Utilizing existing Ruger parts and designs my concept seeks to introduce a practical field rifle that can be used for various rimfire sporting disciplines, such as Project Appleseed and CMP competitions, as well as hunting and informal shooting.Marlin answered the call of Project Appleseed a while back and started making an Appleseed Liberty Training Rifle built off of their 795 platform. Their rifle comes with Tech-Sights, a web sling and two magazines. The best part is you also get a certificate for free admission to an Appleseed Event.
It looks like Gary's design will take advantage of Ruger's new American Rimfire Stock that comes in youth and full size lengths with your choice of a standard or raised comb inserts. The design features the iron sights from their popular Mini 14/30 rifles and threaded muzzle. The only "custom" feature is the addition of an auto bolt release.
Fred, Appleseed's National Director sent out the following email once Gary's design had won:
Folks, according to the Ruger website, Gary (Michigan) is the Grand Wwinner of the contest to pick a new 10/22 design. Which means there will be a second Liberty Training Rifle in production in the next six months or so.
Which means a small but valuable additional step in our progress of restoring this nation to the standards of the founders. A new "Rifleman's Rifle" won out over the "takedowns", the "tricked out", the flashy, etc.
Which means each of you who voted deserves thanks. There were no doubt many non-Appleseeders who voted for this rifle. Many who have not even heard of Appleseed - because the rifle as outlined sells itself to anyone who understands what marksmanship is about. But you guys likely were the ones who put this over the top. And so you deserve thanks. Not so much from me or fellow Appleseeder Gary, although you know we each extend our thanks, big time! - but from the founders of this nation, as each of you took a small action, but one which they would appreciate, and one of great significance for the future.
We will be following up, talking to Ruger about "special Appleseed Editions" of their new rifle, about marketing not only the rifle, but the concept behind the rifle - that a rifle without skill is incomplete - and that Appleseed can supply the skill. Let's hope this is a good auger for the future!
Thanks again for helping make this a successful outcome!I already have four 10/22's set-up as Liberty Training Rifles but it appears I will be buying at least one more.
FredAppleseed National Director
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