Ruger Introduces 22 Charger Takedown Pistol

Ruger 22 Charger Takedown Pistol Left Quartering

For 2015, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. will offer a new 22 Charger Takedown pistol, which like the original Charger handgun introduced in 2007, is built on the Ruger 10/22 platform. The company is also producing an updated version of its original 22 Charger pistol this year.

The new 22 Charger Takedown model employs the quick-disconnect feature found on the full-sized 10/22 Takedown rifle that allows quick and easy firearm disassembly. Simply push the recessed lever in the forend, twist the subassemblies and pull them apart.

Ruger 22 Charger Takedown Pistol Right Profile Ruger 22 Charger Takedown Pistol Disassembly Ruger 22 Charger Takedown Pistol Left Quartering

Sturm, Ruger built its new 22 Charger Takedown pistol on the Ruger 10/22 platform. It has a the quick-disconnect feature found on the full-sized 10/22 Takedown rifle that allows quick and easy firearm disassembly. An adjustable bipod is also included. Photos courtesy of Sturm, Ruger.

The 22 Charger Takedown (Model Number: 4918, MSRP $409) features a Green Mountain laminate stock and comes in a custom hard case. Ruger also includes an adjustable bipod.

Weighing around 3.2 pounds, the new 22 Charger pistol (Model Number: 4917, MSRP $309) has an overall length of 19.25 inches and features a 10-inch precision-rifled threaded barrel with a ½”-28 thread pattern. The redesigned brown laminated stock sports a standard A2-style pistol grip, which makes the platform easy to customize with most modern sporting rifle grips.

The matte-black receiver features a factory-installed Picatinny rail, which provides ample space for numerous types of optics from scopes to red-dots.

Ruger 22 Charger Pistol Right Profile Ruger 22 Charger Pistol Left Quartering

Ruger’s redesigned Charger is 19.25 inches long with a 10-inch threaded barrel (0.5”-28). Photos courtesy of Sturm, Ruger.

Also new and included with both models is the BX-15 magazine, a 15-round version of the BX-25 magazine. The BX-15 is the right height when shooting the Chargers with the included bipod prone or from the bench and also fits all other 10/22 models.

Neither Charger model is approved for sale in Massachusetts or California.

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Comments (10)

  1. well I thought of the above comments well i did not wake up this morning with intent to shoot someone but if i had too i have a 300 mag 30 06 a 30×30 winchester a 45 semi auto a 40 semi auto a 357 magnum a 9 mm. I would not want to shoot those in my house to much gun would hate to put a bullet threw my house into who nows wher A 22 of this caliber is the perfect home defense without endangering others people do not relalize that when you miss which is usually the case( fear factor) that bullet is not prejudice this gun is a blessing in disguise for the one reason i trust my wife with BS point shoot have a barbeque

  2. OK, I’m Sold on the Charger Take Down.
    I liked the concept from the beginning but addition of the 1/2×28 T.P.I. threaded barrel, that alone saved me $200.00. The price of threading my pistol barrel…Sure!. Why not go with a Charger, A TAKE DOWN CHARGE???.
    It just got better!

  3. It looks like this Ruger Charger would replace the need for both a rifle and pistol for a bug out bag because its more concealable than a rifle and as accurate as one. What is your opinion?

  4. This looks like a fun little gun. I’ve seen 22LR versions of rifle style pistols at my LGS. But wouldn’t it be more useful as in the original caliber like .223 or 7.62? Then ad a “brace” as available for the AR & AK pistols for a SBR for close in work. It would give Ruger is just entering a niche market that apparently is getting some attention from plinkers and novelty collectors. Perhaps it this model sells, they will add a larger version. I only wish they would bring back the 44 Magnum carbine.

  5. My wife and I both love the Charger that we have, I put a dot sight on it and tuned it n at about 25 yards. we both shoot it with the bi-pod down and have a blast killing cottonmouths in the creek on the back off our property. I don’t know of any advantage to the breakdown version as our pistol came with a heavy bag with magazine pockets. We also have the Henry breakdown survival and I am going to put a dot sight on it next week. I am going to tune it in at a little longer distance, then remove it and see how close it will come back to zero.

  6. Very interesting. A spot of history. In the late ’50’s/ early 60’s, Remington came out with the 600 bolt action. At that time it was illegal to take a rifle action and build it into a handgun, but the reverse was legal. They built the handgun first, then took the action (bolt) and turned it into a rifle. I guess the law has been changed. (The one with the ‘dog’legged’ forward bolt handle – remember/)

  7. Ruger is not alone in building these things. I guess I have always wondered why. Take the butt stock off a rifle, add a bipod. I guess to me you either have a long gun or a handgun (a carbine is a long gun to me). What is the purpose of a 20 inch long single shot handgun with a rifle cartridge (Thompson Center). On the other hand I’ve never shot one.. Well I’m sure they sell plenty of them… to each his own.

    1. Jake, good observation. It appears to be a growth marketing area for many manufacturers. They are selling the panache of a close quarter combat weapon, essentially a poor man’s non-licensed Short Barrel Rifle (SBR). In my experience, they are notoriously inaccurate and won’t solve the needs already addressed for Close Combat Quarter (CQB) fighting with a pistol like a Sig or a 1911 and are very poor substitute for a semi-automatic rfile. If you’re doing CQB in an urban environment (as “preppers” dream) you’re going to need an SBR that carries a fair size magazine and runs full auto.

    2. Yeah Darth. I’m not criticizing those that like these things. I’m sure they are fun to shoot but if i am going handgun hunting i am using my Ruger Blackhawk and if i need more range i am using a rifle. Not a big fan of the AKs with the butt removed either. Although semi autos make a little more sence.

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