NRA Gun of the Week: Davidson's Exclusive Ruger 10/22 Compact Leopard

This Week's Gun of the Week is the Davidson's Exclusive Ruger 10/22 Compact Leopard

This Ruger 10/22 Leopard is another exclusive from Davidson’s, which means that this particular setup can only be had through Davidson’s Gallery of Guns. The company is one of the world’s biggest firearm distributors, and because of that, it develops unique designs you won’t find anywhere else. Davidson’s works with manufacturers across the world, but when it comes to Ruger, the collaboration between the two has produced dozens of unique options for today’s shooters. Watch the to see this Davidson's Exclusive in use on the NRA Tech Range.

The Ruger 10/22 is one of those guns that, for most enthusiasts, needs no introduction. Without doubt, it’s one of the world’s most popular rimfire rifles, with millions made over the course of more than 50 years. Unsurprisingly, Ruger offers dozens of variations on the design, ranging from your basic wood-stocked carbine to tricked-out competition models. But this particular Davidson’s Exclusive is built on the Compact version of the 10/22. This variant is just a little handier than the original carbine, having a barrel length of just over 16” long instead of the 18.5” barrel found on the original. The overall length of the Compact model is about 3” shorter than the standard carbine, yet they both still weigh in right around 4.5 lbs.

Obviously, the stand-out feature in the Davidson’s Exclusive is the Leopard-print finish on the polymer stock, which adds an entirely new dimension to this handy, little carbine. Because it’s exactly that, handy and little, it’s the perfect platform for a new shooter, and with many women and children learning the ropes of basic firearm handling, this Leopard-print pattern adds a personal touch that can allow them to personally connect with their rimfire rifle.

This Davidson’s Exclusive Ruger 10/22 is equipped with Ruger’s Modular Stock System, so the low comb and adjustable length of pull allow even small-statured shooters to get a perfect fit. The gun comes with an easily seen set of fiber-optic sights, and the rear sight is adjustable. This makes it a great option for dialing in the fundamentals of open-sight shooting, but the top of the receiver is also drilled and tapped, so owners can mount an optic for an easier way to dial-in on a target.

Shooting the Ruger 10/22 is one of the classic range experiences. With more than half a century of history and development behind it, the gun just runs. The magazines load and unload easily, and the design is safe and intuitive to operate. We appreciate the bright fiber-optic sights, and the magazine-release latch, bolt handle and cross-bolt safety operated seamlessly and easily. When it comes to training and plinking, it’s hard to beat a solid 10/22, and this Davidson’s Exclusive 10/22 Compact Leopard is designed to be someone’s favorite range companion.


Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.


Action Type: blowback-operated, semi-automatic, rimfire rifle

Chambering: .22 LR

Barrel: 16.12" blued-steel

Receiver: aluminum, black powdercoat finish

Magazine: rotary, 10-round detachable

Sights: fully adjustable fiber-optic rear, fiber-optic post front

Stock: compact synthetic, Leopard-print finish

Overall Length: 34"

Weight: 4 lbs., 6.4 ozs.