Ruger SR40 .40 S&W

The triad of glass-filled-nylon framed pistols is now complete

I’ve always had a special affinity for Ruger firearms for two reasons. First and foremost, Ruger has always offered exceptional value for dollars expended and, more important to me personally, is the fact I’ve felt like I’ve grown up with Ruger handguns. When I was born, Colt was already more than 100 years old and Smith & Wesson had been in business for more than 80 years, however Ruger was 10 years into the future. I had just started shooting when Ruger introduced their first .22 semi-automatic pistol and I was in my first year of high school when the Single-Six arrived. I purchased my first handgun, a Ruger .22 Single-Six, in 1956 and I have been shooting them ever since.

In the 1970s, Ruger entered the double-action centerfire field and then followed with their first centerfire semi-automatic in the mid-1980s. I still have one of the first of the Ruger 9mm P-85s and, although there were those who complained about its accuracy, I have found mine to be not only adequately accurate for the purpose for which it was intended, but also totally reliable. After the success of the 9mm Ruger, there followed subsequent models in both .45 ACP and .40 S&W. All of these pistols had several attributes in common, such as the mentioned total reliability, exceptional ruggedness and something some find objectionable still: a quite bulky feeling.

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