Brothers and Sister,
In the preparedness community there is no firearm more ubiquitous than the Ruger 10/22. Chambered in .22 long rifle and carrying 10 rounds with the factory rotary magazine it’s a lite-weight, rugged, inexpensive and accurate semiautomatic firearm right out of the box.
While the 10/22 in factory form is a wonderful little rifle there is room for improvement. In this case, I’m talking about the factory stock. The most common non-takedown models are available with either a hardwood or synthetic stock that has remained virtually unchanged since the rifles introduction in 1964 and it’s never grown on me.
I set out in search of a 10/22 stock with the following four features.
Now, there is a huge aftermarket for 10/22 stocks with prices starting at around $50 for a basic molded synthetic model and going as high as $650 for a full adjustable unit CNC machined out of a single billet of aluminum. Personally, I gave myself a budget of up to $200 for my stock.
I’m happy to say I ended up coming in under budget and couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase.
I ordered a Pro Mag Archangel AAP1022 stock on Amazon for $104 with free shipping and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this stock at that price. Made of carbon fiber filled polymer and weighing in at 2.5 pounds this stock has really impressed me with it’s quality and features. The click adjustment knobs for the cheek weld and length of pull feel very solid with no play in the components once set up. The palm swell on the grip and soft rubber recoil pad gives a feeling of stability and control I found missing with the factory stock. An integrated picatinny rail on the forend gives you the ability to mount a weapons light or bipod and is predrilled for installing a sling mount. Speaking of sling mounts, there are also four integral quick detach style swivel mounts although I don’t use them since I prefer the USGI M1 style sling. One last feature I like is the small storage compartment located in the grip. I keep a couple of microfiber lens cleaning cloths in mine.
So, that’s it for the good. My only complaint about this stock would have to be that it wasn’t a simple drop in installation. It took about 30 minutes of Dremel Tool work with a grinding bit to get the action to fit and magazine to drop freely on release.
All in all I’m very happy with this stock and wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it for anyone looking to replace their factory unit.
*All MoS reviews are of privately purchased gear unless otherwise noted.