Like several other writers, I was intrigued and impressed when Ruger launched the Takedown version of the 10/22 rimfire rifle in 2012. This version makes an already handy .22 LR rifle even easier to transport by allowing the gun to split in half with the press of a lever. However, the factory installed takedown system is integral to the gun and cannot be traded out or installed in a Standard fixed-barrel model. So those folks who already had a Standard 10/22 configuration, or an aftermarket bull barrel installed, were required to buy another 10/22 in order to take advantage of the takedown features.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) released the results of a 2014 study in early 2015 that showed more than half of the women included in the survey intended to buy a new gun sometime in the next year. “That finding and many others reflect the growing popularity of firearms ownership by women, who represent the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports,” it concluded.
Magpul’s M-LOK rail system is becoming a favorite option among shooters for attaching accessories like slings, bipods and lights to hunting- and tactical-style longarms, especially AR/M-4-pattern rifles. For rifles equipped with clam-shell handguards and spring-tensioned Delta rings, Magpul offers the MOE SL Handguard as a drop-in, M-LOK-compatible upgrade. The SL is a trim, lightweight component that features molded ribs to improve purchase, a forward handstop and, of course, plenty of M-LOK slots at the two, six and 10 o’clock positions. Just a note, to install the SL handguard, the front sling swivel must be removed, and the unit requires a round—not triangular—front handguard retaining cap.
With the runaway success of 14″ barrel non-NFA pump-action 12-ga. firearms last year, including the Mossberg Shockwave and Remington 870 Tac-14, it’s not surprising that companies are looking to grab as much of the market share for themselves as they can. Charles Daly has already announced the Honcho line, which will include .410-bore, 20-ga. and 12-ga. options with polymer furniture while Mossberg and Remington will be adding new calibers, finishes and removable box magazine models.