I got to handle the new Ruger Precision Rimfire yesterday at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range. For my fingers’ sake let’s call the rifles the RP22. So what’s so special about the RP22?
The non-folding butt stock is adjustable every which way. The stock is solid and the adjustments are secure.
The trigger is a standard RPR trigger. You can even use your 10/22 mags.
The 18″ long 1” thick barrel at the bore tapers down to about .75” at the threaded muzzle.
The barrel is mounted via a barrel nut. DIY gunsmiths can swap barrels easily. The aftermarket will produce countless options. I bet someone is already working on an RP22 suppressed barrel.
The RP22 is clearly meant to function as it’s big brother’s trainer: the bolt is 3” long. Thats way longer than needed for a .22, but it does simulate the bolt throw of the full sized RPR.
Not using the RP22 as a trainer? Then remove half of the bolt and make it 1.5″ or 3″ long. Even if you don’t use this feature, respect. MSRP is $529 and is available now.
The Ruger Rep I spoke with said the RP22 was extremely accurate. Whether that statement is or not remains to be seen.