There is just something special about pulling back the hammer on a single action pistol. That tell tale set of three clicks, and the feel of those revolver grips are reminiscent of a day when we were still trying to win the west. Ruger has come up with a revolver to remind us of the good old days. Years ago, Ruger developed the Single Six .22 pistol. This pistol earned a reputation for accuracy and rugged reliability. Recently, Ruger unveiled the Single Ten in .22 Long Rifle. Can you guess what the difference is? That’s right, four more rounds of rock and roll before you have to reload.
The look and feel of the Single Ten is superb. The stainless-steel finish and red-colored wood grips go very well together. Ruger developed the Single Ten on a similar platform to the Single Six. The first thing that jumps out at you when you pick up this pistol is the comfortable feel. The gunfighter grips are ergonomic and the hardwood feel is refreshing and feels stable. An aluminum sleeve separates the two grip panels, which make it impossible to over-tighten and damage the wood. The gun balances well and has a natural feel when pointed downrange. As soon as you look down the barrel, an obvious change is the Williams fiber optic sights that Ruger has installed. The rear sight is fully adjustable and the matte black sights contrast well with the fiber optic inserts, resulting in a very fast and easy to see sight picture. The front sight blade and base are a Single piece, and a Single screw attaches it to the barrel. The fiber optic sights make the Single ten better for hunting and field use due to the increased visibility.
The gun has a barrel length of 5.5 inches and an overall length of 11 inches. Unloaded it weighs in at 38 ounces, making recoil almost non-existent. We measured the trigger pull at 3 pounds, 12 ounces. The barrel has six groves and a 1:14-inch right hand twist. Accuracy was spot on. We managed a very tight group at 25 yards and every round went to point of aim. There were no malfunctions of any kind while firing the weapon.
Loading the Single Ten is a little different from the Single Six. When you open the loading gate, the lock releases and you can rotate the cylinder. At each click, a new chamber appears where the loading gate used to be. If you rotate two clicks, with a little practice, the large gap the loading gate leaves allows you to load two shells at once. This design actually allowed me to load the Single Ten faster than my Single Six, a huge advantage. Unloading spent cartridges was a bit more challenging. When you open the loading gate to extract your spent shells, the cylinder clicks into place, but not entirely. The cylinder has just enough looseness that it does not always line up with the ejection rod, so you have to wiggle the cylinder so it lines up and you can eject the spent casing. This problem was not a huge deal once I got accustomed to knowing just how far to rotate the cylinder and I stopped noticing it after a little practice.
The Ruger Single Ten will make a fine addition to any gun collector who wants a little more ammunition on the ready, but likes that old single action feel. More than just a range toy, the Williams fiber optic sights, increased cylinder capacity, and top-notch accuracy makes the Single Ten an outstanding pistol to have out in the field, in the truck or on the hip.