I love to put a hate on for Ruger. I just don’t like them as a company and I dislike most of what they do… Yet I have to give them some respect, even if I don’t want to.
There are some things that they do right.
The 10/22 rifle is pretty much THE .22lr Semi-Auto. They flat out own that market. They could ask 100 bucks more for every 10/22 they make, and it would still be the .22 Semi to buy.
The Vaquero. If you want a Colt Peacemaker type gun, but you want a good transfer bar safety so you can carry all six chambered loaded and it wont go off if you drop it. There was two cases of this in the last few years here in Utah with Single Action Revolvers that didn’t have a TBS and one of them resulted in death. The other, near death and long term hospital care. The Vaquero is a good gun, built well, and it’s even sharp looking. I purchased one myself. Loved it. Sold it in a fit of Ruger Hate and I kinda regret it now. If I can find one with a 4″ barrel and I have the cash at the time – I’ll buy it. (Looking off into the distant future)
The one Ruger gun that I really like… and I can’t help myself for it. A 3″ SP101 in .357 Mag. With a little custom work in it, I’d rather have it than a S&W 60 with a 3″ barrel. I’ve fired some different versions… one was a tweaked SP101 owned by Norseman on WTA. The accuracy was shocking, even with Norse’s Dragon Slaying hand-loads. The weight, balance, and the lines of it… it just looks “Right” to me. They feel good in my hands too. You give me an SP101 with a little bit of a “Melt Job” done to it to take off all the sharp edges and blend it all together… Pure Win. I could happily own that for the rest of my life and ask to be buried with it. Yes, I just said that about a Ruger.