We reviewed the Ruger
Single-Ten revolver here back in July of 2011. It proved to
be a reliable, accurate single-action revolver, and I expected
nothing less from the new Ruger Single-Nine; a nine-shot 22
Magnum version of the Single-Ten. The 22 Magnum is one of my
all-time favorite cartridges, and I am glad that Ruger has added
the cartridge to the latest and best version of their excellent
single-action rimfire revolvers.
The cylinder is non-fluted on the
Single-Nine, and the bolt drops cleanly into the lead of the
bolt notches in the cylinder, eliminating the familiar drag line
that circles most every Ruger single action revolver ever built.
I really like the thinner profile Gunfighter grips on the
Single-Nine. They are like those on the Single-Ten, and to me,
they are much more natural-pointing than the traditional flared
grips used on the Single-Six
revolvers. I prefer Gunfighter style grips on my single
actions, and the laminated wood Gunfighter grips on this
Single-Nine fit my hand very well. Between the two grip panels
is an aluminum sleeve through which the grip screw passes,
eliminating the possibility of over-tightening the grip screw
and either damaging the wood or pulling the nut from the
opposite grip panel. Good idea. The reddish hue of the grips
contrasts nicely with the satin stainless revolver. The overall
appearance of the Single-Nine is very pleasing to my eyes, and
Ruger did an outstanding job of fitting the grip frame to the
cylinder frame on my sample, as they did on the Single-Ten
The Single-Nine is built primarily of
stainless steel. The entire weapon is very well-fitted, and
wears a satin finish throughout. The sights are a matte black,
with the rear being fully adjustable. The rear sight blade is
different than those found on other Ruger single action
revolvers. The rear face of the blade is slightly angled, is
serrated, and wears a square notch, matching the square post
front for accurate target work. In addition, the front wears a
single fiber-optic rod, presenting a sight picture of a black
square post with a green dot insert. The rear is a black steel
blade with a square notch and two green fiber-optic dots, set
into an aluminum base. The fiber-optic rods gather light for a
better sight picture in low light or against a dark background.
The aluminum front sight blade and base is a one-piece unit,
attached to the barrel with a single screw. This new Ruger sight
arrangement gives the shooter the best of both worlds; a good
square sight picture for paper-punching, and the fiber-optics
for hunting and field use. Very well done.
Specifications are listed in the chart below,
along with the specs for the Single-Ten for comparison. Weight
is listed in ounces. Trigger pull is listed as pounds of
pressure. Linear measurements are listed in inches. The cylinder
length does not include the ratchet nor the integral bushing.
Height includes the sights, with the rear set at its medium
||22 Long Rifle
|Barrel / Cylinder Gap
The Single-Nine was tested
for velocity and accuracy using ten types of 22 Magnum
ammunition. Velocities were recorded at twelve feet from the
muzzle. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (fps). Accuracy
testing was done on paper at twenty-five yards. All accuracy
testing was done with the revolver secured into my Ransom
machine rest. Accuracy results listed are the averages of
several five-shot groups fired. The pictures shown are
representative of the accuracy of the type of ammunition that
was used in that picture. Accuracy and velocity testing was done
at approximately 541 feet above sea level, with an air
temperature in the 52 degree Fahrenheit range, with twenty-four
percent humidity. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint bullet. NTX and
V-Max are polymer-tipped hollowpoint bullets. Bullet weights are
listed in grains. Group sizes are listed in inches.
|CCI TNT JHP
|PMC Predator JHP
Accuracy was excellent from the new
Single-Nine revolver. The largest group fired, with any of the
ammunition, still measured well-under under two inches at
twenty-five yards. Reliability was perfect. Every cartridge
fired, and ejection was easy, with no signs of stickiness at
all. The Ruger Single-Nine is a dandy revolver, with all of the
great features of the Single-Ten, but firing the more-powerful
22 Magnum cartridge. Like all Ruger firearms, the Single Nine is
built in the USA.
Check out the new Ruger Single-Ten online at www.ruger.com.
For the location of a Ruger dealer near you,
click on the DEALER LOCATOR at www.lipseys.com.
To order the Single-Nine online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.
To see the full line of
quality, affordable holsters from Simply Rugged, go to www.simplyrugged.com.
To order quality rimfire
ammunition at a fair price, go to www.luckygunner.com.
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