Ruger Single-Nine .22 Magnum Revolver

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Ruger has announced a new .22 Magnum revolver called the Single-Nine. As its name suggests, it has a nine chamber cylinder. It is build upon the Ruger Single-Six frame.

Like the rest of the Single-Six line, it is a premium revolver with a price to match. The MSRP is $629.

Specifications
Caliber .22 WMR
Capacity 9 rounds
Finish Satin Stainless
Grip Hardwood Gunfighter
Barrel 6.5″
Twist 1:14″ RH
Overall Length 12″
Weight 39.00 oz.
MA Approved Yes
Sights Williams Adjustable Fiber Optic
Other Features
Miscellaneous
MSRP (Price) $629

From the press release …

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce the Ruger® Single-Nine™, a nine-shot, single-action revolver chambered in .22 Winchester Magnum.

The Single-Nine™ features a nine-shot cylinder and is constructed from durable satin-finished stainless steel. With a 6.5-inch barrel and smooth, hardwood, “Gunfighter” grips, the Single-Nine™ is well-balanced and points easily. Williams™ fiber optic sights, click-adjustable for both windage and elevation, provide a crisp sight picture that is enhanced with front and rear fiber optic inserts.

“The Single-Nine™ builds upon the success of the Single-Ten®,” remarked Mike Fifer, Ruger President and CEO. “The higher capacity cylinder is sure to please fans of the powerful .22 Magnum cartridge, and the 6.5-inch barrel helps the .22 Magnum reach more of its velocity potential. The trim, “Gunfighter” grips and fiber optic sights make the Single-Nine™ easy to point and aim,” he continued.

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  • Burst

    High(er) capacity .22s of any flavor are a welcome addition.

    Putting a fiber optic sight on a single action is still a tacky move.

    • Anonymoose

      I think it really depends on what you plan on using it for. For target shooting and close-range varminting, the fiber optic is a nice addition. For CAS-style gunslinging and stuff, the fiber optic is ridiculous, but so is the adjustable rear sight.

      • Brad

        My older eyes really appreciate the fiber-optic enhanced sights of my Heritage Arms 9-shot .22 wmr revolver. And like you said, it is no more out of place than modern adjustable sights. So why not use both?

  • ap

    Still a bargain. Ruger revolvers are an incredible value and this pistol will shoot the lights out, I’m betting. Cool gun.

  • http://www.batmanbatmanbatman.com Woodroez

    Never really noticed the proportions of the 6.5 inch barrel on that smaller framed single-action looks pretty sharp. I had been hoping that this year they would do for the .22 magnum what they had done with the .22lr of late (Single-Ten, SP101, LCR). I want one.

  • Wetworx

    Is it safe to say that it will also fire .22 LR, being that it’s a .22 WMR revolver?

    • Komrad

      It will probably fire, but .22 mag (and WRF) have different dimensions. The .22 LR uses a heeled bullet so that the case is .22″ and so is the bullet. .22 mag uses a more conventional bullet/case design, so the case is a larger diameter than the bullet or a .22 LR case. So, a .22 LR will drop in, but it will also rattle around in the chamber and split on firing. Not too dangerous as it wont cause a catastrophic failure, but there would probably be some shrapnel and extra gases venting from the cylinder gap and accuracy would be poor at best.

      • Wetworx

        That doesn’t sound good. I was hoping to find a pistol that shoots .22 WMR (when I choose to do so) and then .22 LR for most of the time, as it’s obviously the cheapest thing to shoot. Thanks for the info!

      • Zincorium

        @wetworks- there are a number of revolvers that come with two cylinders, one for .22 LR and one for .22 magnum. Ruger’s single six, the gun that this is based off of, has a number of models that come with both. I think the only reason this doesn’t do that is because of the single-10, which is a 10 shot .22 lr, and looks almost exactly like this, displaces it in their lineup.

        If you aren’t insistent on a Ruger, there are a bunch of other manufacturers offering a very similar product. H&R and Heritage both do, and you can probably find others with a little googling.

  • Rob in Katy

    The first time i shot a pistol was a 22magnum in a revolver. My Dad’s drunk buddy tossed a stick into the river (Sabine) and said try and hit it…Bang, first shot, i was hooked :)

  • Ben

    I have to take issue with describing the Single Six as “premium.” It’s a basic revolver with typical Ruger build quality (i.e. very good), and has never been anything more than that. Everything is getting more expensive these days: inflation, high energy costs, high materials costs, the cost of labor…

    Check out this guy if you’re interested in premium:

    http://www.bowenclassicarms.com/

    • fred johnson

      Obviously a standard issue Ruger will never compare to an unobtanium* Bowen custom job.

      Yet, that Ruger Single Nine is premium compared to the other Ruger single action rimfire revolvers with only the Single Six Hunter being on par to the Single Nine.

      *To us regular working Joes who would rather spend our money on more guns or more ammo. :D

  • Martin M

    That front sight looks so out of place on a cowboy style gun. Additionally, while stainless looks nice, it makes for a messy revolver. The porous nature of SS makes cleaning a bear. I’ll take blued or chromed, please.

    • Dave ex welder

      For peoples info, ss is not porous, that is why you see it in food service areas. Blued steel is porous

  • Mike Knox

    My Mom would really want one of these..

  • GaGator

    Ruger has made the Single-Six on this frame for at least 40 years and I bought my .22 WMR version in 1972. After regular use it is still thoroughly reliable. The only apparent difference is the sights – my ‘Western’ sights are very accurate (and more appealing). A couple of concerns expressed above…

    The finish is matte, so this piece is not a ‘smudge magnet’ Mine doesn’t even show holster scrape. Also, the dealer stated (in ’72) that all Ruger rimfire magnums came with dual cylinders as mine did.

    Best 100 bucks I ever spent.

  • Brad

    Good for Ruger. Nice to see them finally follow the trail blazed by bargain brand Heritage Arms about a year ago.

    I picked up my Heritage Arms convertible .22 wmr/.22 lr 9-shot revolver about 8 months ago. It isn’t stainless like the Ruger, but it has adjustable sights and included the cylinders for both calibers. And cost about 1/3 the Ruger MSRP!

  • fred johnson

    Very nice move Ruger! If Ruger would have given me a heads up this was coming, I would have not purchased my Single Six 9.5″ just to get the new 9 shot. I really like shooting .22 WMR more than .22 LR out of these guns.

    Maybe Ruger will make a Single Nine Hunter model to replace the Single Six Hunter? Hmmmm.

  • steve

    So want. The Ten never appealed. But this does. All we need now is somebody to build a decent SINGLE-stack semi-auto in 22wmr. A proper enthusiast’s pistol. There is a lot to draw inspiration off such for example the pre-1911 Colts or those Cold War era Eastern Bloc military pistols. Something slim, smooth, and solid.

    • Komrad

      I believe the AMT Automag II is single stack if you don’t mind buying used. There’s also the Excel Arms MP-22 which has single stack 9 round mags.

      • Komrad

        Actually, you can get a new Automag II .22 mag from High-Standard.

  • BluegrassGeek

    I own a Heritage Rough Rider, which came with interchangeable 22 LR and 22WMR cylinders. Absolutely love it, and I really prefer the way 22 WMR feels when fired.

    • BluegrassGeek

      Dammit, this was supposed to be a reply further down. x.x