Just got a flier from either SOG or J&G and they have a Rock Island 22 Carbine for $155, and it looks just like the Ruger 10/22.
The article below even says how most parts, factory Ruger & aftermarket, for a 10/22 will work with it.
Maybe this is way someone had a sale recently on 10/22s for under $200?
Well I did a quick web search and found this.
Armscor M22: More than just a 10/22 clone | Home Defense Journal
Don't know if / or how RIA is tied into ARMSCOR?
But if anyone in my area gets them I might buy one just to check it out.