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Ruger takedown 10/22: if you can find .22 long rifle ammo to feed it, this is a handy 10/22 model to have for survival or just for plinking fun.

Take-down rifles and shotguns have always had a certain mystique and appeal to them. Being able to neatly split a firearm in half for storing or transporting just seems to be a useful feature. Having the ability to be taken-down quickly and easily with no tools required undoubtedly added to the popularity of certain famous designs, such as Winchester's Model 1897 and 1912 pump-action shotguns. Steven's Model 520 shotgun is another example. although not as well known.

Designing and manufacturing a takedown rifle is quite a bit more difficult. It's one thing to pop a shotgun apart and have it pattern consistently at 40 yards and another to pop a barrel out of a rifle and have a repeatable point of impact at 300 yards. For certain scenarios though. such a rifle could be very handy to have.

Hollywood has long had a love affair with the concept of a rifle which could be easily broken down into major components, allowing it to be stored in a compact case. Then, when required the case could be opened and the rifle easily reassembled in a matter of seconds. Perhaps the iconic image of this is the Japanese Arisaka Type 99 Type 2 Paratrooper's rifle featured in the 1962 film The Manchurian candidate.

Even though incorrectly referred to as a "two-piece Soviet Army sniper rifle," the Arisaka added a bit of edge to this already cutting film. Unfortunately such roles typically portrayed takedown rifles as being intended only for nefarious purposes on the big screen.

Takedown rifles can be very useful for other more mundane tasks. A takedown rifle is simply a piece that disassembles to allow it to be stored in less space. If space is limited in an SUV, ATV or backpack crowded with other gear, then such a piece might be a lifesaver.

As they require less space than a traditional rifle, takedown rifles have long been popular as survival guns neatly stored away until required. Perhaps the best-known of these is the 1950s vintage AR-7 designed by Eugene Stoner. A compact semi-automatic .22 Long Rifle, it comes apart easily, allowing it to be stowed in the hollow buttstock.

A bit more traditional is Marlin's Model 70PSS Papoose .22 LR. This features Marlin's classic Model 60 semi-automatic action with an easily removed barrel. Feeding from a detachable box magazine, the Model 70PSS Papoose has a cult following among shooters with a need for such a piece.

Now in decades gone by they used to say there were only two types of riflemen, those which owned Marlin Model 60s and those who fancied Ruger's 10/22. Both of these designs have proven hugely popular, with more than 11 million Model 60s and 5 million 10/22s being sold. Many a young shooter has cut his teeth on one or the other.

My first semi-automatic rifle was a Marlin Model 60 and I own a few today, including a Papoose. So I am an unabashed Model 60 fan. That said, there is no doubt which rifle series has greater aftermarket support. When it comes to accessories, Ruger's 10/22 rules the roost.

With that in mind I recently purchased my first 10/22 and to make it relevant to our story. I made it one of their recently introduced Takedown models. First introduced in 1964, the 10/22 was designed with adult shooters in mind. This aided its popularity and success, leading to it being offered in a variety of models.

However it wasn't until March 28, 2012 that Ruger introduced their 10/22 Takedown model. As its name suggests, this model differs from the original by incorporating an easily removed barrel assembly.

How easily removed? I hear you asking, well just a push and a twist and the barrel assembly pops right off. Doing so dramatically reduces the overall length for easy storage. This in turn has led to the Takedown becoming popular with many who appreciate its ability to be split in half and stored neatly away until needed.

Why my interest in something chambered in .22 Long Rifle with this caliber still so hard to find? Good question. The diminutive .22 Long Rifle is a fantastic hold-over from the 19th Century. It's small, light, fairly quiet, capable of startling accuracy and very effective if properly placed.

It's a wise choice to have some form of .22 LR in your tool box. Hunting rifles in this caliber tend to be light, easy to carry and economical. Plus they excel at marksmanship training, recreational shooting and harvesting small game.

While not ideal, the .22 Long Rifle is also fully capable of dispatching larger game if wielded with skill and care. The amount of deer poached with the lowly rimfire would shock many. Even one as unskilled as Christopher McCandless was able to harvest a moose with a Remington .22 Long Rifle during his ill-fated Thoreauvian period of solitary contemplation in Alaska. The little rimfire has long been the go-to cartridge for putting meat on the table.

In years past .22 Long Rifle ammunition was widely available in grades running from economical bulk pack all the way up to loads suitable for international competition. Better still, much of it was priced economically. All of that changed with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the following panic buying of firearms and ammunition.

The one caliber many shooters and hunters never dreamed would disappear was .22 Long Rifle. But it did. After the shelves were stripped bare, and remained that way, prices went through the roof. 550-round bulk packs Which once sold for $20 suddenly sold for $100. if you could find them.

In the two years since, .22 ammunition has become more readily available, but prices still remain very high. You no longer simply select a few different loads you'd like, rather you grab whatever you can find.

Even two years down the road, prices remain inflated to the point many shooters have simply stopped shooting their rimfires. This is certainly something to be aware of if you're in the market for a .22.

The sad truth is I believe ammunition companies are more than happy to keep the demand and price of .22 Long Rifle as high as possible for as long as possible. Sc) I doubt we'll see the situation with .22 ammunition return to pre-Sandy Hook availability and pricing for years. if ever.

Perhaps this isn't your first rodeo, though. and you were socking .22 Long Rifle away long before Sandy Hook, just in case. I know many of you were.

Or perhaps you are willing to pay the fiddler while expecting prices to eventually return to normal. If such is the case a takedown rifle in .22 Long Rifle could be a valuable tool. So let's take a look at the rifle I purchased. It's a Ruger No. 11112. which has a black synthetic stock and a 16.6 inch barrel.

The barrel features a threaded muzzle and comes fitted with a flash suppressor. While this might seem a bit too edgy and out of place, it does make sense. Why, because it can be easily removed and a lawfully owned sound suppressor can be threaded on in its place. Keep in mind sound suppressors are exploding in popularity. This, in turn, has led to increased demand for firearms that can mount them straight out of the box. Much to their credit, Ruger has responded by offering what many shooters are asking for.

At the muzzle of the Takedown is a gold bead front sight. Mounted to the barrel is a simple U-notch rear sight. Size-wise it's 36.7 inches long and weighs in at just 4.6 pounds. So even assembled, it's fairly compact and is easy to carry. My rifle is marked '50 Years 196.4-2014' on the receiver and had a specially marked bolt.

The 10/22's controls are pretty straightforward. It has a basic but easy to operate crossbolt safety in front of the trigger guard. A quick push and you can go from Safe to Fire, if you're right-handed. The design also incorporates an ambidextrous paddle-style magazine release. The bolt handle is mounted on the right side and the design also features a bolt release.

I will say the Takedown model looks a bit strange due to the noticeable gap between the stock and the fore-end. You can't quite throw a cat through it. but it does detract from the rifle's aesthetics. That said, it does feel good in the hands and shoulders nicely. Handling wise it, well, feels like a traditional 10/22. This is in stark contrast to Marlin's Papoose, which lacks a fore-end.

Now, what makes this model stand out from the 10/22 crowd is its ability to split into two halves. To accomplish this make sure the rifle is empty. Next slightly retract the bolt and push forward on the barrel release lever located underneath the fore-end while twisting the barrel assembly clockwise.

Once it's unlocked, the barrel can be pulled straight out of the receiver. After you've done it once, you'll have no problem doing it again. The procedure is very simple, straightforward and quick to accomplish.

Better still, reinstalling the barrel takes even less time. You simply insert it into the action and twist until it locks.

This model comes with a relatively small pack for storing and discreetly transporting the rifle. With the rifle strapped into place. it retains enough room for additional items and important gear to be carried inside it. Also thoughtfully included with the rifle is a scope rail. This bolts to the top of the receiver. Not only does it install easily but it facilitates the use of standard Weaver or 1913 rings. The downside to utilizing the scope base is that it blocks access to the iron sights.

To see how Ruger's Takedown performed I first mounted an older Nikon 1.5-6X scope. Next I rummaged about in my gun room and came up with four .22 Long Rifle loads for testing. These consisted of Wolf Performance Ammunition's 40-grain Match Gold target load, Rem-ington's 36-grain RNL Golden Bullet bulk pack, Fed-eral's 36-grain HP Value Pack and Aguila's SE Subsonic 40-grain load. Four five-shot groups were fired from a rest with each load at 25 yards.

Accuracy was quite acceptable for a small game gun and plinker. As I expected, Wolf's Match Gold load provided the tightest groups. The best five-shot group measured .5", while the average for four five-shot groups was .7" at 1025 fps. Remington's 36-grain RNL Golden Bullet load also shot very well, posting a best of .7" and averaging .9 inches at 1211 fps. I found the Ruger very comfortable to shoot and the stock trigger was quite acceptable for its intended task. Cartridges loaded easily into Ruger's squat rotary magazines. Magazine's locked securely in place with an assuring click and cartridges fed smoothly.

I will say though, that I did note the point of impact shifted slightly if pressure was placed on the fore-end. While small, the shift was noticeable. Keep in mind though, I was using an optic mounted to the receiver. You shouldn't see any shift in impact if using the barrel mounted iron sights.

I fired a five-shot group using Wolf's Match Gold load while removing and reinstalling the barrel between shots. This opened things up to 1.3 inches.

Ruger's 10/22 chugged along like a champ through testing. Reliability was 100% with every load except Agu-ila's Super SE Extra 40-grain subsonic load. This load didn't quite have enough oomph to provide reliable operation. The other three loads ran flawlessly though and I put more than 1,000 rounds through the 10/22 Takedown without issue.

Since its introduction the 10/22 Takedown has become very popular. A number or my friends swear by them. Depending upon what you will use it for, the takedown feature can prove very handy and useful. The mechanism is well thought out and simple to operate.

Handy, reliable, run to shoot and acceptably accurate it's easy to see why Ruger's 10/22 Takedown has become so popular. Suggested retail of this model is $419. Here's the downside to this model: it retails for about $130 more than an AR-7 and $75 more than a Marlin M70 PSS Papoose. Whether it's worth that much more is up to you to decide. In a future issue will look at its main rival. Marlin's M70 PSS Papoose.

SHOOTING THE MP-28/II SUBMACHINE GUN

Without a doubt it was a bit awkward and the side-MI mounted magazine didn't help its balance out any. But none of that mattered to me. The MP-28/1I submachine gun I was holding was an important step in the development of modern automatic weapons.

Patrick Sweeney and I were taking turns running magazines through it on full-automatic for Guns & Ammo TV. A relatively slow cyclic rate of approximately 500 rpm combined with its hefty 9-pound weight made for a very controllable piece. Short bursts and single rounds were easy to kick out and if you held the trigger down the piece simply chugged away until it ran dry. I have to say Pat in particular did some admirable shooting with it, keeping an entire magazine fired in one long burst on the chest of a silhouette at 50+ yards.

The MP-28/1I is a classic first generation submachine gun that was an improvement on the groundbreaking Great War vintage MP-18/I. The 9x19mm MP-18/I was designed by Hugo Schmeisser and built by the Bergmann plant. While it's considered the first "practical:" submachine gun, there will always be some argument over whether Beretta's OVP or Model 1918 was fielded first.

What no one argues about is the impact the design had. Suddenly German Stosstrupp (Stormtroopers) had a fairly light and maneuverable weapon capable of putting out a large amount of effective fire at close range. As such it proved well suited for the infiltration and fire and movement tactics of the day.

Prior to the fielding of the MP-18/I, C96 and P08 pistols equipped with shoulder stocks and extended magazines had been tested and fielded. These proved less than satisfactory and the MP-18/I was developed as an alternative. The result offered a real improvement in performance over both the infantry rifles and stocked pistols of the day.

While a huge step forward, it was not quite perfect. The weak point of the design was its method of feed. The MP-18/I was designed to feed from the existing 32-round Trommel (snail) drum magazine developed for the P08 Luger pistol. It was available, but was not especially reliable and it required a special magazine tool for loading. Even though fielded in relatively small numbers near the end of the war. the MP-18/I left its mark.

After the war Hugo Schmeisser took the MP-18/I and refined it to become the MP-28/II. The new model offered some improvements to the basic design and added the ability to fire semi-automatic.

The biggest and most noticeable change was its method of feed. Gone was the Luger Tromrnel drum, set at a weird angle. In its place was a conventional single-position feed detachable box magazine of 20, 32 or 50 round capacity. This was enough of an improvement that many original MP-18/Is were also converted to use MP-28/1I magazines.

The MP-28/1I is very much a child of the Golden Age of firearms. It featured an attractive wooden stock, finely machined metalwork and a handsome finish. Build quality was far beyond what was required, and held to typically high German standards.

In profile it somewhat resembles the carbines of the day, but with a ventilated metal handguard surrounding the barrel. The tangent rear sight is calibrated all the way out to 1,000 meters. This is more than a bit optimistic considering the standard German model was chambered in 9x19mrn. Method of operation was simple advanced primer ignition blowback and the weapon fired from the open bolt position,

Controls consist of a selector located above the trigger, a magazine release located on the top of the magazine well and a safety cut-out into which the bolt-handle can be turned. To operate, place the piece in the desired mode of fire, either semi-auto or full-auto.

Retract the bolt all the way and turn its handle up into the safety cutout. Insert a loaded magazine until it locks securely in place. When you are ready to fire, carefully remove the bolt handle from the safety cutout and ease it forward so it is held by the sear. The piece is now ready to fire.

The MP-28/1I was produced by C.G. Haenel Waffen-fabrik of Suhl, and under license by Anciens Etablisse-ment Pieper SA of Herstal Belgium and an unknown firm in Spain. The MP-28/1I saw extensive use outside Germany, and was produced in a number of calibers in addition to 9x19mm.

It saw heavy use during the Spanish Civil War and the Second Sino-Japanese War. It went on to be fielded by German forces throughout World War II. Heavy combat proved the MP-28/1I to be a tough and reliable piece: one of the best first generation submachine guns.

The downside to the MP-28/1I was simply how it was made and production costs. Expensive and time-consuming to produce, it was superseded by more modern designs developed with an eye towards manufacturing. Even so it was copied by the British to become the Lanchester and its influence can be clearly seen in the Patchett/Sterling L2A1/L2A2 submachine guns. 1 thoroughly enjoyed my time behind the MP-28/II. Beautifully machined, robust, reliable and effective, it is a true classic.

SPECIFICATIONS RUGER 10/22 TAKEDOWN

Manufacturer: Ruger Firearms, Southport, Conn., 603-865-2442 www.ruger.com

Type: Semi-automatic rifle

Caliber: .22 Long Rifle

Overall length: 20 inches stored, 36.7 inches assembled

Barrel length: 16.6 inches

Weight: 4.6 pounds

Magazine capacity: 10

Sights: Gold bead front adjustable for windage, U-notch rear adjust-able for elevation

MSPR: $419

MP28/II SPECIFICATIONS

Action: Advanced Primer Ignition Blowback, selective fire

Caliber: 9x19mm

Overall length: 32.8 inches

Barrel length: 7.9 inches

Weight 9.2 pounds

Feed: 20-, 32-round detachable box magazines

Front sight: Unprotected blade adjustable for windage

Rear sight: Tangent adjustable from 100 to 1,000 meters

Cyclic rate 500 rpm approximately

ACCURACY CHART RUGER 10/22 TAKEDOWN

Load                            Velocity  Standard     25 yards
                                  (fps)     Deviation   (ins.)

Aguila Super SE Extra 40-grain     983         10         1.1
RN

Federal Value Pack 36-grain       1295         14         1.5
HP

Remington Golden Bullet           1211         14          .9
36-grain RN

Wolf Match Gold 40-grain RN       1026          8          .7

Groups are an average of four 5-shot groups fired from a rest
at 100 yards. Velocity readings measured 12 feet from the
muzzle at an ambient temperature of 85[degrees] F 1030 feet
above sea level with an Oehler 35P.
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