Ruger caused quite a bit of a stir with the introduction of the 10/22 Takedown at the 141st Annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association in St. Louis, MO earlier this year. Since the 10/22 is, in fact, a long arm and also not in an "assault weapon" configuration, I was able to get my hands on one within a month of the convention (apparently Ruger knew the 10/22 Takedown was going to be a smash hit and made a pile of them...). I've had it since May, been shooting the ever-lovin' heck out of it, and figured it was time to post a review.
The 10/22 Takedown in its native habitat.
I suspect if you saw nothing other than the ginormous hasp and lock, you'd know I was reviewing a Ruger, but everything you see came with the rifle when I picked it up. There's a standard picatinny rail (it comes drilled and tapped for a rail) if you want to put one on; there's a sling for the pack; there's a lock, and the bag itself which is a very slick design - Not only does it carry the rifle and six 25 round magazines - with room for more - but it even doubles as a rest!
If you saw one of these at the range, you'd probably not give it a second look - it's the standard polymer stock and stainless receiver/barrel combination that Ruger has been selling for years. The 10/22 Carbine with synthetic stock and stainless barrel has the same barrel length as well as overall length, and the two are practically twins. Unless, of course, you saw the Takedown like this:
Honey, I cut the gun in half!
There's a $90 difference in MSRP between the 10/22 carbine and the 10/22 Takedown, which probably translates into ~ $70 or so off the shelf. Is it worth ~ $70 to get the Takedown? Are little green apples green? Trust me on this one - it's worth the extra money to have the functionality of the Takedown. The mechanism for taking it down is hands-down the easiest I've ever seen (and I own a few "takedown" models like the Marlin model 39A and a Winchester 1906 - the Ruger is easier by a wide margin to take apart and put back together).
I shot a couple minutes of video to show just how easy the 10/22 Takedown is to take apart and put back together:
The video's a hair over 2 minutes, and I took it apart and put it back together like three times, and the vast majority of that two minutes is me blah blah blahing... It is incredibly simple to take the 10/22 apart and put it back together.
As for shooting the 10/22 Takedown, well, it's a Ruger 10/22. I've had a 10/22 for a few years that I absolutely love shooting, and this one is indistinguishable from it on the firing line. It's just as accurate as a "regular" 10/22:
That's two magazines at 50 feet, unsupported. The Takedown is every bit as accurate as her solid state brethren, and equally reliable. I put somewhere between 900 and 1000 rounds through it with a handful of stovepipes (all of which occurred when using the Eagle 30-round magazines, curse you MA AWB!). It has never failed to fire, and only jammed once on me - and that could easily be due to the fact that I haven't even thought about cleaning it yet...
I sat down and thought long and hard about what I could possibly say bad about the Ruger 10/22 Takedown, and I honestly could not come up with a single thing. The best I could do was that I would hesitate to put the rail on it, as optics would detract from the portability. Once you start adding a scope/red dot/etc., it makes the rifle less streamlined for carrying while broken down. This is a weak point, I will admit - even with a largish scope on it, it'll still break down small and fit in the case provided.
The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is everything you would expect in a Ruger 10/22 - rock solid reliable, as accurate as the day is long, and just plain fun to shoot while not breaking the bank (I have only fed it the bulk pack Federal 36 grain copper plated rounds readily available for $20 a brick at WalMart). For a little more money than the non-Takedown version, you get a near-invulnerable rifle that can easily be carried in a backpack - and you can shoot it all day long on the cheapest of ammo.
Now, if only someone would come up with a wood stock for it...
That is all.