I have more Rugers than any other brand of firearm. When I began to “rediscover” the joys of firearm ownership, after maybe 30 years of living in the city, raising a family, and working at jobs that were in no way related to what I thought my life would be like when I was a child, the first handgun I bought was a Ruger. Honestly, I bought it because I saw it one day in a gun shop, it was pretty, and at $300 wasn’t going to raise too much havoc with the family budget. That gun was a Ruger New Model Blackhawk .357 Maximum. No, I didn’t misspell that. Maxium is bigger than Magnum and that’s what it is. I’m not going to take time writing about that gun here, because I’ve already written about it in one of my earlier blog posts. That gun still occupies it’s place in my safe along with a bunch of cousins.
The cousins all look similar, but they are in different calibers and have different capacities. Barrel lengths differ slightly, as well, but they’re all from the same family.
There are a couple of additional Single-Action Rugers in my collection. One is a classic, a New Model Blackhawk .44 Magnum. The other is a Lipsey’s exclusive shopkeeper Ruger Bearcat .22. When I shoot the .44 it’s with .44 Specials. When I let someone else shoot it, they can shoot the Magnums if they want. The little shopkeeper is a perfect size for introducing shooters with small hands to the world of shooting revolvers.
The Ruger cowboy revolvers are great, but they also have some excellent double-action revolvers, too. I have a nice Wiley Clapp GP-100 in .357 Magnum that’s an excellent personal defense gun for home or out and about and an engraved SP101 .357 Magnum that’s too pretty to shoot.
My favorite Ruger is the .45ACP Lightweight Commander that’s the subject of this post I’ve written in detail about before, so I’ll skip that for this article. If you’re not up-to-speed on that particular 1911, check that article out. It’s the gun that made me fall in love with the 1911 platform.
When Bill Ruger started his company back when I was a year old, his first model was a semi-automatic twenty-two that was the backbone of the company for its formative years. That model went from the Mark I to the Mark II and then the Mark III stage, of which there are a lot of variants. One of the variants, the 22/45 is called that because it shoots .22 cartridges, but has a grip that’s reminiscent of the 1911 .45. We use that gun in our NRA Basic Pistol class to introduce new shooters to the world of shooting with a gun that is easy to shoot and very accurate.
My favorite model of these is the Mark III Hunter with the 6 & 7/8 inch barrel on a stainless steel frame. Mine has a red dot sight mounted on it and I could easily use it to shoot mistletoe out of oak trees if I still did that. Since I don’t and mostly shoot paper, I like making really small groups in paper with this Ruger Mark III. My son Phillip was shooting it at the range the other day and he enjoyed rapid-firing it with the holes all going into a small cluster.
I know people who love the Ruger LC9s and the SR series is always a favorite defensive pistol for many. As I write this, Ruger has just announced a new Ruger American Pistol that is sure to be a winner. It will be a while before these are in circulation, but I plan to try one out so I can pass along my own judgement and comments about it.
Ruger firearms include a lot of rifles, as well as revolvers and semi-automatics. There’s not a loser in the bunch!