There is a growing trend in the industry. More and more companies are making guns with threaded barrels. Ruger’s been doing it for a while, so it isn’t really news. But occasionally a company will really nail a design and combine all the right elements into something that seems meant to be. So it is with the latest 10/22 Takedown.
The gun comes in two variations, now. The old takedown is a fine gun. But the new version is even better. The main difference is the threaded barrel. But that one addition makes this rifle much more appealing.
The Sturm Ruger 10/22 Takedown T
The tactical Takedown’s overall length is just over three feet. The barrel is sixteen and a half inches, The gun has a modest length of pull: a touch over thirteen inches. It weighs just over four and a half pounds empty. The stock is synthetic and the barrel is a blued alloy that’s almost black. The gun ships with one magazine (a ten round box), and it has a section of rail that can be screwed to the top of the receiver. And it all comes in compact black bag.
If I have one gripe about the 10/22 line, it is that the compact gun can’t decide if it is a youth rifle or not. As much as I love the rifle, and I do love it, I have to get all squished up to shoot the thing. But I’m tall. And it still works. I guess I need to find an aftermarket stock that will let me stretch it out.
The front sight is a tiny brass bead on a ribbed black post. I’ve always liked the size of it. It works very well for me. The back sight has two wings with a notch in the middle. With the brass bead in the notch, and the notch covering your intended target, the gun is very accurate.
With other 10/22s, the front post is lower. I have one that is set up to shoot pumpkin-on-a-post, which is my preferred set up for rimfire (as I can see the whole target, and see where the bullet impacts). But the height of the bead on this rifle is meant to clear a silencer, so that set up is much harder to attain. As such, the sights end up covering a bit more of the target than I’d like. But I can live with it. It will only take more practice for me to get used to it.