This is our 8th year in a row bringing you little known factoids about the history of the Ruger 10/22, click on the links below to see the prior years facts
The 10/22 take-down weighs 3.2 ounces more than the standard carbine with the same options.
Youtuber Honest Outlaw has rated the 10/22 as one of the 5 best guns you can buy for under $300
In 2020 Ruger introduced a new target rifle model featuring a stainless bull barrel and orange laminate thumbhole stock
Harry Sefried, one of the chief designers of the 10/22 also created the Ruger 44 Carbine, Ruger’s “Six” line of double action revolvers as well as the High Standard Sentinel revolver.
Here is (from left to right) Ed Nolan (VP of Marketing), Harry Sefried (Chief Engineer), Michael Horelick (VP of Manufacturing) and Bill Ruger discussing the rotary magazine on the 10/22. Picture was taken at the Lacey Place design studio in ’63 or early ’64. Photo courtesy of The Ruger Collectors Association.
In 1974 Woolworth put the 10/22 on sale for just $39.00
The Ruger 10/22 was featured in the 1st episode of season 7 of CSI: Miami, they called it a “High Powered Rifle”
The 10/22 shares some parts with other Ruger firearms:
In 2015, a fourth digit was added to the 10/22’s serial number pre-fix, 45 years after the three digit prefix was added
The survival blog Willow Haven Outdoors chose the 10/22 as their #1 pick for a survival rifle
Only a very few 10/22a left the factory with engraving, one was for Bart Skelton, son of gun writer Skeeter Skelton…
The other one went to gun historian/author R.L. Wilson. Both rifles had the tops of the receivers engraved by A.A. White, the serial numbers of these two guns are just 26 digits apart.
The 2013 video game No More Room in Hell featured the Ruger 10/22
The original bolt assembly on the 10/22 had 8 pieces, that was reduced to 7 when Ruger eliminated the firing pin return spring pin and cast in a ledge into the firing spring channel to provide a stop.
Ruger employees casting 10/22 receivers at the Newport, NH facility
photo courtesy of Personal Defense World
The 10/22 with serial number 16 was given as a gift to gun writer Herb Glass.
Gunnewsdaily, listed the 10/22 as their choice for the best 22 rifle for the money in 2020
In 2021, the number of Ruger 10/22 models available was 56, broken down into eight categories.
Ramline once made a copy of the Mini-14/AC556 factory folding stock for the 10/22
The website The Truth About Guns called the 10/22 “The Jeep Wrangler of the gun world.”
A Ruger 10/22 was featured in the 1988 movie Picasso Trigger, it was equipped with a Butler Creek folding stock and 25 round magazine.
The Ruger Custom Shop Competition 10/22 uses a unique bolt with a pinned firing pin channel, radiused back end and a unique shape, then they coat the bolt with an anti-friction coating.
photo courtesy of Rimfire Central Forum