Ruger in cooperation with TALO Distributors has put together a special limited edition 10/22 Takedown to celebrate and support the Olympic USA Shooting Team.
Just 5,000 of these rifles will be made, but Ruger will be donating $20 of each rifle sold to the USA Shooting Team, and they will have their own unique serial numbers, GOLD-0001 to GOLD-5000.
“We are proud to team up with TALO to support the USA Shooting Team,” said Ruger Vice President Chris Killoy. “Every person that buys this rifle will be part of a team contributing $100,000 to support USA Olympic Shooters, and we’re excited that Ruger and our popular 10/22 Takedown rifle are part of this patriotic fundraising effort.”
These special edition 10/22s have a deep blue stocks and stainless steel barrels and receivers. Completing the package is a bright red ballistic nylon carrying case/backpack for each rifle. We can’t think of a better way to display the national colors.
The USA Shooting Team rifle is functionally identical to the standard 10/22 Takedown, weighing in 4.67 pounds with an 18.5-inch barrel. It uses a gold bead front sight and accepts all 10/22 magazines.
It uses the same takedown system as well, which is a very robust and, in the best Ruger style, overbuilt. The 10/22 uses a locking lug system as opposed to a screw-in barrel. This has several advantages, including being easier and faster to disassemble, but also it’s less prone to wear while simultaneously locking up tightly.
The 10/22 Takedown is drilled and tapped for optics and includes a Weaver-style rail for glass. Because of the locking-lug takedown system, the rifle will maintain its zero even after multiple breakdowns and assemblies.
Like most TALO Distributors’ special editions we expect this rifle to command a price premium, probably selling for around $350. It’s currently shipping to retailers and should be available soon if not right now.
If you don’t have a 10/22 this is the perfect way to pick up one of the most versatile firearms on the market and support the USA Shooting Team for this year’s 2012 Olympic summer games in London.
Photo credit USA Today.