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Ruger Wrangler - My Review & Range Report

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Hey Folks.

On Saturday I picked up the new Ruger Wrangler and wanted to share with you my initial impressions and range report.

The Wrangler is the newest cowboy action pistol to come from Ruger.

Chamber: 22LR
Capacity: 6-shots
Fixed Blade 4.6" barrel
Finish: Silver Cerakote
Made in the USA

I purchased the pistol from Sportsman's Warehouse for $199 out the door.

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The pistol comes in a standard cardboard box with the usual safety manual, brochures, warranty card, lock, and a plastic insert for the cylinder.

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The pistol frame is Aluminium Alloy with a cold hammer forged steel barrel and weighs in at a surprisingly light 1 pound 5.6 oz

*Disassembly is a breeze. Swing the loading gate open, press the button on the left side just forward of the cylinder, pull out the cylinder rod, and the cylinder drops free to the right*

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The steel cylinder feels far heavier than its actual 7.8 oz

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Put together they make for a solid feeling pistol with the weight pivot point sitting a little forward of the trigger guard

The pistol is a "cowboy action" which means all rounds are loaded one at a time through a swinging gate...and then ejected using the ejector rod

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The gate also acts as a kind of safety...the cylinder cannot swing when the gate is open and the gate cannot be opened when the hammer is cocked
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The pistol has markings on three locations. Left side is name branding. Right side is serial number. Under the barrel is a safety warning and location of manufacturer (which is 100% made in the USA)

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Like most modern pistols the Wrangler has a transfer bar...which is a welcome safety feature

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The sights are fixed blade...but check out my range report below and don't worry.
While difficult to pick up on camera I had no trouble seeing the sights on the range.
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The grip does have a visibly noticeable cast seam but it did not effect the function or feel when firing the pistol
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After 200 rounds the trigger developed a discoloration that cannot be cleaned off. It doesn't bother me but is something curious I haven't seen before
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So How Does It Shoot?


Using a weaver stance I fired about 200 rounds of 40 grain Copper Plated CCI 22LR
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This was consistently my group at 10 yards
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This is 10 yards "Rapid Fire" (essentially as fast as I could cycle a single action)

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And this is 20 yards slow fire

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Since this is a single-action revolver the hammer needs to be cocked before each shot. There are two distinct "clicks" as it draws back and locks in place.

*Note: when the loading gate is open the cylinder spins freely. Once the gate is closed the cylinder may not naturally fall back into battery. If this happens you won't be able to draw the hammer back. Once the gate is closed just wiggle the cylinder to ensure its "locked" and then cock the hammer*

There is no noticeable trigger creep and, while a little stiff, breaks crisp and feels like its a little over five pounds (based on comparisons with my other pistols)

I didn't experience any failure to fires or malfunctions of any sort.

The recoil is pleasant and has a "pop" similar to holding a Roman Candle on the 4th of July

Overall Impression:

I'm really pleased with the look, feel, price, and accuracy of the Ruger Wrangler. Time will tell how it holds up to field use.

For $199 this is fun pistol, made in the USA, and it has my recommendation.

Safe Shooting!
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How is the grip size? A had a Ruger Bearcat but couldn’t properly hold it due to the tiny grip.
I have huge hands and the grip was comfortable but definitely felt like I was holding a 22LR pistol (its the same size but a tad slimmer than a Colt 1851 Navy). The Ruger Six-Single grip panels are also interchangeable with the Wrangler so there are options for comfort.
 

Alexx1401

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As popular as the little S/A .22's are it's easy to see why so few places have one of these for sale so far. They are being sold as fast as Ruger can make them because of that selling price point. After the pipeline fills price should drop a little more and these will be everywhere!
 

deadeye

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I would buy one instead of the Heritage or chiappa maybe but their basically on the same level of material/quality for the price in my opinion. I still like my super single and when I bought it, it was cheaper than $200 but that was a while ago.......:p For a basic starter single action it seems to be decent and I'm sure that they came out with it to compete with the low end makers mentioned above.

Edit: Would be a good rat shot option instead of using the single six to save the rifling's.
 

Alexx1401

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I would buy one instead of the Heritage or chiappa maybe but their basically on the same level of material/quality for the price in my opinion. I still like my super single and when I bought it, it was cheaper than $200 but that was a while ago.......:p For a basic starter single action it seems to be decent and I'm sure that they came out with it to compete with the low end makers mentioned above.

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This is of course the market they are after. Taking a quick look at my favorite dealer they offer 2 models like the Wrangler, S/A, fixed sights. The Bearcat and the Super Single 6. Both would run me $525 out the door here. So I could buy literally 2 Wranglers for the same money and some ammo. I would have to expect the gun that is less than half the cost is not going to have the same quality as the ones that are over twice as much. I am not into these kind of guns but many love them. So far all the reviews sound fantastic given the price point. If I wanted a .22 S/A like this? Hell yes I would be wanting one of the new Rugers. This is why they still are selling so well most places can't even lay hands on one yet.
 

284guy

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That coating makes them look cheap and ugly. Unless they come out with a blued version, it’s going to be a no from me Dawg. Those Heritage might be cheap little guns, but they shoot, last, and look good.
 
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I shot mine for the first time today and though it may be in the same price bracket as my heritage it is far and away a better revolver. The action is very sound feeling as opposed to the heritage, the feel is more solid in my hand and the sights, at least for me, were perfect out of the box. The cerakote isn’t beautiful to behold but it is applied well and even throughout the frame, barrel and grip, the upside as I see it is this is a true beater/backpack/truck gun that will survive better than my blued guns in rough environs and if it does get dinged up I won’t shed a tear. The action is rougher than a single six but miles better than my Rough Rider and better than my LCRX 22 in single action. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I see beauty in this from a functional standpoint. It is built to a price and is intended to be a tool unlike a lot of expensive alternatives that don’t get much use outside of range trips. If this one falls out of the canoe, gets left at the cabin or gets banged up in transit it won’t hurt much and seems up to the abuse. Not that I endorse abuse of firearms.
 

kmk1012

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My kids love my Colt New Frontier so much I may pick one of these up for them to beat on instead. My Colt is nearly new (and over 40 years old)
 
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Can anyone tell me how long it takes (approx. in minutes) to reload after shooting up all 6 cartridges?

I've asked this question before, but apparently it's not pc...
 
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It takes as long as it takes to load any single action six shooter with a free spinning pawl. It takes me 20 to 30 seconds usually if I have six cartridges already in my hand.
 
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Anyone who shoots at ARPC get one of these yet? I’d love to handle and possibly shoot one before I look to buy one.

I’m usually at ARPC midweek during the summers...
 
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We and Union,

Thank you both.

With that information, I want a Wrangler too.

I was under the impression and I was wrong, that it took a lot more time to reload, ready to shoot again than it really does...
 

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