While I missed the Christmas Day press release, a friend who’s big into Ruger Chargers made sure to pass along the news. Not only is Ruger re-releasing the 22 Charger pistol a year or two after putting it out to pasture, but they’ve taught this pony a few new tricks.
Most notably, it now uses an M4/AR-15 pistol grip, which means near-infinite aftermarket replacement options are available, it has a factory-threaded barrel (1/2×28″), and it also comes in a Takedown flavor.
There are a few other items of note, and we’ll leave that to Ruger’s press release, which follows. . .
Ruger Introduces the Re-engineered 22 Charger Pistol and the New 22 Charger Takedown
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) proudly announces the re-engineered 22 Charger™ pistol with enhanced features and introduces the new 22 Charger Takedown pistol. First introduced in 2007, the 22 Charger pistol became a favorite for .22 LR pistol shooters and plinkers alike.
Weighing just under 3.25 pounds, the new 22 Charger pistol has an overall length of 19.25 inches and features a 10-inch precision rifled, threaded barrel with a 1/2″-28 thread pattern to accept most popular muzzle accessories. The redesigned brown laminated stock sports a standard A2-style pistol grip, which makes the platform easy to customize with the MSR grip of your choice. The matte black receiver features a factory installed Picatinny rail which provides ample space for a variety of optics, from scopes to red-dot sights. Like the original 22 Charger, these new pistols are built on the legendary Ruger® 10/22® platform and offer the same proven reliability.
The new 22 Charger Takedown model has all the features of the standard model, plus the very popular quick disconnect feature found on the full sized 10/22 Takedown® rifle. This feature allows the firearm to be taken down quickly and easily by simply pushing the recessed lever in the forend, twisting the subassemblies, and pulling them apart. The 22 Charger Takedown features a Green Mountain laminate stock and comes in a custom hard case for easy transport to the range.
Also new and included with both models is the BX-15™ magazine, a 15-round version of the very popular BX-25® magazine. The BX-15 is the perfect height when shooting with the included bipod from either the prone position or from a bench. The BX-15 fits all 10/22, 22 Charger, Ruger 77/22® and Ruger American Rimfire® rifles chambered in .22 LR. The bipod (included with both models) easily attaches to the forend.
For more information on the 22 Charger, 22 Charger Takedown, BX-15 or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the 22 Charger or other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com.