This rifle is a Walmart Exclusive. The standard SS (stainless steel) produced by Sturm, Ruger, & Co has an 18.5" barrel, (carbine.) This one has a 22" barrel (rifle.) The wood (stock) is upgraded from the standard wood that Ruger uses for their 10/22 carbines. However, although the upper aluminum parts are painted to look like they are also made of stainless steel, the trigger group has a gunmetal blue finish, (unlike the photo.) I think it still looks great, and am happy with it.
Some ammo has worked better than others for me, (this is likely gun-spoecific. My brother's standard 10/22 carbine hasn't been as troubled as mine with jams.) I've had a lot of trouble with Federal casings getting jammed on exit (about 1 in 20 will jam,) from both the bulk pack and the 50 round "Champion" boxes. Winchester bulk pack "Xpert 22 Hollow Point" rounds had some chambering jams and exit jams, (also about 1 in 20.) Remington bulk pack "Golden Bullet", 22 Target, and Thunderbolts have all worked well. Keep a screwdriver handy to clear stubborn jams.
The chamber lock that comes with it, (to disable the rifle like a trigger lock,) tries to mar the wood in the area. I would recommend buying a trigger lock instead, (less than $10.) Also consider purchasing another (or a larger) magazine if you plan to shoot with other people--this gun is a pleasure to empty quickly, and you may find yourselves spending more time filling the magazine than shooting. (Butler Creek makes a great 25-round banana clip that has less troubles (none) than those made by other manufacturers. And steel lips are better than plastic for longgevity.)
Standard accessories to consider: a cheap scope, a hard case, trigger lock, extra magazines, earplugs (if you will be around other shooters--this rifle is not very loud,) safety glasses, targets, a boresnake or cleaning kit (you won't need to oil the barrel since it is SS, but it does get dirty.) From there it is up to you; there are a large number of after-market items available to customize the 10/22; that is one of the beauties of this rifle.
If I had it to do again, I would still spend the extra $50 or so to buy this rifle instead of the standard carbine, or the SS carbine (which costs about the same as this one.) I really like the looks of this one and how well it has functioned.
It is called "All Weather" by Walmart because the SS barrel will handle a poor environment (hunting in a swamp or around salt water) better than gunmetal. If you expect to give it more use and abuse, SS makes more sense. Otherwise perhaps it isn't enough of an advantage to pay the extra for SS, unless you like it better, or have a particular reason for it.
This is a good bargain when the extra long barrel and premium wood stock are considered. However, whether you buy this 10/22, or a standard 10/22, you'll be happy with it.
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