Monday, June 20, 2011

10/22 goes LTR with help from Nodak Spud.

I recently picked up a Ruger 10/22 in a trade.  The gun was in really good shape, but I had plans on it from the get-go.  I was looking for an iron sights, Liberty Training Rifle type setup.  However, I also wanted something that if I wanted to mount another optic on, it would easily done.  The gun will be having some changes done to it over the next couple weeks, but I had to get started somewhere and some iron sights was the start.

I had seen a few posts from Nodak at that they would soon be coming out with a version of their NDS-37 rear sight with an integrated rail and made specifically for the Ruger receiver. The NDS-37 is made to fit the Nodak NDS-22 receivers only.

Nodak put out the NDS-25 made for NDS-22 only and quickly on the heels was the NDS-26 which is made for a stock Ruger receiver, so I made the call and placed an order for the NDS-26 with the NDS-40 front sight, which works with the stock Ruger barrel. They also offer a .920 option for those running a bull barrel.

When the items arrived, I was pleasantly surprised.  They are obviously very well made units.  I couldn't wait to get them on the gun. 

I started with the NDS-26. I started with removing the stock scope rail and installed the NDS-26.

A small close up of the peep sight. This whole unit is very solid.
I removed the stock scope rail and screwed the NDS-26 to the receiver.  I think it took me all over 2 minutes to get it all installed.

Once the rear sight was installed, it was time for the front sight to be installed. The NDS-40 is made to fit on the stock Ruger barrel, once the stock blade sight is removed. The NDS-40 is comprised of an AR-15 style front sight post, hooded sight base with set screws to attach it to the barrel.

To remove the factory blade sight, I wrapped my barrel in a shop towel and chucked it into my small gun vise and simply knocked it out using a drift pin and a small hammer.

With the front sight removed, it's time to install the NDS-40.  I took some Blue Locktite and put a little on the threads, just to give me some additional holding power on the set screws.

... and installed.

I have not been able to shoot the setup yet, but I have been able to "pretend."  I think I am going to enjoy this setup and will come back and update the post when I get a chance to put some rounds through it.

New goodies from Rimfire Technologies

I consider myself to be somewhat of a .22 caliber fanatic. I really enjoy the caliber. It's a lot of fun to shoot and is extremely affordable. When you can pick up 1,000 rounds for less than $50, that's some bang for the buck.

I've been asked many times "What is the best .22 rifle out there?" Well, there are obviously quite a few to choose from but often times one of the most common answers - Ruger 10/22.

One of the first things most will notice about the 10/22 is the 10lb "lawyer trigger." This was one of the first items I wanted to fix. To modify your own trigger group is relatively easy, but I wanted to save a little time and go with a drop in unit and after reading quite a bit on numerous forums, I settled on the Rimfire Technologies parts.

I picked up the RT Adjustable Sear and Hammer kit along with their "Full Width Trigger." I went with the trigger, as to adjust the sear the stock trigger needs to be drilled, and while this is a simple task, I figured it'd be best to just pick up a unit that was already drilled, I also wanted a bright red trigger.

Deluxe Hammer and Adjustable Sear Kit
  • Precision Cut Hammer
  • Adjustable Sear
  • Oversize Hammer and Trigger Pivot PIns
  • Hammer Bushings
  • Trigger Install Slave Pin
 Full Width Trigger

The install of these items was all very straight forward by following the included instructions. The install took a total of around 30 minutes. Most of the time spent on the install including trimming the stock trigger group housing back to all for the width of the trigger. I also took a minute or two and used a stone to remove ~0.20" off the tail of the sear to allow the safety to engage with no issues.

If you can take your trigger group out of the weapon, you can install your own RT trigger, adjustable sear and hammer.  

I've been able to put approximately 1,500 rounds through the Rimfire Technologies trigger group now and am extremely happy with it.  The more I have shot it, the trigger parts have worn together and is a very nice group.