Ruger has upgraded its already popular Wrangler series of no-frills .22 LR revolvers with three new variants featuring a Birdshead-pattern grip frame.

Shipping standard with a 3.75-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel, the new single-action six-shooters are offered in three Cerakote colors - black, silver, and burnt bronze. Notably, they are almost two inches shorter than the standard Wrangler models, which feature a 4.62-inch barrel and a more standard grip style.

Ruger Birdshead-style Wrangler .22LR
Ruger's new Birdshead-style Wrangler .22 LRs come in three colors. (Photo: Ruger)

"These Wrangler revolvers complement Ruger's rich history of producing quality, rugged, reliable single-action revolvers," says the company in a statement. "Single-action revolvers in .22 LR offer a safe and fun way to introduce new shooters to the sport, and can serve as a reminder to even the most experienced shooters that range time can be just plain fun. Whether it's your first gun or your next, time at the range with the Wrangler promises to be well spent."

Ruger Birdshead-style Wrangler .22LR
The new Ruger Birdshead-style Wrangler .22 LR has a 3.75-inch barrel with an overall length of 8.62 inches and a weight of 28 ounces. Compare this to the standard model, which has a 4.62-inch barrel, an overall length of 10.25 inches, and a weight of 30 ounces. Price is comparable. (Photos: Ruger)

MSRP on the Birdshead Wranglers is just $279 – only $10 more than the standard model. It would have been nicer if it had been on the shelves this Christmas, but hey, 2021 and all. 

For an in-depth review of these little plinkers, Boge Quinn with Gun Blast has been testing a gun pre-release and has a 16-minute take on the newest installment of the Wrangler series in the below video. 



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