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Looking Back at Ruger in 2021

We have enjoyed a partnership with Ruger for several years now, and this past year seemed like one of the most exciting. This American firearms company keeps designing and delivering affordable, accurate firearms – from precision rifles to hunting firearms to concealed carry guns. We thought we’d take a look back before we kick off this year’s lineup.

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January – Ruger Women

Ruger still has the most women on its pro team of any firearms manufacturers in the industry. We thought you’d like to meet Kristy Titus, Maggie Reese, Beth Walker,  Randi Rogers and Girls with Guns’ Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman. This post is still relevant, since all these women continue to represent Ruger this year.

Kristy Titus with Precision Rifle
Kristy Titus with Ruger Precision Rifle

February: Review: Ruger American Rimfire Long Range Target Rifle

Our former helicopter mechanic turned freelance writer and lots of other things, Jen Barcklay, loves long distance rifle shooting, and could not resist the temptation to try out the Ruger American Rimfire Long Range Target Rifle. 

Jen Barklay shooting Ruger 22LR
Jen Barklay shooting Ruger 22LR

In fact, this gun ($599) makes precision rifle practice extremely more affordable and accessible to many who may be turned off by the astronomical expenses of all the accessories associated with centerfire long-range shooting. 

March: Ruger’s Mark IV 22/45 LITE: Plinking Like the Grands

In fact, I felt so inspired by Jen’s reaction to shooting with a .22 firearm, that I wanted to share what it felt like to plink with Ruger’s new Mark IV 22/45 Lite, a lightweight handgun, and to use the fun targets that I pull out when the grands are on the range with me.

Barb with Ruger Mk4 Lite and Switchback suppressor in front of zombie target
(Jason Baird photo)

We shot at metal spinners, and made it a competition. We then got out the zombie targets, which our grands love to shoot. “Can you hit his bowtie?” I asked my husband, aka Grandpa. We challenged each other to hit various parts of the zombies, and put spinners out a little farther for even more fun.

April: How to Choose a Caliber for Deer Hunting

When April rolled around, we took a look at the previous year’s analytics again and decided it would be a good time to inform people about a popularly searched and read topic at the site: “How to Choose a Caliber for Deer Hunting.” We broke it down into four things to consider. We hoped that this resource would come to the aid of someone who wanted to purchase a deer hunting rifle well before the season started.

Babbs and Hannah Kelly ruger
(Jason Baird photo)

There are four things to consider when choosing a deer-hunting caliber and its associated ammunition: ammunition availability, bullet design, bullet velocity and the distance to your target.

May: Beth Walker Educates the Next Generation of 2A Advocates

Ruger pro-shooter Beth Walker also serves as an advocate for the Second Amendment in so many ways. Our writer, Nancy Keaton, caught up with Beth at A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League National Conference last year, and talked about one organization that Beth devotes considerable time and energy to support – the DC Project. She truly believes the DC Project has made an impact on gun legislation.

Beth Walker and Nancy Keaton DC Project
Beth Walker and Nancy Keaton DC Project

Yes, it’s already led to our input on legislation like Red Flag laws, universal background checks, and opposition to ATF nominee, David Chipman. It was really valuable to put faces with names. Before, they couldn’t see our actions behind our words, but now they know us and know what we are doing and trying to accomplish.

June: Getting Started: Precision Rifle Shooting

Jen Barcklay returned to walk us through how to get started precision rifle shooting, and she used a Ruger Precision 6.5 Creedmoor and Ruger Precision Rimfire .22 LR as examples. She even introduced a new shooter to long range rifle shooting in the process. From minutes of angle to the Mildot Master, she presents a new shooter with so many terms and offers incredible resources to aid a newbie on the range. 

Challenging rimfire targets
Challenging rimfire targets

The right tools can help get you started, but most of all it is time and work that will get you dialed in, learning your system inside and out. I encourage getting out to the range, shooting in all types of weather conditions.

July: The Importance of Introducing Youth to Rimfire Rifles First

I’m so lucky to be married to my husband, who not only is an all-around great guy, but also a rifle expert and a former commander of an RAF rifle shooting team. In this post, he breaks down the importance of introducing youth to rimfire rifles first. He also offers some great training tips that you can use with your own children or other kids on the range. 

Girl on Ruger American
Girl on Ruger American

It depends on the age and maturity of the shooter, but the target should be placed at the distance and be the size that allows the shooter to have a good chance of success right off the bat. It should also be large enough so that you can see where the shots are falling on the target.

August: Review: Ruger LCP MAX

I finally got my hands on a Ruger LCP MAX and I was not disappointed. In this review, I decided not to use a chronograph or accuracy test. It’s a small .380. Right out of the box, it shot on point, just like a concealed carry belly gun should.

Babbs shooting LCP MAX
Babbs shooting Ruger LCP MAX

The other thing I noticed about this gun is that my hand didn’t hurt – even after 100 rounds. Thanks to its patented barrel cam geometry, which Ruger defines as “delays unlocking, slows the slide, and ultimately reduces felt recoil compared to other .380 Auto pistols,” the gun shot soft in my hand.

September: Ruger Hawkeye Initial Hunt Brings Double Success for Women Hunters

For this installment, Jen again picked up a Ruger rifle – this time it was a Ruger Hawkeye Hunter Model 77, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. She took it to Wyoming for a women’s antelope hunt, where she shared it with the women during the sighting in process. She also wound up sharing it with another hunter, thus the “double success” in the header.

Ruger Hawkeye with bison skull found on the hunt by Caitlin
Ruger Hawkeye with bison skull found on the hunt by Caitlin

The clean, crisp break of the trigger, the low recoil of the 6.5 Creedmoor with the included muzzle break combined to create all positive feedback from the hunters. 

October: Ruger Threaded Barrel Kit a Hit on a 57

Last year, Ruger released a threaded barrel for its 57, and of course, since I happened to have a SilencerCo silencer for it in the safe, I ordered the barrel and fit it onto the 57. What a great option for a unique gun. 

Barb on Range with Ruger-57
Barb on Range with Ruger-57

Ruger also recommends using 40-grain 5.7 x 28mm ammunition when using a suppressor, particularly if you have an optic mounted on the slide; otherwise, you may have occasional ammo feeding failures with the gun.

November: What’s the Diff Among Deer Hunting Rifle Calibers? 

To be honest, we didn’t finish the November post until early December, after I’d been out deer hunting, and again, our analytics showed that people wanted to know about deer hunting calibers. I always go to my resident expert (like living in my house with me), Dr. Bomb. He gives sage advice throughout the piece, and might be a good refresher for those hunters who have been afield for years, as well as a primer for beginners. 

Ruger M77 Mark 2
Ruger M77 Mark 2

To start with, naming of calibers is an arcane combination of art, merchandising and engineering; don’t be confused by trying to decipher them unless you are into that sort of thing. Just make sure that the caliber label on the box matches the caliber engraved on the rifle barrel or receiver.

December: 6.5  Creedmoor, Ruger’s Rifles and Me

Jen appears yet again to finish up the year of content. We asked her to extol the virtues of the 6.5 Creedmoor, a gun that she put to practical use in 2021. She kicks off the post with a bit of the history of the 6.5 CM, and then details how she began with this caliber for precision rifle shooting and transitioned it into her world of hunting.

Ruger 6.5 CM rifles
Ruger 6.5 CM rifles

This change opened a new world to me of the practical application of ballistics transferred to ethical harvesting of wild game animals.

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  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. Her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at https://www.ozarkian.com.