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Monday, August 29

Promag Archangel Marauder Assembly

So I finally got a chance to put my tacticool project together, and it was a relatively painless process for a guy who has never owned a 10/22 before. The only tools you need are a screwdriver, some allen keys and a 1/8" punch and some hammers.



The hardest part was actually removing the sights without marring the barrel...which I failed to do. The sights are held in via dove tail and are removed left to right, so I basically removed the bolt/trigger and laid the receiver with ejector side facing down on a 2X4 and then hammered away. If you hammered in the other direction then congratulations - you've made it tighter!

I have to admit that it took way more force than I was expecting. The didn't gradually come off but more or less dropped out at some point. It felt sketchy to say the least and I hope I didn't bend the barrel somehow. The sights are intact but the left side of them are brutalized...

Fortunately, if I ever need to go back to irons I'll buy better ones, and the stock/fake cans cover both. No big deal.



The kit also includes extended bolt and magazine releases which need to be installed as well. I don't exactly like the stock bolt release of the 10/22 so I was extra happy to learn that the replacement had the auto bolt release mod done to it already. Pressing the stock one up to release the bolt is a pain, so that was very welcome

On the left: the original parts, and on the right: the replacements. You can see in the top right, the replacement bolt release has that jagged edge filed down to curve - that's the auto bolt release mod.

The way it works is when you have the bolt locked back, instead of having to pull the bolt back and push the release up in order to bring the bolt forward, you can just pull back and it'll fall forward automatically. Super convenient.



This is what the original trigger assembly looks like - pop all the pins except for the one holding the trigger in and everything else will fall out. Just put in the new parts and you're done. Actually easier than it sounds and lots of YT resources.



With the extensions installed, you can see what difference it makes. It's also a necessary mod if you ever want to release your magazine or lock your bolt while in that larger stock, heh.

Pin it back into the receiver and you're ready to drop it into the stock.



All in all it wasn't too bad. The stock itself is pretty sturdy but a very tight fit once the receiver is placed in. I had to take a rubber mallet to it a couple of times, but I suppose that's better than it being loose and jiggling instead.

Here's the magazine with sleeve that comes with the kit - the sleeve is purely cosmetic but really changes the look. 25 rounds of goodness and I'll have to pick up at least 2 more once they start flooding into Canada. In comparison, the Butler Creek mags look kinda awkward on the stock without the sleeve.



Original stock. Boring.



Here's the finished product with a foregrip and cheap Tasco red dot. It's pretty heavy and the red dot is a bit high for my round and chubby face, but it could be worse.

The only thing I'm not too sure about is the flash suppressor. It slides over the front sight and comes with a metal pin to lock it in, but mine fits loosely as in it jiggles around a bit. It kind of bugs me, so I'll most likely have to put some loctite in addition to the pin, but I'm not sure if it'll ever be able to come off after that...

Update: The instructions tell you what to do with the fake cans, go figure (I'm a moran). They're more or less permanent. I might switch to the fake silencer because it's plastic and potentially easier to remove (aka just destroy it).



I can't wait to take this thing to the range...

UPDATE #1: My magazine does not feed properly, if at all. The rounds don't get pushed up past the feed lips so they can chamber and it's more or less unusable. The "fix" is to lightly sand the inside of the mag so the follower can travel more easily, but damn son. What a disappointment. Guess I'll have to use the Butler Creeks...


UPDATE #2CLICK HERE for more info on magazine and speed loader.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice review! I've been looking at getting one of these for a while. Do you recommend any good places to buy one?

Make Me Emperor said...

Not sure if you're in Canada, but I got mine from Mystic Precision in BC. Hical.ca also carries the stock for a few bucks more, but both of them are on their second batch of pre-orders (I think), so it'll still be a few weeks of wait for either of them.

Definitely easier to get a hold of and cheaper if you're in the States.

Anonymous said...

I just got a Marauder stock and it doesn't fit my 10/22 correctly. No matter what I do I'm unable to close the gap(1/32 inch) between the upper and lower pieces so it's pretty much useless.

Anonymous said...

the 1/32" gap between the top and bottom halves is normal. The gap is there to allow fitment to any year 10/22 (they have changed dimensions and coating over the years)

The gap will not affect function in any way. The gap is not even noticeable unless you are comparing a g36 and the marauder side my side...

Anonymous said...

I want this so bad. Is it worth it?

Make Me Emperor said...

In my opinion, I think so. By now I guess they should have most of the bugs worked out if anything. I had one of the first runs so it was unfortunate my magazine wasn't any good, but the new generation should have solved the problems I had. I haven't bought any of them yet though as I am just using the awkward looking Butler Creeks until probably next Spring.

Anonymous said...

Do you know if custom bull barrels will fit this kit?

https://www.dlaskarms.com//product_info.php?cPath=43&products_id=127&osCsid=a44fecb8c3f2f08ec000b5accf0e69cc

Josh Fischer said...

Custom bull barrels work as well, I have a promag stock as well.

www.22longrifle.blogspot.com

cecil thornburg said...

my Archangel Nomad is shooting Low how do I adjust the rear sight up and down

Anonymous said...

I just installed my 10/22 in a Nomad stock and the barrel is pointing to the left. I took it out and reinstalled it but it still leans to the left. It almost touches the front part of the stock. Has anyone had this problem before?

Anonymous said...

Yes, ruger has a large batch of 10/22 rifles machined wrong in the reciever. If you get one of those the barel is out about 3/16 of an inch to the left. Check it on the scope base with a 2 foot framing square. I sent 3 back for warranty last year.