Ruger Wrangler Review

In the age of automatic and semi-automatic firearms, good old revolver pistols still have a unique appeal. That’s what I guess Ruger was aiming for with the Wrangler. This is an affordable, entry-level, single-action revolver. It is a cheaper alternative to the Ruger Single Six, but is not necessarily better than it. For a six-shot cylinder revolver with all the features that it has, the Wrangler is great value for your money. The Ruger Wrangler is known to be affordable, but you will get the best price when you shop at This handgun costs only $189 at this store. That’s fractionally less than the retail price of $194.

I love how the Ruger Wrangler feels in the hands, as well as its performance. The revolver is made with CNC machining using zinc and aluminum alloy. This means it is lightweight (about 30 ounces). It comes with a cerakote finish, which makes it appear even more. The grip comes with plastic panels that are interchangeable.

The Ruger Wrangler has a 4-inch barrel. It comes with the same hammer and trigger design as the Single Six. You need to cock the hammer manually every time you take a shot. The cylinder on the Wrangler rotates clockwise. The reloading gate opens from the right side. After all six bullets are spent, you can eject the shells using the ejector rod, which is spring-loaded.

The Wrangler doesn’t come with a manual safety, but that is not an issue since there is a transfer bar safety mechanism that works with the hammer. This Ruger revolver is designed to work with .22LR ammunition. It is compatible with just about any .22LR load. This pistol isn’t too loud, which is a good thing. You can use this handgun to hit targets at 25 yards, and perhaps even further.

Aiming with the Ruger Wrangler isn’t so difficult. It comes with a notched rear sight and a single plate front sight. These aren’t the best, but they get the job done. You can easily take out the cylinder to be able to clean it properly. The base pin that holds the cylinder isn’t secured in place to make the process easy. Although the pin is not locked in, it doesn’t run the risk of accidentally falling off and leaving the cylinder unsecured.

There isn’t much tampering to do with the Wrangler. All you need to do is clean lubricate it occasionally, especially the loading gate.

This firearm is versatile and highly reliable. You’re unlikely to experience misfires. The Ruger Wrangler is a perfect entry-level handgun and will also appeal to people who are feeling a bit nostalgic.

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