Ruger 10/22 Carbine with LaserMax Laser Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
July 20, 2013
Once again, Ruger finds a
way to expand their proven 10/22 rifle line by offering their
standard carbine rifle with the new LaserMax® Laser. This
new LaserMax® Laser is made specifically for the Ruger
10/22 rifle and replaces the barrel band giving you a red laser along with two short Picatinny rails for mounting
other accessories such as a light. Over the years I have
accessorized my various 10/22 rifles with the capability of adding
lights and lasers, but about a year ago, I decided the extra weight
and bulk of some aftermarket solutions was not worth the benefit. When I got my first close
look at this new Ruger 10/22 with LaserMax® Laser, I knew
immediately that this was the solution I had been wanting. It
seems that LaserMax, working with Ruger, has created the perfect
blending of laser and rifle to create an accessory that will
probably be under many Christmas trees this year. The LaserMax®
Laser is compact and light weight and keeps the same sleek lines of
the forend. The rifle
and laser combined weight is 5.0 lbs according to the Ruger
specifications, but the rifle I received weighed in at only 4.6 pounds which
is a fabulous light weight for this versatile rifle. The photo
below gives you a good look at the LaserMax® Laser and there are
many more photos in Part
3 of this review.
If you are in the market for a LaserMax Laser, there are three
ways to get one. The first is that you can purchase the
rifle and laser combination like the one shown in this review. MSRP
on this combination is $399 with a street price around $330.
Next you can purchase the laser alone at
$129.95. Last, you can find the LaserMax® Laser at
various online retailer for prices that seem to be around $85.
With my first .22LR rifle being a Ruger 10/22 over 25 years ago,
and now having five Ruger 10/22 platform firearms (including
this one), it will be a struggle, but I will try to be as unbiased as possible during this
review. But in all honesty, the addition of the LaserMax®
Laser on this simple carbine version may be my favorite 10/22
far. To make a point about the appeal of this LaserMax model, as
soon as I handed it to my wife and turned on the laser, she said
with excitement in her voice, "Oohh, I want this one!".
Considering that she has to proof read all my ramblings on
details that make her want to pour gasoline on herself and set
herself on fire, all I could say was "Sure honey, it's yours".
Even though the real new feature on this rifle is the addition
of the laser, in this review I cover the details of the entire
rifle including the LaserMax® Laser. By doing this, I
get a chance to document the details and performance of a
standard carbine rifle as well.
During my reviews I like to compare my results
to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in
colored italics was taken directly from the
on 7/7/13 and gives an Overview, Key Features, and Specifications
for the Ruger 10/22 Rifle with LaserMax® Laser. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both.
Ruger 10/22 Carbine Rifle
The Benchmark for 22 Rifles – Experience
The Ruger® 10/22® rifle is America’s
favorite 22 LR rifle, with proven performance in a wide range of
styles for every rimfire application.
Ideally suited for
informal target shooting, "plinking," small game hunting and
action-shooting events, Ruger has sold millions of 10/22 rifles
since their introduction in 1964.
With its legendary action and
renowned reliable rotary magazine, all 10/22 rifles are sleek,
perfectly balanced, rugged and superbly accurate.
With a variety
of choices – from the standard 10/22 Carbine, to the
tack-driving accuracy of the Target model, the 10/22 is still
today’s most popular 22 rifle.
It looks right, feels right,
shoots right and continues to perform under heavy use -
inspiring the most fanatical loyalty from its owners.
proven design, legendary reliability and the modern features
demanded by today’s 22 LR shooters, these firearms are priced
right to make keeping tradition affordable.
Patented, detachable 10-shot rotary magazine features a unique
rotor to separate cartridges and provide reliable feeding.
Easy-to-use extended magazine release provides smooth, no-fuss
removal of the unique, flush mounted magazine - with no exposed
magazine to dent and no uncomfortable protrusions at the rifle's
Positive, push-button, cross-bolt manual safety
Combination scope base adapter for both Weaver®-style and 22
"tip-off" scope mounts is provided with every rifle.
that is locked into the receiver by a
unique two-screw V-block system.
Heat-stabilized, glass-filled polymer trigger housing assembly
is precision-made of high-tech material for improved
manufacturing tolerances, impact and abrasion-resistance, and
unmatched ability to withstand the elements.
Aluminum receiver: A380 Aluminum alloy receiver is
precision-machined, and provides long-term reliability to the
Sights: Featuring blade, bold-bead front sights and adjustable,
folding rear sights.
Also features: Contoured buttpad and barrel band.
The LaserMax body becomes the barrel band
on this model.
Catalog Number: 10/22-RPFLM
Model Number: 11129
Caliber: 22 LR
Stock: Black Synthetic
with the magazine received and 25 if you
purchase and aftermarket or Ruger BX-25 magazine
Material: Alloy Steel
Finish: Satin Black
Front Sight: Gold Bead
Rear Sight: Adjustable and LaserMax® Laser
Barrel Length: 18.50"
Overall Length: 37.00"
Weight: 5.00 lbs.
review rifle weighed in at 4.56 pounds
Length of Pull: 13.50"
Twist: 1:16" RH
Suggested Retail: $399.00
with a street price of around $330
LaserMax Laser for the Ruger 10/22
This LaserMax laser is designed to work exclusively with Ruger®
10/22® Rifle models featuring a barrel band.
The bright red 635 nm continuous wave laser is visible out to
100 yards in good lighting conditions and is pre-aligned at 25
yards, but can be easily adjusted for windage and elevation when
Weighing-in at less than 2 ounces, each laser is constructed
from Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon (FRN) to withstand exposure to
the elements and rough handling.
Each laser comes installed with a 1/3N Lithium cell battery for
approximately two hours of continuous run time.
The two, integrated Picatinny rail surfaces are perfect for
attachment of additional accessories, such as a tactical light
or infrared laser.
All LaserMax lasers are covered by an extended 5-year warranty.
This review is broken down into multiple
parts with this page providing links to each part along with an
overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom
comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts
of the review because they contain many photos and
lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those
parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below,
keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the
equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to
look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on
items which may be more of a personal preference.
The Ruger 10/22 rifle platform has proven
itself over many years as being a reliable and accurate rimfire
The addition of the LaserMax Laser, which includes two Picatinny
rails, removes the need for having to purchase a
rail system in the future.
The LaserMax also provides the spectators a way to become more
engaged in watching you shoot.
The LaserMax Laser having a 5-year warranty should give you a
little peace of mind that they believe this laser should give
you many years of enjoyment and use.
Throughout my range testing, I put around
500 rounds through this Ruger 10/22 rifle and I never had a
singe failure to feed, fire or eject.
Clearly, this particular rifle is a shooter and I shot my best
rimfire 5-shot group (0.51") ever using this Ruger 10/22 rifle.
My total group average for all twelve 5-shot groups was 0.88"
which I feel is excellent for any semi-auto rimfire rifle.
Over the years Ruger has continually
tweaked the 10/22 with new manufacturing methods and material to
provide the greatest value possible in their 10/22 rifles.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
The LaserMax Laser adjustment screws are extremely sensitive and
getting the laser dialed in takes a few iterations.
- Overall, disassembly of the Ruger 10/22
Carbine with LaserMax Laser is quick and simple. The
addition of the LaserMax Laser adds another step and tool
required for disassembly of the Ruger 10/22 Carbine Rifle.
Since removing the LaserMax laser is required because it replaces
the barrel band, you will need to re-zero the laser when you
reassemble the rifle. Also, since your rifle has iron sights or
if you have installed an optical sight, re-zeroing is not a
major issue because you can re-zero using these other sighting
methods as your reference.
I wish the 10/22 stock came with sling swivel studs. A
forward stud would be great for mounting a Harris style bipod
and adding the capability of a sling would be a nice touch when
out in the field and you needed your hands to be free. I
feel that aftermarket studs could easily be added.
After spending time taking photos,
studying the rifle, range testing and writing up this review, I have
come to the decision that this rifle has become my favorite rimfire
rifle to date. I think it is the combination of reliability of
the 10/22 platform, coupled with the innovative addition of the
sleek LaserMax Laser, along with a perfectly matched rimfire scope,
and the fact that this particular rifle is extremely accurate is
what has brought this rifle package to the top of my list. If
you have the extra money and are looking for a great 22LR rimfire
rifle, consider this LaserMax model and I feel you will be very
pleased with the investment. If you already have a Ruger 10/22
that has a barrel band, you should consider the addition of the
LaserMax Laser to your current rifle. I'm sure there will be
one under my Christmas tree this year to install on one of my other
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