Magpul started out making shotgun stocks many moons ago. Then they moved into Remington 700 rifles and Ruger 10/22 stocks. Now they’re expanding that product line just a little bit further to the 10/22 Takedown, a gun that’s in desperate need of better stock options if ever there was one.
One of the best features of the Magpul stock series is that the grip and stock area are roughly the same throughout the line. If you like the way the grip feels on the shotgun or Remington 700, you can have that exact same feeling on the other guns as well. The 10/22 Tagedown Backpacker and Hunter models follow that tradition and I can definitely say that I approve.
The stocks feel great in the hand, just polished and finished enough to look great, but not so slick as to be slipping out of your hands in wet weather.
Really, all the innovation here is with the Backpacker stock. Instead of simply making a straight replacement stock, Magpul has gone out of their way to add functionality to it as well. Playing with the model on the show floor the stock feels like it solidly locks up when in the stowed position and won’t come apart without permission. Releasing the forend from the buttstock area is a simple operation: push two buttons and it will come free.
Even with all the funky features and added cavities the stock still feels solid and comfortable when shouldered. The buttons on the forend aren’t annoying in the least, and unless you focus you can’t really notice any differences between this one and the standard stock. In short, it adds a whole lot of nifty party tricks without any reduction in quality or usability.
I can’t wait to get one in for testing. Stay tuned.