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DOPE BAG

Magpul X-22 Backpacker Stock
For Ruger 10/22 Takedown Rifles
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aving expanded from its original
business as a maker of AR- and
AK-style rifle stocks, magazines
and accessories into the manufacture of
sporting rifle stocks, Magpul Industries
now offers three replacements for
Ruger's popular 10/22 semi-automatic
rimfire rifle. The first, the Hunter X-22
(June 2016, p. 68) is a full-length
model for standard guns while the
latest two, the Hunter X-22 Takedown
and X-22 Backpacker, fit the 10/22
Takedown model. The former is virtually
identical in shape to its non-takedown
counterpart, and the latter, reviewed
here, is somewhat skeletonized and
allows the separated rifle's receiver/
buttstock and barrel/fore-end sections
to be clipped together, forming a unified 19.5"x5.4"x1.6" package. The stock
is made of subtly textured polymer and
is available in black, flat dark earth,
stealth gray and olive drab green.
Assembly of the stock to our blued,
standard-contour, threaded-barrel
10/22 Takedown was easy, requiring
only a couple of minutes using an
Allen wrench and the gun's original
stock and fore-end screws. An optional
optic mount ($60), also from Magpul,
took about 20 minutes more to install
as it required that the barrel-mounted
takedown mechanism be disassembled
and its attachment block replaced
with one included with the mount
hardware. The mount's 1.38", four-slot
Picatinny rail is shaped to allow the
use of the gun's barrel-mounted factory
iron sights, and is intended to accommodate a small red-dot optic. Because
it remains directly attached to the
barrel assembly during takedown of
the gun, the optic's zero does not shift
between shooting sessions. Installation
of the stock had no negative effects on
the gun's accuracy, and it weighed in
at 4.7 ozs. less than that of a factory
Takedown stock, lightening the overall

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package to 4 lbs., 4 ozs. without the
optic mount, which adds another 3 ozs.
Like the company's other 10/22
stocks, the X-22 Backpacker's fore-end
accommodates both standard-profile
and 0.920"-diameter barrels. It is somewhat abbreviated in length in order
to fit into a matching cutout in the
buttstock. The buttstock features the
company's familiar, replaceable rubber
buttpad and recesses for its optional
push-button sling swivel cups on each
side at its front and rear. The pistol
grip, while shaped differently from
previous designs, retains the pronounced angle for which the company's
rifle and shotgun stocks have received
high marks, as it allows for a natural
approach to the trigger and a relaxed
but secure control of the firearm.
Most notable about the X-22
Backpacker, however, is a set of unique
design features that transforms the
gun into a self-contained survival rifle.
Once the gun has been separated, the
fore-end is inverted and the breech end
of the barrel is inserted into a socket in
the stock's toe. Then, as the fore-end
is pressed into the buttstock cutout,
the two sections audibly snap together
by way of a latch at the front of the
fore-end. A storage compartment in the
pistol grip is sealed with an O-ringequipped cap and can be used for a
spare parts or fire-starting supplies. A
compartment under the cheekpiece,

which hinges at its front after pressing a button at the stock's heel, stores
two factory 10-round magazines and
additional ammunition or supplies. The
cheekpiece can be quickly replaced with
an included tall version for use with
high-mounted optics.
The X-22 Backpacker stock for the
10/22 Takedown represents excellent
value in a high-quality, well-designed
accessory for one of the world's most
reliable rimfire actions, transforming
it into one of the best self-contained
survival rifle designs. It would be
an ideal upgrade for a rifle stored in
an off-road vehicle or aircraft-or
one that might be transported on a
bicycle, ATV or horse. Given its sound
ergonomics and available accessories,
the new stock will not only lend its
host 10/22 Takedown a new lease on
life, it may help preserve the life of
its user in the process.
Price: $110. Contact: Magpul
Industries (Dept. AR), 8226 Bee
Caves Road, Austin, TX 78746;
(877) 462-4785; magpul.com.

A significant feature of the Magpul X-22 Backpacker stock is that it allows Ruger's 10/22
Takedown rifle to be stored and transported as a single unified package, minimizing damage
to the gun and any attached optics. An optional optic mount (above) adds little weight.
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