Review: TacSol 9" Ruger Charger Takedown barrel

Whoops, I should have put this in reviews. I saw that too late. Sorry.

Serendipity struck! I had a Volquartsen carbon fiber barrel (10.5"?) on order for months with no end to the wait in sight; I know, because I inquired. I knew Tactical Solutions also had a short barrel for my Ruger .22 Charger SBR so I started researching and digging. The end result was that I cancelled the Vol’ CF barrel and bought the TacSol and had it in days, no backorder and no additional months of waiting.

The barrel was a handsome matte black when I got it. It is threaded for a muzzle device and I like the HK 3 lug adapters as they make putting a can on a matter of seconds and no tightening the can as it warms up, so I put an adapter on never to be taken off. That ruined the lines of it, but the barrel is to be used and not merely admired. But it sure did look nice w/o the adapter. Installation was identical to the factory barrel and since it’s made to takedown there was simply nothing noteworthy regarding that.

The design goal of the SBR was to see how small and light I could make a rifle for small game and while the Ruger barrel filled that goal I was disappointed in the accuracy. I think that only accurate guns are interesting and while my design goal was met I wasn’t terribly happy with what I had. The Ruger barrel weighed 18 1/8 ounces and was (the memory is foggy) 10 1/2" long. The TacSol weighed 11 7/8 ozs and is 9". That was even more within my design goal.

Another reason I got the new barrel was to get better accuracy. While the Ruger barrel was disappointing a few days ago I sighted in the red dot for the new barrel and was pleasantly surprised. Just with a red dot it was already outperforming what the old barrel with a 3-9x scope could do. Today I took off the red dot and put the scope on. Another goal for the SBR was versatility and the sights come off and go back on in seconds. I sighted the scope in at 45 yards and then started to shoot groups. First was Fed’ Auto Match which gave satisfyingly small groups. Where the OEM barrel would give maybe 1-1.5" groups this barrel was giving MUCH smaller groups. I wish I was 30 years younger to see what it will actually do, but I’m not. Next up was Fed’ Champion Hi Vel’ and that gave even smaller and more satisfying groups. Big smile! But I wanted to see what it would do with a can on the 3 lug adapter so I put the Dead Air Ghost-M on it after putting some ultrasound electrode gel in it. That gave me a group of just 3/8" for an even bigger smile. Next up I tried Fed Champion standard velocity and clearly the barrel doesn’t like that ammo. It ran the gun fine but groups opened up. I didn’t bother to measure them.

After building the Charger SBR I thought to myself, "You know, this would make a heck of a rimfire rifle optics gun for Steel Challenge and the shorter barrel that 7 ozs lighter swings much easier. You might think how can 7 ozs make a difference but it does.

Tomorrow I’ll get to test it further in a match. But I know that the barrel will perform, the rest is a test of myself. And that’s the entire reason that I want accuracy. If I miss I want to know it was me and not my gear.

Just an aside, I also added some Ti parts to the lockwork to speed it up, and I’m looking into a new part to allow me to drop weight from the stock. Typical me, even after a build is “finished” it’s not finished until I say it is and maybe not even then. Just like the barrel reviewed here. My ultralight AR build took me over 20 years to finish as I waited for technology to catch up to my desired part; when I saw it I knew that’s what I was waiting for

Things are either right or they aren’t. The TacSol barrel is one such item that’s right.


No apology needed, but you can change these on your own when it comes up you want to

first click next to the title, or I think the edit button will get you there also

and then it should appear like this, with drop downs to select a new category, you can type, as I did here, to shorten the list

I left it for you to try, let me know if you can’t manage for some reason :smile:


OK, so the match went fine. I posted about it in another thread where it wasn’t supposed to be. But if we don’t hijack threads…

Trying a new lube. It was suggested that blowback guns, rimfires specifically since it was the RimfireCentralForum would benefit from using dry lube. Yes, In a place where crud is in the air wet lube attracts and hold it. That pretty much defines a blowback .22. So I’m testing Hornady One Shot. I cleaned the gun today and applied the dry lube as per can instructions. Yes, the gun was in dire need of cleaning. If it functions fine throughout the season I’ll tear it down at the end and see if it was worth the expense.


That’s not an unnoticed statement, to deal with it long ago a “Do Not Derail” policy was instituted, if its what is desired the original poster only needs to place that at the beginning of their post and all replies must adhere to it.

The idea is both can coexist, the purist who hates derailed topics, and those who say what comes to mind.

If you wan’t to be a leader and champion the cause, help encourage others to institute the policy and police it then please step up and say so, I need the help running this place for everyone’s enjoyment, and honestly, when I read a thread for educational content I hate BS derails myself.


I use Hornady One Shot case lube when reloading, it works well.


I saw that when I was looking for the firearms One Shot. I wonder how different the formulas are?


Been using the one shot case lube for years.


That one shot truly does what it says it will do .Plus it truly doesn’t mess with powder . Been using it for years and years.


So far I’ve been testing the One Shot for firearms in the Ruger Charger .22 SBR and the KelTec CP33 because rimfire is the worst case and it burns filthy. I’m hoping I can just use compressed air to blow the crud out and spray a new film in the gun to keep it lubed. Fingers crossed on that. I’ll give them this season for the test before moving the 9mm PCC blowback comp’ gun to One Shot.

They were pretty filthy when I just cleaned them after a season of competition. That gives me something to gauge the dry lube against.