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Ruger Single Six 22 LR/22 WMR, $325

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The Ruger may not be a Colt, but that is its single drawback. The Ruger Single Six handles well, shoots well, and seldom needs repair.

Ruger Single Six 22 LR/22 WMR, $325

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Frame Material
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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Big hand-filling stocks are a hallmark of the Ruger handgun. We liked the control these walnut panels offered.
The Ruger was introduced in 1953. Though it has undergone various refinements, the modern Ruger would be recognizable to anyone who purchased the Single Six 22 58 years ago. The 7/8-size single action was not a straight-up copy of the Colt, but rather featured significant improvements, including rugged construction and coil wire springs rather than flat springs.
The Ruger showed nice fit and finish where the stock met the frame. The Ruger was loaded by opening the loading gate and rotating the cylinder. We liked its operation better than the Colt's.
The big slot screws (arrow) of the Ruger and the removable front sight were rated better than the Colt's.

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