Ruger 10/22

The Ruger 10/22 is a fully suppressed 0.22 caliber semi-auto sniper rifle with a 10 rounds rotary magazine. When the First Intifada broke out in the Territories in 1987, the IDF looked for an accurate weapon platform with a more potent firepower than the non-lethal riot control ammunition, but still less-lethal than 5.56mm or 7.62mm rounds. The desired weapon was to be used to curved down violent riots by taking out key protest leaders with leg shots.

The Ruger 10/22, fitted with a X4 day optic, a full length suppressor and a bipod was selected for this role and was issued SF units. In addition to its original role as a riot control weapon, the weapon was also often used to silently eliminate disturbing dogs prior to SF operations. With modern fully suppressed platforms now in service, including the PGM Ultima Ratio and the modified Mauser 86SR, the Ruger is mostly used a riot control weapon.

In the Second Intifada in 2000, the Ruger was again used a less-lethal riot control weapon. However, its usage became controversial after several Palestinians were killed by Ruger fire. The IDF Sniper School then conducted a controlled experiment under the supervision of the IDF Judge Advocate General, which demonstrated that the Ruger was more lethal then was originally thought, particularly with upper body shots. Further, as the weapon was considered as less-lethal by the end users, soldiers often used the Ruger more liberally than was originally intended. As a result of this test, the IDF JAG reclassified the Ruger as a lethal weapon and is usage in riot control was dramatically limited. Today, the Ruger is used primarily by specially trained SF snipers.

A YAMAS sniper during training armed with a suppressed Ruger 10/22 sniper fitted with an El-Op Eyal X3.

YAMAS team posing for a group photo in full gear. All operators are armed with Colt Commando and with handguns in thigh holsters. Note a M16A2-E3 on the left, a Mauser 66SP in the middle and a Suppressed Ruger 10/22 on the right.

A PALSAR Golani operator aiming a suppressed Ruger 10/22 during training at the IDF Counter Terror School.

PALSAR Golani team during CT training. Operators are armed with Shorty CAR15 fitted with flashlights and with Sig. Note operator armed with a folding stock suppressed Ruger 10/22 (left); operator looking in a fiberscope (middle); and a operator armed with a modified Remington 870 shotgun with a sawed-off barrel and no butt-stock (right).

PALSAR Golani team during training. From left to right: operator armed with a Mini Uzi; operator armed with a Shorty CAR15 fitted with a flashlight; operator armed with a Mini Uzi fitted with a flashlight; operator armed with a modified Remington 870 shotgun with a sawed-off barrel and no butt-stock; and an operator armed with a folding stock suppressed Ruger 10/22.

Duvdevan sniper during training armed with a suppressed Ruger 10/22 and a Glock. Note helmet mounted GoPro camera (photo: IDF).

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