A number of community members know that last month, I attended a private media event sponsored by Ruger which was co-sponsored with Leupold and Hornady.
During this event, Ruger showed off and let us play with the new products which were set to be announced around the 2019 NRA show which just wrapped up.
While the central products of focus were the three Ruger long range rifles, the Ruger Precision Rifles in 6.5 PRC and 300 PRC, and the Ruger Hawkeye Long Range Target, the company did showcase 3 of their new pistols, including the Ruger Wrangler.
The Ruger Wrangler is a 6 shot, single action revolver, chambered for the 22 long rifle cartridge. The gun is precisely what you would expect to see at a local Single Action Society match or in a western movie. It was created to compete with the Heritage Arms Rough Rider revolver at the very low price point of under $200.
Based on that information alone, can you blame a North East run and gun guy of overlooking the gun?
While I had no doubts it would be commercially successful, I passed up the opportunity to take one home with me for further testing. After all, the Ruger PC Carbine with the Free Float Rail and the two new rocket launchers capable for shooting 2,000 yards plus were certainly more exciting? Right?
In the real world however, the one filled with many new gun buyers, people with a budget and a geography where the vast majority of the time spent shooting is at indoor ranges at under 15 yards, the Ruger Wrangler is really an easy purchase to justify. It is then further reaffirmed by the simple fact that Heritage Arms sells hundreds of thousands of pistols!
With it's $249 MSRP and a real world street price of around $200, the Wrangler offers an unparalleled value for a pistol. Combined with Ruger's casting experience and a cold hammer forged barrel, the gun buyer is sure to have a gun that is both durable and reliable for many years to come. With Ruger's lifetime warranty, the gun can easily be a generational product!
For New Jersey gun owners, the Ruger Wrangler has another position. It is a pistol that you should buy if you have pistol permits that are due to expire and you do not want to let them go to waste! This brilliant idea was brought up by our very own Steve at Monmouth Arms, aka @remixer.
So are you planning on buying a Ruger Wrangler? In which color?