When it comes to an inexpensive plinking gun, Ruger’s .22 Single Six fits the bill. Originally released in 1953 for $57.50, the Single Six has long since proven its value as an accurate and reliable .22 revolver. Although there is a lot of history behind this fine revolver, I’m only going to reference my personal experiences with it.
Several years back, my wife and I decided that we wanted to actively pursue shooting for recreation. I had experience with firearms due to my time in the military, but she was very new to them. I wanted to find a good starting gun that she could build up her confidence and skills on, so a .22 seemed like the natural choice. Some friends of ours have .22 semi-auto pistols and they had mentioned that failures of some sort or another are not uncommon. As such, a revolver once again seemed like the natural choice. After some internet searching, the Single Six began distinguishing itself as the perfect gun for our needs. Keep reading to find out more about what I liked about the Single Six.
Cost: As this was our first firearm, and my wife was just trying her hand at shooting, we decided to go the used route and paid a little under $200, where as a new Single Six typically costs between $400-$500. Since it shoots a .22 round, ammunition is incredibly inexpensive, which in turn makes regular practice both appealing and financially sustainable.
Accuracy: The revolver’s weight is just over 2 lbs and shoots a .22 lr round which results in recoil that is close to non-existent. Without having to worry about anticipating the recoil, both my wife and I could focus more on trigger pull. Being a single action revolver, you have to manually pull back the hammer for each shot. This simple action in turn forces you to slow down and make each shot more deliberate, which equates to better accuracy.
Reliability: The beautiful truth about revolvers is that they are as reliable as it gets. You don’t need to worry about the gun’s reliability so much as you do the ammo’s. Every time I pull the hammer back and squeeze the trigger the gun fires. The two times it hasn’t in the thousand or so rounds I’ve put through it have been due to dud ammo. A gun doesn’t get any more reliable than that.
Fun Factor: I enjoy this gun immensely. There’s something about pulling the hammer back with every shot that really makes you feel one with the gun… It’s a bonding experience of sorts. Cocking the hammer prepares the revolver physically and the shooter mentally. When I’m not at the range and at a safe shooting location, I do enjoy occasionally using the wildly inaccurate “fanning” technique. I’ve read this isn’t necessarily good for the gun, but I’ve watched too many Spaghetti Westerns and sometimes my inner Clint Eastwood needs to come out.
Zombie Factor: Zombies are known largely to shuffle, so at 7 yards I’m feeling pretty good with the Single Six.
Are there any other Single Six owners out there? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts or stories involving this fine firearm.