February 2016

Sturm, Ruger Rolls Out Significant New Pistols, Revolvers, and Rifles

Also, Magnum Research has released new Desert Eagle finishes, and Winchester issues a safety recall for some of its XPR rifles.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. has announced a new line of full-size duty pistols, new chamberings for its GP100 revolvers, new barrels for its 10/22 Takedowns, and new colors for its Lite rimfire pistols. Also, the company has added a Takedown rifle to its SR-556 line.

The Ruger American Pistol will be available in 9mm Luger and .45 Auto. The two 9mms are Model Nos. 8605 (17+1) and 8607 (10+1) and the 45 is Model No. 8615, and all will list for $579 MSRP.

The Ruger American Pistol is built on a one-piece precision-machined stainless-steel chassis with integral frame rails and fire control housing. It has a black nitrided finish, Novak LoMount Carry three-dot sights, a stainless steel slide with non-reflective black-nitride finish, and a one-piece glass-filled nylon grip frame. The front accepts accessories on a mil-standard 1913 rail.

“The Ruger American Pistol is the most advanced semi-auto pistol we have ever produced,” noted Ruger CEO Mike Fifer.

Ruger American Pistol

Ruger American Pistol

The Ruger American Pistol also features a pre-tensioned striker system, which allows for a short takeup trigger with positive reset, and a modular wrap-around grip system that adjusts palm swell and trigger reach to fit a wide range of hand sizes.

The 9mm weighs in at 30 ounces with a 4.2-inch barrel and the .45 weighs in at 31.5 ounces with a 4.5-inch barrel. Both ship in a hard case with replaceable grip modules and two, nickel-Teflon plated steel magazines. Capacities are 17 rounds for 9mm and 10 rounds for .45 Auto. 10-round magazines are also available for the 9mm for those states which restrict round counts.

CEO Fifer said that Ruger polled law enforcement and military trainers throughout the country to determine the form, function, and features of this firearm. The new pistol combines a recoil-reducing barrel cam to spread recoil over time, a low-mass slide, low center of gravity and a low bore axis to provide better balance, less felt recoil and less muzzle flip.

The Ruger 22/45 Lite is now available with an OD-green anodized receiver with a new side-vent pattern. Made of an aerospace-grade aluminum upper and a polymer lower, the 22/45 Lite features a 4.4-inch-long barrel with a 1⁄2-28 threaded muzzle covered by a factory-installed thread protector. No. 3912 has an MSRP of $549, joining the 3908 Blue Anodized version, which we positively reviewed (Grade: A) in the May 2015 issue. Other than the color, the specs are the same for the new 3912 version.

Other new rimfire products include a Ruger GP100 and a 10/22 Takedown target-barrel model. MSRP for the GP100 22 LR revolver 1757 is $829. MSRP for the Ruger 10/22 Takedown w/Target Barrel 21133 is $629.

“This 22 LR revolver has the same light trigger pull as our centerfire GP100 revolvers,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and COO.

The GP100 in 22 LR features a windage-and-elevation-adjustable rear sight with a white outline, a light-gathering fiber-optic front sight, and the original full-size GP100 rubber grips with hardwood inserts. The stainless-steel construction should make this GP100 an easy firearm to maintain.

This newest entry into the 10/22 Takedown line has a target barrel with a 0.920-inch-diameter 16.10-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel. This new target barrel takedown model also incorporates the Ruger Modular Stock System and comes with both low and high comb, standard length of pull modules.

Readily separated into two subassemblies, the 10/22 Takedown offers a convenient transport and storage option. The barrel and forend of the 10/22 Takedown can be separated from the action and buttstock by pushing a recessed lever, twisting the subassemblies and pulling them apart.

The Ruger 10/22 Takedown with target barrel is shipped with a carrying case with extra pockets and magazine pouches. The 5.5-pound Ruger 10/22 Takedown is 34.50 inches long when assembled; each subassembly is less than 20.25 inches long when disassembled. It otherwise functions like the standard 10/22 action and comes with one 10-round rotary magazine.

Ruger GP100 ten-round revolver

Ruger GP100 ten-round revolver

The new Ruger GP100 ten-round revolver has a 5.50-inch half-lug barrel to reduce weight and it uses an improved fire-control system that uses a lighter mainspring than previous Ruger double-action .22 LR revolvers.

Ruger’s SR-556 AR is now available in a Takedown Model, No. 5901, $2049 suggested retail. The takedown barrel is removed from the upper receiver by moving the slider bar towards the breech, rotating the barrel and pulling it free — no tools are required. To install, just slide the barrel into the upper and twist until it locks. The takedown mechanism provides a repeatable point of impact and employs a chrome-plated, two-stage piston-driven operating, the company says.

“We are excited to bring the portability and ease of storage that we introduced with the 10/22 Takedown to a modern sporting rifle” said Mike Fifer, CEO. “The SR-556 Takedown has all the reliability of the original two-stage piston SR-556 and adds new and innovative features for MSR shooters.”

The removable 16.1-inch chrome-lined cold hammer-forged Mil-Spec 41V45 chrome-moly-vanadium steel barrel is chambered in 5.56 NATO. The headspace is set at the factory, so no adjustment is necessary. The barrel assembly includes an elevation and windage adjustable flip-up front sight so that the zero stays with the barrel. The SR-556 Takedown also sports the shorter Ruger flash hider on the Ĺ-28 threaded muzzle.

AR shooters who desire a larger cartridge can find a replaceable barrel kit for the Takedown chambered in 300 AAC Blackout. The cold hammer-forged 300 AAC Blackout barrel is 16.1 inches long, has a 1:7 twist, and is capped by a 5⁄8-24 threaded muzzle fitted with a Ruger flash hider. This range-ready barrel’s headspace is set at the factory and comes complete with a metal flip-up elevation- and windage-adjustable front sight and two 30-round metal magazines marked with “300 AAC BLACKOUT” to ensure easy differentiation.

Ruger SR-556 Takedown Model 5901

Rugerís SR-556 Takedown Model 5901 has a removable 16.1-inch barrel chambered in 5.56 NATO.

Ruger SR-556 Takedown Model 5901

No tools are required to remove the barrel from the upper receiver.

Other elements of the SR-556 Takedown include a quad-rail handguard. The slider bar for removing the barrel is located on the bottom rail under the gas block and is out of the way of accessories. The upper receiver is complete with dust cover, forward assist, and metal flip-up windage adjustable rear sight. All aluminum parts are hardcoat anodized. The Ruger Elite 452 two-stage trigger is installed in the standard mil-spec pattern lower receiver. Furniture on the 7.6-pound SR-556 Takedown are a Magpul MOE grip and MOE SL stock on a mil-spec buffer tube.

Three 30-round Magpul PMAG magazines and three full-length rail covers ship with the SR-556 Takedown in a ballistic nylon case.

Important Safety Recall Notice For Winchester XPR Rifles

Gun Tests would like to advise our readers that Winchester Repeating Arms has recalled its XPR rifles because manipulation of the safety switch may cause movement in the trigger system that could result in unintended firing. The company advises its customers not to load or shoot any XPR rifle until it has been returned to the company’s service center and received a retrofit.

Ruger SR-556 Takedown Model 5901 package

Broken into a lower, the upper, and the barrel, the components of the Takedown fit in the supplied ballistic nylon case.

A company statement said, “Failure to follow this warning may result in a risk of harm, including serious personal injury or death to you and others.” Further, the company said, “We have decided to replace certain trigger group parts at no charge. This will require that all XPR rifles are sent to our service facility for a retrofit. We respectfully require all owners to return their rifles for the retrofit.”

For more details on how to return your rifle for retrofitting, or if you are unsure if your rifle is included in the recall, or if you have any questions about this recall notice, call or e-mail the company with the contact information below:

Email: XPR@winchesterguns.com

Toll Free: 1-800-727-4312

You can also log on to WinchesterGuns.com to get further information on the recall.

Magnum Research Adds Desert Eagle Models

Magnum Research has introduced another set of Desert Eagle Mark XIX animal prints and two new models of its stainless-steel Desert Eagle, these chambered in 357 Magnum and 44 Magnum.

The new animal-print patterns are Kryptek Typhon and the Zebra, and both are available in either 50 AE or 44 Magnum chamberings. MSRP for both Desert Eagles is $1793.

Desert Eagle printed pistols

The final two animal-print patterns in the Desert Eagle line are Kryptek Typhon and the Zebra, both available in either 50 AE or 44 Magnum chamberings.

The new stainless models are chambered in 357 Magnum (DE357SRMB) and 44 Magnum (DE44SRMB).

Regarding the animal-print series, “The Cheetah, Kryptek Highlander, and Snakeskin Desert Eagles sold very rapidly,” said Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing for Magnum Research. “When you take one of the largest, most powerful handguns in the world and marry it to a unique animal print, shooters take notice.”

Like the other designs, the Kryptek Typhon and the Zebra patterns are put on with a water-transfer method. Harris said the patterns have been extensively tested for durability and have proven to be very tough. He said cleaning solvents and acetone will not soften or damage the finishes.

The Desert Eagle 50 AE is a gas-operated, semi-automatic pistol with a 7-round capacity in 50 AE and 8-round capacity in 44 Magnum. Both guns are 10.75 inches long and have 6-inch barrels. Slide widths are 1.25 inches, heights are 6.25 inches, and weights with an empty magazine are just under 4.4 pounds in 50 AE and just over 4.4 pounds in 44 Mag.

Common measurements include a trigger reach of 2.75 inches and a sight radius of 8.5 inches with the 6-inch barrel. Both handguns include Weaver-style accessory rails for easy mounting of aftermarket optics and scope rings.

The new Mark XIX Desert Eagle 357 Magnum (DE357SRMB) and 44 Magnum (DE44SRMB) have all-stainless-steel frames, slides, barrels, and rails accented with attractive black appointments. Both models have 6-inch barrels and integral muzzle brakes, which will replace the add-on brakes Magnum Research previously offered. Both list for $1,931 and are scheduled to ship during first quarter of 2016.

Handily, the integral muzzle brake makes the new models the same overall length as the company’s standard 6-inch-barrel handgun, so the same holsters will fit the new models. The DE357SRMB and DE44SRMB also feature new Picatinny bottom rails for accessories.

Two Pistols That Will Be 'Out of This World’

Cabot Guns of Fort Wayne, Indiana, plans to offer a two-item set of pistols that are made from a 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite. The twin right- and left-handed 1911-style semi-automatic 45s have tentatively been called The Big Bang Pistol Set.

The pistols will likely be sold at auction. Cabot has been offered $250,000 from a collector based on concept alone, but estimates on the value have ranged from $500,000 to over $1,000,000.

“It’s both romantic and fascinating to imagine that this meteor traveled across the heavens for four billion years before landing on Earth and is now being transformed into Cabot pistols,” said Cabot founder and President Rob Bianchin. “The pistol set will be a modern work of functional art and the ultimate set of luxury guns.”

To manufacture the pistol set, earlier this year Cabot acquired a 35-kg portion of the prized Gibeon meteor from famed meteor hunter and expert Robert Haag. The meteor, dated to an age of 4.5 billion years, was first discovered in the sub-Saharan part of Africa now known as Namibia in 1838. It is believed to have landed on Earth during pre-historic times. Meteorite materials aren’t optimum for making firearms, so numerous technical problems have to be overcome. The Big Bang Pistol Set will debut during the NRA Annual Meeting in May.

piece of Gibeon meteor

Piece of the Gibeon meteor.

Compiled by Gun Tests staff.

Comments (5)

thank you, your rules are what makes your magazine great. T J

Posted by: T J | March 7, 2016 3:49 PM    Report this comment

I have always regarded Ruger as a top rated manufacturer--except back in the bad ole' days when Ruger was buying its barrels from some no-name outfit for $20. Really. I purchased a Ruger M77 carbine in 30-06 and later rebarrled it so as to shoot far better. I mailed a picture of the old Ruger barrel which I was using as a tomato stake in my garden. Worked great.

My comment on the New Ruger pistol is that according to the specs the 9mm has a 7 pound trigger. If thats true these guns need a quick upgrade. 7# is ridiculous in this day and age. Must be an attempt to get the gun past the nervous Nellie's on the Depts' lawyer board who always liked Glocks because the early guns had 12# triggers.

Posted by: GreyFox 73 | February 25, 2016 1:02 PM    Report this comment

Mr. Joe Burks, Springfield Armory (SA) 9mm 1911 Range Officer or SA 9mm 1911 Stainless Loaded would seem perfect for you. Or a Heckler-Koch VP-9?

Posted by: Chas626@me.com | February 12, 2016 5:11 PM    Report this comment

Fine article and info. I'm a CA. resident and am looking for something larger, not for carry, like a 9 about 1911 size. Any suggestions? I know you have a 9 comparison article, had problem getting it so I could print it. Oh, the problem is me, not real tech savvy. Will be 75 next Tuesday and have not kept up like I should have after we closed business 20 years ago.
If you ca, drop me a suggestion.
Thank you,
Joe L. Burks

Posted by: fritz/snert1941 | February 10, 2016 1:22 AM    Report this comment

Picked up a Ruger American Pistol 9mm a few weeks ago and it's a winner in my opinion.
A bit heavier than my SR40 if I'm right but it's well balanced and the trigger is fantastic!

Posted by: FlashBack | February 3, 2016 8:29 PM    Report this comment

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