Ruger Wrangler .22 LR SAA Product Evaluation by Pat Cascio


Its been fairly some time since Ruger has provided a brand new SAA (Single Motion Military) type revolver. I used to do some looking, a few years again, with Ruger’s large bore revolvers chambered in .44 Magnum or .45 Colt – and to make certain, you may handload the .45 Colt to the place it’s extra highly effective than normal .44 Magnum – however that’s for an additional story. However you may’t do this with a lot of something aside from a Ruger.

I used to be greater than a bit excited after I bought the press launch from Ruger, asserting their new “Wrangler” .22 LR SAA revolver, particularly the retail worth – extra on this later. I not often, and I imply, not often, shoot in competitors as of late, if I do, a few of it’s little side-bets with buddies, and so they remorse it. I’m not the world’s finest shot with handguns or lengthy weapons, however I did shoot competitors a few years again. I don’t attempt to sucker anybody into any bets as to who’s the higher shot, however when push involves shove, and so they wish to see if I can actually shoot, I determine its finest to show them a lesson – often lunch.

Make no mistake about it, Ruger is well-known for the power of their handgun frames – all of them. If you wish to hot-rod a load, when handloading, you want a Ruger – they’re “that” sturdy! Nonetheless, bear in mind to maintain inside affordable limits or you’ll have a blow-up. There’s no issues relating to .22 LR chambered handguns – nobody reloads this spherical – they’re what they’re, from the manufacturing unit, and you may get totally different ranges of energy, relying on the ammo off-the-shelf. I see the .22 LR as primarily a plinker spherical, or for small recreation like rabbits or squirrels. Nonetheless, it may be used as a caliber for survival as nicely, so maintain that in-mind. A .22 LR chambered handgun wouldn’t be my first alternative for self-defense, however it may be used to impact, if want be.

I don’t recall after I final owned a revolver chambered in .22 LR, but it surely’s been at the least 20 years, possibly longer…a lot of my .22 LR handgun capturing has been finished over time, with a semiauto handgun. So, it was refreshing to learn that Ruger got here out with a brand new SAA revolver in .22 LR – at the least as of late, the costs on .22 LR ammo have come again to virtually regular as soon as once more, after near a 6-yr drought on this caliber. So, an individual can take pleasure in going out and plinking or punching paper, as soon as once more, with a brick of .22 LR for a weekend of enjoyable capturing.

Three Cerakote Finishes

The all-new Wrangler is available in three totally different colours, all Cerakote, my pattern is all-black, and so they supply burnt orange, and silver. My long-time buddy, and fellow gun author, John Taffin, who’s “the” authority relating to SAA revolvers, ordered weapons in all three colours. When Ruger introduced the Wrangler, I positioned an order the subsequent day, and it took a number of weeks for my pattern to reach – they’re swamped with orders, with good purpose – it’s a Ruger, and the worth is greater than proper. Preserve in-mind that, in the event you despatched a handgun out to have it coated in Cerakote, it will most likely price you at the least $75 and generally fairly a bit greater than that, relying on the design on the handgun, and the way a lot is concerned in stripping it to get all the gun coated. So, that is an added plus in my guide – Ruger did it up proper.

Ruger WranglerA run down on the specs on the Wrangler, are so as. First off, as already talked about, it’s a SAA revolver, the hammer must be cocked for every shot. And, as already talked about, it’s chambered in .22 LR – wouldn’t shock me to see Ruger supply a .22 Magazine conversion cylinder sooner or later. Capability is six rounds, sufficient for punching paper and simply enjoyable capturing between reloading the gun. The barrel is chilly hammer cast. The principle body is an aluminum alloy, and the grip body is aluminum – this helps maintain the burden down, in addition to the worth. The gun weighs-in at 30 ounces unloaded. The entrance sight is a hard and fast, blade  and the rear is notched – integral with the body. The grips are a black artificial with the Single-Six sample – very good and supplies for a positive maintain. The barrel is 4-5/8-inches lengthy – excellent! Ruger has a switch bar mechanism for loading/unloading and supplies a measure of safety towards unintentional discharge. You merely open the loading gate, and also you don’t should put the hammer in half-cock or something like that…and you’ll simply rotate the cylinder for secure, straightforward loading and unloading.

Ruger WranglerThe hammer and set off are stainless-steel, and the highest of the hammer is checkered, for straightforward cocking, and the set off is easy – the set off broke proper at 5-lbs on my pattern. The cylinder is unfluted, so there’s loads of power there for the warmer .22 LR ammo. All-in-all, that is one good-looking SAA revolver from Ruger, and I like that it’s accessible in three totally different colours. To make certain, Cerakote, supplies a very good measure of safety from the weather. Many locations cost 100 bucks or extra, to coat a handgun on this space-age materials.

Goal Assessments

After inspecting my Wrangler pattern, I grabbed a field, a pleasant sized field of blended .22 LR ammo – and this field contained nearly all kinds and kind of .22 LR ammo you may consider – together with hole level and strong bullets, in addition to mini-mag ammo and hi-velocity, in addition to normal velocity. In additional than 300-rds of capturing, there have been zero issues – I killed each rock in sight. There actually wasn’t any distinction within the recoil between any of the .22 LR ammo to talk of. Simply bear in mind, as at all times, to put on listening to safety – even when capturing a .22 LR – you may harm your listening to with out safety.

Accuracy testing was finished off an enormous rock – boulder – with a padded rifle relaxation – capturing was finished at 25-yards, greater than a good distance. I can’t say there was an actual “winner” with the capturing, as a result of all of the ammo was a blended type. Nonetheless, if I did my half, and the good crisp set off pull helped me get teams of 3-inches more often than not – had a pair teams down there near 2-inches – however these have been the exception – not the rule. In fact, the sort of handgun is supposed to be shot standing, on each legs with out a remainder of any type – it’s a enjoyable capturing gun, do not forget that!

Ruger WranglerGradual SAA Loading

The one factor that took a while to get used to was, loading/unloading, one spherical at a time by means of the loading gate. I’ve watched the outdated Roy Rogers, tv present, and even a few of his outdated motion pictures – he was my favourite film star when it got here to cowboys. I couldn’t let you know the variety of instances, I watched Roy empty his -six-shooter and reload it – and he reloaded it with out ejecting the empty brass – he will need to have had a type of new-fangled SAA revolvers, that robotically ejected the empty brass after he was capturing…LOL! Yeah, it slows you down, having to eliminated/eject the empty brass, after which reload with stay rounds, however that’s not the purpose, this gun is made for enjoyable capturing – in fact, it may be used for self-defense if it got here right down to it. And, in fact, out on the path – looking rabbits and different small recreation – in the event you do your half, the Wrangle will fill your campfire pot with a meal.

I’ve saved one of the best for final, and that’s the retail worth, the Wrangler is promoting for $249 – nevertheless, my native FFL seller seemed up their price, and stated they’d most likely promote ‘em for round $200. That’s an important deal, on a Ruger SAA revolver in the event you ask me – it can offer you a lifetime of enjoyable. Verify one out, I believe you’ll need one – or two, or possibly all three colours.

Ruger WranglerIn case you’re out there for a fun-shooting little .22 LR revolver, for a day on the vary, otherwise you need a good little path gun in your hip, then you definitely may wish to take an in depth have a look at this new revolver from Ruger, it truly is a variety of enjoyable, and since .22 LR ammo costs have come down over the previous 12 months or so, you may afford to burn by means of a brick of .22 LR ammo on the vary, or some small recreation looking, you would do quite a bit worse in the event you ask me than to pick-up considered one of these tremendous cool revolvers. Throw in a brick of ammo, and head off to the vary and simply calm down and benefit from the day. You’ll thank me on this one – it’s a variety of enjoyable in a bit gun!


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