I hate to say it, but I’m becoming a Ruger fan. This is something that 5 years ago I would never have said. In fact, 5 years ago I was busting Ruger’s chops regularly.
But Ruger has been trudging along, improving what they do, and making new things that I am liking… as a result my overall opinion of Ruger has been turned 180 degrees. While other gun manufacturers are slipping on quality control, Ruger is improving. While other manufacturers are making guns cheaper and acting like they are making improvements – Ruger is actually making improvements without cutting corners.
Ruger’s Revolvers are now setting the standard. Their SR series pistols are just flat out damn good. And their economically minded “E” series is probably the best Bang for the Budget Buck next to a Surplus Makarov… if you can find Surplus Maks anymore.
I could see myself buying one of their new LC9S pistols, or an SR9C, or an SR45…. or… or… I gotta say, Ruger is making some fine firearms.
Oh – don’t be so shocked.
We live the world now where KEL-TEC completely ROCKED a SHOT SHOW – no one saw that happening. So something like Ruger deciding to take making weapons seriously shouldn’t be a stunning event. But there it is.
Don’t get me started on the two 4″ GP100 revolvers we have at Blackstone. The Want is too high to tolerate for much longer.
Two new guns came in that in not handled before. The Ruger 9E and the Beretta Pico.
The Ruger is an impressive pistol for the money. Its so close to the SR9 that In wondering why one would opt for SR9, with it’s hundred dollar premium. The 9E has all the same features and the same trigger. Great gun for the money. This isn’t like a Smith and Wesson SD9, which is a tangibly lesser gun to the M&P. This is just what it looks like… an SR “light” model.
Ruger is doing it right,
The Pico is an interesting little unit. Its not for everyone. It’s a very tiny little pistol. Small in a “Wow” this is small kind of way. Even though it’s unusually small, You can feel that its quality. Its probably the best made little pocket sized 380 out there. The trigger is very good for a DAO type trigger I like it, I could see myself packing one. Deep Concealment use…
with the new . 380 ammunition out there now, my hesitations about the cartridge has lessened.
My only hang up about the Pico is the magazine release. It’s too tiny. Not easily used, But then again, this isn’t one to be doing tactical reloads with. How it stands the test of time will be interesting.
The disappointment was the HK VP9 pistol. I liked everything about it, but one small detail. Imagine a new BMW M5… with a razor blade in the steering wheel. See, in the HK, the trigger guard has a channel on the inside bottom. I’ve not seen or heard anyone else mention that. But it’s there. On the pistols I’ve looked at, these channels have rather sharp edges that my trigger finger seems to find. This causes irritation and distraction when there should be none. HK Acolytes will of course say “I’m doing it wrong.” BMW M5 with Razor wheel – “Oh, your holding the steering wheel wrong.” No… Because it shouldn’t matter how I hold it. It shouldn’t be there. In the HK that channel shouldn’t be there to begin with. So a pistol that could be a 10 out of 10, is only a 8. There are other small things that detract as well… but that’s for another time.
More on these pistols in due time.
The Ruger LC9S: I’ve mentioned this pistol before. Said I’d like to take a look at one. Well, i’ve done that now. I’ve looked. Held. Fired. And my opinion on it is now complete.
I like it.
The trigger is not a great trigger as far as the world of triggers go… But compared to other guns in the LC9’s class, it’s a fantastic trigger. Compared to the old regular LC9’s trigger, this is a godsend. This new trigger changes the gun dramatically. All the sudden this gun is now a very serious weapon. You can hit with it. You can actually aim at your target and have a reasonable expectation of connecting bullet to bullseye. That was not something you could really expect with the old LC9. This new LC9S is what the Glock 42 should have been. This gun is now on THE LIST. I could by this one. And I just might.
The DB FS Nine: I’m not going to say that I don’t like it because it’s terribly ugly. I think it’s disgusting looking… But so is an XDM, but I can live with an XDM. It looks like a kid drew a pistol and Diamondback milled it out of plastic and regret. But I know some of you guys out there are thinking “I like the looks”. That’s good. Good for you. Honey Boo Boo’s Mom has a Boyfriend because of guys like you… Where was I? No… The reason I don’t like DBFSNINE(!&@$T!(@$Y Okay, I hate the name too. For the LOVE of all that is holy – can people please use a shred of creativity when it comes to naming a main product line? You forgot that it’s not just Full Sized – as compared to the DB9, but also Double Stacked… So according to your naming ritual, you should have called it the DB FSDS NINE 9mm… Or add a threaded barrel and it would be the DBFSDSTBNINEOMGIHATEYOUPEOPLE. Come on. It’s like DB went out of their way to make me not like this gun. Okay… The top reason I hate the gun is the trigger pull. And that it makes me go all Louis Black over here. You have a pistol that looks like it could be a good shooter here. Six and a Quarter inches of Sight Radius here. Four and three quarters worth of barrel. And then you give it a trigger like CZ 100 with a sneezing fit. Come on!
Diamondback, clean the gun up, give it a good trigger, and give it better name. Like “F9″. The DB F9. Done. Simple. Clean. I’ll give you credit… At least you didn’t do what FN did with the “Five-seveN”. Gah! That still makes my left eyelid twitch. And don’t even get me started on Beretta’s 90-TWO! I actually had words with the guys at the Beretta booth at SHOT over that wretched mistake. This gun has POTENTIAL…. I’d love to see that potential realized.
Fast gun segment on Armed American Radio. I picked 4 of the more interesting Concealed Carry Gun Options.
Ruger LC9S, a Striker fired version of the LC9 we are all familiar with. Much better trigger pull – to the point it means this slim ccw gun becomes a very serious option. Even for me.
Ruger has another really good CCW option, the LCRx. This is like the now familiar LCR revolver, but this one has a standard style exposed hammer, which means you can thumb-cock the action for a more accurate shot. I like that. At only 13.5 ounces, you might think they are snappy – but with that nice rubber grip, it’s a pussycat to shoot.
Springfield XDS 4.0 This is the same gun as the XDS we all know and love, but with a longer 4 inch barrel. A little better velocity because of that longer barrel, but the big advantage is the longer sight radius which makes it easier to shoot more accurately with.
Browning 1911 .380. This gun was just recently announced. It’s the 1911 .22 that’s been out for awhile, but rechambered for .380 auto. What they did was they took a 1911 and scaled it down to only 85% size. So it looks and functions just like the classic JMB design, but small. Taking a gun that’s just too cool, and making it a viable defensive options. Especially if you have tiny hands. Or you just want something different. Probably wont be available until March of 2015, but that’s just a guess. I’ll be looking for this at SHOT SHOW right off the bat.
Ruger is rolling out a new version of the LC9, the “LC9s”.
The “S” of course, means “Striker”. It is said that this has a very good trigger pull. If that’s the case, and it really does have a good trigger pull… well then. That changes things in regards to my opinion of the LC9. The S model would then be a pistol well worth considering. Let me tell you why.
Continue reading Ruger’s new LC9s.
I’ve a rather short list of handguns that are of interest to me, at the moment. Perhaps the fascination will pass on these, but the Want Factor has been quite high all year so far.
1. The Walther PPQ M2 5″.
The P99 I reviewed for Concealed Carry Magazine really impressed me, overall. But a couple things that irritated me to one degree or another on the P99 was removed or fixed in the PPQ. Namely the mag release and the decocker button on the top of the slide. The PPQ retains everything good about the P99, just cleaned up. Like a Subaru WRX without the Spoiler and Hood Nostril. Talking to some other guys about the PPQ, such as Jon Hodoway from Nighthawk Custom Training… it’s quietly becoming a favorite in the class of Polyframed Striker Fired pistols.
2. The SIG M11-A1.
This is basically a reintroduction of the very excellent SIG P228… Which is what SIG is now calling the 229… but the 229 has rails. Don’t try to figure it out – it’s SIG and they just do things like that. But it takes nothing away from the M11A1… Which is an excellent pistol and one that’s been on my mind more and more lately. Slightly shorter than the full sized 226, the M11A1 comes home to that “Just Right” size for me. For EDC work both Open or Concealed, this gun can get it done. And has been getting it done under the 228 tag for a long time. I had a 228 that I used as a backup gun for some time and it was quiet excellent. I did have some problems with the trigger return spring, but that was an easy fix and it never troubled me again. I miss that gun. This is it’s resurrection.
3. The Ruger Super Blackhawk, 4 5/8″, .44 Magnum.
Nothing quite says “You’re Doomed” like thumbcocking back the hammer on an accurate and powerful single action revolver. I’m more fond of the western style revolvers than I am the more “modern” double action types. There’s something about the classic heritage of the breed that is both fascinating and just… I don’t know how to say it… “The way it should be”. Especially when dealing with full potency magnum loads. The only thing I’d do to this gun would be to get a Gold Bead front sight put in. That’s it. The reason I picked this over the Vaquero… the sights… the magnum frame… and a grip that fits my hand better. The Vaquero felt too small to me. Nice, but too small. That and with the Blackhawks I can really place my shots. For me, that’s a requirement with a gun with only a few rounds in it. The shorter barrel looks properly handsome as well. If I was in a rural area again where Open Carry didn’t even cause folks to look twice – That’s what I’d be packing most of the time I think. (Along with a Truck Gun in the same caliber… Such as a Rossi 92 20″)
Hi, its me again.
Look, I know we don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things… But I’m trying to like your Gunsight Scout rifle. Can you do me a little favor?
Can you make it take FAL or M-14 mags? Either one. Thanks. Yeah, because your proprietary 10 round mag kinda sucks. A lot.
And while you are at that… Make a semi auto .22 Mag pistol with a crazy high capacity. Based on your SR9 should be great.
We got in the Ruger SR22 and the new TC Dimension.
First the Ruger. Of the small .22LR tactical pistols… SIG Mosquito and Walther P22 are the most common of these… I think the Ruger is the best one made so far. Very good machining and good polymer. It doesn’t feel cheap. Fixed barrel, so it has great accuracy potential. I like it, if I am honest. But it does have a really crappy trigger… hopefully the trigger smooths out with use. If it did, the gun would really shine. Ruger needs to clean up the toggle-like triggers and make a version that has an extended threaded barrel with target sights. So, yeah, I think it’s worth buying. If you look at one in the store – ask the Clerk to put on the Large Grip. Feels great in the hand with the bigger grip on it. (and my hands are not huge… really kinda average. My glove size is just “Large”)
TC’s new Bolt Action Switch Barrel. Clever idea… futuristic styling… interesting way they do the barrel swap with an included torque wrench system that makes the barrel swapping consistent… adjustable length of pull with the stock spacers… overall, someone did their homework coming up with this one.
But I hate it. I don’t actually like anything about this gun and I would be money this gun is going to be a huge commercial flop and TC should stick with making Encores with new names. I think this new gun looks like a SciFi Channel prop and feels like something made by NERF. I hate that rifle. Fortunately TC is making a solid rifle in the VENTURE series if you want a TC Bolt Action… great price for the performance value and you can’t go wrong with it. For 450 bucks you can get a whole new rifle… verses 300 for just a new barrel. Come on. Metal Tube, or a whole new rifle in that new caliber you want. I understand every penny counts, but really? Unless you are a wildcatter and are coming up with new stuff to test – and you don’t want an Encore for some reason… Well, then maybe this new Dimension is for you.
Your new .22 Pistol will sell very well.
But what would do better… would be to make it in .22 Magnum. People keep asking for the KT PMR-30… and KT can’t deliver the volume.
Make your SR-22 pistol an SRM-22, in .22 Magnum with night sights and a real high capacity magazine… and you would have a ferocious Home Run Hit on your hands.