By Lars Dalseide | September 1 2012 12:07

In the September edition of American Rifleman, Field Editor Wiley Clapp provides an inside look at Ruger's new dynamic duo — a .22 revolver and semi-automatic ....

Ruger's Dynamic Rimfire Duo
At a time when it seems that semi-automatic rifles and defensive handguns are all the rage, Ruger has introduced two new .22 Long Rifle handguns—a revolver and a semi-automatic— that are both fun and affordable to shoot.

When the late Bill Ruger first stamped his name on a firearm and offered it for sale, it was an innovation. That was right after World War II, and shooters wanted new guns. Ruger filled the demand for a .22 plinker with the Standard Auto, a gun that ended up in the hands of a national champion. Through the years, Sturm, Ruger & Co. continued
to fill conventional needs with
unconventionally made guns of nearly
every imaginable type. The company
that bears the iconic Ruger name and
stylized eagle emblem follows that
proven formula—the best of modern
innovative gunmaking to produce
guns for ordinary purposes. The two
Ruger guns under consideration are
perfect examples of that trend. They are
both .22 Long Rifle handguns, one a revolver and
one a semi-automatic. The revolver is the LCR-22, and the
pistol is the SR22. Both guns are of typical Ruger quality and well-suited for .22 rimfire uses short of formal competition. Let’s start with the wheelgun first.

The LCR-22 is a continuation of a model that was introduced a couple of years ago. The first LCRs were in .38 Spl., followed closely by a .357 Mag. version. As noted, the LCR-22 is an eight- shot .22 Long Rifle revolver that is made in the same way as its center-fire progenitors—a process sufficiently unique as to warrant attention. Ruger’s LCRs are made with three different major assembly groups joined with interlocking surfaces, slots, lugs and screws. The butt section is made of rubber by Hogue, complete with finger grooves and cobblestone surface. Forward of that, there is a polymer frame section housing much of the action. This portion is connected to a cast aluminum alloy assembly that contains the cylinder and barrel, both of which are steel.

It is an unconventional firearm in appearance, but look closely and all that we are accustomed to seeing is still there. The system is an internal hammer, double-action- only revolver with a swing-out cylinder and thumb latch on the left side. Pressure on the trigger turns the eight-shot cylinder, which indexes with the barrel, raises the hammer and then releases it to fire. The LCR-22 is a handy little trainer, plinker or trail gun—but it is only half of the new Ruger .22 story.

Read the rest of American Rifleman's review of the new Ruger .22s online now.

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