We were pretty proud when we were among the first outlets to break the news that Viridian was coming out with a new line of riflescopes, but it seems we weren’t the first ones to know: Ruger has just announced they’re soon to ship a new configuration of the popular 10/22 Carbine, which will be available to consumers with a factory-mounted Viridian EON 3-9×40 scope. But as long as Viridian’s going to keep making quality, wallet-friendly scopes and Ruger’s going to keep making quality, wallet-friendly rifles to put them on, we guess we can’t be too mad about being “scooped.”
Like all 10/22 rifles, this model boasts a tried-and-true legendary action that ensures consistent, reliable performance. The rifle features Ruger’s easy-to-use, prominent magazine release for smooth, no-fuss removal of the included flush-fit magazine. This new model also retains popular 10/22 features like the push-button, cross-bolt manual safety and cold hammer-forged barrel. Each rifle ships with one detachable, 10-round rotary magazine and a Ruger branded hard case.
“Viridian has been creating leading-edge weapon technology since 2006 and we are thrilled to expand our product offerings into this exciting new segment,” said Viridian Director of Sales and Marketing Andy Scott. “We have been a premier laser sight provider to Ruger for years, and we are extremely proud to be launching our line of optics with Ruger and the iconic 10/22 rifle.”
The EON 3-9×40 scope is one of the first-ever riflescopes from Viridian Optics and features fully multi-coated lenses, tactile windage and elevation adjustments and waterproof / shockproof/ fog proof construction. It also features adjustable eye relief to keep you comfortable and several variable magnification options to give you all the power any hunter or shooter needs.
We don’t have an availability date or a firm MSRP at this time, but we do have some tea leaves to read. First, the 10/22 Carbine has been in production for a long time, and Viridian is putting out the scopes as quickly as the trucks can carry ’em away, so it’s unlikely to be more than a few weeks before these hit dealers. Second, both the 10/22 Carbine and the EON scope’s MSRPs are known: $309 and $99, respectively. So it’s exceedingly unlikely that MSRPs will be above $400, and chances are very good that they’ll be well below…with additional savings at the dealer level.
For more information on the 10/22 rifle, or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To learn more about Viridian’s new line of scopes, click here. (And did I mention that you can win an EON riflescope right here on Guns & Gadgets Daily? You can: Click here to enter our giveaway!)