July 27, 2012
By J. Scott Rupp
The day before the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games, Ruger and Talo Distributors announced a new limited-edition USA Shooting Team Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle. This special run is limited to just 5,000 rifles, with serial numbers GOLD-0001 through GOLD-5000. A $20 donation will be made to the USA Shooting Team for every rifle sold. And our U.S. rifle and pistol shooters can use all the support they can get.
"We are proud to team up with TALO to support the USA Shooting Team," said Ruger vice president of sales and marketing Chris Killoy. "Every person that buys this rifle will be part of a team contributing $100,000 to support USA Olympic shooters, and we're excited that Ruger and our popular 10/22 Takedown rifle are part of this patriotic fundraising effort," he concluded.
The USA Shooting Team Ruger 10/22 Takedown is a stainless steel rifle with a distinct blue stock. Like all 10/22 Takedown rifles (which, by the way, will be reviewed in an upcoming issue of RifleShooter), the barrel and fore-end are easily separated from the action and buttstock by pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies, and pulling them apart. Reassembly is the reverse of takedown, and is quick and easy. The friction-fit lockup of the assembly joint is simple to adjust, but rarely needs re-adjustment after the first assembly. The lockup is secure and repeatable, ensuring an accurate return to zero, even when receiver-mounted optics are used.
Our tester was impressed by how well the rifle maintained zero after repeated assembly and reassembly, which is a testament to how well the rifle is designed. In its standard form, it would make a great truck, cabin or survival gun — as well as a nifty plinker. But you'd have to decide whether you'd want to do that with this special edition!
The USA Shooting Team Ruger 10/22 Takedown is also shipped in a special red ballistic nylon backpack-style case that features the USA Shooting Team logo. The bag features internal sleeves, which hold the two subassemblies. External pockets with MOLLE webbing provide storage for magazines, ammunition and other accessories. Multiple attachment points for the padded, single shoulder strap offer different carrying options.