The Best Of It

Ruger’s production manager, Mark Gurney, says of the new pistol: “The new Ruger has a bushingless bull barrel and a full-length guide rod — a little extra weight up front seems to make a big difference. Recoil is smooth. It doesn’t have a checkered frontstrap and the Hogue stocks are quite comfortable, so full power loads don’t make the gun feel like you are hanging onto a wood rasp when you are shooting. The Hogue panels are sticky enough to help you keep a good grip, though. The barrel is ramped and is nitrided to keep the stainless slide from galling with the stainless barrel. The rear sight is an adjustable Bomar-type, and the front is plain black.”

I cannot disagree with anything Mark has shared. Both the slide and frame are CNC machined for a smooth and tight fit, the nitrided barrel is ramped, and the trigger is skeletonized lightweight aluminum with an adjustable over-travel stop. It came to me with a 4-lb. trigger, smooth without creep.