One of the things I was most excited to see at SHOT Show this year was the new sniper stock for Ruger® 10/22 rifles.
Seriously? There are tons of stocks available for 10/22 rifles on the market already. What makes this one any different?
Well, serious is the key. This is the first tactical stock for 10/22s entering the US market that was purpose-built for a serious military role. Few people realize this, but snipers in Israel employ 10/22 rifles as sniper rifles for certain applications, most notably to remove instigators and leaders during violent riots. Firing non-lethal shots to their legs, they can remove them from the situation, causing the riots to die naturally. These rifles, suppressed, are also used for other purposes, including removing outside light sources at the onset of a raid and more lethal roles.
The IDF has been using modified factory stocks, but requested a purpose-built stock system from FAB Defense. FAB designed a stock to fit the purpose, being a hybrid between a tactical CQB-type stock and a precision target-type stock. To meet the initial urgent need, they machined several hundred out of solid blocks of polymer for issue to the Israeli troops while the molds were being created to place the stocks into full production. The stock that you see in the photos here is one of the milled pre-production stocks.
The stock is designed to use FAB’s modular buttstock systems, so it can come in a variety of folding or folding and collapsible stock configurations, or could be built with a fixed stock if needed. It has a comfortable pistol grip, a wide, flat forend with just enough rails, and a trigger finger shelf on the side of the stock.
The barrel channel has room for heavy barrels, and has a removable spacer that allows for an integrally suppressed barrel when removed.
One of the most exciting features will be the price, which is expected to be competitive with some of the consumer-grade stocks on the market.
This 10/22 stock should be available for purchase within a few months, and you can be sure that I will be picking one up.