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The 10/22 TECH-SIGHT

By J.M. Ramos

From the countless bolt-on products ever offered for the 10/22 over the past three decades, very few companies really focused on improving its fixed iron sight while retaining its military heritage that made it the world’s best seller. Despite the exemplary mechanical ingenuity that went into the making of his gun, Bill Ruger somehow spent less attention in creating a better sight that limited the accuracy potential of this masterpiece .22 self-loader. What Ruger left out in the design is a rugged GI-style sight that features windage and elevation adjustments. Instead, he settled for the simple folding leaf rear sight and conventional blade front sight—both of which are fixed type requiring a drift punch for adjustments. In addition, the sight lacks elevation adjustment. The 10/22 is fairly accurate within the 25-30 yards, but beyond that, the shooter has to basically make the elevation calculation on pure guesswork by raising the sight blade over the rear-sight notch while aiming. In an emergency situation that requires a quick accurate shot, this will not work. For decades no precision-grade, military-style sight was ever successfully produced for the 10/22 until about 2006.

ENTER TECH-SIGHTS LLC

In March of 2006, Tech-Sights introduced their TSR100 and TSR200, a long-awaited, precision-grade GI style sight for the Ruger 10/22 based from the company’s patented SKS TS 100/200 series.

The same basic advantage gained from their SKS sighting system was also employed in designing their 1022 military sights which resulted in an impressive 8-inch increase in sight radius over the factory barrel-mounted fixed sights. Both TSR sights feature an aluminium sight base with protective aperture wings. The sight base mounts solidly to the rear of the receiver utilizing the existing scope mount threaded holes. The TSR100 comes standard with dual aperture (.062 dia.) and is compatible with mil-spec AR15/M16 sight components. The TSR200 utilizes the same sight base but features the rugged elevation adjustable aperture with detent locking as used on the SKS200. This aperture sight is also available as an option for converting the TSR100 to TSR200 specs. Both the TSR rear-sight models come with the same...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N2 (March 2017)
and was posted online on January 27, 2017

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