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The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition

'2 US aircraft carriers headed for Gulf'

Aug. 7, 2008
Adam Gonn, The Media Line News Agency , THE JERUSALEM POST

Two additional United States naval aircraft carriers are heading to the Gulf and the Red Sea, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Kuwait Times.

Kuwait began finalizing its "emergency war plan" on being told the vessels were bound for the region.

The US Navy would neither confirm nor deny that carriers were en route. US Fifth Fleet Combined Maritime Command located in Bahrain said it could not comment due to what a spokesman termed "force-protection policy."

While the Kuwaiti daily did not name the ships it believed were heading for the Middle East, The Media Line's defense analyst said they could be the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Ronald Reagan.

Within the last month, the Roosevelt completed an exercise along the US east coast focusing on communication among navies of different countries. It has since been declared ready for operational duties. The Reagan, currently with the Seventh Fleet, had just set sail from Japan.

The Seventh Fleet area of operation stretches from the East Coast of Africa to the International Date Line.

Meanwhile, the Arabic news agency Moheet reported at the end of July that an unnamed American destroyer, accompanied by two Israeli naval vessels traveled through the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean. A week earlier, a US nuclear submarine accompanied by a destroyer and a supply ship moved into the Mediterranean, according to Moheet.

Currently there are two US naval battle groups operating in the Gulf: one is an aircraft carrier group, led by the USS Abraham Lincoln, which carries some 65 fighter aircraft. The other group is headed by the USS Peleliu which maintains a variety of planes and strike helicopters.

The ship movements coincide with the latest downturn in relations between Washington and Teheran. The US and Iran are at odds over Iran's nuclear program, which the Bush administration claims is aimed at producing material for nuclear weapons; however, Teheran argues it is only for power generation.

Kuwait, like other Arab countries in the Gulf, fears it will be caught in the middle should the US decide to launch an air strike against Iran if negotiations fail. The Kuwaitis are finalizing details of their security, humanitarian and vital services, the newspaper reported.

The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman - lie just across the Gulf from Iran. Generals in the Iranian military have repeatedly warned that American interests in the region would be targeted if Iran is subjected to any military strike by the US or its Western allies.

Bahrain hosts the US Fifth Fleet, while there is a sizeable American base in Qatar. It is assumed the US also has military personnel in the other Gulf states, The Media Line's defense analyst said.

Iran is thought to have intelligence operatives working in the GCC states, according to Dubai-based military analysts.

The standoff between the US and Iran has left the Arab nations' political leaders in something of a bind, as they were being used as pawns by Washington and Teheran, according to The Media Line analyst.

Iran has offered them economic and industrial sweeteners, while the US is boosting their defense capabilities. US President George W. Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have paid visits to the GCC states in a bid to win their support.



Customizing the Ruger 10/22 - an "Ultimate" Experience

Written by Wayne Freeman

Sunday, 01 June 2008 20:01

A phrase often tossed around in ‘gun enthusiast’ circles is “Every serious gun owner should have a .22 LR.” The little pills are cheap to buy in bulk and keep you practicing all day for relatively little money… And practice makes perfect, right? While I wholeheartedly agree with the premise that ‘trigger time’ helps improve your skill regardless of the caliber you shoot, I must admit that I don’t always adhere to the rules. I mean… If I’m going to undergo the task of packing up, getting my wife or shooting buddy to drive 35 miles to the range with me, and clean whatever guns we shoot afterwards – I want to pack something with a punch!

It’s gotta be at least a 9mm with just enough ‘kick’ to be satisfying, right? Sure, I have a great little Browning Buckmark Target model that my wife bought as a birthday gift a few years ago… but up until recently I hadn’t been putting large quantities of .22LR bullets downrange with it. My biggest problem with .22’s is that the reliable ones don’t look cool. Yeah, I know that’s silly – but I guess I just like pulling up to the lane with a big ass ‘hand cannon’ so I can blow holes in paper.

Well let’s just say that between the money we’ve spent getting this site running and the fact that 9mm now costs $200 a case, I’ve been inspired to rethink my shooting habits. I figured if I wanted to get enough trigger time to stay fairly proficient, I would have to involve more .22LR shooting into my routine. I guessed I could stick with this .22 thing if I could fill out my collection with reliable guns that provided a shooting experience similar to their centerfire counterparts. Since I already had a pistol to play around with, my .22 ‘trainer’ needed to be a rifle…Then the fever hit...I was having visions of a kick-ass tacti-cool sniper-type .22 rifle. And thus, my search began.


I admit it – my goals for this project were somewhat lofty. It wasn’t that I couldn’t build exactly what I wanted; I would merely have to pay to get everything just right. So, I started out by holding myself to a budget. Okay, it was more like a ballpark number. I settled on $800...Who couldn’t build a .22 for $800, right?

First, I needed to find a platform to build on that was both reliable and easily modifiable. With a ballpark price in mind, I set out on the wild, wild web to find out what others who had a few weekends and too much money were doing. As it turns out, most people who love “mainstream” .22’s worship at the altar of the Ruger 10/22. Their cathedral happens to be a forum called A guy could get into a ton of trouble looking through the pages over there. The crew over at RFC has taken to calling their “tricked-out” 10/22’s ‘Ultimates’. You can apparently make these things stunningly accurate, and they can be made to look like anything you wanted it to. After viewing a few hundred threads on modifications made to the 10/22 platform, I was convinced that I needed to pick up a Ruger and be done with it.

A base model Ruger 10/22 carbine

The donor rifle was a base model Ruger 10/22 carbine. Not very tacti-cool

As a secondary criteria (and it was a close second), I wanted the completed rifle to be very lightweight. I consider myself to be a decent shot, but I bore easily trying (note – I said trying) to achieve ‘same hole’ groups at 50 yards. I’d rather be walking around the desert plinking or picking off Mr. Cottontail. I was completely willing to sacrifice a bit of accuracy for the capability to carry the rifle without having it weigh me down.

In keeping with the ability to carry the .22 on camping trips to the middle of nowhere, I wanted to make sure that the gun could take a few bumps and bruises without incurring damage that would alter its function. In particular, I wanted to make sure that the muzzle crown wasn’t damaged, the scope was strong enough to withstand a fall, and the stock didn’t break in half. These are basic durability criteria one would use when paying $800 for any firearm

Last but not least, I wanted the finished product to be my own. Yes, there may be a million other guns that look like it, but when all is said and done, this one will be built especially for me. To that end, I took great care to include every feature that I would need, and omit those that didn’t matter. If I wanted to meet my objectives, I would have to toss most of the original gun away. On the first pass, I opted to replace the stock, add a new barrel, and use a high quality scope setup. Yeah, that’s all I really need.

Keeping in mind that this 10/22 project is my very first, I left a bit of wiggle room in the definition of the word “need”. My initial list looked like this:

Barrel Setup

For this critical piece of the puzzle, I chose to use Tactical Solutions’ 16.5” lightweight threaded bull barrel. The main thing that attracted me to this particular barrel was its weight. It is essentially a fluted aluminum tube with a rifled steel sleeve at its center. This keeps weight to a minimum (15 ounces in its stock configuration), while providing a better heat sink than other commonly used ‘sleeving’ materials (such as Carbon Fiber). Tactical Solutions chambers their 22LR barrels in what they call a “hybrid” configuration. While not quite as tight as a match chamber, the TS barrel provides better accuracy than any stock Ruger barrel (with maybe the 10/22T as an exception), while allowing the shooter to use a larger variety of (read: cheap-ass) ammo. I felt that this barrel made an ideal-for-me tradeoff between plinking at the range and match-grade.

For protection of the muzzle crown, I added the Tactical Solutions compensator. This adds another 1.5” to the barrel length, and contributes to the ‘badass’ look of the gun. In addition, I don’t have to worry about banging things up a bit.

TS barrel and muzzle brake

Tactical Solutions' excellent 16.5 inch barrel with screw-on muzzle brake

I purchased my barrel and compensator from Dennis at Mizzou Mule Guns in Anchorage, Alaska by way of Missouri. Cost was $245 shipped for both items. Dennis is a great guy to talk to over the phone, and his prompt service has earned my business and my recommendation to others.


When I started this project, the image of “my .22” plastered inside my head looked a lot like FN’s Patrol Bolt Rifle. Basically, its Hogue stock “does it” for me. Fortunately, Hogue makes one of their excellent over-molded stocks for 10/22’s (with or without bull barrel) for not too much coin. In fact, the Hogue stock is one of the ‘go to’ stocks for the Rimfire Central crowd, and thus came highly recommended. It’s not designed to squeeze every bit of potential accuracy out of the 10/22 design, but does provide a very durable and snug housing for the setup. After seeing so many glowing reviews, I was sold. Since we’re in the desert, I figured I’d pick something tan to match the landscape – not to mention that most people on RFC have the black or OD green versions.

I found the stock available from Jim King of GUNKINGS.COM for the paltry sum of $75. Jim’s prices are fair, and his 10/22 selection is outstanding. He is another highly recommended source of rimfire ‘stuff’.

The Scope

I could seriously do an entire article on picking the right scope setup for a rimfire setup. It probably took me longer to find a good, lightweight, cost-effective scope than it did to pick the rifle. I wanted a scope that I could do some nice precision work at 25 and 50 yards, while having the ability to back off the power ring enough to make a normal hunting shot. So, I limited myself to either the 3x-9x or 4x-12x power range for this rifle.

After a few days of research, I determined that I needed a scope that had adjustable parallax (basically the ability to focus the target image) down to 25 yards. Most rimfire-specific scopes that aren’t adjustable simply have their parallax adjusted for the 50-yard range (as opposed to 150 yards for non-adjustable centerfire-oriented scopes). This means that a 25-yard image will appear blurry at the higher magnification ranges. Although I was trying to make a cost-conscious scope buy, I wasn’t about to forego range work at 25 yards. So, my criteria included Adjustable Objective (AO) or Side Focus (SF) scopes (two different ways of achieving the same thing – only the adjustment knob lies in a different place) at a minimum.

After looking at excellent scopes from Leupold, Nikon, and Sightron, I finally settled on a Bushnell Elite 3200. For well under $300, this scope offered a 4x-12x power range, a 40mm adjustable objective, and a fairly compact 12” package. It has very clear optics and can handle anything a 22LR can throw at it. This scope was available at one of our distributors, so I ordered directly from them at attractive dealer pricing.

Bushnell Elite 3200

Bushnell's Elite 3200 scope provides an excellent balance between performance and cost

Base and Rings

I was entirely exhausted after picking out a scope, so I picked the first high-quality base and rings that came to mind. Fortunately, Power Custom’s excellent weaver base and Warne’s all steel QD Maxima rings (I used low height) worked well together and provided enough stability during the troubleshooting phase that would come later.

Power Custom's Weaver-style scope base

Power Custom's Weaver-style scope base

Warne Maxima QD rings

Warne makes all-steel weaver-style rings with a quick-detach feature for less than $50

Now, there are about a billion other things you can buy to enhance a 10/22, like triggers, mag latches, bolt releases, etc… I figured I’d start with the basics and see what else I felt I needed after shooting a while.

After about a weeklong wait, all the important bits and pieces had arrived. It was time to start the assembly!


While the thought of customizing your own 10/22 may seem daunting, it really is quite easy. The first thing you’ll want to do is follow the standard disassembly procedure:

Remove the barrel band by loosening the retaining screw with a flathead screwdriver and sliding the entire assembly forward off the barrel.

Barrel Band disassembly

Barrel Band disassembly is easy

Next, loosen the action screw on the underside of the gun just forward of the magwell. The screw is held in by stock tension, so it won’t simply fall out.

Take-down screw

The Take-down screw is the only thing holding the action to the stock in a 10/22

Remove the action from the stock by gently pulling the receiver upwards. After that, pull the action screw out of the stock. You should now have a completed action with no stock when you’re finished.

The 10/22 action, stock removed

The 10/22 action, stock removed

Now, here comes the first difficult part… You must remove the barrel by taking off the V-block (see photo) with a 5/32” Allen wrench.

V-block removal photo

The V-block provides a secondary method to bind the barrel to the receiver; disassembly is done with an allen wrench

At this point, the barrel is held in place by steel-on-steel tension alone. A bit of elbow grease should get it out without too much of a problem. Hold the bolt back at its rearward position with a thumb (or remove it altogether) in order to avoid damage to the extractor. You must either remember do this, or you can pull the barrel straight out without twisting it (not likely to happen).

10/22 with barrel removed

After a bit of wrenching, the stock barrel came free. Note that the oil on the barrel shank was applied at the factory

Remove the two pins holding the trigger group in place, and pull the trigger group out of the receiver. I use a Glock tool for these pins, as it’s cheap and handy.

Disassembled 10/22 receiver

The trigger group is mated to the receiver by a pair of steel pins

At this point, the gun is ready to be re-barreled with our Tactical Solutions’ pipe.

Most aftermarket barrels (TS barrels included) come with oversized shanks (the part that fits into the receiver) in order to ensure a tight fit for the best accuracy. TS recommends using an emery cloth to lightly remove aluminum from the shank until you get the tightest fit that will still insert into the receiver under hand pressure. Emery cloth can be found at your local big box home improvement store in the plumbing section.

Emery Cloth

This stuff is commonly used to rough up copper pipe prior to soldering. It works quite well for barrel 'sanding' as well.

Never, ever, use tools or other mechanical means to insert these barrels. After banging up my hand quite a bit, I finally got the barrel inserted and aligned with the extractor with a very good, tight fit. I later learned that others have placed the barrels in the freezer for a few hours in order to ‘shrink’ them a bit. Oh well…

Tactical Solutions barrel installed

My wrists hurt for a couple of days getting this barrel in

Once the barrel is in place, everything else is very simple. Reassemble the completed receiver into the new stock, add your base and rings, and voila… You now have an ultimate 10/22.

The finished product

After a couple of hours of work, a really attractive, great shooting rifle is born!


I took the rifle to Scottsdale Gun Club in order to get a good 25-yard zero before doing any plinking at random targets. After laying down my initial 10 rounds, I smiled from ear to ear… this gun was quite precise for a .22.

Now that I understood what I was working with, I felt better able to determine any further items that needed to be changed to suit my tastes. The first thing that had to go was the heavy-ass stock trigger pull. I don’t have a pull gauge, but it felt like it was nearly 10 pounds!

Other minor annoyances were found in the bolt hold-open (which needs to be manually held in to both hold and release the bolt), and the “clack” noise made when the bolt hit the buffer pin during firing.

The scope’s horizontal adjustment was dead on, but I was hitting about 4 inches low with the scope at its optical center. This is actually quite the common problem with modified Ruger 10/22’s – the culprit usually being either a ‘droopy’ barrel or a ‘humped’ receiver. Although I nearly ran out of scope adjustment on the first trip, the Bushnell was actually able to get me to the center of the target at 25 (and later at 50) yards.

First 'real' grouping with 10/22

This group consists of about 30 rounds, and encompasses a couple of minor scope adjustments to get on target. Ammo used was CCI Mini-Mag

Although I could’ve left “well enough” alone, I wanted… no… I needed to get the scope closer to its optical center at 25 yards. Doing so will give me more scope adjustment in order to shoot at longer distances. I will probably only shoot the .22 at 100 yards once every blue moon, but for $800+ – I need to have the capability.


Since the barrel-to-receiver fit in the 10/22 is a press-fit, the barrel may be allowed to droop down ever so slightly along its length. This is usually fine, since the stock 10/22’s rear sight is mounted to the barrel (and thus is always aligned). When you add a scope, however, the bore line ends up diverging from the scope’s sight path. This usually causes the shooter to burn “up” elevation adjustment in order to get the rounds on paper – leaving little to no adjustment for longer distance shooting. This problem is most often cured by installing an adjustable V-block. The standard unit only puts tension on the ‘slant cut’ of the barrel. Adjustable ones, such as the unit from Skeeter / Rimfire Technologies add a third tension point to keep the barrel square with the receiver.

This time, I placed an order for the ‘tweaking’ parts at Shooter’s Discount. They had plenty of Skeeter V-blocks in stock. While I had the gun apart, I also added a urethane Bolt Buffer from WeaponKraft to remove the ‘clack’, and a Volquartsen hammer kit which reduces the trigger pull significantly.

Barrel droop, unfortunately, was not the problem with my 10/22. My second trip to the range confirmed that my barrel fit is as good as it gets. I then moved on to address the second most common cause of ‘low shooting’, the dreaded receiver hump.

Tactical Solutions makes an excellent product for the 10/22 crowd that not only helps address the manufacturing tolerance issues of Ruger receivers, but also allows shooters to put some significant distance between themselves and their targets. For $29, they offer a 15MOA sloped scope base that promises to do the trick. After a couple of weeks of vacation, shipping delays, and backlogged office work, I was finally able to get the 15MOA rail on the gun. Let me just say, I am continually impressed with Tactical Solutions’ product line. This rail is superbly machined, fits extremely well onto the receiver, and looks kick-ass!

My third range trip confirmed all the marketing hype about TS products. My scope is now very close to its optical center, and is sitting on a rock solid platform. Now, all I need to do is work on my groups.

2nd range outing target photo

This 10-shot group was shot after the new 15MOA railed setup was 'dialed in'. This is about as good as I get right now, but the rifle is clearly capable of excellent practical accuracy


It would be an understatement to say that I am very pleased with how my “Ultimate” 10/22 project turned out. The rifle weighs in at about 4.6 pounds without scope, and 6 pounds with scope and rings attached. I could probably reduce additional weight by switching from steel to aluminum rings, but I like the solid-ness of the Warne setup. As of this writing, the gun has about 500 trouble-free rounds through it, and looks poised to provide years of plinking fun. Sometimes, a good .22LR is all you need…


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