Thanks for joining us again on another Wheelgun Wednesday where we indulge all of you (including myself) with our passion of wheelguns, six-shooters, and everything related to revolvers on Hump Day! This week we have a product announcement that on the surface might not appear very earth-shattering, but it is cool news nonetheless, and a sign of Ruger trending in the right direction. What we are talking about is the New TALO Exclusive Ruger Wrangler that was recently announced that will now sport hardwood grips and the package comes with an authentic leather DeSantis® Wild Hog™ Field and Range Holster to match.
With the unveiling of the TALO Exclusive Ruger Wrangler with hardwood grips and a DeSantis® Wild Hog™ Field and Range Holster, that now brings Ruger’s total to 10 unique offerings of their economy single-action revolver. Most of the 10 variants you could purchase are simply changes in aesthetic or color, but they offer quite the gamut even so. The specifications for the TALO Exclusive Ruger Wrangler with hardwood grips and a DeSantis® Wild Hog™ Field and Range Holster can be read below as presented by Ruger:
- Grips: Hardwood
- Capacity: 6 Rounds
- Sights: Integral Front Sight Blade and Integral Rear Notch
- Barrel Length: 4.62″ w/ 1:14″ Right-Hand Twist Rate & 6-Groove Rifling
- Cylinder Frame Finish: Cobalt Cerakote®
- Cylinder Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy
- Overall Length: 10.25″
- Weight: 30 Ounces
- Available & Legal In: CA – Yes | MA – No | MN – No
Again, when we are looking at this new offering from Ruger it is not that they have re-invented the wheelgun, but what they are repeatedly doing is offering functionally-sound, incredibly cheap six-shooters when other companies are not. The only incredible downfall which is more to blame on our legislators than Ruger is that it is not legal in every state.
Why do you ask?… Let me jump on a podium and complain real quick… Some states – including my home state of Minnesota – have outdated, archaic laws called “Melting Point” Laws. Many were devised back in the ’70s – ’90s in the belief that crooks would buy cheap Saturday night special firearms, commit a crime, and then melt the firearm; thereby, destroying all the evidence (the perfect crime). Those backward-thinking states have never updated their laws so the law still exists; thus, this wonderful little revolver is illegal in Minnesota and Massachusetts.
Unfortunate as it is for Minnesota and Massachusetts residents, there are still 48 other states including California that can join in on the TALO Exclusive Ruger Wrangler fun. While the Ruger Wrangler is their cheapest revolver offering of many that they make, it still has considerable quality built into the wheelgun. Some of the hidden traits of this six-shooter can be read below as presented by Ruger:
- Model includes the DeSantis® Wild Hog™ Field and Range Holster. This holster can be worn cross draw or with a forward cant and is ambidextrous. It’s built from premium top grain steer hide and center cut steer hide and features an adjustable tension device.
- Blade front and integral notch rear sights.
- Chambered for affordable .22 LR ammunition.
- Transfer bar mechanism and loading gate interlock provide an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge.
- Cold hammer-forged barrel results in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy and longevity.
- Cerakote® finish provides rugged reliability in all environments.
- Hardwood grips on a Single-Six® pattern grip frame.
If you happen to not live in Minnesota or Massachusetts and have not picked up one of the multiple Ruger Wrangler iterations yet I would highly suggest doing so. There is no guarantee that Ruger will make them for 50+ years like they have with their Single-Six, and you simply cannot beat the price-point. Some final motivating words from Ruger can be read below in this Press Release statement for the New TALO Exclusive Ruger Wrangler with hardwood grips and a DeSantis® Wild Hog™ Field and Range Holster:
The popular Wrangler® revolver is now available in a TALO exclusive configuration featuring a Cobalt Cerakote® finish and traditional, hardwood grips. This model includes a DeSantis® Wild Hog™ Field and Range Holster which can be worn cross draw or with a forward cant, and is ambidextrous. Built from premium top grain steer hide and center cut steer hide, this holster also features an adjustable tension device.
The only thing that we do not have at this time is a suggested retail price since it is a TALO Distributor Exclusive, but it will likely fall around the same price-point as all of the other Ruger Wranglers which is in the ballpark of $249 or less. We have covered the Ruger Wrangler a lot ever since it was introduced here on TFB and if you want to check out some of our previous coverage of those wheelguns you can do so below:
So, as far as affordable rimfire revolvers go, Ruger is easily the champion, but which one do you want in your stable? Would you go with this new TALO Exclusive Ruger Wrangler model? Would you pick up one of the more unique colors they have under the rainbow? As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.