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Old February 18th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #1
 
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Why Charger?

Okay, I am on the fence about the new Charger. I think I want one. I think I want the Charger Takedown model.

My question is this......... What is the whole purpose for the Charger? Is it just a squirrel gun? Is it just a range toy? Is it something else?

I guess I NEED someone to convince me that I really DO NEED one. ha

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They're a cool novelty item, but I dont see much practicality there. A 10/22 would make a much better squirrel gun IMHO
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They're a little bit novel and a little bit practical. I can see myself using it in the woods.



I also have 10/22 rifles. They all have their use and abilities...
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I want one for the potential of bench shooting accuracy. Handheld I think it would be a good point shooter. But you would have to adapt to a two hand hold to be accurate with it. I think standing or using it as a woods plinker would be better with a red dot.
I have a Henry Mare's Leg that point shoots very well but it has the short butt stock to get a cheek weld with.
Like any firearm it's use would depend on the shooter adapting to it's design.
For me it would be a range toy, but I could see using it for squirrel or rabbit.
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I see mine as just a fun gun for the range. If I want to shoot squirrels I'll use a rifle. In reality it may not see much action at all - more of a novelty perhaps? But maybe I'm selling it short and once I get shootin' it I'll have a better appreciation.

Just dang cool......
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In the back of my mind, there is a thought that says the Charger could make for a fun SBR. It needs a suppressor first, but the the idea of a SBR intrigues me...
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I'm getting the takedown as a cool little survival gun. Not as cumbersome as a rifle, but should retain most of the accuracy, and with the threaded barrel, I can make it extra quiet too. It reminds me of an El Camino... Kinda sporty, yet still able to do some light work. Sure a car or a truck would be better at their respective jobs, but the little crossbreed is a decent compromise for when the need arises.
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Here's mine with my premium optic.....



Wave - have you done any investigation on the grip? There's that extra little nub between the standard AR grip and the rear of the trigger guard. Is that a separate removable piece? As much as I like the Charger TD, the bump/groove on the grip itself hits me right in the middle of my ring finger, making the grip extremely uncomfortable for me (I grip my firearms very high) and I will need to replace the grip. Any thoughts?
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Tasco, Barska... clearly we know optics!
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Does the TD model really have a lot of benefit over the non-TD? It seems the backpack storage capability wouldn't really matter a whole lot.

For another question. Did Ruger set up the Charger TD so that the connection point was different from the 10/22 TD? In other words, could a Charger front end be put with a 10/22 rear end? I'm asking out of curiosity, not planning on creating an illegal franken-SBR.
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Charger TD + tactical stock = bug out gun
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Does the TD model really have a lot of benefit over the non-TD? It seems the backpack storage capability wouldn't really matter a whole lot.

For another question. Did Ruger set up the Charger TD so that the connection point was different from the 10/22 TD? In other words, could a Charger front end be put with a 10/22 rear end? I'm asking out of curiosity, not planning on creating an illegal franken-SBR.
The connection is the same as the take down rifle. There is a warning in the manual about mounting the Charger barrel on a take down rifle stock and there is a stamp on the bottom of the Charger barrel under the handguard that it is for use on the Charger only.

It's a go to jail card if you mount the Charger barrel on the rifle stock.
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It's definitely a niche gun. I don't need or want one personally, but am glad Ruger keeps churning out cool products and giving us options. In rural areas it would be a handy little gun to have in the vehicle in case you came across a feral cat at night.
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You guys all make some great points. I want a TD Charger. I also want either a .22 LCR or a .22 SP101.

At this point, my wants are so much greater than my needs and very much greater than my $$.

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