Umarex is introducing an officially licensed air rifle replica of the ubiquitous Ruger 10/22 at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nev.. The air-powered variant of this famed rifle comes after the 10/22 has graced shooting ranges around the country for over five decades.
The Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle from Umarex is true to form, save for the fact that it is powered by two 12-gram CO2 cartridges instead of the ever-popular .22 LR round.
“The 10/22 has earned its place in shooting history and we couldn’t be more excited that Ruger backed our development of the Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle" says Umarex USA president, Richard Turner.
Further, according to Ruger vice president of marketing, Rob Werkmeister, “Umarex did a great job in developing the 10/22 Air Rifle. We are truly impressed by the level of authentic detail and craftsmanship incorporated into this airgun, and we are proud to be affiliated with a company that shares our passion of providing quality products and exceptional service for shooters around the world.”
The 10/22 Air Rifle from Umarex was designed to shoot .177 caliber pellets, the most readily available airgun caliber for recreational shooting. The magazine is authentic in shape, and the magazine release pushes forward in true 10/22 fashion, giving you the ability to pull the magazine from the receiver. The magazine holds a red, removable rotary clip that accepts 10 flat or round-nosed pellets instead of the traditional .22 LR cartridge, and is held in the magazine by a sliding lever, which allows for the easy exchange of a pre-loaded clip available as an accessory.
The bolt, while seemingly there for aesthetics since it does not load a pellet into the chamber, serves to cock the rifle when actuated, giving the 10/22 Air Rifle a three-pound trigger pull. The weight of the trigger and its identical overall size make it an ideal rifle for first-time shooters, whose natural next step up is the Ruger 10/22 chambered for .22 LR.
Loading Umarex CO2 canisters into the rifle is accomplished with the twist of a button at the rear of the butt stock. This allows the buttpad to slide out, revealing an incorporated Allen wrench. That wrench is used to remove a long cylinder inside the stock that punctures the two, 12-gram CO2 cartridges when installed back-to-back within the stock of the rifle.
Beyond its function, the 10/22 Air Rifle is slightly lighter than the firearm, but looks the part. The sights are of the same style, including the folding rear sight, and the rifle has authentic looking sling attachments incorporated. The receiver is ready to accept any after-market rails that fit the Ruger 10/22, so you can customize your Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle with the optic of your choosing.
SHOT Show attendees and sporting goods buyers can shoulder the authentic Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle replica at Umarex booth #15062, at the Sands Expo Convention Center during show hours.