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Ruger 22 mag. mini revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by franco45, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. franco45

    franco45 Well-Known Member

    OK, so Tom Gresham is in town to do his radio show from a local gun store which is reopening after a fire.
    He did an interview with a local radio talk show host. My nephew called me and told me that Mr. Gresham spoke of a new revolver from Ruger. It will be chambered in 22 wmr and will fall between the NAA minis and J frame Smiths in size.
    Has anyone else heard about this gun. Mr. Gresham supposedly has one in his possession. I will visit the lgs that he is broadcasting from Sunday. Hopefully he will have it with him.:cool:
  2. Maple_City_Woodsman

    Maple_City_Woodsman Well-Known Member

    Rumor at best, but i hope it's true.

    I have been complaining for years that NAA should make a 6 shot frame. It could easily be done while staying significantly smaller than a j frame.

    The same revolver could probably be made in a 5 shot 32 H&R to boot.
  3. Hoppes Love Potion

    Hoppes Love Potion Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's the 3/4 size LCR I've been asking for.
  4. snorko

    snorko Well-Known Member

    I have heard they are going to bring back the SP-101 in .22LR with an 8 shot capacity. Maybe they are going to do a magnum version. I would certainly buy that.
  5. GEM

    GEM Well-Known Member

    NAA tried a 32 prototype. It was a flop.

    Their topbreak 22 Mag flopped also.

    So a mini 22 mag from Ruger might be fun.

    The 32 HR J from SW - the 431s or 432s are really light and easy to carry guns but not in production.
  6. Maple_City_Woodsman

    Maple_City_Woodsman Well-Known Member

    How did they 'flop'?

    To my knowledge the top breaks never even made it to the market. Mechanical issues?
  7. franco45

    franco45 Well-Known Member

    500 22 magnum topbreaks made it to the market. They were designated "The Ranger" by NAA. They then said that they would not be producing any more due to high cost of production.
  8. oldfool

    oldfool Well-Known Member

    I will be interested if it is a DA, but not if SA.
    SP101 is not smaller than J, though, so I would have to suppose that's not "it".
    (although a 22 WMR Bearcat would be a temptation, nonetheless)
    A modestly downsized DA kit gun would be keen, and five or six would do nicely.
    S&W seems to be doing ok with their 351PD snubbies, typical J size

    Ruger has certainly shown a lot new and different products these last couple of years.
    Not all will survive in the long run, but is nice to see them trying more such things, especially if they can hold commitment to quality.

    Been wondering how long it will be before they incorporate the LCR trigger design into something other than 38/357.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  9. kellmark

    kellmark Well-Known Member

    I have an LCR and love it, especially the trigger but I also would be interested in a smaller 22WMR with 6 or more shots. But I don't know if the LCR trigger will transfer to the WMR. I have an S+W 22lr 8 shot (617 as I recall, I keep it in storage) small revolver and I don't like firing it because of the very strong trigger pull. Even pulling the hammer back for single action is painful to my thumb. I understand that this is because the rimfire rounds require a much harder strike than the centerfire rounds and therefore a stronger spring. Some people put weaker springs to help the trigger pull. If Ruger can solve this problem, then they would have a winner.
  10. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    a 2/3 size LCR in 22 Mag w a 3 inch barrel w adjustable sights would be a great "kit gun".

    It would be my first new MIM, plastic revolver.
  11. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    It's the 317, am all alloy gun, whereas the 617 is all stainless.

    From what I've read, it's because if the 317's light weight, including the cylinder, it requires strong springs, not only because it's rimfire.

    My .22 all steel S&W Model 34 has an excellent trigger pull and is very reliable.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011
  12. kellmark

    kellmark Well-Known Member

    David E. Thanks, you are right. It is the light alloy 317. Terrible trigger. But easily pocketable.
  13. oldfool

    oldfool Well-Known Member

    agree with David E
    all the small frame DA rimfires are going to feel a bit stiff compared to the larger frame and/or centerfire revolvers
    but, for my money, the older model steel S&W kit guns (34, 51, 63, 651) are the best of the lot

    I wouldn't expect DA miracle triggers in any new smaller than J size, but I still think it would be a real fun gun at the range. On the other hand, I am not wild about rimfire snubbies, but not less than 3" would be e'nuff
  14. tpelle

    tpelle Well-Known Member

    Yep! What you guys are talking about is a modern rendition of the old Remington and Colt pocket models! As a 5-shot .32 H&R, etc. they would be a cool revolver.
  15. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    S&W had a short run of 632 revolvers chambered in .32 H&R magnum, one of which was the 4" Kit gun configuration.

    Always thought that'd make a dandy trail/camp gun.
  16. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    Kel tec has the PMR 30 in a semi auto pistol. gun weighs in at 13.6 ounces un loaded and 19 ounces loaded. The clip holds 30 rds plus one in the chamber.
  17. Hoppes Love Potion

    Hoppes Love Potion Well-Known Member

    Don't forget, there is new Speer Gold Dot short-barrel .22 Mag defensive ammo out now. Also, Hornady has announced a 45-gr .22 Mag round for self-defense. So the choices are improving for those that wish to use the .22 Mag in concealed carry.

    Bring on the .22 LCR!
  18. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    I bet a .22 LCR could hold seven or eight rounds...
    I've been looking at the LCR in .38 Special and the LCP in .380 lately because I could use a really small "always" gun. I'm leaning toward the LCR...
  19. Snubshooter

    Snubshooter Well-Known Member

    My guess would be a magnum Bearcat. People have been asking for one for a long time.
  20. GEM

    GEM Well-Known Member

    I had a 317 LS, terrible trigger. I also have a new 632, SS with the comp'ed barrel. Fun and nice sized revolver for smaller hands. With less powered rounds - it is fine for the recoil shy.

    Got a SS Bearcat for 22 revolver plinking.

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