Skip to comments.If you only own 1 gun, own this 1 (Ruger 10/22)
Posted on 01/23/2013 11:08:08 AM PST by Perseverando
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Gun ownership is a hot topic right now. There is no doubt our constitutional right to bear arms is under assault. Legal gun owners are being singled out, scrutinized and publicly black-listed.
The imminent threat of more gun bans and restrictions has prompted many law-abiding citizens to evaluate their arsenals. The newly proposed ban bills have compelled many to stock up on certain guns, accessories and calibers of ammunition.
Though certainly not intentional, this is the first thing Obama has done in five years to stimulate our economy. The line to get into the gun show near where I live this past weekend was a quarter mile long. Many people who have never even owned guns are among the throngs of new gun shop customers. The firearms business is booming!
As you take inventory of your firearms, Id like to present you with a question. If you could only have one gun, what would it be?
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Granted, there is no one gun that excels in every category: self-defense, large and small game hunting, hostile combat, maneuverability, weight, accuracy, affordability, durability and ease of use.
I look at guns, however, from the perspective of long-term survival. I buy guns for their function. If I could only have one gun to meet as many of my survival needs as possible, it would without question be a Ruger 10/22 rifle. If you dont already own a Ruger 10/22, let me explain why you need one in your gun cabinet.
First, the Ruger 10/22 is a semi-automatic rim-fire rifle chambered in .22 long-rifle ammunition. It comes standard with a 10-round magazine. The barrel
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Every freedom loving home in America should have one of these rifles.
OK Freepers, have at it. Gotta run. Out of the man cave for the day. Later!
Do we need our primitive weapons?
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I was hoping to get one sometime soon. We shall see.
Crappy design when it comes to bolt hold-open and mag release. Plenty of suppressors available tho.
I agree. The grab and go gun is the Ruger 10/22 (bull barrel tactical). The ARs, the 9mms, the 308s, the 45s, etc. etc. can stay home.
Put a big scope on a 10-22 and you can aggravate varmints way out there.
Here is a test of 22LR where the round completely penetrated a whole turkey wrapped in 3 layers of denim (3 in, 3 out) at 250 yards.
That's not just "better than nothing" it's pretty damn good if you can't afford something bigger. ~$225 at Walmart, ~$300 for the take down.
"I never meant for simple civilians to have my 20 or 30 round magazines or my folding stock." ~ Bill Ruger
"I see nothing wrong with waiting periods." ~ Bill Ruger
It seems wrong to give this guy's company your very first or last gun business.
I think I would choose a high quality 12 gauge auto or pump shotgun but I think the 10/22 is also a good choice.
I’m a bit dubious of the .22lr as a self defense cartridge. While it certainly can kill someone, it doesn’t tend to do it in a really timely fashion. It’s more of a bleed out kind of round.
I bought one last Friday to go with my Marlin 60. Unfortunately, you can’t find a single bullet anywhere in East Texas except shotgun shells, deer cartridges, and a few obscure pistol rounds.
I received a Ruger 10/22 for my 12th birthday! No background check, no nothin! I love that gun, but wouldn’t rely on it for security.
The next year I walked to the local hardware store in my little village and bought my own Mossberg 20 gauge c-lect choke, again with no background check or anything.
Oh lordy, how have I survived so far!
If I was limited to just 1 gun, I would want it to be a 12ga pump shotgun. Or a 30-06. With reloads you could load it down to the power level of your 10/22. It’s hard to pick just one. They’re just tools. Just like hammers. Pick the right one for the job at hand.
I cast my vote for the M-1 Garand.
That's how all bullets work.
Bill Ruger is dead. The person who took over has ignored what Bill Ruger has done and has begun to make guns people want.
I "hear" there is an inexpensive Kit to fix these issues.
Myself I am a pacifist and don't own guns...
That’s not a 10 round magazine...
Great gun if you’re 12 years old.
I am not sure about the rifle but that looks like a pair of 38’s to me!
I think Bill Ruger’s Son took over but I am not sure of that.
Anyway the company is much more gun enthusiast friendly now.
Heh! I remember that one.
I’ve blown whole weekends watching hickok45’s videos.
I would buy one, but Im waiting on my father to pass his (1940’S era, bolt action, 5 round magazine)down to me and my son....
No, I m not interested in the muzzle loader at this time.
Ruger bump-o-rama !
Marlin 22 Mag, bolt action.
Fortunately, I anticipated this sort of thing long ago - my go-to weapon is a Saiga 12 shotgun.
A highly opinionated and sometimes irascible man, Ruger had little interest in what he saw as an American red herringzealous gun control. "The people who are demanding more laws to control guns should instead be demanding more laws to control thugs," he once said. He lauded the right of millions of Americans who live in semi-developed or rural areas to defend themselves, a concept lost on (sub)urbanites trained to dial 911. More to the point, he declared, "The [Constitution] says what it says. The right to bear arms shall not be infringed. If you cant live with that, then you shouldnt be trying to be an American citizen."
Neither is the magazine I use in my Ruger 10/22.
I’ve heard a discussion of this. An analysis was done of the various calibers that people have been shot with and the results thereof.
It turns out the .22 didn’t perform much lower than the 9mm.
Amusingly, since Ruger died and the new management team took over, they’re now making more and more and more ‘evil’ weapons that ol’ Bill would not have approved of. They ship their new AR-15 variant with 30 rounders and are cranking out 25s for their .22s. The AR-15 variant isn’t even ban-state neutered.
>That’s how all bullets work.
There’s degrees of trauma, and locations where you can get immediate incapacitation. Head shots, spine shots, and breaking key bones can immediately incapacitate someone. The .22lr cannot reliably break bones. Very often it will glance off bones. A headshot with a .22lr will very often glance off the skull. Ribs can also deflect the round. If you shoot someone with a .45, it will not be stopped by bone and will penetrate deep.
I’ve talked to EMTs on this subject and while they say the .22lr can be extremely deadly, it doesn’t do it in a timely fashion. Hence my comment about bleeding out. In a self defense situation the target needs to be put down pronto. If he happens to die later after he hurts you, it isn’t terribly important.
Nothing performs as well as a shotgun, then, given the criteria that you’ve given.
I believe why alot of people choose the 10/22 because there are so many already sold and the "after market" accessories are so numerous that odds of getting stuff for your weapon after the SHTF is a lot better.
Another reason why they choose a 22 is the ammo is one of the most readily available in the USA and cheap.
It should also be noted that many of those quotes were an attempt by Ruger to get the government to either 1) handicap his competition, because at a time when his competition had 17 and 19 round flush fitting mags, Ruger pistols could only hold 15 at best and he couldn’t figure out any way to fix that, or 2) keep the government from banning his baby, the Mini-14 ‘Ranch Rifle’.
Ruger’s support for a magazine ban was originally ‘no more than 15’ because of the aforementioned inability to make a pistol that carried more than 15. But, like all such quislings, he got stabbed in the back by the people he collaborated with - with the 10 round ban restriction.
Ruger’s testimony on the 20/30 round mags and the folding stock was an attempt to keep the Mini-14 off the ban list, because that was his baby. He would do anything to keep it from being outright banned - and did.
Fortunately, as I said, he’s dead now and the modern Ruger company management doesn’t have their heads up their rectums.
Shot placement is everything. My only objection to recommending .22 lr for self defense is that rimfire ammo tends to misfire, and quality is inconsistent. What’s hot and “the best” one year is total crap the next.
:”The grab and go gun is the Ruger 10/22 (bull barrel tactical). The ARs, the 9mms, the 308s, the 45s, etc. etc. can stay home.”
Which is why that’s the gun the military grabs when it....nevermind.
If your friend can even find one online and wants to buy one,
make friends with some oldster in a retirement home and have him buy it then buy it from him.
My new favorite semi-auto shotgun is the Mossberg 930.
Well under $500. Composite stock and forearm. Ported barrel.
2 3/4” and 3”. 6 shot with 2 3/4” shells, 5 with 3”.
Light weight and very low felt recoil. Comes with 3 choke tubes. Many stock and barrel options available.
Mine will put all 9 00buckshot pellets in a 20” circle at 50 yds with the full choke tube.
I couldn't believe how light the recoil was, even with 3” mag loads the felt recoil is no more than 20 ga field loads shot from a pump gun.
The quotes were from a TV interview with Tom Brokaw. I heard them at the time of broadcast many years ago and was quite taken aback. It explained why at that time the only 20 and 30 round mags for Mini 14s were aftermarket products (and junk to boot).
I’m sorry but that data analysis is so bad that it is not even worth reading.
The rationalizations he uses to justify the efficacy of the .22lr are spurrious.
First he lauds its ability to kill (the % of incidents ending in fatality), then he dismisses the the lack of ability to incapacitate (by assuming user error).
You don’t use a self defense gun to kill, you use it to incapacitate. A .22 is deadly because it can cause a lot of hemorrhaging, but won’t kill you fast. Hence it won’t incapacitate. This fits the data presented.
Nobody in their right mind would ever question the efficacy of a shotgun. For home defense, they cannot be beat. Of course you can’t carry around a shotgun.