Installing Tech-Sight TSR200 on a Ruger 10/22
Kevin Felts 11.19.14
The Ruger 10/22 is an amazing rifle, but if there’s one part on the Ruger 10/22 that needs improving, it’s the sights. If you want to be kind, we can say the factory sights are of a poor design. If we want to be honest, the factory sights are terrible.
The rear sight has these little bitty small screws with heads that are vulnerable to snapping in half. Shortly after I bought my Ruger 10/22 in 1986, I tried to adjust the rear sight for elevation. The head on the screw broke. This also happened to a buddy of mine. He bought his Ruger 10/22 shortly after I did, tried to adjust for elevation, and the screw head broke.
I don’t know when it happened, but the other sight screw fell out. Good luck finding a replacement.
The front sight has no windage or elevation adjustment. On top of the front sight having no adjustment, there is a round ball on top of the blade that obstructs the sight picture.
In short, there is no real way to adjust the Ruger 10/22 sights for windage or elevation. If you try to adjust for elevation, chances are the screw head is going to break.
For the past 28 years I have been using Kentucky windage to shoot my 10/22. This means I use the sights as a reference, but I know where the bullet is actually going to hit (not where the sights are pointing.)
The Tech-Sight TSR200 is a drop-in replacement for the Ruger 10/22 factory sights. The package includes everything needed to replace the Ruger 10/22 factory sights except a hammer and punch to remove the front sight and blue lock-tight for the new screws. It just so happens I keep a small hammer, punch, and blue lock-tight in my gun cleaning kit.
- M16 GI type sights for your Ruger 10/22
- Compatible with standard M16/AR15 apertures and posts
- Dual leaf flip apertures
- 8 inch longer sight
- Front sight tower comes with standard incremental detent adjustable AR15 type post
- All Standard 10/22s work
- Bull barrels are .920″ and requires adapter TS157
Instead of locking the barrel in a vise (I do not have a vise), my wife held the rifle off the edge of the kitchen table as I used a hammer and punch to drive the front sight out. I was concerned about how much effort the front sight would need, but things went better than expected. After a few taps left to right, the front sight slipped out of its socket.
The front Tech-Sight is held in place by 3 screws.
2 screws prevent the front sight from moving side to side.
1 screw in the front of the sight applies tension to prevent movement.
The factory rear sight stays in place. Just hold it down and forget about it.
A while back I installed a rail on my Ruger 10/22 with plans to put a scope on the rifle. Plans changed; the rail was removed and the Tech-Sight was installed.
Installing the rear Tech-Sights on my Ruger 10/22 was as easy as adding some blue lock-tight on the screws, then using the included allen wrench to tighten the screws.
Installing the Tech-Sight TSR200 was a lot easier than I had expected. Now I need to go squirrel or rabbit hunting and test the sights out.