by Chris Christian - Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Rimfire guns are becoming very popular in Steel Challenge, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re just plain fun. I enjoy shooting a rimfire handgun, but every time I see someone with a rimfire rifle they look like they’re having an inordinate amount of fun!
I successfully resisted the temptation to join them. But when Ruger introduced their latest 10/22 .22LR rifle, the 10/22 Take Down Lite, temptation ended up winning.
The Take Down Lite ($659, Model Number 21152) is built on Ruger’s proven 10/22 action and accepts all 10/22 accessories. It features a polymer butt stock and forearm, and uses Ruger’s Modular Stock System that provides interchangeable standard or high comb cheek pieces on the butt stock. The barrel is a slender 16.12-inches, cold hammer-forged, and is tensioned in an aluminum alloy barrel sleeve. It has a 1/2"-28 threaded muzzle, with a muzzle cap that can be removed to allow the use of muzzle accessories. The overall length is 34.62-inches, and the trigger pull measured 5.5-pounds on my Lyman trigger gauge.
The combination of polymer stock and lightweight tensioned barrel results in an empty gun weight of 4.5-pounds. Speed wins in Steel Challenge, and light guns move fast!
I found the take down feature to be very practical. To separate the barrel/forearm, remove the magazine and lock the bolt back. Grasp the receiver in one hand, the forearm in the other, push the take down pin forward, twist the forearm slightly and slide the barrel off the receiver. The gun is now in two pieces. To reassemble, insert the barrel and turn to click and lock it in place. This makes it very simple to clean the barrel/chamber from the breech end.
The Take Down Lite ships in a compact case that holds the rifle in the take down mode, while providing room for magazines and the extra comb in the Modular Stock System.
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