Publisher’s Note: Skip is one of my best friends and he is our Village Armorer. He is quite expert in the technical and arcane aspects of building and maintaining the teeth of Liberty. He compiled this brief but detailed primer on building one of these handy little rifles. I was an Appleseed Instructor in the state of Arizona (on sabbatical) and we urge those who wish to husband their ammunition with the prices they command now to maintain their skill set with modified .22 rifles to ensure the edge does not dull for the Riflemen standing up across America. Much has changed in the six years since I wrote the first primer and this is completely updated to reflect the improvement available.
The main platform we use is the Ruger 10/22 and modify it fairly substantially to better replicate the handling and characteristics of a Main Battle Rifle or Carbine much like the purpose built rifles that festooned colonial mantles in the 18th century here in America.
It is an implied task that once you build the rifle, you go out and practice and become proficient. While …
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