Ruger announced a number of new gun models including a new DA/SA version of the LCR called the LCRx. One deviation from prior Ruger product announcements is that some of the guns are not ready to ship immediately. In the past, when Ruger announced a new firearm, the gun was already in production. Some of these new guns, however, come with an expected ship date.
Here is a quick run down of the guns…
The LCR line has been a double action only line of revolvers since the gun’s introduction at the 2009 SHOT Show. The introduction of the LCRx changes that. The new LCRx introduces and exposed hammer and with it, the ability to cock and shoot the gun in single action mode.
Other than the exposed hammer and single action mode (as if that’s not enough), it appears the rest of the gun is unchanged from the base model LCR. The suggested retail price of $529 is the same as the standard LCR. There is no notes on a shipping date, so this gun should be available now.
Ruger LCP Stainless
The extremely popular Ruger LCP is getting a new option with the addition of a stainless finish model. The new model retains the same black polymer frame, but adds a brushed stainless slide. Other than this, the model appears to be the same as existing guns. MSRP will be $429, and the guns should be available in February 2014.
Ruger American All-Weather Rifle & All-Weather Compact
The Ruger American Rifle has been a popular gun for the company. Now, Ruger is adding two new guns to the line: the All-Weather Rifle and the All-Weather Compact. The new guns use composite stocks and matte stainless finished barrels. The new guns will be available in Match 2014.
The All-Weather Rifle will retail for $529. It will be available in .22-250 Rem, .223 Rem, .243 Win, .270 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, .30-06 Sprg, and .308 Win. All except the .223 model will use four round magazines. The rifle chambered for .223 will have a five round magazine.
All-Weather Compact rifles will have the same retail price as the full size rifles, but will come only in the short action calibers: .22-250 Rem, .223 Rem, .243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem and .308 Win.
Ruger LC380 with Lasers
Two minor model additions were made to the LC380 line adding laser aiming devices. One model will feature a Crimson Trace Laserguard and will retail for $629. The second new model will use a LaserMax CenterFire laser unit and will carry a $529 MSRP. There are no other changes to these models. Both should be available next month.
Ruger GP100 Match Champion
The Match Champion is a new version of the classic GP100 line of Magnum revolvers. The gun has a distinctive look with stippled Hogue hardwood grips instead of the normal black rubber ones. Additionally, the revolver has a contoured cylinder and a slab-sided, half lug barrel. The front sight is a green fiber optic, while the rear is a Novak Lo-Mount Carry sight.
The new Match Champion has a 4.2″ barrel and is finished in a satin stainless steel. The suggested retail price is $899, making it the most expensive in the GP100 line. There are no notations regarding a later shipping date, so this should be shipping now.
We will see all of these new guns at the SHOT Show in January. Since these guns are just expansions of current product lines, I expect to see at least one all new design at the show. Ruger previously stated on numerous occasions that the new Mayodan plant will produce new product lines, and I suspect the company will show off the first of many from the plant in January.