I’ve made a few posts about a PDW type weapons and how I feel about them. Suffice to say, I think they’re really freakin’ cool. Now that the top secret “E-Postal Destroyer” project is complete, I need something new to
throw money at work on and occupy my time. So, here’s the idea. Take a Ruger 10/22 and convert it to a PDW type weapon, with the goal being compact size. My caliber options are either .22 Magnum, .17 HMR, .22 LR, or .17 HM2.
.22 Magnum and .17 HMR are problematic because Ruger isn’t making the 10/22 Magnum any more, and the 10/22 Magnums on Gunbroker are all going for more than $500 right out of the gate. Since I am (unfortunately) on a leash that’s been pre-imposed by the Budget Committee (Mrs. Ahab) an initial start up cost of $500 plus is out of the question.
That leaves me with the option of staying with .22 LR or converting the rifle to .17 HM2. What I think I’m going to do is build a compact rifle designed to shoot the 60 grain Aguila SniperSubSonic rounds. I really like these rounds, and so does my Walther P22 to about 10 yards. In a rifle though, you generally need a 1:9 twist barrel to stabilize them.
Now, I know that a PDW is “supposed” to have the ability to go through armor, but this is my baby. And besides, how cool is is a supercompact 10/22 that lobs a 60 grain round at 800 fps? At least, I think it’s cool.
Stay tuned for PDW updates!