Hello and welcome to TFB Weekly Web Deals 19! The Ruger 10/22 is one of my all-time favorite firearms. First put into production in 1964, the humble Ruger 10/22 has earned nearly worldwide acclaim for its simplicity, affordability, and simple manual of arms. These qualities make it almost a no-brainer when it comes to picking a firearm as someone’s first experience with firearms and due to its extreme popularity amongst both seasoned and new shooters, it’s got a ton of aftermarket support for just about any part you can imagine on it. Everything from stocks, chassis, barrels, triggers, bolts, and even completely revamped receivers, the Ruger 10/22 is nothing short of a tuner’s paradise. Today we’ll be taking a look at some of my personal recommendations for the best aftermarket accessories you can pick up to improve the experience you’ll have with the Ruger 10/22 rifle or any of its derivatives.
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TFB Weekly Web Deals 19: The Best Ruger 10/22 Upgrades
This is one that should probably come standard on the Ruger 10/22 in my opinion as it makes the rig way more functional than the standard stock trigger that comes with most 10/22 pistols and carbines. A lot of people would probably say that messing with the trigger is usually a bad thing but since the stock trigger usually clocks in at a whopping 6 pounds, switching to a much more manageable 2.75 lb Ruger BX-Trigger is a far more palatable option regardless of what you’re using it for and for that matter it’s actually made by Ruger and therefore doesn’t present any functional drawbacks unless you hate good triggers.
I’m going to be 100% honest and say that I absolutely do not like cross-bolt safeties. One of the cooler benefits that I discovered during my experimenting with the Franklin Armory BFS III 22-C1 binary trigger is that it has a rotating ambidextrous safety selector. Taccom has replicated this functionality to work with regular Ruger 10/22 triggers as well as Ruger PC carbines and if you’re looking for a second-best quality of life upgrade, I’d wholeheartedly recommend these little things – they feature a nice short throw making it easy to operate by either left or right-handed shooters.
Following the same vein of quality of life upgrades for the Ruger 10/22, next up is the Tactical Solutions Performance Extended magazine release. This extended magazine release is great because it doesn’t stick out awkwardly like other extended magazine releases meaning you won’t accidentally drop a mag by bumping up against a barrier. The mag release comes in a variety of colors so you can add some nice flair to your favorite rifle if you wish.
One of the biggest drawbacks of the 10/22 is its lack of rail space. Even if you opt-in to the versions that already feature pre-mounted Picatinny sections, you’ll still only wind up with about 4″ of rail space to mount an optic – not a lot. The Evolution Gun Works 20 MOA Extended Scope mount is a whopping 7.9 inches from bow to stern giving you over 3 extra inches of space to mount whatever optic and accessories you’d like. Short of dropping your 10/22 into a dedicated chassis, this is the easiest and most affordable way to get more rail space on your 10/22.
The Ruger 10/22 gets a bit of a mixed bag of reports in terms of its reliability. While older production 10/22s seem to be very reliable, more modern ones seem to lack that same reliability and one of the easiest and most affordable solutions is the Volquartsen Bolt Tune-Up Kit. The kit features a more precise tool steel firing pin as well as an extractor that sits slightly closer to the bolt face to ensure a more positive extraction. Easily my first choice when it comes to a stubborn 10/22 that won’t run reliably (after confirming it isn’t just cheap bulk ammo causing headaches).
Simple, affordable, and sure to eliminate headaches for your and your shooting party, the Volquartsen Automatic Bolt Release is more of a simplicity upgrade rather than one that improves outright performance. The big issue with the stock Ruger 10/22 bolt lock/release is that it’s really hard for the uninitiated to get it to set the bolt free after it’s been set. The Automatic Bolt Release simply lets you pull the locked bolt to the rear and release it forward sending the first round into the battery without the need to remove your support hand to activate the manual release – just like nearly every other firearm you’ve used. The only thing that would be more useful is a last-round bolt hold open for the 10/22.
That’s all we’ve got for this week folks! Be sure to let us know if you found any of these aftermarket parts helpful for your own 10/22 modifications or if you have a different set of preferred aftermarket modifications for your Ruger 10/22 that you think others could benefit from. I know we left out a lot of more traditional accessories like optics, stocks, and attachments but I feel like most of those are subjective improvements rather than direct functional upgrades for the 10/22 rifle. Your thoughts are always welcome down in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and we’ll see you all next week!
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