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Posted: 9/21/2004 12:43:53 PM EST
Ruger 10/22 question: I am thinking about buying a Ruger 10/22 for a left-handed person. Does the rifle eject backwards or forwards? I am sure that there is some ability to adjust this, but I would rather be sure that my son did not get hot rimfire brass in the eye.

In the alternative: Does anyone make an aftermarket or factory part that serves as a brass deflector?

Any help most appreciated.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 12:49:56 PM EST
It usually flips them forward. My dad is left-handed and has no problem with his.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 3:46:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
It usually flips them forward. My dad is left-handed and has no problem with his.



My thanks to Mr. McNasty, but is 'usually flips them forward' sufficient?

Anyone else have any experience on this? And how about a deflector?

[Bumping on my own nickel.]
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 3:47:31 PM EST
I'm left handed and haven't had any problems with two 10/22s.

However, your son should be wearing shooting glasses any time he shoots. You never know when a case will let go.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 3:52:21 PM EST
I shoot southpaw style and the 10/22 works just fine for me.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:04:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By Dave_Markowitz:
I'm left handed and haven't had any problems with two 10/22s.

However, your son should be wearing shooting glasses any time he shoots. You never know when a case will let go.



Thanks. That part is always covered. ("Eyes and ears, eyes and ears.") Safety reminders are always welcome.

Still and all, I just don't want him to be cascaded with brass. I'm trying to get him to like shooting, not to think it is trying in and of itself.

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:22:45 PM EST
Your welcome. I say usually. I mean almost always. Your son will have no problem with brass hitting him.
If you look at the pict. It a left handed stock on a 10/22. I have run numerous mags thought it and yet have to be hit (1000's of rounds).

Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:34:38 PM EST
The worst ejection problem I ever had with my 10/22 is when a case rebounded off the stall partitions and landed in the crook of my elbow... leading to a small 2nd degree burn in the shape of most of a .22 case.

It had ejected forward in that case, even.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 4:47:59 PM EST
My son (9) is left handed. The only problems we have seen is that when we are shooting from the bench, the brass will soemtimes hit his arms (upper forearm to lower bicep). He just wears a long sleeve shirt to avoid any hits. Standing is no problem.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:11:11 PM EST
I have fired 1,000's of rounds with several differant 10-22's over the past 15-20 years and have had no problem. I shoot rifles and shotguns left handed.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 5:13:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By sum-rifle:
I have fired 1,000's of rounds with several differant 10-22's over the past 15-20 years and have had no problem. I shoot rifles and shotguns left handed.




Ditto, except the shotgun part.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:30:06 PM EST
Cool. Thanks to you all for the information. I have no experience with 10/22s (except with a suppressed/NFA one, another story) and didn't know what to expect from a stock off-the-shelf version.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 7:39:41 PM EST
I am left handed and own a Ruger 10/22 never had a problem with brass getting ejected into my face.
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 9:09:36 PM EST
I shoot a 10/22 left handed and have no problems. Grandson #3 has one and shoots it left handed without any problems.

As stated by others, we all wear safety glasses just in case.

I have a left handed Kimber that is a dream to shoot.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 5:23:12 AM EST
I am currently building a working-replica of an early American muzzleloading long rifle but I do want a modern weapon to shoot and practice with. I was looking at a Ruger 10/22 to buy because one of my friends with a few AR15s has one. I have shot Camp 9s and handguns for a long time with my uncle but I have never owned my own gun. I don't want to put up the money to buy a AR so I was wondering if the 10/22 is a good, well-rounded weapon for recreational shooting?

GRH - God's Right Hand : "Hold No Quarter. Feel No Remorse."
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 5:30:30 AM EST
I have had mine for almost 30 years. No complaints. If I was going to pick up another .22, it would be a different action type or dedecated upper for one of our ARs. As far as .22 autoloaders go, it would be hard to find a better firearm.
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