Ruger is hands-down a solid and reliable firearm.
Want to find a pistol that's made in America and known around the world? Sturm, Ruger & Co. produced 15.3 million firearms from 1986-2010, making them a top industry leader. Ranked the number one U.S. firearms manufacturer from 2008-2011, this American brand is known for being large and in charge. If you have big hands, this is the handgun for you.
Believe it or not, these pistols can be underrated because Rugers simply aren't as pretty as some others out there. However, it's rare to find a critique of that has to do with the gun's performance, which is why this manufacturer gets our recommendation quite often. After all - what is more important in tough situations, appearance or functionality?
They are not fashion statement handguns by any means, but they do come with some much-appreciated features. One noticeable benefit of a heavier gun is less felt recoil when firing. Rugers also use a striker-fired design with a spring-loaded firing pin that works like a pinball launcher instead of a traditional pistol with a hammer. This will come in handy should you ever be in a defensive encounter; it will speed up your rate of fire while maintaining precision.
Rugers have been used by sportsmen, law enforcement, and government agencies for over 57 years. Bill Ruger's original design from 1949 is a standard .22 caliber pistol that is simple and affordable. This philosophy is carried on by the latest handgun models, although now there are many variations from .22 to .45 calibers.
Another favorite is the jumbo-sized SR45. Because of the size and weight of a Ruger, it's not the typical concealed-carry weapon of choice, but for needs such as home protection and law enforcement, you won't find a more durable pistol.