Easily Operating the OEM Bolt Lock/Release

On many firing lines, whether at Appleseed events or at various clubs, I encounter 10/22 owners who struggle to lock their bolts back and to close them. The 10/22 Companion book explains a foolproof 4-step method for operating the OEM bolt lock/release. But it helps to see someone actually do it, so we made our first video on this subject. The video also shows what is happening inside the rifle to explain how this part works.

For many owners, purchasing an aftermarket bolt lock that allows automatic release of the bolt, or modifying their own, is one of their first upgrades. It sure is convenient (all my 10/22s have them), but as this video shows, isn’t really necessary. The modified bolt lock will allow the bolt to close if the bolt or bolt handle is bumped even slightly. Ruger’s design requires that the shooter intentionally operate the bolt release to close the bolt.  For some owners, especially if children or beginners are handling the rifle, the possibility of an unintended closing of the bolt – which would chamber a round if a magazine is loaded – presents a risk they would prefer to eliminate.  This is why Ruger continues to produce the 10/22 with the original bolt lock design despite the complaints from many owners who prefer convenience over this added level of safety. I don’t blame them one bit.

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9 Responses to Easily Operating the OEM Bolt Lock/Release

  1. Gene says:

    Looks like your html for the iframe is messed up. Minimally, the double quotes are incorrect as is the src.


  2. sniggyflu says:

    Love the blog so far, got here from your posts on RFC. I like the looks of that sling you have on the 10/22 you are using for the bolt lock. What kind is it? And are you going to show any sling techniques? Would love to read about it.


    • Thank you. That sling is a Boyt Harness 1907-style sling in 1″ width. I bought it because that rifle came with 1″ swivels screwed into the stock (not quick release) and I didn’t want to change them. Since the 10/22 is smaller than an M1, to me the narrower sling fits the stock’s proportions better, although the standard 1.25″ sling is more comfortable.

      Thanks also for the post suggestion. I’ve added it to the queue, but can’t say exactly when it will come out as other topics are already in the works.


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  5. Thanks for this. I have had no problem with the Ruger suggested method, but my wife never could get the hand of it. This helped tremendously.


    • Thanks for commenting. I’m glad the method works for her. The two most common errors I see people make when closing the bolt are:

      1. Not pulling the bolt back before pressing the lever, and the lever won’t move; and
      2. Not releasing the lever before releasing the bolt, so the bolt lock plate stays up.

      The 4-step method is designed to make doing it right unforgettable.


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