Ruger Wrangler: A Popular Rimfire Revolver for Those on a Budget

posted on June 23, 2020

Ruger has been producing rugged and reliable firearms that perform since 1949, and its Single-Six Revolver—first introduced in 1953 and now offered in a “New” version—puts the company’s craftsmanship and quality on full display. To provide even more enthusiasts a chance to savor the single-action wheelgun experience, the company introduced the budget-minded .22 LR-chambered Ruger Wrangler in 2019.

B. Gil Horman gave one a test ride last year for American Rifleman and concluded, “Now .22 LR enthusiasts who have little or no experience with single-action revolvers can give them a try without having to spend two or three times more than they would for a pistol. Best yet, they don’t have to sacrifice the product quality and customer service that Ruger provides.”

It's that kind of glowing praise the helped the Single-Six Revolver claimed third-place honors among the revolvers sold by retailers using the services of last year. Figures aren’t available through other outlets or wholesalers, but there’s no doubt the firearm is a favorite among enthusiasts who want a reliable gun, one with Old West Style.

Horman’s writeup provides a close look at the construction, performance and specifications. It’s well worth a read, but here are a few details that should pique any gun owner’s interest. The three versions available are all chambered in .22 LR, share identical specifications, but come in either a black Cerakote, silver Cerakote or burnt bronze Cerakote finish.

The single actions have cylinders capable of holding six cartridges and barrels are 4.62 inches long. Weight comes in at 30 ounces and overall length is 10 1/4 inches. The synthetic grips are “checkered” in the classic Single Six pattern and a transfer bar mechanism enhances safety. Best of all, they’re Rugers with an MSRP of only $249.



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