It’s been a couple years in the works, but Sturm, Ruger & Company has finally made the American Rimfire rifle available with a hardwood stock. Launched in the summer of 2013, the Ruger American Rimfire has been a runaway hit with shooters of all stripes.
Based on the Ruger American Rifle, the rimfire version uses common 10/22 magazines and like the centerfire model, was initially offered with a synthetic polymer stock. After what feels like a towering wait, the Ruger American Rimfire is now available with a hardwood stock.
The Ruger American Rimfire is the perfect starter gun. With single-shot magazines it can be used with beginner shooters, practicing the fundamentals with a bolt-action rifle. Down the road the rifle will continue to prove its value whether it’s used as a target shooter, plinkster or small game getter.
With the new hardwood stock the Ruger American Rimfire will attain a new status, as an heirloom rifle. With the timeless furniture and classic trappings this rifle, regardless of its low cost and availability, will be loved by generations.
Priced at $449 the wood-stocked American Rimfire should see real-world prices in the mid-$300 range. That comes with the full host of American rifle features from the adjustable trigger and Power Bedding system that free-floats the barrel. The barrel measures in at 22 inches long for a long sight radius.
The trigger is adjustable from 3 to 5 pounds and the rifle sports a tang-mounted safety. It has a standard V-slot folding rear sight and a premium Williams FireSight fiber-optic front sight. The receiver is grooved for a 3/8-inch scope mount and is drilled and tapped for number 12 Weaver mounts.
The stock is checkered along the pistol grip and forend and features a recoil-absorbing rubber buttpad. The stock also has a pair of sling swivels for use in the field. Weighing in right around 6 pounds this rifle can be carried all day by even small and short shooters.