A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Ruger 10/22 M1 Conversion

I like the Ruger 10/22 rifle. It's cheap, reliable, and reasonably accurate. With the right barrel and scope, it can be a tack driver. I've built a few, and they are a fun gun to shoot. The problem is, the wilder the modifications become, the less handy the rifle becomes.

One of the handiest rifles ever designed was the M1 carbine. Often, in the real world, handy beats the pants off gnat's ass accuracy. Now, the vesatile 10/22 can be modified to ressemble the M1 carbine. No longer do you have to search out a used Marlin 99M1 and roll the dice. Take a look at E. Arthur Brown's Ruger 10/22 to M1 carbine package.

Get one. Build it. Learn about Appleseed. Become a Rifleman.

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Blogger Murphy's Law said...

I do like those sites. Might have to try those out.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As handsome as that conversion is, I'm sure it cost a pretty penny, but adds nothing to the functionality of the 10/22.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

B Woodman

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Dave H said...

Cool beans! Guess my SS 10/22 just wouldn't look right in this. Maybe it's time to find a good used blue 10/22 and have it park'd to put this stock on. I'd expect some double-takes at the range after people hear rimfire pops from "an old veteran rifle". I like it - a lot! Thanks for the link.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous George said...

Oddly enough, I just registered for my first Appleseed this weekend. I go in April.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

They don't ship to Canada. FML

11:36 PM  
Blogger Ross said...

Mr. Woodman, you're either the ghost of Bill Ruger, or you've never tried shooting a 10/22 with GOOD sights and a sling.

Believe me, there are a LOT of shortcomings to a stock 10/22. The ability to add on a sling and decent sights are two fixes. Modifying the bolt release and adding an extended magazine release (which Ruger FINALLY did after a mere 44 years of production) are two more.

The 10/22 is a great rifle for a beginner... but in very short order you will want to modify it. Which is why there's such a huge aftermarket for that rifle.

(BTW, lest you think I don't know what I'm talking about, I own three 10/22s and have given two more to my nephew and his wife - all suitably modified, too.)

12:02 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

There seems to be an endless number of conversions for the Ruger 10/22; pistol/machine gun/tactical/hello kitty...

I do think this one is very handsome. I have always been fond of your original post on the Marlin 99M1 since my wife picked one up for me at a gun show under my nose as a Christmas present. It is a very handy rifle!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Ross,
I guess this is where I went wrong in my education. I never became a mechanical engineer.

And I do have a 10/22, but because of certain limitations, I haven't been able to take it out much since I got it. So I'm not famalier with its limitations.

But I am a firm believer in "form follows function", and that a well-designed item, no matter WHAT it is, will always be beautiful, for those who have eyes to see.

B Woodman

7:29 AM  
Blogger TOTWTYTR said...

I fired a M1 Carbine (Ross's as it happens) for the first time this month. I was amazed at how much it handled like a 10/22.

I have Tech Sights on my 10/22 and they work very well. My 10/22 is set up as a Liberty Training Rifle and I'll be at my first Appleseed just before Patroit's Day.

I don't know if I'll get the M1 style stock, but it sure is tempting.

10:02 AM  
Blogger tom said...

Ironwood Designs Walnut AUG conversion isn't a bad way to go to make one handier. Truthfully, I also have one of the Ruger FACTORY 10/22 Cabines, had to special order it because they aren't a stocking item anywhere I've seen, and they're reasonably handy too.

Pic of the factory Cabine here, if they interest anybody

If it matters, OAL of my AUG-ed 10/22 is 26.5" and the factory carbine is 37", this M1 Carb conversion page doesn't seem to list what the OAL ends up with that stock. Depending on what OAL this stock kit is, if you started with a factory Carbine or Carbine barrel from Ruger and then used this M1 stock kit you'd have a handier carbine that wouldn't end up a SBR...it's a thought.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Tractorshaft said...

That aint half bad, I would have made the barrel a little shorter perhaps. But, ifn you are going to carry a gun the "Size" of the little carbine why not use a REAL one in .30 caliber?

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Tractorshaft said...

I would like one of these in .357 Magnum. I wonder how hard a conversion would be? I have a couple of the little carbines made in the 1970's that aren't worth anything as a collectors item but are great little shooters.

12:28 PM  
Blogger weaponoffishdestruction@gmail.com said...

There's always the ERMA in reliable .22cal action with the great looks of the M-1. I get asked about the ERMA everywhere I take it.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Cedric said...

Reading your blog for over a year now I know that you have your critics. I wanted to say thanks for this post. It lead me to not only having a new 10/22, converted of course, but to the appleseed project. The appleseed project lead me the CMP. So now I have a great new 10/22, my first appleseed in June, and a long desired M1 Garand. So thank you for this post, and all the others too. Don't listen to the critics, you've got plenty of fans that love your blog.


9:52 PM  
Blogger Jarubla said...

Snap! That looks pretty damn cool

I vote you king of links, gracias hermano! Gracias


12:11 AM  

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