Our beloved Sporter is known in real life as the Ruger 10/22. This American firearm debuted in 1964, and has been in continuous production ever since. Over the last 50+ years, it has evolved from a simple small-caliber hunting rifle into a versatile tool with a near-infinite number of configurations available to suit most any need.
Known for the ease of which it can be customized to fit its user, the 10/22 features a unique “two-screw, V-block system” attaching the barrel to the receiver which allows for easy swapping of the barrel. The rest of the gun follows a similar design ethos, resulting in a weapon which requires only simple tools to change parts which would otherwise require the expertise of a gunsmith. The original and most popular versions are all based around the .22 Long Rifle cartridge, but a Magnum version of the rifle exists which fires more powerful .22 WMR rounds.
Thanks to its modular design and overwhelming popularity, the 10/22 can be fitted with several different barrel lengths (20″, 18.5″ and 16.125″ are most common) and has a myriad of different visual and functional modifications available to turn it into a bullpup, an AK replica, an AR15 replica, etc. Magazines of wildly varying capacity are available ranging from 5 rounds to 110 rounds, but it comes standard with a 10 round rotary magazine that sits flush with the underside of the rifle.
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