Ruger is expanding on their latest series of American rifles with several new models chambered for rimfire cartridges, .22 Long Rifle and .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire.
These new additions expand on the American series, making it far more flexible, while adding a host of new features not included with the non-rimfire models.
Like the centerfire versions, they’re simple bolt-action rifles built using new CNC machining techniques to produce inexpensive receivers that don’t sacrifice quality or reliability. They also use charcoal-colored polymer for the stocks to keep weight and costs down.
But the new rimfire Americans have a few things the centerfire rifles don’t, including iron sights for the purists — although the front is a Williams fiber optic sight, to make it easier to pick up. The receiver is drilled and tapped for conventional Weaver #12 scope rings but also has a 3/8-inch rimfire optic mount as well.
Another new feature to the rimfire versions is a modular stock with interchangeable cheek welds. This ensures that shooters using the rifle with a scope have a sufficiently-raised comb that can be swapped out for the standard comb for shooting with irons.
They maintain the American series’ user-serviceable trigger which can be adjusted from three to five pounds, as well as the original models’ “Power Bedding” locking bedding system that free-floats the blue-finished, hammer-forged barrel. Both of these contribute heavily to these inexpensive rifles’ accuracy, and we expect a lot from the rimfire versions.
The new rimfire American rifles will come in four variants, two standard and two compact.