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Ruger Single Nine

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Dain Bramage, Sep 6, 2012.

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  1. Dain Bramage

    Dain Bramage Member

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    Just got the email from Ruger announcing their new Single Nine. Nine shots, .22 WRF, 6.5" barrel, fiber-optic sights.

    Ruger Site
     
  2. BCRider

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    Well, I guess that answers the questions about the Single Ten shoppers that were wondering about the .22WMR cylinder....
     
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    It's as I suspected, there just wasn't enough room for ten of the .22Mag's larger rims.
     
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    Very interesting. I'm really impressed with the quantity of new guns that Ruger has added to their lineup in the last 3 years or so. They used to be really limited, but now they have just diversified their product line and maintained good quality standards. thumbs up to them!
     
  5. bergmen

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    They should have started with a nine in the first place and made it a convertible.

    Dan
     
  6. 35Rem

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    exactly!!!
     
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    I have to agree. A "Single 9 convertable" would have solved the issues and they could have laid the venerable old Single Six to rest with a clear conscience.
     
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    Are the barrels for the Single-10 designed for the 22 LR and are the barrels for the single-9 designed for the 22 Magnum? One of the concerns with the Single-6 is that the barrel is designed for the 22 Magnum and that accuracy when shooting 22 LR was not as good as it could have been.
     
  9. Dain Bramage

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    They can still do a convertible version of the Single Nine. It doesn't negate the Single Ten for those that want .22 LR only.
     
  10. 35Rem

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    But it can't make sense to be tooled up for both, especially when it would have been easy to start with 9.
     
  11. theautobahn

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    Talk about timing. My father in law was looking at Single Six convertibles because he wanted a .22 magnum. He said he didn't really want the .22 LR cylinder (I told him I would be happy to exercise that one for him on occasion) and just wanted a .22 mag. A week later, what appears in my inbox? It's perfect for him, but I'm wondering if they'll do a 9 shot convertible (would sort of be competition for Taurus's DA convertible).
     
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    What is the deal with the goofy front sight? Will it hold up to holster use? The gun looks great but I just don't know about he sight.
     
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    I don't know if they'll fit, but there are a bunch of aftermarket sights for the Single Six (and if they don't fit, I'm sure the sight makers will start rolling them out for the nine/ten).

    That being said, the fiber optic "pipe" is protected at both ends and it appears to be protected in the middle as well in this case. It would be difficult (although not impossible) to break the FO pipe.
     
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    Ok, thanks for the info.
     
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    I added a FO site on my GP100 and did break the orignal. They are easy to replace. You can get the rods at Midway,just make sure you get the right diameter. Haven't broke another in over 2 years.
     
  16. W.E.G.

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    Fiber optic sights spoil the classic look.

    But if you are ever shooting one in poor light, you will understand why Ruger puts them on this inexpensive sporting pistol.

    Matt Dillon would have had fiber optic sights on his thumb buster if they were available then.
     
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    No good reason to own one, but I want one all the same - maybe that's the best reason of all?
     
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    The answers is, Bill Ruger... (both of them)

    Since Bill Ruger Jr. retired in 2006 (or 2007?) the company has improved their product line immensely.
     
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    I'm a little afraid to ask my FIL why he wants a .22 mag revolver, but he wouldn't buy a gun without a specific purpose in mind (we agree to disagree on that view). I'm thinking it's to carry hunting as a backup to apply the coup de gras if needed (.22 mag is legal on deer here but I know he would never use it as a primary - he thinks the .357 is too little gun for deer). I suppose he might want it for pests around the house, but he has a bunch of .22 rifles for that purpose.
     
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    I'm at the age (63) where the "classic look" is less important to me than seeing the sights. I put them on my 36 year old Single Six, my GP100 and my S&W 617 (+ all the Glocks). They are fantastic.

    Dan
     
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    I don't have much use for a gun chambered in .22 WRF. Ammo is scarce/obsolete.
    Now, if it's .22 WMR, I can find space for it.

    I love .22 mag, but it's not impressive out of a handgun. It loses a lot of velocity with the short barrel.
     
  22. Dain Bramage

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    I would have to agree. Asking whether the Single Ten would accept an upgrade to WRF should have been done during development. They either:

    A. Forgot to do that, screwed up, didn't plan. Easy to not think ahead in a business setting, misread the market, etc. I see it every day. Sometimes I'm guilty of it as well.

    B. Decided to optimize each package for the respective round, with development and tooling costs accepted as reasonable.

    One thing may have played a factor. I'm sure Ruger has heard the comments about Single Six barrels biased for .22 WRF use, and not optimal for .22 LR. I don't know if that's true, or if there's any difference between the Nine and Ten barrels, but they might have seen value in separating the two lines. At least from a marketing prospective. I'm guessing what we're looking at now will direct Single (Six, Nine, Ten) development for a long time to come, amortizing costs along the way.
     
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    I see a bunch of references to the .22WRF. The sixgun in question (or is it ninegun?) is a .22Mag or .22WMR. The .22WRF is a different cartridge, kinda of the .22Mag's "Special" papa. Shorter and compatible with .22Mag guns and all but obsolete.


    Or you could say that the .357Mag, .41Mag and .44Mag gain a lot of velocity from longer barrels. Which does not make them useless out of revolvers, quite the contrary. It's no different and the .22Mag still runs 300-400fps faster than the .22LR with a heavier, real jacketed bullet.
     
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    My daughter loves the FO's on her Single Ten... They work well in low light.

    Ugly as sin though
     
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    Thanks. Ruger lists the caliber as "22 WMRF". I must have dropped a letter, and kept copying the mistake.
     
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