April 8th, 2016

Fan Favorites: The Best-Selling Firearms of 2015

Remington 700

Here at AccurateShooter.com we tend to focus on highly-accurate (1/2-MOA or better), custom-built bolt-action rifles. But for home defense, deer hunting, or just having fun with the grand-kids, factory-built firearms serve their purpose. With that in mind, we wondered, “Just what are the most popular mass-production firearms these days?” Gunbroker.com, the biggest firearms auction site, has tallied the top-selling new and “previously-owned” firearms in various categories for all of last year. Here are Gunbroker’s “Best Selling Firearms” for 2015.

GunBroker.com’s Best-Selling New and Used Firearms of 2015

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

Some things we expected — the Rem 700 is the top-ranking bolt-action rifle, and the Ruger 10/22 was the leading semi-auto rifle. But notably, the Ruger Precision Rifle (Below) is now the second-best selling bolt rifle in the country. That shows how popular “tactical” style bolt guns have become. It also proves Ruger has created a winner — a fine-shooting rifle that has quickly established a following.

The second most popular bolt-action long-gun is the new Ruger Precision Rifle

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

Best Selling Guns Gunbroker Remington 700

In the handgun rankings, there were some surprises. Despite being out of production, the Colt Python is the best-selling used revolver. Why is an out-of-production gun a top-seller? First, high-grade Pythons are actually increasing in value, making this “snake” a good investment. Pythons are also highly accurate, beautifully-finished revolvers with superb triggers. These qualities make the guns highly desirable to serious shooters as well as collectors.

Colt Python (Royal Blue) — An Appreciating Asset
Colt Python Revolver

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December 10th, 2015

Ruger Unveils 10/22 Takedown with Threaded Target Barrel

Ruger 10/22 takedown target bull barrel suppressor

Ruger has been on a roll lately. The Ruger Precision Rifle has been a big hit, selling out at dealers across the country. Now Ruger has unveiled its new “tactical blacK” take-down version of the 10/22 with a suppressor-ready threaded bull barrel and modular stock. Ruger has offered 10/22 take-downs before but those previous models all had relatively skinny barrels. This version is more macho, and we expect it will be very popular. It’s just the thing for tactical rimfire games. The ability of the threaded barrel to take a suppressor will be attractive to potential buyers. A suppressed .22 LR is a very, very quiet tool.

Ruger 10/22 takedown target bull barrel suppressor

This new Ruger 10/22 Takedown with Target Barrel features a hammer-forged .920″-diameter, 16.10″-long, fluted “target” barrel. The muzzle is threaded ½”-28 and fitted with a thread cap. Those threads ain’t just for a muzzle brake — Ruger knows buyers will be attaching suppressors. This new target barrel takedown model also incorporates the Ruger Modular Stock System which offers interchangeable low and high comb modules.

Ruger 10/22 takedown target bull barrel suppressor

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown with Target Barrel is lightweight and compact. Weight (before optics) is just 5.5 pounds. Total length, assembled, is 34.6 inches, but each sub-assembly is under 20.25 inches. The two sections (barrel assembly and action/buttstock assembly) fit in a convenient black nylon carrying case, which provides ample storage with extra pockets and mag pouches. As it employs Ruger’s standard 10/22 action and standard 10-round rotary magazine, this gun should be very reliable. We’re anxious to test one of these bull barrel Rugers to assess its accuracy. It certainly makes for a compact and portable package. Is a take-down 10/22 (with suppressor of course) the ultimate “truck gun”?

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December 16th, 2014

Ruger Offers 2.75-lb $89.95 Drop-In 10/22 Trigger

Ruger 10/22 fans rejoice. Ruger has just released a $89.95 drop-in trigger upgrade that should fit all 10/22 rifles as well as 22 Charger pistols. The affordable trigger upgrade completely transforms the 10/22. Pull weight is reduced from a hefty 6.5 pounds to 2.5-3.0 pounds, and Ruger claims the new trigger offers a “light, crisp” break with “minimal overtravel and a positive reset.” Packaged as a self-contained module, the new BX Trigger is easy to install (no gunsmithing required).

Ruger 10-22 10/22 BX Trigger drop-in upgrade semi-auto

“We have made continuous improvements to the 10/22 over the years, but the BX-Trigger is an exciting performance advancement,” said Ruger President and COO, Chris Killoy. “The BX-Trigger was designed for easy installation, superior performance, and legendary Ruger reliability.” Rugger will sell the BX-Trigger as a complete “en bloc” unit that will replace the existing trigger assembly. No additional fitting should be required. Simply install the BX-Trigger into your rifle and go shooting.

Ruger 10-22 10/22 BX Trigger drop-in upgrade semi-auto

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July 27th, 2014

Great Deals on Rimfire Guns at CDNN

Everyone needs a few good .22 LR firearms for fun shooting, target practice, and cross-training. We found two exceptional deals right now at CDNN Sports, a large wholesaler that specializes in inventory close-outs. CDNN acquires products at low cost, so they can sell well below MSRP.

The first item that caught our eye was a nice 1911-style target pistol. These full-size, German-made GSG rimfire 1911s often sell for $400.00 or more (MSRP is $427.95). This item is currently on sale for just $279.99. Plus a $30.00 distributor’s rebate is available for purchases made through July 31, 2014 (so you’ve got a few more days to grab one for $249.99 after rebate). Because the GSG is the same size as a centerfire 1911 pistol, the GSG is great for cross-training. The GSG is also compatible with many full-size 1911 parts.

GSG .22 LR Ruger 10/22 special

German Sport Guns (GSG) M1911 Target — Same Look And Feel As Full-Size M1911

GSG .22 LR Ruger 10/22 special

Ruger 10/22 with Synthetic Stock or Wood Stock for $189.99
If you own a ranch or farm, or have some kids (or grand-kids) who enjoy plinking, a Ruger 10/22 should be part of your gun collection. For 50 years, the Ruger 10/22 has been America’s favorite .22 LR rifle. Durable and simple, the Ruger® 10/22® rifle is well-suited for informal target shooting, “plinking”, and eradicating small varmints. And now you can get one for under $200.00.

GSG .22 LR Ruger 10/22 special

CDNN currently has the 10/22 with synthetic stock on sale for $189.99. Weighing just 5 pounds, this rifle features an 18.5″ barrel, 13.50″ Length Of Pull, and a 10-round rotary magazine. MSRP is MSRP $279.00, so this is a very good deal. A wood-stocked version is also offered for just $189.99.

GSG .22 LR Ruger 10/22 special

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June 15th, 2014

New Tactical Stock for Ruger 10/22 from Victor Company USA

Victor Company USA, manufacturer of tactical “skins” for AI rifle chassis, has introduced a new tactical stock for Ruger’s popular 10/22. Victor Company’s new Titan 1022 Precision Rimfire Stock features a vertical-style grip and a wide, beavertail forearm with molded nibs for enhanced grip. In the rear, the buttstock features a cut-out for the user’s off hand with a deeper “keel” for riding the bags. This stock should work well for the Tactical Rimfire game. We also bet many varmint shooters will order these stocks — a Ruger 10/22 never looked so good. This product, set for release in July, 2014, is so new we don’t have pricing yet. Visit www.victorcompanyusa.com for more details in a week or two.

Victor Company 1022 Precision Rimfire Stock (CLICK photo for full-size image.)
Victor Company USA 10/22 1022 rimfire stock

Victor Company USA 10/22 1022 rimfire stockVictor Company USA 10/22 1022 rimfire stock

Victor Company USA 10/22 1022 rimfire stock

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April 20th, 2014

Great Deals from CDNNSports.com

Texas-based CDNN Investments, a large vendor of firearms and accessories, regularly offers great deals on guns and shooting gear. CDNN acquires overstock and discontinued inventory from major manufacturers and then sells this merchandise at a deep discount (way below MSRP). Over the years, CDNN has also specialized in law enforcement “buy-backs”, acquiring large quantities of “previously owned” police handguns, many of which have fired very few rounds. In addition to the overstock and trade-in firearms, CDNN maintains a huge inventory of new magazines and other gun accessories.

Great Prices at CDNN on Ruger 10/22 Rifles and Ruger 22/45 Pistols
The latest CDNN 14-1 Catalog has been released, and we found some great deals on Ruger rimfire firearms. If you are looking for an inexpensive, reliable .22 LR rifle and pistol for plinking with the kids (or dispatching furry pests on the farm), here are some great deals. The Ruger 10/22 is a classic that can easily be upgraded with aftermarket stocks, barrels, optics, and even triggers.

CDNN Ruger 10/22 a 22/45 pistol

CDNN Ruger 10/22 a 22/45 pistol

CDNN Launches All-New, Easy-To-Navigate Webstore
For 2014, CDNN has completely updated its website. At CDNNSports.com you’ll now find a modern, secure shopping cart system, with user-friendly navigation. Up top are tabs for Firearms, Optics, Accessories, Gun Parts, Magazines, Ammunition, and Current Specials. You can search by brand or keyword, so it’s now much easier to find specific products, such as grips and magazines for particular brands of pistols.

CDNN Investments Secure Webstore CDNNSports.com

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October 8th, 2013

Ruger’s 50th Anniversary 10/22 Design Contest

Here’s an interesting challenge that could earn you $5000.00 worth of guns. (You like challenges right?) Clever gun customizers out there have a chance to win $5k worth of Ruger products by designing a 50th Anniversary Special Edition 10/22. So go to it — put bells and whistles on a 10/22 and see if Ruger likes your concept. After Ruger selects ten finalists, Ruger’s customers will vote for the winning rifle design. CLICK HERE To enter the Contest.

Ruger 10/22 design 50th Anniversary Contest

Ruger wants its fans to help design a Ruger 10/22 rifle to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ruger’s popular rimfire rifle. Just submit photos of your ultimate 10/22 and include info on the build (stock, barrel, muzzle brake etc.). After Ruger narrows the entries to ten (10) finalists, Ruger fans will then vote for their favorite design. The winning designer will receive a production version of his rifle, a trip to Ruger’s Newport, NH plant, and $5,000 to be used toward the purchase of Ruger products. The remaining nine finalists will each receive a standard catalog Ruger firearm of their choice.

Ruger 10/22 design 50th Anniversary Contest

Contest Entrants must submit up to three photos of their customized 10/22, provide a list of parts used, and give a brief description of their design. Submissions will be accepted October 7 through October 18, 2013. On October 21, Ruger will announce the ten finalists and fans can vote for their favorite design. For Official Contest Rules, visit www.Ruger.com/1022Contest.

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September 21st, 2013

Fajen Composite Stocks for Ruger 10/22 Just $49.00

Need a rugged, durable stock for your Ruger 10/22? EABCO (E. Arthur Brown Company) has you covered. EABCO is offering a limited quantity of Fajen Composite 10/22 Stocks for just $49.00. EABCO tells us: “We bought out the last 24 of these, so get them while you can.” These are new-in-box, non-warping composite target stocks finished in black, with checkering on the grip and fore-end. Sling swivel studs, and rubber buttpad are installed. The stocks, sized for adults, are drop-in fits for your Ruger 10/22. There is enough clearance in the barrel channel to handle .920″-diameter heavy contour target barrels. If you are interested, call EABCO at 800-950-9088. The super-low $49.00 price is available via phone orders only.

Product tip from EdLongrange. We welcome reader submissions
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September 1st, 2013

Ruger Releases New Bolt Action Rimfire Rifles

Ruger recently announced the new Ruger American Rimfire™ series of bolt-action rimfire rifles, chambered in .22LR or .22 Magnum. These rifles feature an interesting convertible polymer stock and the .22LR versions can run 10/22 magazines. You could say the new rifles borrow features from the centerfire Ruger American Rifle® series, while offering mag interchangeability with 10/22 rimfire rifle. Ruger offers both full-sized (22″ barrel/13.75″ length of pull) and compact (18″ barrel/12.5″ length of pull) models, both of which are available in either .22 LR or .22 Magnum. All models have a suggested retail price of $329.00.

ruger american rimfire 10/22 rotary magazine convertible stock

Comb Height Adjusts with Interchangeable Stock Modules
Ruger’s new rimfires feature interchangeable stock modules that provide variable comb heights. Standard models come with long length of pull modules, while compact models come with short length of pull modules. By simply removing the rear sling swivel stud, stock modules can be changed in seconds.

ruger american rimfire 10/22 rotary magazine convertible stock

.22LR Models Can Use All 10/22 Magazines
Models chambered in .22LR feature the detachable, flush-mounted 10/22® BX1 10-round rotary magazine and accept all 10/22® magazines. Models chambered in .22 Magnum use the detachable, flush-mounted JMX1 9-round rotary magazine.

ruger american rimfire 10/22 rotary magazine convertible stock

Dove-Tailed Action and Bolt with 60° Bolt Throw
Standard 3/8″ dovetails for rimfire rings are milled into the actions, which are also drilled and tapped for mounting Weaver-style bases. The 60-degree bolt can be removed with an easy-to-use, receiver-mounted bolt release that does NOT require a pull of the trigger.

ruger american rimfire 10/22 convertible stock

Integral Bedding Block for Action
The new rimfire rifles also feature a patent-pending Power Bedding® integral bedding block system that positively locates the receiver and free floats the barrel. Additional features include a blued, hammer-forged barrel with fiber optic front sight and adjustable, folding leaf rear sight.

ruger american rimfire 10/22 convertible stock bedding block

New Product Tip from EdLongrange. We welcome reader submissions.
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March 28th, 2012

New Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifle — Nicely Executed Package

Ruger 10/22 takedown

Ruger 10/22 takedown rifleRuger just announced its new Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle. This lightweight rimfire rifle comes apart into two sub-assemblies in a matter of seconds. The 4.67-pound Ruger 10/22 Takedown is 37″ long when assembled; each sub-assembly is less than 20 1/4″ long when disassembled. Ruger even supplies a handy storage case to hold the disassembled Ruger 10/22 Takedown.

The barrel and fore-end of the Ruger 10/22 Takedown are easily separated from the action and buttstock by pushing a recessed lever, twisting the sub-assemblies, and pulling them apart. Reassembly is the reverse of takedown. The friction-fit lockup of the assembly joint can be adjusted, but Ruger says it should rarely need re-setting after initial assembly. Ruger claims that “the lockup is secure and repeatable, ensuring an accurate return to zero, even when receiver-mounted optics are used.”

Ruger 10/22 takedown

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown is shipped in a ballistic nylon backpack-style case with internal sleeves to hold the sub-assemblies. External pockets with MOLLE webbing provide storage for magazines, ammunition, and other accessories. Multiple attachment points for the padded, single shoulder strap offer different carrying options.

Ruger 10/22 takedown

MSRP is $389.00 with Storage Case
Utilizing the standard 10/22 action and 10-round rotary magazine (one magazine is provided), the Ruger 10/22 Takedown represents a reliable, compact, and portable package at an affordable price. MSRP is $389.00 MSRP, and we expect “Street Price” to settle around $340.00. For more info on the new Ruger 10/22 Takedown visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown, such the 25-round Ruger BX-25 magazine, visit ShopRuger.com.

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January 5th, 2012

New Lightweight Rimfire Semi-Auto from Magnum Research

Magnum Research .22LRMagnum Research has released a new semi-auto .22LR rifle, the MLR22AT, that should be good for plinking, walk-around varminting, and rimfire gun games. MSRP for the MLR22AT will be $562. The rifles will start shipping in spring 2012.

The MLR22AT features a .22LR Benz target chamber optimized for semi-automatics. The black anodized receiver is CNC-machined from a 6061-T6 aluminum forging. The MLR22AT has an approximate weight of 4 ¼ lbs, barrel length of 17 inches, and OAL of 35.5 inches. This rifle utilizes the 10/22 trigger group and Ruger 10/22 rotary magazines — that means you have a wide choice of aftermarket upgrades.

Magnum Research .22LR

The MLR22AT features a lightweight, ambidextrous thumbhole tupperware (polypropylene) stock. The stock material incorporates fiber stiffeners, but we still bet this stock is too flexy. Magnum Research claims the comb is high enough to shoot with optics. We just wish the fore-end was stiffer and came with a sling swivel stud for mounting a Harris bipod. Then this compact rifle would be good for rimfire tactical matches as well.

Magnum Research .22LR

Graphite-Sleeved Barrel is Light, Stiff, and Runs Cool
The most trick feature on this rifle is the graphite-sleeved bull barrel, a Magnum Research exclusive. The barrel’s patented uni-directional graphite fibers, parallel to the bore axis, produce a lightweight barrel with exceptional stiffness. (Magnum Research claims the barrel has six times the stiffness of steel.) The graphite construction definitely saves weight — this barrel tips the scales at just 13-16 ounces, depending on barrel length. Magnum Research also claims the composite barrel dissipates heat up to 43% faster than steel. Sounds good, but heat isn’t as much of an issue with rimfire barrels, as compared to centerfire tubes.

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October 8th, 2009

Ruger Releases 'Target Tactical' 10/22 in Hogue Stock

In our report about the new Tactical Rimfire discipline pioneered in California, we predicted that the major manufacturers would eventually develop rifles tailored for this fun, low-cost shooting sport. Sure enough, Ruger has released a new version of its popular 10/22 rifle that would be well-suited for tactical rimfire matches.

Rimfire Tactical Ruger

The new Ruger 10/22VLEH Target Tactical Rifle (TTR) features a Hogue OverMolded® synthetic stock, and a compact 16-1/8″ bull barrel (.920″ OD). The Hogue stock comes with double palm swells, a varminter-style forend, and sling swivel studs. Ruger’s TTR ships with a scope rail on top of the receiver, and Ruger includes an adjustable (non-swivel) bipod with the rifle.

Overall, there is nothing really ground-breaking about this rifle, but Ruger has included some useful upgrades (stock, scope rail, bipod), that make the rifle more suitable for gun games. Rather than buy a low-end 10/22 and toss the barrel and original stock, a shooter can now buy a 10/22 that’s pretty much ready to go (except for a trigger upgrade). Adults shooting the new 10/22 TTR will want to add buttpad spacers as the gun ships with a very short 12 3/4″ length of pull from the factory.

Rimfire Tactical Ruger

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January 30th, 2009

HOT DEALS — $12.99 Digital Calipers and More…

We checked out the latest flyers from MidwayUSA and Natchez Shooters Supplies and found some great deals. How about $12.99 for a set of digital calipers?

digital calipersDigital Calipers, $12.99
MidwayUSA item 604242

No these are not the finest calipers you can buy, but they work as well as many digital calipers costing thirty bucks or more. This $12.99 price is the lowest we’ve seen on the MidwayUSA electronic calipers in a LONG time. For $12.99, pick up these calipers as a back-up, or for your range kit. Having a spare set of calipers at the range makes it easy to measure targets or check your case growth.

Bell Carlson 10/22 stockBell & Carlson Anschutz-Style Stock for Ruger 10/22
MidwayUSA item 500223, $154.99

We know the Ruger 10/22 is popular in the new Tactical Rimfire game, but the factory stock is less than ideal. Here’s an inexpensive stock that works great both prone (with bipod) and standing. The B&C 10/22 Stock is rigid, cleared for a .920″ barrel, and has a nice, no-slip black finish. We have a similar-shaped stock on our Anschutz Biathlon rifle and it is functions great from bipod, sitting position, or standing. You may want to add spacers to increase length of pull for prone work.

Hornady bullets amaxHornady A-Max Bullets, Natchez
Natchez is listing great prices right now on Hornady A-Max match bullets. The popular 6mm 105gr A-Max is sale priced at $18.28/100, but unfortunately is out of stock. You might ask for a “rain check” on that price. Likewise, Natchez has V-Max bullets at great prices, but most items are showing “out of stock.” Here are some other good deals on available inventory:

– 22 Cal., 80gr A-Max, HO22832, $15.74/100

– 6.5 mm, 140gr A-Max, HO26332, $24.68/100

Hornady bullets amaxNeoprene ScopeCoat, $9.99
Natchez item F01SXSCL50HT

Large ScopeCoat for target scopes (50mm objective). These thickly-padded covers provide superior protection for expensive optics. The quoted item is 12.5″ x 50mm, but smaller sizes are available for the same $9.99 price. ScopeCoats sell elsewhere for up to $20.00. Right now Natchez also has flip-up Butler Creek lens covers for just $5.94 (that’s 20% off).

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