Cowboy Action Shooting: Ruger Wrangler Review

Do your kids want to also start in Cowboy Action Shooting? The Ruger Wrangler is perfect for Buckaroos and Buckarettes. Alternatively, maybe you are curious about single action revolvers. On the other hand, perhaps you just want a fun plinker! First announced in April of 2019, the Wrangler is still relatively new. Therefore, I thought it would be a good topic for a blog review.

I already had two buckarettes (ages 8 and 10) starting in Cowboy Action Shooting when the Wrangler was finally released. At the time, they were flying off the shelves and almost impossible to find. I lucked out one day and scored two and we have shot the tar out of them ever since. This six-shot revolver is the less expensive cousin of the Ruger Single Six, which is modeled on the Colt Single Action Army. The Wrangler comes in a trio of cerakote finishes: black, burnt bronze and silver.

The gun is chambered for the very affordable 22 LR round. You may be thinking, is a magnum cylinder available? The answer is no, as that is what the Ruger Single-Six is for. The cylinders are also not interchangeable between the Single-Six and the Wrangler. However, there is some good news folks, the grips are. Therefore, you can really customize the appearance of your own Wrangler.

The Wrangler has an internal notch rear sight and bladed front. The frame is cast aluminum with a stainless trigger, which has a smooth pull. The hammer is also stainless, with a pull that can be rough on little fingers depending on how old your Buckaroo/ Buckarette is. One suggestion to improve this would be to replace springs. Single-Six hammer springs are an option and are available here. If you don't feel comfortable tinkering with a firearm, have your local gunsmith assist you. The loading gate also seemed very stiff to me when the Wrangler was new. That being said, it does have a free spinning cylinder, which makes loading and unloading very easy.

Finally, the Wrangler features a transfer bar safety, making it a good platform for young or inexperienced shooters. The transfer bar is a piece of steel that moves between the hammer and the firing pin after the trigger is depressed. With this design, the hammer cannot hit the firing pin unless the transfer bar is there. When the trigger is at rest, the bar is withdrawn preventing an accidental discharge if the weapon is dropped.

Now some folks may scoff at that and suggest, “teach those kids how to shoot a real single action!” and that’s OK. As with all things related to Cowboy Action Shooting, you have to decide what is best for you and your family. With the low cost of the Wrangler ($200 and under) and additional piece of mind that comes with a transfer bar safety, I believe it is a very kid friendly choice. This is a rugged and reliable single action revolver, ideal for learning to shoot or just experiencing the fun of single-action shooting.

Unfortunately, with the current state of affairs we can't take you to the range with us in the form of a video. But I can share a video with you showing the Wranglers and a few of the features mentioned above.

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