If you are a fan of .22 rifles, there is no doubt the Ruger 10/22 is a good one to have. The thing is, that pesky little 10-round rotary magazine runs dry too fast (if you can find 22 ammo) and has some other relatively minor issues depending on who you ask. Well teams of engineers have been working on this through the night and have come up with a bucket of solutions.
As you are no doubt aware, the 10/22 magazine fits wholly inside with the gun which allows the floorplate to feel flush with the bottom of the stock. While some might say this is convenient, the fact of the matter is that convenience is relative. Much like one man's trash is another man's treasure, one man's convenience is at times the bane of another man's existence.
What does this convenience have to two with the Ruger 10/22? To put it simply, we all desire different features and accommodations that make our lives easier. Since there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to such preferences, it is possible that the flush fit of this magazine that some can't live without is also something that irks and annoys others. Such conflict comes down to a matter of personal choice and preference, but one thing we can likely all agree upon is that having options is a benefit we can all get behind.
Let me introduce to you benefit number one. The Ruger 10/22 Mag Bumper is essentially a foot you can add to the bottom of your Ruger 10/22 magazine. If you like the flush fitting magazine, then this is not a device you may wish to embrace, but if you instead have issues with magazines sticking in the magazine well, this device may be the solution you need. It does not modify the magazine in any way but does add a simple grasping area to the base of it, so you can grab and pull magazines that might happen to get stuck. It fits the existing recesses on the magazine and is simple to install with only a flat-head screwdriver. In mere seconds with a few turns of a screwdriver, your Mag Bumper will be ready for use.
Photo: 10/22 Ruger
The second benefit that can be added to a 10/22 magazine is the Ruger 10/22 Mag Doubler. Much like the Mag Bumper, it affixes easily to the base of your existing magazine, fitting into existing recesses and requiring only a screw driver to install. Once in position, this device allows you to carry two magazines with each of them butting up to the Mag Doubler. This means that when your mag is spent and it is time to reload, you can do so quickly by ejecting your magazine, flipping it over, and reinserting the other end for easy access to another 10 rounds.
As with all things, there are pros and cons when it comes to additions such as these. Any bulk that they might add might be too much for you to work around, and therefore you might not like using them. If they were to work themselves apart over time, it is going to be necessary to tighten them with a screwdriver, which is not something you may always have on you when that time arises. On the other hand, however, these devices do go a long way towards preventing issues with stuck magazines, allowing you to unload and reload faster when it counts.
The Mag Doubler also makes it easier to carry multiple magazines by keeping them together, which is especially useful in terms of magazines that are stored in range bags where your stuff tends to find deep, dark places to hide. Through use of this device, you can also eliminate the need to purchase pricier high capacity magazines.
What are your thoughts on the Mag Bumper and Mag Doubler? Have you used them, or will you? Feel free to share your feedback with us in the comments!