10/22 Takedown Backpack Carbine Build in Shorts

Part 1 - Brownells BRN-22TR Receiver

Goal is a lightweight, backpackable 10/22 takedown that can equal our conventional 10/22’s on a Project Appleseed AQTWe are building around Brownell’s BRN 22TR receiverThat is machined from 6061 aluminum billetWith an integral 0 MOA Picatinny top railAnd featuring a cleaning rod hole at the rearThat weighs 11 ¼ ouncesIt’s a quarter ounce heavier than the similar Volquartsen Superlight, lacking their more durable finish, Brownell’s receiver is ½ the price and has the clearing rod hole.Part 2 will be the bolt and charging handle

Part 2 - Volquartsen Competition Bolt 

I chose the Volquartsen competition bolt largely because of its DLC finish. My first experience with DLC was on the Mossberg MC2c. A durable coating with high lubricity that exposes the underlining machining. DLC is one of the reasons that the MC2c is my favorite 9mm pistol. 
Out of the package the Volquartsen bolt is a stunning piece of work. It could easily serve as a decorative artifact for your living room coffee table. It uses an internal round titanium firing pin rather than the flat, surface slicing firing pin of the stock Ruger bolt.  
The recoil rod and spring also differ greatly. At first I thought it was going to be a pain to field strip, but it is actually easier than the Stock charging handle/recoil spring setup. You do have to remove the charging handle from the bolt with a ⅛” hex key for field stripping, but this setup makes for an astonishingly smooth bolt. 
The charging handle is longer than the standard Ruger one. I really have no problem with the low profile, single finger Ruger charging handle and don’t see the need for an extended one. 
At $290, the Volquartsen bolt is almost 10 times the cost of the stock Ruger bolt, and it is at the higher end compared to other third party bolts but the improved firing pin, DLC, and included charging handle make it worth the bucks. The only equal is probably the Tactical Solutions dual recoil spring bolt that requires the specially designed TacSol receiver. The Volquartsen bolt will drop into any standard 10/22 receiver…it is so cool, I need to upgrade my two fixed barrel Project Appleseed 10/22’s. 
It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to detect any improvement in accuracy and, given the reliability of my stock 10/22’s, it will require years to recognize improved reliability, but the aesthetics of appearance and smooth bolt operation make it a recommended upgrade. I’m so glad that I didn’t just go with a “good enough” Ruger bolt. 

Part 3 - Volquartsen HP Action Trigger Kit Plus

I’ve happily used the Ruger BX trigger in all the AmbGun 10/22 rifles so I have quite a few stock trigger packs stacked up in the parts bin. 
So I decided to get the Volquartsen HP Action Kit Plus. I’ve been using the Volquartsen auto bolt release for years so it wasn’t too far out of my way to do a complete disassembly of the trigger. Volquartsen’s online instruction video is excellent. I found the process fumble fingers easy. 
The HP Plus kit includes a new trigger and sear assembly with overtravel stop, a new hammer with bushings and hammer spring, a very mildly extended mag release (I’m not a fan of most grossly extended mag releases), and the auto bolt release. 
While I have the muscle memory to deal with the standard bolt release, the auto bolt release just makes things easier on the firing line. 
With the Volquartsen kit installed, the trigger feels very similar to the Ruger BX trigger, maybe just a tiny bit lighter trigger pull. Excellent trigger on both. 
The Ruger BX trigger is a no-brainer upgrade, but you will still want to add the Volquartsen auto-bolt release to it. So BX trigger with auto-bolt release will cost about $110 vs the Volquartsen HP plus kit’s $166. I think the premium springs and components make the Volquartsen kit worth the extra $56, but I wish it included a slide stop spring and the receiver cross pins.
A great trigger in place, forthcoming episodes cover the barrel, stock, and sights. 

Part 4 - Barrel

Part 5 - Stock

Part 6 - Sights

Tech-Sights (for non-railed receiver)

Part 7 - AQT

Targets of the AQT
Download this AQT target print it on 11x17 paper (Most office supply stores can do this for you).
Or just go ahead and attend a Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic and at the end of the event, check with the Shoot Boss to see if any leftover targets are available. 

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