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Featured Firearm Friday – The Ruger 10/22 Takedown

On Featured Firearm Friday, I will tell you all about a firearm I either own and love or don’t own (yet) but covet. I’ll tell you about what I shoot in competition, carry, and just take to the the range for practice. As time goes on, I hope to also be able to tell you what’s new and awesome. Please feel free to ask any specific questions about what I review. I’d also love to hear your suggestions for what I should be trying and talking about on Shooting In Lipstick.

It may be a bit strange for me to feature Ruger firearms back to back. However, these two Rugers check critical boxes for me so I want to discuss them with you. Last time, I showed you my .22 pistol, the Ruger Mark III. Today I am showing you the first firearm I ever asked for and received, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown.

How This Firearm Came to Live With Me

Believe it or not, there was a time when I didn’t think I needed to own a firearm. I didn’t have a problem with them. In fact, target shooting was something I really enjoyed. I just figured Mr. SiL could own all the guns and I would tag along to the range and use whatever he had. That lasted until I shot a .22 rifle. It was not a Ruger but rather an antique Remington previously owned by Mr. SiL’s dearly departed Pop Pop. As soon as I pulled the trigger, I knew I wanted one. It was light, quiet, easy to handle, and had almost no recoil. I was able to concentrate on my breathing and focus on hitting the target. With that .22 rifle in my hands, I felt like a pro. Within about 5 shots, I knew I wanted one.

Lo and behold, we drove by a gun show on the way home (Mr. SiL swears it was a coincidence) and I picked out a brand new Ruger 10/22 Takedown. I named her Jayne and she taught me much about myself and the world. It was meant to be.

Erin's Ruger 10/22 Takedown
That’s my Jayne

Here are the specs on the 10/22 Takedown model I am discussing here:

Ruger 10/22 Takedown

Caliber .22LR
Action Semi-Auto
Magazine Capacity 10 (with extended magazines available up to 50 rounds)
Sights Gold bead front sight with adjustable rear sight
Weight 4.6 lbs
Barrel Length 18.50″
Overall Length 37″
Safety Manual
MSRP $439

What Makes This Rifle Great?

If you are a new shooter, a shooter who enjoys plinking, or a someone looking to teach new shooters, this is a great firearm to own. It is lightweight, easy to clean, and a dream to shoot. I learned much of my basic marksmanship with Jayne and the patient teaching of Mr. SiL. The magazines are easy to load and extended magazines are available. I have a few 25 round magazines and I have even seen a 50 round drum (which I don’t recommend but am showing just to be open about the availability).

For learning to shoot, I can’t think of many firearms better suited. The weight makes it easy to control and I have seen a 7 year old shoot one (under close adult supervision, of course) with no issue. You won’t come away from a day shooting Jayne with a bruised shoulder. And while you can easily mount a red dot to the 10/22, you don’t need to do so and I would argue it is very useful to learn without one.

There are a million other things I love about the Ruger 10/22 Takedown. It is a competitively priced, well made rifle that functions without issue but there is one other point I would be remiss to skip. The rifle is a breeze to clean. As a Takedown, it breaks into two pieces. It takes about 30 seconds to disassemble if you are watching TV and carrying on a conversation at the same time. Once in two parts, it is simple to get to the parts that need cleaning. In our house, we think learning to clean your firearm is a critical part of learning to shoot. I appreciate the rifle I learned to clean wasn’t tough.

Ruger 10/22 Reciever

Rugger 10/22 Takedown Barrel
Two Pieces!

Surely There Must Be SOMETHING You Don’t Like, Right?

Of course, no firearm is flawless. The 10/22 Takedown doesn’t get a pass. The biggest issue I have with it is it is a massive pain to lock the bolt to the rear. I’ve been shooting mine for years and I still have issues with it. I don’t shoot this at competition largely for this reason. Even Mr. SiL has to fuss with it a bit sometimes. And a rifle you can’t manipulate is going to be annoying with that cease fire whistle is blown at the range. If you know a trick to make this easier, please let me know in the comments!

The only other drawback I can offer is this isn’t an especially multipurpose firearm. I wouldn’t recommend it for home defense and I don’t know anyone who hunts anything larger than a possum with one of these. You could compete with it, sure. I think it would need some upgrades to be ready for competition, though. In my opinion, this is a plinking rifle. I think everyone should own one but if you are looking for something to check several boxes, this might not be the best fit.

Even with the minor drawbacks, I think this is an excellent rifle to own. For most people, as it was with me, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown is a great choice for a first firearm.

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown:

Pros:

  • Little to no recoil
  • Easy to clean
  • Excellent for teaching and learning

Cons:

  • The bolt lock/release is fiddly and not quick or easy to manipulate
  • Not versatile

Ruger makes the 10/22 in many different models and colors. I’ve had my eye on a baby pink one for my favorite niece for some time. Do you have a 10/22? What do you think? What did you learn to shoot with first?