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Page 14 he - Auqust 8, 2012 '07 NISSAN FRONTIER Only 24K V6 Auto 4WD Very Nice Stock#4250A $20,828 It has been commonly agreed for about the last 100-plus years that the most versatile handgun is the double-action revolver. A version with a 4-inch barrel in .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum or .44 Remington Magnum is ca- pable of doing just about anything the average handgun buyer could desire. Most potential buyers go out and most likely purchase a S&W or Taurus. Colt used to be a major player in this arena but they are basically non-existent in the modem scheme of things. All of the older ones have pretty much been stuffed away in collections and the corn- Hutchins pany doesn,t even have a current cpntender in the market. Unfortunately, the best option -"The Real Deal" IMAS|NG MOTORS The Ruger double-action revolver is one of the best-built and most reliable on the market. (541) 258-8191 - 1-800-225-4670 1211 SOUTH MAIN ST AT THE "Y" IN LEBANON in this category is rarely even con- sidered, Ruger. Gun buyers pick up Ruger dries by the train load, especially the excellent 10/22, but the company's revolvers are often overlooked. The Ruger double-ac- tion revolver design has it all over the competition. Smith & Wesson is still basically making the same revolver they did in 1899. Sure, advances have been made during the last 113 years but if you could go back in time 100 years with your new S&W, the local gun- smith would be quite familiar with its operation. The Ruger came out in the early 1970s. It's like comparing a Stanley Steamer to a Hemi 'Cuda. The biggest design improve- ment of the Ruger vas doing away with the side plate. In a S&W re- volver, all of the "guts" of the handgun go in through a remov- able plate on the right side of the revolver. In the Ruger it all comes in from the bottom of the frame except for the hammer, which is WWW.PR MAS NGMOTORS.COM installed from the top. This makes both sides of the Ruger revolver solid and very structurally sound. The top strap that goes over the top of the rotating cylinder is also much thicker and stronger on the Ruger than its competitors. This is a major weak point in a S&W and most other designs. I have three blown-up S&W .44 Mags. at my shop and pictures of others that have come in. Most likely, these S&Ws were destroyed with "hot" handloads, but I have yet to see a Ruger revolver blow up. I'm sure it's happened and there are probably pictures on the "interweb" but I've never seen it happen. Please don't take this as a chal- lenge; anything can be destroyed if you try hard enough. Ruger also made a very wise engineering decision in putting the cylinder notches where the bolt/ cylinder lock comes up and locks the cylinder in place, stopping its rotation. These notches are off-set from the center line of the cham- ber. Smith & Wesson, Colt, Taurus and just about everyone else puts them right into the thinnest part of the chamber. With the introduction of the Redhawk, Ruger also improved the locking system that retains the cylinder in the receiver/frame. Up until this point the front of the cyl- inder was either not locked at all (early Colts) or clear out on the end of the wobbly ejector rod. Ruger moved it back to the crane, right in front of the cylinder which is a much better and stron- ger location. Actually, S&W did this much earlier on the revolv- ers that would come to be called Triple-Locks, because they locked up in all three locations, but they abandoned it as unnecessary and expensive. Ruger has been build- ing all of their versions this way since the Redhawk. There are a couple of areas where Ruger has lagged behind. Up until about five or six years ago, it was a virtual guarantee that if you bought a Ruger D.A. Re- volver, you would be taking it to the gunsmith. Not because it was broken - I've only ever seen one broken D.A. Ruger that wasn't just screwed up by its tinkering owner, but because the trigger pulls were horrible. They were sprung so heavy See Jeff, page 15 QUALITY. PRECISION. SERVICE All Work 100% Guaranteed Jeff Hutchins, Owner Read my articles in The New Era outdoors section. 29352 HWY 34, CORVALLIS Open: Tues & Fri 11-6 Sat 11-5 Closed Sun & Monday Closed Wed & Thursday for Gunsmithing New & Used Firearms - Quality Gunsmithing - Hot Bluing