The Mission

Roughly one in 20 Americans has a concealed carry permit. This number would’ve been the realm of pure fantasy a mere generation ago. As a result, while the artificial demand for black rifles and bannable sorts of guns has indeed dropped, the market for concealed carry handguns remains strong. Though some of us pack full-size combat pistols and others pocket-scale mouse guns, the optimal concealed carry piece seems to be a mid-size autoloader with compact dimensions and a decent magazine capacity.

The GLOCK 19 is focused on this niche and has filled it ably and well for decades. However, the GLOCK is expensive as is most of its direct competition. Now Ruger steps in to dominate this particular mission at a price substantially less than the other guys.