Yesterday Ruger rolled out their new nine-shot 22 Magnum. The Single-Nine boasts a 6 1/2″ barrel and fiber optic sights. Last year they rolled out the ten-shot 22 LR version which is the Single-Ten. You’re probably thinking why would I ever want a single action revolver in 22 LR or 22 Magnum, and the answer is because they are fun to shoot, managing recoil should not be a problem, and the cost of ammunition is relatively inexpensive. The rimfire cartridges are typically the least expensive ammunition available. 22 LR can be found for as little as four cents ($0.04) per round, but 22 Magnum is often sixteen to twenty cents ($0.16-0.20) per round.
I like the looks of both the Single-Nine and Single-Ten, but I prefer the aesthetics of the Single-Nine cylinder. However the Single-Ten would be much more economical to shoot. Maybe Ruger will come up with a convertible Single-Nine in both 22 LR and 22 Mag and then I’d really be excited. They offer a Single-Six convertible in Stainless, but the front sight is a ramp and I’m kinda digging the fiber optic front sight provided on the new Nine and the Ten.
One note, all the firearms mentioned above weigh in between 38 to 40 ounces so they are not what you might consider light. They should handle recoil extremely well and I’ll wager they are extremely fun to shoot.