10/22 Light


February 16, 2012, 04:44 PM
Only firearm I own is a 10/22, so want to make it as good as I can for home defense (yes I am aware of the many drawbacks) for the next year or so till I get something better.

My question is what kind of flashlight I could easily/cheaply mount on the gun. I have a wood stock with no barrel band, and want to retain use of the factory sights. Any suggestions on how to make this work?

Also, I'm not big into the tactical look; I bought mine b/c it looked more traditional. This is just a practicality standpoint.

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Red Cent
February 16, 2012, 04:57 PM
You could use a shotgun barrel band ans shim the 22 barrel.


Andrew Wyatt
February 16, 2012, 05:08 PM

this, a 1" scope ring, and a surefire 6P is probably your best bet.

February 16, 2012, 06:50 PM
Can't help you with the light. But, if you can only have one gun, a 10/22 is a pretty darned good choice. You can do about anything. While probably nobody's first choice for HD, .22lr out of a rifle barrel is the real deal.

I tried something like that on a Savage 24j. I put a big old rubber coated flashlight on there with about 10 zip-ties for dealing with marauding raccoons at night. I broke open the action and lined up the light by sighting down the barrel. The 24j was a very sweet handling farm gun. With that D-cell flashlight on there it was like handling a snowshovel. It became very sluggish coming up to the shoulder etc. Use the very lightest weight light you can lest the handiness of the 10/22 be diminished. Mind you, this thing of mine was temporary and seriously bubba but just saying...

February 16, 2012, 07:04 PM
IMHO, for certain applications, a weapon mounted light is a Godsend. You can get a very good light mounted to your rifle without spending a whole lot of money. I have recently discovered the Maglite XL50. It is an LED light that runs on 3 AAA's. It is unbelievably bright with a nicely focused beam and very affordable at $30. It is brighter with better range than both my 3-cell 123 lights, a Surefire G3 and a TacStar T9. While a vertical foregrip is best for manipulating a weaponlight, which allows you to manipulate the light without shifting your grip position, the above-linked Superior Concepts forend band coupled with a 1" ring or an offset mount like this V-TAC would work very well. Especially since it does not have a momentary tailswitch. It has high, low and a strobe mode.

Here's the little 4.5" XL50 mounted on my "tactical" 10/22. This was a test fit before it went on Dad's rifle, which has a flat dark earth stock.


My newly-acquired Surefire M4 that usually resides on the rifle. The ultimate weaponlight!


February 16, 2012, 07:12 PM
PS, for nighttime duty, I would strongly suggest you try a red dot. Even the el cheapo $30 BSA is not bad. I've had mine for several years and it has held up fine. The Vortex Strikefire on the rifle above is a very good one but runs about $150 and the included magnifier is a joke. The Primary Arms Aimpoint CompC3 replica is also very good and more affordable at $69. Although the mount can use upgrading.


Pictured on the tan rifle here, the mounts have since been upgrade to a Burris Xtreme ring on a Midwest picatinny base:

February 16, 2012, 09:09 PM
i'd just tape it on the gun. cable ties would work too.

February 17, 2012, 02:01 PM
There are figure 8 shaped clamps the fit on the barrel of your rifle and hold a flashlight like a Mini mag light. I used a Mini-mag with an LED insert to on my 10/22s for a number of years to shoot raccoons who were chewing on my siding at night.

Or you could mount a scope rail on the bottom or side of your stock and use a scope ring to hold a flashlight.

February 17, 2012, 02:25 PM
This is just a practicality standpoint.

I'm not sure you know what "practical" means from your OP.

Anyways, I know you don't want to hear this but I'm going to say it anyways. Save whatever money you were going to spend on a flashlight and buy the cheapest centerfire rifle or shotgun you can find. I say this because I assume the reason you haven't just bought something suitable for HD yet is cost. A beat up old SxS, an $80 Mosin, any hunting rifle -- they're all a better bet than a .22LR.

That's not to say a .22LR is useless, just it's at the bottom of the HD barrel.

Andrew Wyatt
February 17, 2012, 05:04 PM
in the dark, i'd rather have a 10-22 and a light than an AR and no light.

February 17, 2012, 11:03 PM
in the dark, i'd rather have a 10-22 and a light than an AR and no light.
Me too!!!

February 22, 2012, 09:33 AM
Light or no light, I'd still rather have a shotgun. By the time you mod your 22lr I'm sure you will end up spending more. Just my $.02 .

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