By Dave Workman
For decades, Sturm, Ruger & Co. has built a reputation for turning out some remarkable firearms, from their simple, .22-caliber pistols through the development of their famous Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, and Redhawk as well as rifles such as the legendary No. 1 single shot.
Now the company is going itself one better. Ruger recently revealed that they are opening a Custom Shop, and to start things off on the right foot, the company has announced two offerings — a handsome SR 1911 Competition Pistol and 10/22 Competition Rifle.
I confess to a certain affection for Rugers. Two of the three deer y family has taken with sidearms fell to a 6 ½-inch Ruger Blackhawk in .41 Magnum. We have, well, more than one Ruger sixgun, a couple of semi-autos and at least one rifle, and have used more of them in the field than can be accurately recalled. All have performed remarkably well, and my brother has a bolt-action Ruger in .308 Winchester he used to conk a mule deer buck on the Snake River a couple of seasons back.
Workman’s Ruger Blackhawk in .41 Magnum has accounted for two deer.
According to the Ruger, both Custom Shop guns have been designed with advice from competitive shooters, hunters and award-winning writers.
“The Custom Shop,” says Ruger, “will feature exclusive collectible, competition, hunting and personal defense firearms for the most discriminating of shooters.”
Right out of the gate, the SR 1911 Competition Pistol is a 9mm designed with input from world champion handgunner Doug Koenig, professional shooting team captain, says Ruger. This pistol appears to be loaded with features, starting with a 10+1 magazine, fiber optic adjustable target sights, a 5-inch barrel cut with six lands and grooves on a 1:16-inch right hand twist, and a stainless steel slide with a two-tone finish featuring Black Nitride in the cocking serrations, top and front lower, and stainless on the sides.
It’s got an ambidextrous thumb safety, Koenig Shooting Sports low-mass hammer, competition sear, Pirahna G10 grip panels from Hogue, and a high ride beavertail grip safety with bump and flat-faced trigger. The slide and frame are hand-fitted. There’s checkering on the front strap and mainspring housing, the trigger guard is recessed at the rear and the stainless steel grip frame is fully finished in Black Nitride, and the aluminum magwell is from TechWell. Judging from the images, it is as eye-catching a pistol as one could find anywhere.
It carries an MSRP of $2,499.00.
The 10/22 Competition Rifle is just as impressive. For starters, its heart is a hard-coat anodized, CNC-machined, heat treated 6061-T6511 aluminum receiver that has been stress relieved and features an integral, optics-ready, 30 MOA Picatinny rail.
The 10/22 platform is quite possibly the most customized, tricked-out, semi-auto rimfire design on the planet. Insider Online knows of models that have seen thousands of rounds through the action without a hitch. Our own specimen is a tack driver with a 1.5-4X scope, so this Competition Rifle should be that and then some.
The barrel on this Custom Shop model has a fluted 16 1/8-inch cold hammer-forged bull barrel cut with six grooves on a 1:16-inch right-hand twist. It is threaded at the muzzle for the included muzzle brake or other accessories. Ruger designers added a speckled black/gray laminate stock with a 13.5-inch length of pull, a nitride match CNC-machined bolt made from heat-treated 4140 steel and there’s a second bedding lug on the receiver. Incidentally, the stock has a fully adjustable cheek rest so the individual shooter can customize it.
The 10/22 Competition Rifle comes without sights but is optics ready. It is equipped with the BX-Trigger that has a crisp 2.5-to-3-pound let-off. It also has an extended, ambidextrous magazine release.
According to Ruger, this rimfire model’s receiver has a rear cleaning port so the barrel can be cleaned from the rear of the receiver.
The MSRP is $899.00.
REMEMBER TO VOTE:
The critical mid-term election is Tuesday, and it is important to exercise your right to vote, so you can continue exercising your Second Amendment rights.
If you are in a state where early voting is allowed, hopefully you have already filled out your ballot. If not, be sure to cast your vote on Tuesday. There are no excuses because there is so much at stake.
Galluping Toward Gun Control
By no small surprise, a recent Gallup survey revealed, “Americans who don’t own guns are nearly twice as likely as gun owners to support tougher gun laws.”
All this demonstrates is that it is far easier to stomp on someone else’s rights than to give up one’s own rights. According to Gallup, a whopping 73 percent of non-gun owners support stronger gun control laws while only 38 percent of gun owners responding to the survey indicated support for tougher laws.
Non-gun owners are far more likely to support a handgun ban than gun owners, according to Gallup.
Another finding of the survey was that only 28 percent of Americans support an outright handgun ban (except for police and other “authorized persons”), which was the same result Gallup found one year ago when it asked the same question. Not that it matters to gun prohibitionists, but the 2008 Heller ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court specifically said handgun ownership is protected by the Second Amendment.
But there’s a further breakdown of the data. Gallup reported that 42 percent of identified Democrats support a handgun ban, while only 10 percent of Republicans would favor that.
Only 6 percent of gun owners would support a ban, but 93 percent turned thumbs down/ On the other hand, 39 percent of non-gun owners support a total ban, but 60 percent didn’t, Gallup reported.
Good Guys Shooting Back In Chicago
For the second time since September, a legally-armed citizen took on a bad guy with a gun and when the gunsmoke cleared, the perp had been perforated with bullets to the abdomen and leg, according to the local Fox News affiliate and Chicago Sun-Times media wire.
This is one of those tales in which truth is stranger than any fiction. The 30-year-old suspect in this caper was apparently standing on a street corner shouting what was described as “gang slurs” at a motorist passing by his location. This happened just after noon on a mid-October day.
People yell at motorists all the time, but in this case, the loudmouth reportedly escalated the situation by drawing a gun and firing a shot at the man in the car. That turned out to be a big “oops” because the motorist just happened to licensed to carry, and he returned fire, the report said.
Back in mid-September, another legally armed motorist intervened in a gunfight between Cicero police and a California man, coming to the aid of an officer who had been hit four times. That Good Samaritan was hailed as a hero.
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