New Ruger 22 Charger Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
March 18, 2015
In 2007, Ruger introduced
their original Ruger 22 Charger. Soon after, my son and I were
at a gun show when we got our first close look at the 22 Charger and
we thought it was a great looking pistol and it could be a very fun
shooting platform. We purchased the 22 Charger and in 2010 I finally took
the time to do a simplistic
this pistol. One of the great and very important features of the original Ruger
was that it was a tack driver. The stout 10" barrel proved to
be very accurate and I was a little surprised to see Ruger
discontinue the 22 Charger after a few years. Sure, a bench style
pistol is not for everyone, but I thought it's uniqueness might have
a chance at placing it long term in the Ruger lineup. Perhaps
my thoughts were right because Ruger recently reintroduced the New Ruger 22 Charger
Pistol with some new features and improvements. Hopefully
these changes will be just what the 22 Charger needed to make it
appeal towards a larger group of shooters.
On December 25, 2014, Ruger released their
Press Release introducing their New 22 Charger Pistols (yes
plural). Ruger introduced the two new versions of the 22 Charger
Pistol shown below. Some of the new features are
a threaded barrel, A2 style pistol grip, factory installed
Picatinny rail and BX-15 (15-round)
Magazine. The main difference between the two new 22 Charger pistols is
is a takedown version similar to the
10/22 Takedown Rifle and the other is not. The takedown version is the one
shown below with the green laminated stock. MSRP on these
two pistols is $309 for the brown laminate stock Standard version and
$409 for the green mountain laminate stock Takedown version.
When doing a quick online search for pricing, I found these two
pistols at around $255 for the Standard and $325 for the
Figure 1 - Standard Version
Figure 2 - Takedown Version
For this review, I chose to get the Takedown version because I really like the green laminated stock and
reviewing this model also gave me a good chance to study
and show the Takedown features on this pistol. This
next photo shows my original 22 Charger along with my new 22
I already stated some of the main differences between the original and
new models, and the list below is everything different I noticed
when studying the two pistols and ignoring that one was a
|Differences between the Original and New 22
|Barrel & Receiver Finish
||Ruger says Matte, but seem more like Gloss
|Receiver Rail Style
||Weaver / Tip Off
||Shooters Ridge Model 40854
||UTG Model TL-BP28S
|Exposed Stainless Bolt Surface
||Polished with Ruger Name
One of the differences that I didn't fully
appreciate until I held and compared both pistols was the feel of the grip. I
immediately liked the slim A2 style grip compared to the
Ruger switching from the large integral wooden grip to a grip that
is replaceable/customizable allows the shooter
the ability to give this pistol the right feel for their hand. I'm
already deciding which one of the many AR style grips on the market
that I want to eventually put on this pistol.
Maybe I'm a sucker for interesting firearms, but
I believe the looks of Ruger's New 22 Charger
Takedown should turn a few heads (in a positive way) at the range. The style of
the pistol along with the beautiful green laminated stock makes this
pistol take on a near artistic appearance. It being built
around the legendary 10/22 platform also gives this pistol industry
recognized reliability and the potential for many different style
magazines ranging from the standard 10-shot rotary magazine up to
50-round drum magazines.
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 2/14/15 and gives the Key Features and Specifications
for the new
Ruger 22 Charger Pistols. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both. I may also add
commentary after these marks as necessary to explain some items if
Cold hammer-forged barrel results in ultra-precise rifling
that provides exceptional accuracy, longevity and
A2-style pistol grip can be easily changed for any MSR (Modern
Sporting Rifle) grip.
Factory installed Picatinny rail provides ample room for
numerous types of optics from scopes to red-dot sights.
Includes a BX-15® magazine, with 15-round capacity, which is the
perfect height when shooting with the included bipod prone or
from the bench.
Included adjustable bipod offers rock-steady sighting.
Threaded barrel features a 1/2"-28 thread pattern that accepts
most suppressors, flash hiders and the factory installed thread
Takedown model quickly and easily breaks down into two sections
for convenient storage and transport.
Soft case ( Standard Model 4917) or hard plastic case (Takedown
Model Number: 4917 (Standard), 4918 (Takedown)
Caliber: 22 LR
Material: Alloy Steel
Finish: Matte Black
Sights: Picatinny Rail Installed
Stock: Brown Laminate (Standard), Green Mountain Laminate
Barrel Length: 10.00"
Overall Length: 19.25"
18.6" parallel to the barrel
Thread Pattern: 1/2"-28
Weight: 3.13 lbs. (Standard), 3.22 lbs. (Takedown)
empty with no magazine, bipod or optic
with B-15 magazine provided, but also
accepts all other capacity Ruger 10/22 magazines
Twist: 1:16" RH
MA Approved & Certified: No
CA Approved: No
Stock Options: Standard and Takedown
Suggested Retail: $309 (Standard), $409.00 (Takedown)
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.
A very unique and attractive pistol that
will draw attention at the range.
Built on the proven 10/22 platform ensures reliability and many
different choices of magazines.
Threaded barrel gives the option for various types of muzzle
devices (suppressors, flash hiders, breaks, etc.) and comes with
a thread protector if you don't want to install a device.
The contour of the stock allows some beaver tail styled grips to work
as a replacement option for the A2 grip that comes with the
pistol. There was some variation in fit so make sure you
Part 3 starting at Figure 23.
Like most 10/22 platforms, disassembly was simple and easy.
Takedown model comes with a hard case that allows use with
various compact optics.
- The Ruger 22 Charger Takedown is a real tack driver and proved to
have great accuracy. Best accuracy was achieved with
standard velocity ammunition. Given the correct
ammunition, optics and bench setup, this pistol proved its 1 MOA
- The pistol's ability to hold zero using the takedown
feature proved to be true with no perceived shift in zero when
removing and reinstalling the barrel.
- As always, the Ruger 10/22
platform proved to be very reliable.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
I checked torque on the Picatinny rail screws and it was less
than 10 in-lbs on each. I removed the screws and
reinstalled them using purple (low strength) Loctite on the
screws and torqued them all to 18 in-lbs. Be extremely
careful when torqueing these screws because they are threaded
into an aluminum receiver and over torqueing could result in
stripped threads in the receiver. You should always check
your mount screws on any firearm before you mount your optics.
- Different aftermarket beavertail style pistol grips will have a
slightly different fit. My CAA grip fit great, the Hogue grip
fit good, and the Magpul MOE did not blend well with the stock
Part 3, Figures 23, 24 & 25).
The fit of the bipod adapter plate to the
forend was not the best, but it was still very secure (see
Using the bipod, I was still able to achieve very positive range
test results (see Part 5).
By removing the block on the bottom of
the barrel and realigning the block during reinstallation, I was
able to achieve a better fit of the forend on the barrel.
In general, I would check the tightness
on all of the screws to ensure they will not work loose.
Lubricating the inside of the receiver
allowed the bolt to have a smoother action when hand cycling.
Instruction Manual, they state very clearly the "Unauthorized
installation of the 22 Charger pistol's barrel assembly onto a
10/22 Takedown rifle's receiver is a felony under the NFA..."
Since I don't have a Takedown rifle, I cannot confirm that you
can install the Takedown rifle barrel on a 22 Charger pistol
receiver (this would be a LBP - Long Barrel Pistol, not SBR -
Short Barrel Rifle). Since Ruger's manual covers this
possibility and since many of the parts that make up the
takedown features are the same, my guess is you could do it. Is
it worth making a SBR without properly applying for the
right to build an SBR? No! You don't want to risk your
right to own firearms and potentially spend 10 years in Federal
One thing I noticed on this pistol was that the end of the stock
bolt was actually pressing up against the bottom of the takedown
spacer when the stock bolt was tight. This was preventing
the takedown adjustment knob from being rotated. I removed
the stock bolt and filed about 1 thread off the end of the bolt
and this solved the problem. When you are inspecting your
pistol prior to purchase, make sure you can easily rotate the
adjusting knob with the barrel removed. If not, then ask to
see another pistol or be prepared to shorten the bolt yourself which is a
very easy task.
I found that the forend bolt was also
slightly long and I shortened it by one thread also. Again,
shortening this bolt is a simple task with a file or grinder.
The new Ruger 22 Charger proved to be accurate
and reliable and the takedown feature proved to hold zero. I
feel the design features such as A2 pistol grip, Picatinny rail,
threaded barrel and 15-round magazine are features that will be
attractive to many consumers. If the takedown feature is not
something that interests you or if you need to save some money,
Ruger's non-takedown version would probably be a better choice for
you. Both versions of the Ruger 22 Charger are very attractive
and should give you many years of shooting pleasure. I did
have an issue with two screws being slightly long which was easy to
fix and most likely Ruger is already looking into this on their
future pistols. If you are in the market for this style of
pistol or if you are just wanting something outside the norm, I
highly recommend taking a close look at the new Ruger 22 Chargers
when deciding on what to buy.
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