I have had this Ruger branded laser in my firearms stash for two or three years now. I bought it on ‘clearance’ sale from Aim Surplus I think it was for something like $19.99. I remember seeing the ad and thinking “this thing is so cheap, it is worth getting just for the novelty of it.” Since the item was also Ruger branded, I figured what the hell and ordered one.
Fast forward a few years and one house move later, I am still unpacking my stuff from the move. Tonight, I came across this 10/22 laser and decided to get my Ruger 10/22 out of the safe and get it installed.
The product is very straight forward and only takes a couple of minutes to install.
The accessory comes with the laser body/barrel band assembly, instructions, two screws and a hex wrench. The laser body has a removable half that gives you access to the battery compartment that houses a 1/3N battery. The two screws are Phillips-head screws and they secure the removable half of the laser body.
To install the new laser body/barrel band assembly, you simply remove the factory rifle barrel band, loosen the barrel band assembly on the laser body using a screw/nut on the right side. Slide the laser body/barrel band assembly over the barrel onto the stock/barrel. Tighten down the screw/nut assembly on the right side of the laser body.
The laser alignment adjustments are very sensitive, and it doesn’t take much movement of the adjusting screws to make significant changes in the up/down or left/right alignment of the laser dot.
In the image below, I projected the dot onto a wall in my basement that was about 25-feet away. You can see the dot on the wall just above the right side of the chair back in the rear. The dot was bright and prominent. The laser dot isn’t as bright in normal room light but that could be due to a weak battery. The battery that the laser sight uses is a 1/3N cell and has been in the sight for several years.
My initial dot alignment is just ‘lollipop’ position above the front sight bead. The dot looks higher below due to the orientation of my cell phone which I used to take the photograph.
Overall, the accessory seems to be made well. I think it will be durable enough for range use and light duty use around a property. I don’t think it would stand up to the rigors of Civil War Part Deux in suburban U.S.A.
I’m glad I finally popped this out of the package and got it installed. Perhaps I will get it to the range this spring and have a follow-on accuracy report for you. My one recommendation for a product improvement would be integrate storage of the hex key into the laser body assembly somehow so that you can make sight alignment changes on the go more easily.