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GnomeyLou  [Member]
6/20/2011 1:27:57 PM
I added this post to my blog, but I thought I'd post it here as well.

I recently picked up a Ruger 10/22 in a trade. The gun was in really good shape, but I had plans on it from the get-go. I was looking for an iron sights, Liberty Training Rifle type setup. However, I also wanted something that if I wanted to mount another optic on, it would easily done. The gun will be having some changes done to it over the next couple weeks, but I had to get started somewhere and some iron sights was the start.

I had seen a few posts from Nodak that they would soon be coming out with a version of their NDS-37 rear sight with an integrated rail and made specifically for the Ruger receiver. The NDS-37 is made to fit the Nodak NDS-22 receivers only.

Nodak put out the NDS-25 made for NDS-22 only and quickly on the heels was the NDS-26 which is made for a stock Ruger receiver, so I made the call and placed an order for the NDS-26 with the NDS-40 front sight, which works with the stock Ruger barrel. They also offer a .920 option for those running a bull barrel.




When the items arrived, I was pleasantly surprised. They are obviously very well made units. I couldn't wait to get them on the gun.

I started with the NDS-26. I started with removing the stock scope rail and installed the NDS-26.



A small close up of the peep sight. This whole unit is very solid.
I removed the stock scope rail and screwed the NDS-26 to the receiver.



I think it took me all over 2 minutes to get it all installed.



Once the rear sight was installed, it was time for the front sight to be installed. The NDS-40 is made to fit on the stock Ruger barrel, once the stock blade sight is removed. The NDS-40 is comprised of an AR-15 style front sight post, hooded sight base with set screws to attach it to the barrel.







To remove the factory blade sight, I wrapped my barrel in a shop towel and chucked it into my small gun vise and simply knocked it out using a drift pin and a small hammer.




With the front sight removed, it's time to install the NDS-40. I took some Blue Locktite and put a little on the threads, just to give me some additional holding power on the set screws.



... and installed.



I have not been able to shoot the setup yet, but I have been able to "pretend." I think I am going to enjoy this setup and will come back and update the post when I get a chance to put some rounds through it.

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forever4  [Team Member]
6/20/2011 1:35:29 PM
Hey, nice write up and thanks for sharing. The pictures are great!

Good job on that little rifle. I like the look. It should be a nice little shooter. Kind of looks like a M-1 carbine with those sights.
fixer  [Member]
6/20/2011 6:06:34 PM
Originally Posted By GnomeyLou:
Once the rear sight was installed, it was time for the front sight to be installed. The NDS-40 is made to fit on the stock Ruger barrel, once the stock blade sight is removed. The NDS-40 is comprised of an AR-15 AK / SKS style front sight post, hooded sight base with set screws to attach it to the barrel.


fixed

i could be wrong, but i'm guessing you don't own an AR, AK or SKS? not that there's anything wrong with that... it's just odd around here.
GnomeyLou  [Member]
6/20/2011 9:06:27 PM
Originally Posted By fixer:
Originally Posted By GnomeyLou:
Once the rear sight was installed, it was time for the front sight to be installed. The NDS-40 is made to fit on the stock Ruger barrel, once the stock blade sight is removed. The NDS-40 is comprised of an AR-15 AK / SKS style front sight post, hooded sight base with set screws to attach it to the barrel.


fixed

i could be wrong, but i'm guessing you don't own an AR, AK or SKS? not that there's anything wrong with that... it's just odd around here.


Ah, good catch. I guess I just had AR's on the brain, I've been doing a good bit of 7.62 upper research, so maybe that's what I was thinking about.. ;) I actually own a couple of all of them....
fixer  [Member]
6/21/2011 9:03:46 AM
Originally Posted By GnomeyLou:
Ah, good catch. I guess I just had AR's on the brain, I've been doing a good bit of 7.62 upper research, so maybe that's what I was thinking about.. ;) I actually own a couple of all of them....


ok, no problem.

what are you looking into a 7.62 upper for?

if you want cheaper ammo, i'd suggest a 5.45 upper, and the mags are the same shape as 5.56 mags.

i know a guy locally who's trying to get a 20" 7.62x39 upper to run right. he just ordered a H3 buffer and i loaned him a 9mm buffer.

with the funky mags, reportedly shorter bolt life, need for a heavy hammer spring and need for a heavier buffer or the ability to tune the gas flow i'm not seeing a big reason to get one.

personally i'm interested in a Spike's 5.45 upper for a range whore. seems like a simpler solution.... but it all depends on why you're looking at 7.62.
GnomeyLou  [Member]
6/21/2011 11:50:40 AM
Originally Posted By fixer:
but it all depends on why you're looking at 7.62.


Biggest reason being I've got enough 7.62x39 to supply a small army for a little while.. ;)

crag_dt  [Member]
6/21/2011 8:40:22 PM
thats nice!
How much did that run you?
GnomeyLou  [Member]
6/21/2011 11:28:04 PM
Originally Posted By crag_dt:
thats nice!
How much did that run you?


The rear sight is $60 and the front sight is $35 and $5 shipped..
FuRyWiThAnAk47  [Member]
6/24/2011 2:42:42 AM
I am wondering if you put a micro red dot on the rail, would it be low enough for some kind of a co-witness?? It doesnt look like it but never hurts to ask..
mike_nds  [Dealer]
6/24/2011 2:52:14 PM
Originally Posted By FuRyWiThAnAk47:
I am wondering if you put a micro red dot on the rail, would it be low enough for some kind of a co-witness?? It doesnt look like it but never hurts to ask..


The Bushnell T125 will co-witness on the NDS-26 or NDS-25.

When using the small aperture you will not see any of the red dot's housing, but with the "ghost ring" you will have a little bit in your field of view.

I don't have any other Micro's to check, it depends on the height of the housing to rail interface.


Lancelot  [Team Member]
7/6/2011 11:31:01 PM
That looks great. Now we need a range report.
GnomeyLou  [Member]
7/6/2011 11:34:26 PM
I'm seriously digging it.

This setup has made this 10/22 a total blast to shoot. I've put about 500 rounds through it and it's definitely a keeper.. It helps a lot that I think that I also happen to put these sights on what is one of the most accurate 10/22's I've owned..

I'm happy. :)
Lancelot  [Team Member]
7/6/2011 11:46:46 PM
Is that the hogue stock?
GnomeyLou  [Member]
7/6/2011 11:55:28 PM
No, it's the factory stock repainted with Rustoleum truck bed liner. :)
Lancelot  [Team Member]
7/16/2011 10:17:55 PM
Does the front sight go out one specific direction, or will it tap out either side?
GnomeyLou  [Member]
7/17/2011 12:03:47 PM
I went right to left with it. I wound up breaking my factory sight, but I knew I was not going to be using it again, so I was cool with that.
DocGP  [Member]
7/30/2011 11:02:49 PM
Man I am really wanting one of those M1 reproductions stocks and a set of the Nodak sights!!!

My next project.

Doc
TxRabbitBane  [Team Member]
8/2/2011 4:17:06 PM
neato. I like the NDS peep fo' sho'. I thought about putting a similar iron sight config on my next 10/22, but will be going irons-less instead.

Post some groups and an AAR plz.
ttam281  [Member]
8/3/2011 3:50:20 PM
I have tech sights on mine but I'm liking the rail on those Nodaks. Might have to switch them.
GySgt_D  [Team Member]
9/5/2011 6:03:45 PM
I got a set for my .920" 10/22 a couple weeks ago. Kind of an oddball combination (irons on a heavy barrel), but I like it.
bradpierson26  [Team Member]
9/6/2011 11:17:39 AM
Originally Posted By mike_nds:
Originally Posted By FuRyWiThAnAk47:
I am wondering if you put a micro red dot on the rail, would it be low enough for some kind of a co-witness?? It doesnt look like it but never hurts to ask..


The Bushnell T125 will co-witness on the NDS-26 or NDS-25.

When using the small aperture you will not see any of the red dot's housing, but with the "ghost ring" you will have a little bit in your field of view.

I don't have any other Micro's to check, it depends on the height of the housing to rail interface.


http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/NDS-26_red_dot.JPG


can we get a view down the sights with the bushnell cowitnessing?

I was thinking of doing a primary arms micro dot.
mike_nds  [Dealer]
9/6/2011 1:34:30 PM
Sorry, no.

That sight has been mounted and re-zeroed on my AR carbine from whence it came...............
GnomeyLou  [Member]
9/9/2011 12:20:05 AM
Originally Posted By mike_nds:
Sorry, no.

That sight has been mounted and re-zeroed on my AR carbine from whence it came...............


Now there's some quality customer service.

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