Firearms sales are down in what some call the Trump Slump, people no longer buying “endangered species” guns like AR15s or pistols with double stack magazines on the theory that the current administration will veto attempts to ban them. This has led some firearms industry folks to introduce some bargains.
Ruger offers their Wrangler, essentially a version of their classic Single Six .22 revolver redesigned for production economy that can be passed on to ultimate purchasers. This is genuine Ruger quality at a $250 manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), and I’ve heard of dealers already taking orders for them at $200 out the door.
Early test reports by the respected Quinn family are glowing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwinwnZlmDw&feature=youtu.be .
Link to video here.
They make the point that allowing for inflation, the new Wrangler today is about half the comparable cost of an original Ruger Single Six in 1953, the year that modern/retro classic was introduced.
The “official” introduction will take place this coming week at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. We’ll be reporting there on other new guns: this conclave is the second largest after the January SHOT Show in terms of new firearms and related product introductions. I expect to see more new “good guns cheap.”
If you’re coming to the meeting, stop by the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network booth on Saturday 4 to 6 PM; I’ll be there with a lot of other folks who’d be happy to meet you.