What do you do with that Ruger 10/22 rifle that’s been sitting in the back of your safe? One way to give it possibilities beyond the standard stock configuration is with an aftermarket chassis. TiTech Arms (formerly RTI Manufacturing) gives you two options.
Their 1022 Chassis Rail comes in two flavors. One has an AR buffer tube to let you mount an AR stock. The other model — the one I chose — has a rear Pic rail. That lets you mount a brace or, in my case, a folding stock.
The 1022 Chassis Rail is made of 6061-T6 billet aluminum and weights a mere 12 oz. Installation couldn’t have been easier. Unscrew the two screws holding the barrel band and receiver.
That’s it. That’s literally all you need to pull the action and barrel from the standard Ruger stock.
Installation of the TiTech 1022 Chassis Rail is literally a drop-in process. Insert the barrel and action and secure it with the receiver screw. Put the Ruger barrel band and screw/nut in a Ziploc bag and store it away in case you ever want to reinstall the original stock in the future.
The fit is clean, neat and even.
The 1022 Chassis Rail will mount the standard AR-15 grip of your choice. I kept it simple and installed a Magpul MOE K Grip. You can use grips with a beavertail if you choose to go that way.
The chassis rail free-floats the 10/22’s barrel and gives you plenty of M-LOK attachment options. (Note that the TiTech Chassis Rail won’t work with a 10/22 Takedown rifle.)
My first thought was to install a minimalist folding stock…and that would still be a great option. But just as I was about to put this thing together, Midwest Industries announced their new side folding extruded stock.
There’s no law that says you have to mount it on an AK.
The stock is incredibly well made and installation is so easy Joe Biden could probably handle it. It’s made of 6061 anodized aluminum with five QD cups. The folding mount is made of 4140 heat-treated steel. It’s safe to say that it will take a least as much of a lickin’ as this rifle will ever see and keep on tickin’.
I added a red dot and got to the range as quickly as my schedule allowed.
As you’d imagine, the rifle shoots beautifully with the new chassis. And giving it a folding stock lets you pack it in a shorter bag that doesn’t look like you’re carrying a rifle.
One thing to note. The standard Ruger 10-round rotary magazines insert and work perfectly. But the fit is a tiny bit snug. As a result, the mags didn’t drop free when the magazine release lever is pressed. I had to reach in and pull them when empty. They got slightly looser the more I shot the rifle. I used a little silicone dry lube in the mag well after shooting which seems to have helped.
Sadly I couldn’t locate my one lone BX-25 25-round magazine, but I have no reason to believe it won’t work just fine with the new set-up, which I’m very happy with.
The TiTech Arms Chassis Rail retails for $189.