Ruger’s fans chose a 10/22 design by “Gary of Michigan” as their favorite fan-engineered Model 10/22 during the company’s 50th Anniversary design contest. The rifle was on display January 14-17 at Ruger’s booth at the 2014 SHOT Show.
The winning designer receives a production version of the rifle, a trip to Newport, New Hampshire to watch the production run, and $5,000 to buy his choice of Ruger products. The other nine finalists receive a standard Ruger firearm of their choice.
Ruger assembled a panel of judges that included engineers, product managers, and sales and marketing staff to review almost 1,000 entries that came in during October’s two-week entry period. The judges selected the 10 strongest designs, and then Ruger fans voted online in late October to decide the winner.
The winning design, which includes a flash suppressor and replaceable cheek plates on the buttstock, features existing Ruger parts and designs. “Gary” said his concept introduced a practical field rifle that can be used for various rimfire sporting disciplines, such as hunting, target-shooting, and CMP and Project Appleseed competitions.
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