Just about everyone owns a Ruger 10/22. They are fantastically fun guns to shoot and build. Amilcar Hernandez has written a book called “Build a custom 10/22, step by step”. In this book we learn how to upgrade and/or build a 10/22. I was asked if I would like to get a copy to review, and being that I really like 10/22’s, I said sure.
As with most “do it yourself” style books, Amilcar takes you through the process, literally, step by step. It is 175 pages long, but reads quickly. Up first is the Introduction and Things to Consider chapters. The Intro is really just that, an intro. However the “Things to Consider” chapter helps you determine what you want out of your rifle. Is the main use plinking, hunting, or target shooting. Then it goes into more detail on each.
The layout of the book is very helpful. It walks you from a chapter on “Budget”, all the way through to a “Lubricant” section. I found the way each chapter built on itself, very useful. Amilcar also puts “references” in every chapter. Very helpful if you would like to look something up.
Probably the most useful part of the book is the hands on explanations. In the “Bolt” chapter, it goes into how to polish the factory bolt and to what advantage the polishing has. The “Barrel” chapter has a section on different types of 10/22 barrels. From thread-in to press-fit, etc, and why you would want one over the other. The “Trigger” section is fairly lengthy, as it probably should be. Then the book moves on to “stocks, magazines, ammunition, sights”, and so on. Basically the book is a wealth of knowledge that Mr. Hernandez has compiled over the years.
The “Build a custom 10/22, step by step” is a really good book. I learned some things, as will probably anyone who reads this book. My favorite part is the “Gallery” section at the end of the book. It has numerous 10/22 builds. All with a short build sheets as to which parts were used. This is probably one of those books that I will look at 100 times. Gaining little bits of info here and there.
Not as involved as a machinists, build from scratch, book. The build a custom 10/22 book has a lot of good information. Just set it on your coffee table, pick it up when you see fit, look at all the detailed pictures, and decide to build a 10/22. I probably would have overlooked a book like this on Amazon, because you need to see it to appreciate it. Amilcar does a nice job and I am glad I was fortunate enough to get one
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame:
Book detailing how to go about building a 10/22
Those wanting to upgrade or build a 10/22
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
Describes what to do and where to go for your 10/22 build
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?
What others are saying?:
Mandi 5/5 stars on Amazon
Great Literature, and Pictures both for the beginner builder as well as a veteran.
Highly recommend this book to anyone that owns, builds, or shoots a 10/22. Has everything you need to know.
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No real reviews, just press releases
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Build lists in “Gallery” section
Minor gunsmithing instructions
Few grammar and spelling issues
Actual web links will be outdated someday
Price for soft cover
Score: 7.50 Good
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