Ruger 10/22 Bullpup Review

So you like Ruger 10/22 rifles?

Well, this suppressed Ruger 10/22 bullpup rifle will leave you drooling, especially when you see shooting sensation 22 Plinkster getting some trigger time with it.

We sure love our Ruger 10/22 rifles. How can you upgrade your trusty Ruger 10/22 Rifle to a more enjoyable tacticool platform? Why not bullpup stock that .22 rifle? The Aklys Defense ZK-22 Bullpup Stock allows for a quick-shooting short-length package ready for action. What is better is that 22 Plinkster has a suppressor on his bullpup rifle. That would make this quiet shooting rifle perfect for the range and pest control.

zk-22-bullpup-stockIf you’re looking for something different for your Ruger 10/22 rifle, you just might be interested in the very cool Aklys Defense ZK-22 Bullpup Stock.

Video Transcript

Hey guys, 22Plinkster here! I have the ZK22 Bullpup for the Ruger 10-22 in my hands, let me shoot it a few times, I’ll tell you a little bit more about it!

[gunfire and metalic plinking]
There we go.
Runs pretty good. Now, you guys know by now, I am not this big, tactical guy. Now I will give credit where credit is due: I own one other Bullpup design, and that is the Tavor, but this is actually a bullpup for your 10-22. Well, I’ve been shooting it now for a couple months, and I really, really like it. um, now, there is a lot of engineering that went on in building and designing and making this stock, but it’s pretty much a bullpup stock for your Ruger 10-22.
Now I have several Ruger 10-22s that you guys have seen in videos, I’ve got rugers set up to shoot half-inch groups –well, half-inch to a three-quarter inch groups- at a hundred yards, I’ve got Ruger 10-22s that I use for trick shots with the open sights, with the folding stock, you know; I’ve got Ruger 10-22s with AR-15 stocks on them, so I didn’t want to sacrifice a Ruger 10-22 that I own for this build, so I wanted to get another Ruger 10-22 that I could keep in this configuration, because taking it apart, it does take a little bit of time.

Now, my good friends at Clarksville Guns and Archery had a Ruger 10-22 in stock, and I went up there and got it, and so I wanna thank Clarksville Guns and Archery for the 10-22 that’s inside of here, but there are some legal issues that you also need to know about the ZK-22.

Those legal issues are simply this: You have to have a barrel, a 10-22 barrel, over 18 and one-half inches long to put in here. Now, the standard barrel, which I have in here, is 18 and a half inches long. That way it meets the overall length for this setup. Now, if you have an 18-inch bull-barrel, you cannot put it in this stock without SBR-ing it, because at that point it would not meet overall length, and you will have to SBR it.

So I wanted a suppressor on the end of this setup, but however I couldn’t find a company that made an eighteen-and-a-half-inch barrel that was threaded. I could find anybody and their uncle making them eighteen and eighteen-and-a-quarter, but not eighteen-and-a-half, so Joe was nice enough to thread this standard 10-22 barrel for me where I could put a suppressor, this is my Silencerco Sparrow that you guys have seen in multiple multiple videos, I really like that setup. But it’s a pretty fun setup.

Now the good thing about Bullpups is simply this: All the weight -well, not all the weight, but MOST of the weight- goes to the rear of the firearm, so you can handle it one-handed, and you can get pretty fast with it.

Now, I guess, before we go any further, let me shoot it a few more times. Now, having the stock on here’s not going to make your 10-22 any more accurate or anything like that, because accuracy is in the barrel, and also in the receiver. It just makes it really tactical-looking, and really fun to shoot, so…

[More gunfire and metalic plinks]

Alright. It’s really, really controllable, like most bullpups. Now let’s talk about some of the specs on this stock.

Now this stock looks very similar to a P-90. You do have your front grip here, and of course thumb hole in the side here. Now right here is the safety, I don’t know if you can see that very well, but it does have a flip safety. If it is towards the trigger it is on safe, all the way forward it is on fire, and it does have another safety -internal safety- on the trigger here. This part right here has to be depressed before you’d be able to pull the trigger. So it does have two safeties. Right here on top is your charging handle.
And it is ambi, so you can do it from either side. It does have a top picatinny rail that goes all the way across, and it does accept multiple Ruger magazines. Right now I’m running the BX-25 magazines, and it does– it can use the ten-rounders. You know I think I got a ten-rounder right here in my pocket. So, yeah. Here’s a regular ten-rounder, these are the new ones from Ruger that are clear, and it will snap in there like so. Let’s shoot it a few times.

[Shots and metalic plinks]
So, yeah. Magazine release is right here on the bottom, so you simply press your magazine release and your magazine falls out.
This stock is polymer, so I was speaking with Joe, we’ve had several phone conversations about this stock. This is a hot, hot item. Everybody and their uncle wants one of these. Now, not everybody would be willing to pay two-hundred ninty-nine dollars for this stock, because that’s what they MSRP for, but a lot of people have a Ruger 10-22 or multiple Ruger 10-22s in their closet, and they’re looking at a way that they can modify it.
Or you just wanna go out and purchase a Ruger 10-22 and put a ZK22 stock on there, but the stock will cost as much as the rifle. But the reason why this stock is, you know, up there in price range a little bit, is because nothing was spared in making this design. All of this material is top-of-the-line, the best you can get. It’s not going to break, it’s not going to fade, it’s not going to chip or crack or anything like that. It is tough, it is thick, thick stuff It’s a pretty good design, and overall I really enjoy shooting it.

On the sides here, on both sides, there are places where you can mount a picatinny rail. So you can put a flashlight on the side, a laser, a bostaff, ninja stars, grenade launcher, whatever you possibly want or think of to mount on these picatinny rails, you can. So, it makes it I guess a “tactical” setup.
I can see, you know, for instance, you know, people using this for pest control at night, because it is a short package; and like I said previously in the video, the accuracy is in the barrel, it’s not in the length of the rifle or your overall length. So Ruger 10-22s for the most part are fairly accurate, and, you know, you mount a flashlight or a laser, for pest control in the country, you need to get rid of something, this is a great little setup for that.

You’ve seen everything, and I’ve spoken about everything that you can actually see on this rifle, let’s take it apart and show you exactly how this works.
First thing that we need to do is make sure that the firearm is clear and it does not have anything in there, which, this is unloaded. Since this stock is two pieces that clamp together and held together with bolts, you must first remove any optics that you have on top of the ZK22.

Ok, now that the sight is off, take your allen wrench and simply take out the thirteen bolts that are holding this particular stock together.
Alright, now that we have all of the bolts taken out, let’s open it up and I’ll show you what it looks like. It’s a little tight, because I’ve had it together for a while. There you go.

So as you see, you’ve got a trigger bar that runs all the way across here, that is attached to a small wheel that is inserted to your trigger. Now this is only touching the face of your trigger, so if you have a match-trigger already in your 10-22, a flatface trigger, or a factory trigger, doesn’t matter. So if you three of Volquartsen in here, in your regular 10-22, and you wanted to use your Volquartsen in here, it will work. It will work fine. And right here, you have your charging handle that lays on top here, and it’s a really really good design.


So you basically just insert it, and you put everything together, like I said it only takes about thirty minutes to assemble, but I will give you this word of caution: If you are one of these kinda guys that wants to have their firearm spotless at every given time, this may not be the best setup for you, because I’m– I look at a firearm as a tool. I do not clean it every single time I use it. Now, every once in a while when it starts malfunctioning –now this is, I’m talking about rimfire, now– when it starts malfunctioning, I will clean everything, run a bore snake through it, and be good to go. But usually I shoot firearms ’till they start malfunctioning.
But if you like guns spotless, this may not be the best setup for you, because it does take fifteen to twenty minutes to assemble and disassemble. You know, it is what it is. I think this is a great design. This is actually the first time I’ve taken it apart after the first time I put it together two weeks ago. I took it apart a couple of times just to familiarize myself with it, but I have not had it apart in a couple of months, it’s a great design, it works really well, and so, let me get this camera turned around, and I’ll give you my final thoughts on it.

[more gunfire]

Okay! It runs great. My final thoughts on the ZK-22 by Aklys Defense: I like it. And I like that they use the Ruger 10-22 as the ‘mother gun’ for this setup. The Ruger 10-22 has sold millions and millions of rifles down through the years, and in my opinion, it is probably the greatest 22 longrifle rifle that is semi-automatic that money can buy. Just because they’re so highly accessorized, and you can do anything and everything that you can possibly think of to the Ruger 10-22.

Guys, thank you very much for watching, and ’till next time, y’all be safe, and keep plinkin’.

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