have it in stock. In fact, I actually have that action and barrel (as well as the RMR)—I may have to do this build myself if I can source that chassis and stock.

It is a pricey build for a 10/22, but any time you aim for lightweight components, the trade-off is cost. And we all know that mufflers have that forced premium (thanks ATF) that adds to the cost when we want to be quieter. I also like that Doug included some notes for further reducing the weight.

Take a moment to read through the build and let Doug (and us) know what you think. Would you have done something differently?

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    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and runs an on-demand medical staffing business. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it--he is known (in certain circles) for his curse...ahem, find the breaking point of anything.You can reach him at tom.r AT or at

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    • Tassiebush Tassiebush on Oct 24, 2020

      If i could own that i definitely would! Imagine all the opportunistic shooting you could do with that!

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      • Tassiebush Tassiebush on Oct 26, 2020

        @iksnilol Yep just meet shortest legal overall length or barrel length. Whichever is relevant.

    • DM DM on Oct 25, 2020


      Thanks for all the feedback.

      I have found that all of the aluminum stocks/chassis are heavier than the Axiom chassis with a brace or light stock, and that the weight along with length of pull were key factors that lead to the Axiom chassis with the SBA3 brace being chosen for this build until the Form 1 is returned with the stamp. I will look more closely at the Crazy Ivan solution, and thanks for the recommendation.

      Pistol vs. Rifle, the SBA3 is on the build while the ATF Form 1 is pending because the basic stock is 1.5oz lighter than the SBA3, and the pistol brace allows me to test the custom build until the Form1 arrives and I can engrave the receiver.

      The MP5 and Scorpion can get a 10" or less LOP, but could never get close to 3.5lbs suppressed with a red dot. My MPX with a 4.5" barrel, EOtech EXPS2, Omega 9k, and 4.5" Midwest handguard is 6.85lbs. Muzzle energy was not a requirement for this build, and I agree with you that if it was, then a 22lr platform would not have been considered.

      The price of the build is primarily driven by the cost of the suppressor and optic which can drive up the price of nearly any build pistol or rifle build. Other than optics and suppressors, if you are looking to customize a 10/22 pistol or rifle, then I highly recommend looking at building a custom 10/22 vs. the cost of extensive upgrades to a new Ruger 10/22. KIDD and Tactical Solutions are great companies that offer quality products for reasonable prices given that they deliver on the promises of their products from my experience.

      Thanks again for the feedback, and comments. :)