New: Ruger 10/22 Heat Shield from Samson Manufacturing

The Ruger 10/22 has been a popular platform since it first hit the market more than 50 years ago. Since those early days, technology has advanced, and with it there have been a number of updates and aftermarket options made available for it. The latest comes from Samson Manufacturing in the form of the B-TM Heat Shield.

Samson Manufacturing B-TM Heat Shield for Ruger 10/22
The new B-TM Heat Shield is a great way to update your Ruger 10/22. (Photo credit: Samson Manufacturing)

The B-TM Heat Shield is an aftermarket product designed to protect the hands of shooters from the heat of the barrel of a Ruger 10/22. Because the uppermost portion of the barrel is exposed, it is possible to accidentally burn your hands during high round count shooting exercises. Use of the new Heat Shield prevents such possible injuries. In addition, the B-TM Heat Shield provides some protection for the barrel itself, guarding it against the scratches and scrapes that are so common at the range and in the field.

It is important to note this shield is made specifically for the Ruger 10/22 factory carbine barrel, meaning it will not fit the Ruger 10/22 Takedown.

Samson Manufacturing B-TM Heat Shield for Ruger 10/22
A look at the Samson Manufacturing B-TM Heat Shield prior to its installation on a Ruger 10/22. (Photo credit: Samson Manufacturing)

Samson Strategic Sales Manager Chris Sullivan had the following to say regarding the company’s latest product: “The new Heat Shield is another exciting addition to our growing array of Samson-branded accessories for the legendary Ruger 10/22. Owners of that rifle can really trick out their firearm with items from our line. Many shooters start with our iconic B-TM Folding Stock – which is now available in black oxide as well as the original stainless steel finish – and add the B-TM Sight Package, B-TM Flash Hider and/or B-TM Barrel Band.”

B-TM Heat shield installed on Ruger 10/22
The B-TM Heat Shield from Samson Manufacturing is designed to fit the contours of the Ruger 10/22 as precisely as possible. (Photo credit: Samson Manufacturing)

According to the manufacturer, the shield was created to give the Ruger 10/22 a tactical edge with a practice purpose. When the B-TM Heat Shield is mounted to your carbine in place of the factory shield, it gives the gun the appearance of a Mini-14. And thanks to it being made from black injection-molded, glass-filled polymer designed for longevity and hard use as well as ergonomics. Even better, Samson Manufacturing states it’s quick and easy to install, requiring no gunsmith and no screws.

Heat shield on Ruger 10/22
The B-TM Heat Shield was created to protect the shooter’s hands from the hot barrel of the Ruger 10/22. (Photo credit: Samson Manufacturing)


  • Designed for compatibility with the Ruger 10/22 Carbine
  • Similar appearance to the Ruger Mini-14 factory heat shield
  • Replaces the factory heat shield
  • Dual purpose: Both aesthetically appealing and functional because it protects the shooter’s hands from the heat of the barrel
  • Installation requires the removal of the dovetailed rear sight
  • Manufactured from a durable black injection molded glass-filled polymer


  • Manufacturer: Samson Manufacturing
  • Model: B-TM Heat Shield
  • Material: Glass-filled, injection molded polymer
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Length: 8.375 inches
  • Width: 1.15 inches
  • Height: 0.55 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 ounces
  • MSRP $23.99
Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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