I love the twenty-two cartridge. By that, I
mean specifically the 22 Long Rifle cartridge. While the 22
magnum is also one of my favorites, if I had to ever pare down
to just one firearm, it would be chambered for the 22 Long Rifle
cartridge. I already own a few twenty-two handguns; both pistols
and revolvers, but always pick up another when I find one that I
really like. I really like the subject of this review.
A few days ago, Sturm, Ruger & Co.
officially announced the new Single-Ten revolver. I had heard a
rumor about this handgun, but was not privileged to any
information from the company, so I was pretty much as surprised
as anyone else when the press release was sent out announcing
the new Ruger.
My first thought was that it is a ten-shot
Single-Six, which it pretty much is. However, after handling and
shooting the new Single-Ten, it does have some worthwhile
features besides the sixty-six percent increase in ammo
capacity. More on that later.
The Single-Ten is based upon Ruger’s
time-tested New Model design, which uses a transfer bar safety,
allowing every chamber to safely be fully loaded. In the old
style action, built from 1953 to 1973, the revolvers were best
carried with an empty chamber under the hammer. While on that
subject, if you own an original style Single-Six,
Blackhawk, or Blackhawk revolver,
Ruger will upgrade the internal lockwork to the transfer bar
safety system at no charge. The New Model Ruger has proven to be
rugged, reliable, and accurate, and is the best-selling single
action in production. The New Model Ruger revolvers are the
basis for many high-dollar custom guns, being favored by custom
gunsmiths for their strength, simplicity, quality of materials,
The Single-Ten, at least in this first model,
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. The view from the
shooter’s position reminds me of the Millet sights once
offered for Ruger revolvers, but these fiber-optic sights on
this Single-Ten are made by Williams. 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.
Another advantage that the new ten-shot
revolver has over the six-shot is in ease of loading. Opening
the loading gate releases the cylinder to rotate, just as it
does on the New Model Single-Six revolvers, but upon each “click’
of the rotation, the chambers align perfectly with the ejector
rod, making unloading faster, easier, and more natural. Loading
cartridges into the chambers is also very easy, and two can be
loaded at a time, if desired, before the cylinder is rotated to
load more. This is a real advantage that this Single-Ten has
over the Single-Six.
I also very much like the thinner profile
Gunfighter grips on the Single-Ten. To me, they are much more
natural-pointing. I prefer Gunfighter style grips on my single
actions, and the laminated wood Gunfighter grips on this
Single-Ten 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-Ten is very pleasing to my eyes, and
Ruger did an outstanding job of fitting the grip frame to the
cylinder frame on my sample.
The cylinder is non-fluted on the Single-Ten,
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.
The first of these Single-Ten revolvers will
have a nominal barrel length of five and one-half inches, but I
presume that other barrel lengths will be offered later. I have
no confirmation on this from anyone at Ruger, so if I am wrong
on that, it is entirely my fault.
Specifications are listed in the chart below.
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
|Trigger Pull As
||3 lbs, 10 oz
The trigger pull was crisp and clean as
delivered, but I prefer a lighter pull, so a quick Poor
Boy’s Trigger Job lightened the pull to just two and
one-half pounds, which is more to my liking. I tried the
Single-Ten with many different brands of ammunition, and
reliability was one hundred percent. Extraction was quick and
easy with all ammo tested. The extractor rod has plenty of
length to fully clear the spent cases. There were no failures to
For accuracy testing, I placed the Single-Ten
into my Ransom Rest, with the
target set at twenty-five yards. Accuracy was superb. The
results with each brand and type of ammunition are listed in the
chart below. HP is a hollowpoint bullet. Solid is a roundnose
bullet. Velocity readings were taken at an elevation of 541 feet
above sea level, with an air temperature of eighty-nine degrees,
with high humidity. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second
(FPS). Accuracy was tested by firing ten-shot groups, with the
average of the groups tested with each load listed in inches.
Groups were measured center-to-center of the two farthest-apart
holes in each group. Bullet weights are listed in grains.
|Federal Bulk HP
|Winchester DynaPoint HP
|PMC Match Solid
|Wolf Match Solid
|CCI Mini-Mag HP
|CCI Mini-Mag Solid
|CCI Velocitor HP
Again, accuracy was superb. No group fired
exceeded one and one-half inches at twenty-five yards. This
would be very excellent accuracy from an auto pistol, with its
single chamber integral with the barrel. This would be excellent
accuracy from a custom-tuned line-bored revolver. Getting this
level of accuracy from the ten chambers of a production revolver
is outstanding. I even fired one fifty-shot group that measured
under one and one-half inches. Again, this was fired from a
Ransom Rest, and is no indication of my shooting ability or lack
thereof, but shows the exemplary level of accuracy from this new
I was pleasantly surprised by the level of
accuracy and the excellent craftsmanship of the newest Ruger
single action. The proven reliability, accuracy, and ruggedness
of the venerable design of the Ruger New Model rimfire single
action is elevated a bit in the Single-Ten. It is easy to load,
easy to shoot, and exceedingly accurate.
While the Single-Ten will not be replacing
any of my Single-Six revolvers in my gun safe, it will replace
the Single-Six in my holster when I go afield. With a sixty-six
percent advantage in ammo capacity, better sights, easier
loading, fine accuracy, and its durable stainless construction,
the new Ruger Single-Ten is a better field gun than any of my
Check out the new Ruger Single-Ten online at www.ruger.com.
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