When friend Drew Peterson announced that he had picked up one of the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifles, I was excited! I’ve heard a lot of excitement about this new rifle from friends and colleagues, and I was really looking forward to giving it a try. I do have a weakness for the Ruger 10/22, as it was the first firearm I fired as a kid, and that added to my interest.
Unfortunately, the inauguration of this new rifle was not without incident. While preparing to fire the first shot, Drew asked “what’s up with this?”. I looked at the bolt, and noticed that the .22LR round in the magazine would not strip off the magazine. After a bunch of coaxing, no luck with the factory Ruger 25 round magazines (we tried two of them). Fortunately, the stock 10 round magazine did work without incident.
We did have fun shooting the 10/22 Takedown, but Drew was not real happy about the functioning issue with the 25 round magazines. He took it to one of the staff members at West Coast Armory (where we were shooting), and they were helpful in diagnosing the issue. After trying their own 10/22 Takedown with the magazines, Drew’s rifle was found to be at fault. It appears that the Magazine interface in the receiver is out of spec (the magazine is allowed to ride too “high” in the receiver). I’m confident that Ruger will take care of Drew on this issue, but it sure is disappointing!
Want to know more about the Ruger 10/22 Takedown? I know I do. Keep an eye out here on the blog and in the magazine for more information!