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Monday, May 6, 2013

ATI Ruger 10/22 Strikeforce Stock

There is a very wide array of after-market body kits available for the Ruger 10/22 series of rifles, ranging from the Charger pistol kits, tactical models, and kits made for precision and competition shooting. Advanced Technology International offers their Strikeforce line of products, which are available for many styles of rifles including the 10/22 and these others:

Ruger Mini 14 and Mini 30
AK Variants

In addition to the rifles, they offer products for several models of shotguns that feature the same style of stock and grip.

One thing to note before making this modification would be to pay attention to the laws pertaining to overall length in each state. Luckily for us, starting at the beginning of 2013, Michigan revised the applicable laws for the length of rifles and shotguns. Prior to the change, a rifle had to have a barrel of at least 16", and an overall length of at least 30". However, the new legislation allows a rifle to have a total length of greater than 26" in the shortest possible firing configuration. In the folded state, the 10/22 carbine measures at 26.1".

The length of pull can match and adapt beyond what is capable with the factory carbine body. Fully collapsed the stock is shorter than before, and the next notch out is just about the same. Then there are four additional adjustments which have an increased length to accommodate those with longer arms. Because the stock is spring loaded to fold, there is a small amount of vertical flex when the rifle is shouldered, but it does take some applied force to notice. The body itself is very rigid, with little to no creaking or flexing once installed.

Fold, the Strikeforce stock with 18.5" barrel is shorter than the original body itself. The folding stock makes the carbine very compact, and can be maneuvered in tight spaces with ease. It may not quite as compact as Ruger's Takedown 10/22, however unlike the Takedown the weapon system remains fully operational in this configuration. We personally haven't tested the time it takes to reassemble a Takedown and employ it, but would wager that it is a longer process with finer motor skills required. Even in awkward situation in very cramped environments such as inside a car, the rifle can be wielded without too much difficulty.

The receiver and barrel assembly drops in just as easily as the factory stocks, and accommodates the wider magazine release by Primary Weapons Systems as well. The takedown screw is also flawlessly transitioned from old to new. The magazine well is unimpeded by the change in design, and easily accepts the flush fit 10 round rotary and extended mags alike. All of the other tactile functions are unchanged including the charging handle, button safety, and bolt lock lever.

In this instance, the top heat cover had to be modified with a dremel to make room for the Williams Fire Sights rear sight, as it extends backwards further than a factory 10/22 sight. This modification does not interfere with the screws that hold the top shell to the main body, nor does it compromise the structural integrity. There are six screws in total that hold the top cover down, which does need to be removed any time the action and barrel are to removed for cleaning or maintenance.

The kit includes an adjustable cheek piece featuring a soft foam pad with 3M adhesive. When used at the lowest height, the iron sights are still in line, and the rest can be raised for use with various optics platforms. The cutout toward the rear of the cheek piece allows a sling adapter to be attached around the stock tube and keeps it in place quite well. One thing to note about the stock tube and stock itself is that they are a proprietary size. The stock tube is not compatible with any other commercial or mil spec stocks, although ATI offers an upgrade kit which has an aluminum commercial stock tube to be able to use other types and brands of stocks.

The stock can either be run parallel with the rest of the gun, or there is an additional piece which connects between the body and stock tube. By installing this piece, the stock is angled down slightly, which makes the use of iron sights vastly easier by eliminating the need for an aggressively high cheek weld. This also helps keep the rear pad of the stock lower on the torso for improved recoil management. To fold the stock down, the button on top or the stock tube itself needs only to be pushed down, allowing the stock to rotate forward and locking in place near to the body.

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The bottom of the pistol grip has two small phillip's head screws, which when removed allow the grip to separate. This exposes the two further screws to remove the entire grip from the body. There are small gaps on the sides of the plastic insert, which could be hollowed out for storage of small parts, extra screws, ear plugs, spare rounds, etc. As the back of the grip is entirely made of rubber, there are gaps that expose when the grip is flexed horizontally from side to side. This is part of ATI's 'Scorpion' recoil system, which reduces the felt recoil in the shooters hand.

The kit comes supplied with a 4" rail section, three 2" pieces, and another 2" piece with a sling mounting point. These rails are all plastic, however ATI does offer aluminum rails as an upgrade part. All mounting hardware is included, and the barrel and action must be removed to install or remove the sections. For when the rail panels are not in use, there are small clips which fill in the gaps. There are mounting points on each side and the top, however the top section blocks out the iron sights.

At a cost of $109.99 +tax from Cabela's at the time of purchase, this is a great option for those who want to add an effective platform to an already superb weapon system. The tactile function of the Strikeforce body works well with the legendary Ruger 10/22 reliability and accuracy. It is versatile in its application folding to just over 26" for tight space engagements, and can instantly adapt for shouldered employment. Depending on the setup of the rail sections one can run vertical grips and hand stops, lights, lasers or any other accessories in addition to virtually any optics system.

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