Though there is an endless debate on which is the world’s most popular firearm, no one can disagree with the popularity and prominence of the Ruger 10/22. Widely accepted as a must-have weapon, the Ruger 10/22 can be found in gun cases all across America. But what makes this firearm so prevalent? Here are six of the reasons you should own one yourself.
Most firearm owners want a gun that is individual. Their own weapon. The easiest way to do that is to customize it with aftermarket accessories and transform it into the high-tech, ultra-accurate machine of your dreams. The amount of Ruger 10/22 accessories on the market is a big reason people flock to this firearm. It is easy to alter the 10/22 so much that the finished product looks nothing like the stock weapon. Best of all, it isn’t insanely difficult to install most of the aftermarket accessories yourself, which leads to the next plus of the 10/22.
Easy to Work On
A big seller for the Ruger 10/22 is how easy it is to work on this firearm yourself. The prior knowledge needed to assemble and disassemble it is minor compared to some other weapons. Also, the tools required aren’t elaborate and are ones you would commonly find in your garage or gun case. Routine cleanings and maintenance shouldn’t be much of a problem, considering how easy it is to work on this weapon. While you are working on it, you might discover some interesting parts, like the magazine.
A feature that sets the 10/22 apart is its magazine. Though not one-of-a-kind, you would have to do some serious searching to find another manufacturer that produced the internal, 10-round rotary magazine that is inside the 10/22. The easiest place to find one would be in the Tommy Guns from the early 1900s. Though the magazine doesn’t necessarily outperform other firearm magazines, it is a cool feature to make your weapon more unique.
Good Starting Firearm
Something else that is cool about the 10/22 is its accessibility. Nearly anyone can use one. It has very low recoil so children or weaker individuals won’t be intimidated by the weapons kick. Something else that is a positive, especially for first-timers, is how quietly the weapon shoots compared to higher calibers. Granted, you still will have some of both, but each are mild compared to many other firearms on the market. Speaking of the market, that brings us to the next point.
Being a .22 caliber weapon is an indication that you will have access to plenty of ammunition. This round is the most widely produced, which means two things: it will be abundant and cheap. Keep in mind that because of this, there will be some poor quality rounds made, so be on the lookout for those. But it isn’t just ammunition that is widely found, but the range of accessories that we previously talked about. You can do a simple search and find dozens of gun stores loaded with .22 accessories and upgrades. It seems nearly everyone has Ruger 10/22 parts for sale. And once you have it completed decked out the way you want, then you can shoot it, which brings me to my final point.
Fun to Shoot
After all is said and done, it comes down to the simple fact that this weapon is a hell-of-a-lot of fun to fire. The low recoil means you can spend hours on the range. The cheaper ammunition means you can put countless rounds through it without breaking the bank. The upgrades you can put on it means you can hit your targets from farther away. You can bring your kids with you and they can have their turn on it as well. All-in-all, the 10/22 might be a low caliber, but it’s hard to find a weapon that is more fun to shoot.
You can search for gun deals for a long time, but be hard pressed to find one better than the 10/22. Once you’ve had the opportunity to tinker with one for a little while, you will see why most people have one in their arsenal.