It has been one frosty winter, in fact it was so cold over my 10 days off over the holidays neither myself nor my wife and daughter got outside much
at all except to feed the livestock and changing out frozen water. Sure there were one or two days, but outside of shooting (behind the barn) on the
range for an hour or so with my father in-law and wife...we were stir crazy in the house.
Needless to say, I as a regular shooter began to go bonkers, I thought about field stripping some guns, but I am steadfast about keeping up on that,
so I really had nothing left to do gun related, except surf around the net. I listen to Dana Loesch pretty often on Talk Radio, I find her pretty
insightful, humorous and a damn fine gun advocate, well as I was sitting at the desk surfing around one of Dana's sponsors names popped into my head:
Now I had peeped these folks before, but didn't dig all that deep, I figured they were a really high-end competition gun manufacturer and left it at
that. Now during my vacation, boredom and needing a gun fix, I started digging around their website landing on their "parts" tab. It ends up these
guys make their own rimfire pistols and rifles .17-.22wmr etc... but they have a bunch, and I mean a bunch of drop in upgrades for a bunch of
manufacturers, particularly Ruger, 10/22 rifles and target pistols: Mark 3 and the amazing Mark 4 (if one button field strip appeals to you as much as
It wasn't too long until I had pulled my Ruger 10/22 stainless takedown (ruger.com...
) out of the safe and
started qualifying possible upgrades. As it turns out, I have a project as soon as the parts arrive, sadly theres a 3 week back order on the barrel
and fore-end I bought, but it being the easiest installation, I dont mind getting after the other items 1st.
Heres what I bought to create my "Franken Ruger" or Ruger Volquartsen hybrid if you please:
1. Light weight Carbon Fiber Barrel(with forend): 16.5” lightweight carbon fiber barrel with ½” x 28 threads – includes thread protector
Breech is heat treated for added durability
Picatinny rail installed on the top of barrel
Picatinny accessory rail mounted to forend (only included with complete kit)
Barrel mounting hardware installed for quick and easy installation
2. 32 hole Stainless compensator: 32 Hole Comp 32-Hole Comp, Stainless, 0.920" 10/22 Bull Barrel [VC1032‑S‑920]
3. TG2000 (red) Trigger assembly: CNC-machined from aluminum billet
Precision wire cut internal parts providing a crisp, clean 2lb trigger pull
Pretravel and overtravel adjustments that can be set to your preference
Includes Automatic Bolt Release and Extended Magazine Release
The trigger is reset internally to eliminate any dragging or inconsistencies caused by a conventional trigger plunger.
4. CNC machined Bolt group: Complete CNC-Machined Bolt features our hardened and tuned extractor for positive, consistent extraction. It also includes
our round titanium firing pin. This round design eliminates the unnecessary movement found on most 10/22 firing pins. The CNC-machining process allows
us to hold the head spacing to exact dimensions eliminating the need for having your factory bolt reworked.
Bolt is case hardened and then a black nitride finish applied for improved lubricity during cycling. Ejection port side of the bolt is then
Recoil rod and spring designed specifically for this bolt included
Recoil buffer included
I wont utilize a receiver due to the take down model barrel I'm getting, but I feel that the Ruger stock receiver should be more than acceptable, any
thoughts there? My thinking was bolt, trigger, compensator and barrel is where the accuracy and clean cycling occurs, would a receiver improve
performance like the other items I'm dropping in? Maybe down the road, I will get a wood laminate thumbhole stock, but I kind of like the look of
keeping some of the original Ruger's lines at this point and I don't feel like shelling out any more dinero than I already am. Later though, I suspect
Ill replace the stock and just rebuild the original Ruger 10/22 with all of the old parts I yanked out. So a little spendy, but the puported
performance improvements are profound.
I'll cap it off with a Vortex Razor Moa 3, or a gen 2 Aimpoint dot and on the bottom rail Ill toss a decent lumen tac light. Now Bunny slayer comes
from my need to put rabbit in the pot for stew and a huge over population of the tasty lil critters...due to a lack of coyote predation.
Anywho...anyone else have any custom jobs they have put together, or are working on putting together? Love to read about them all during these house
bound cold winter days. Pity theres no good downhill skiing here.
edit on 10-1-2018 by BlueJacket because: eta
edit on 10-1-2018 by BlueJacket because: eta