August 2011

Down Range: August 2011

Mid-Year Ruger Introductions

Ruger is one of the most aggressive companies at rolling out mid-year new products, and 2011 offers a bumper crop of new guns in the pipeline.

Todd Woodard

Todd Woodard

Two new handguns caught my eye. The SR40c (directly below) is the compact version of the striker-fired SR40 pistol. The Ruger SR40c pistol has a 3.5-inch barrel and an overall length of 6.85 inches. The pistol weighs 23.40 ounces and features a height of 4.61 inches, with the same 1.27-inch-wide grip (across safety levers) as the full-sized SR40. It also has a fully adjustable 3-dot sight system and an integral accessory rail that accommodates most lights and lasers. The SR40c offers a visual and tactile loaded-chamber indicator, striker blocker, trigger safety, magazine disconnect, and an ambidextrous frame-mounted manual safety. Four versions are being planned: The KSR40C is a 15+1 brushed stainless steel item, and the BSR40C is a 15+1 shooter with a Nitridox Pro Black alloy steel frame. There are two similar guns with 9+1 capacities. All carry $525 MSRPs.

The second handgun is the company’s Single-Ten (below left), a ten-shot singleaction revolver chambered in 22 Long Rifle. The Single-Ten is constructed from satin-finished stainless steel and a 5.5-inch barrel. The "Gunfighter" grips are smooth walnut, and the standard Williams fiber optic sights are click-adjustable for windage and elevation.

A third gun worth noting is the Ruger 77/357, a 5.5-pound bolt-action rifle chambered in the 357 Magnum and fed via a five-round rotary magazine. It comes in the Ruger All-Weather configuration with a stainless-steel barrel and receiver and a black composite stock. It is fitted with fully adjustable iron sights, and it ships with Ruger scope rings.

The last item on the summer list is an accessory, a 25-round magazine for the Ruger 10/22. The new BX-25 magazine features the same correct angle feed lips as the

factory BX-1 10-round rotary magazines, and will work in all vintages of Ruger 10/22 and SR-22 rifles and Ruger Charger pistols. The BX-25 magazines have stainless-steel feed lips and use a stainless steel "constant force" spring. The anti-tilt follower is injection molded from Celcan, a high-lubricity polyacetal. The magazine body halves are injection molded from glass-filled nylon.

For a lot of companies, that’s a full year’s worth of new products. We look forward to shooting these new Ruger items as soon as practical.