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.