There’s a good side and a bad side to chopping down a newly launched rifle. On the plus side, it looks freaking awesome. On the downside there aren’t really any aftermarket options.
For the last year or so I’ve been using a hacksawed version of my original forend with the AGP arms stock on my 10/22 Takedown SBR — in an attempt to make it as small as possible. It worked, but it looked ugly. Adaptive Tactical thinks their TK22 stock is a better solution.
Where the AGP Arms stock is a fixed length that folds in half for storage, the Adaptive Tactical stock features a collapsible buttstock that extends to fit the shooter and collapses for storage.
The padded butt end is definitely comfortable but I’m not sure if it’s really needed to calm the punishing recoil of the .22lr rimfire cartridge.
Being adjustable makes it easy to fit the stock to everyone from kids to ape-sized adults with the push of a button which is definitely appreciated. I think I would have liked it better if it was collapsible AND folded to the side for storage, just to take full advantage of the extremely small size of the gun.
The stock is molded as one piece with the receiver And here we have a small issue. Installing the action in the stock was a little more difficult than usual due to the fact that Adaptive Tactical’s receiver is a little snug. I finally got it to fit by leveraging the rear of the receiver into place and then using the forward action screw to squeeze the receiver into place.
Once installed the rifle feels fine. The optics rail lines up well with the shooter’s eye, and the grip feels comfortable in the hand. There’s no adjustments here — it’s a one-size-fits-all deal. It worked for me but your mileage may vary.
Out front, there’s an appropriately sized handguard for those of us foolish enough to slice up their rifles, but still sufficient for those with a full-length barrel. The styling matches the rest of the stock. For some it’s a good thing. For those with taste, not so much.
FWIW, I’m really not a fan of the Adaptive Tactical TK-22 Stock’s highly stylized (and without a good reason) injection molded plastic design aesthetic.
Adaptive Tactical went down the same rabbit hole that Tapco has been diving head-first into for the last few years. The same taste-free zone into which Daniel Defense seems to be dipping.
I prefer the smooth lines and minimalist style of companies like Magpul and (to a lesser extent) CZ. All the extra hexagonal holes and purpose-free slanted lines on the stock look like clutter to me. Same with the waves on the back of the receiver.
Despite my misgivings on the aesthetics, the gun feels good on the range. Shouldering the rifle is comfortable. Recoil is nonexistent. Then again, it never existed in the first place.
The Adaptive Tactical TK-22 Stock is designed to allow the two halves to separate easily and lock up tightly. no o matter how many times you remove and replace the barrel it still comes back to zero (pretty much).
The stock is a fine thing; it functions well. I appreciate that the telescoping stock makes for a more compact package when the barrel is removed (which was the whole point of the design). But a folding stock just does a much better job.
TheAdaptive Tactical TK-22 Stock is miles more comfortable than the one that ships on the 10/22 Takedown. So equipped, the rifle’s smaller than the standrd set-up; it fits perfectly in the bag Ruger provides. But if you’re looking for the smallest size possible there are better options.
Adaptive Tactical TK-22 Stock for Ruger 10/22 Takedown
Ratings (out of five stars):
Feel & Function * * * *
Everything works and it feels solid. The receiver is a little tight but that might be a good thing actually.
Overall Rating * * *
I’m not a fan of the styling, and the telescoping stock is larger than other options on the market. It’s also $10 more expensive than the AGP Arms option. But it works. So it’s got that going for it. Which is nice.