Ruger must be feeling in a festive mood these days. Fresh on the heels of two commemorative-edition 10/22 models celebrating the company’s 75th anniversary, we now see a 60th-anniversary edition of the 10/22 as it has its own big six-decade birthday. Officially, this is the Sixth Edition of the Ruger Collector’s Series.
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Of course, the action is the same familiar 10/22 blowback semi-auto design that we’ve all owned and/or shot at one point or another, chambered in .22 LR. The glam-job starts with an 18.5-inch stainless steel barrel with satin stainless finish and silver-finished receiver. Ruger put the rifle into a very modern-looking Magpul Hunter X-22 synthetic stock, with M-LOK slots making multiple options for sling and accessory attachment. The length of pull and comb height are both adjustable to fit the shooter. It’s a far cry from the 75th-anniversary rifles we just saw released, with their traditional wood stocks.
The bolt is blackened and laser-engraved with an anniversary logo. The rifle also ships in a collector’s edition box and comes with a Sixth Edition Ruger Collector’s Series pin and street-style sign. Maybe you can hang that over your gun safe? Ruger says this rifle is an ideal point to start a collection, but if you want to do that, you’ll also have to find a place to keep all this extra gadgetry that comes with it.
Back to the important stuff. Ruger continues the theme of fancy-pants trim with a red bolt handle and trigger. The commemorative edition 10/22 also gets an extended mag release, a Picatinny rail, an adjustable ghost ring-style aperture sight in rear and a non-glare blade sight up front. There’s even a 1/2-28 threaded muzzle, should you want to attach accessories. From the factory, the commemorative-edition rifle comes with a flash suppressor attached at the business end of the barrel.
A 10-round flush-fit rotary magazine comes with the rifle.
Weight as shipped is a very manageable 5.7 pounds. Ruger’s asking price is a $639 MSRP; find more details on their website.