First Look: Ruger 10/22 Competition Left-Hand Model

posted on August 23, 2021
Ruger 10/22 rifle

Sturm, Ruger & Co. is coming out with a left-handed version of the company's 10/22 Competition rifle. The rifle has a hard-coat anodized, CNC-machined receiver that is made from heat treated and stress relieved 6061-T6511 aluminum allows for optimal receiver-to-bolt interaction and a match-grade feel. The CNC-machined match bolt is heat treated and nitrided for maximum performance, and the receiver incorporates a rear cleaning port to provide access to the barrel from the rear of the receiver for easier cleaning.

The 16-⅛ inch cold hammer-forged bull barrel is fluted to reduce weight and dissipate heat and is also threaded with a 1/2-28 tpi pattern to accommodate the included muzzle brake or other barrel accessories. The proprietary, enhanced semi-auto chamber increases accuracy and precision while not compromising reliable feeding and extraction, while the BX-Trigger has a light, crisp 2.5- to 3-pound trigger-pull weight with minimal overtravel and a positive reset. The dual bedding system incorporates a second bedding lug, to ensure that the receiver is securely bedded to the stock.

There is an integral, optics-ready 30-MOA Picatinny rail for increased long-range elevation capabilities, and the painted and textured laminated stock provides a sure-feeling, slip-free grip. The fully adjustable cheek rest can be repositioned to accommodate varying comb heights and positions to create a stable, comfortable and repeatable cheek weld for optic alignment.

Other features that make this new rifle well-suited to left-handers is push-button, left-handed, cross-bolt manual safety and a detachable, left-handed 10-round rotary magazine that features a unique rotor to separate cartridges and provide reliable feeding. The magazine is compatible with standard right-handed 10/22 magazines, but other left-handed 10/22 magazines are available at

MSRP for the 10/22 Competition Rifle Left-handed Model is $899, and more information on this gun and other products from Sturm, Ruger & Co. is available at




308 wildcat cartridge components
308 wildcat cartridge components

308 Based Cartridges Part 2: Boutique And 308 Wildcat Cartridges

.308 Win. is the starting point for boutique and wildcat cartridges of all shapes and sizes

First Look: Versacarry Compound Carry Holster

Ideal for appendix carry, this new hybrid holster packs a lot of nice features.

iRayUSA RICO MK1 640 3x50mm Thermal Rifle Scope Review

A full-featured thermal optic with a lot going for it.

Silencer Central Holds New HQ Grand Opening

Larger facilities mean more choices for American gun owners.

First Look: TAC Six Branded Shooting Cases from Allen Company

Gear designed for the tactical market that performs at a higher level.

Colonel Rex Applegate

For me, one of the many bonuses of this gunwriter business has been the opportunity to meet and become friends with a number of the firearm enthusiasts of an earlier generation; legendary figures such as Frank Hamer Jr., Bill Jordan, Bill Toney, Col Walter Walsh and the subject of this column: COL Rex Applegate.


Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.