MARCH 14, 2019

Ruger’s “Carryable” Couple in May GUNS

Revolver or auto? Regardless of your preference, the May issue of GUNS Magazine presents two “carry-friendly” winners from Ruger: the SP101 and LCP.

Bad, blued and built to last, the Retro SP101’s looks take the pocket revolver back in time while still offering all the charms of the stainless steel original. FMG Editorial Director Michael O. Humphries fed the new Ruger a variety of .38 and .357 loads with impressive results at “self-defense distances.” He notes, “With its stubby 2.5-inch barrel, it can slip easily into a deep concealment holster — but be ready to cope with its 26-oz. weight when you’re feeling ‘magnumized!’”

With today’s modern ammo and innovation in design and engineering, the .380 represents a capable personal-defense option for concealed carry users. Of Ruger’s 10th Anniversary .380 LCP, Publisher Roy Huntington states, “It’s a ‘real’ gun, with good sights, a decent trigger, ran perfectly over the 300-odd rounds I fired through it and can take that same head shot at 15 yards, no sweat.”

The legendary 9mm SMG has been used by everyone from the British SAS to the pope’s Swiss Guard — and played notable roles in “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon” — but its hefty price tag puts it out of reach for most. Enter PTR’s 9CT. Classified as a handgun, the 9CT combines the aesthetics of an SMG and the reliability for which roller locks are known. “For those looking for a pistol-caliber gun for home defense or just a fun gun for the range, the 9CT is hard to beat,” suggests Jeremy Clough.

Honoring American combat pilots of WWII, an Auto-Ordnance Squadron 1911 is up for grabs in this month’s Firearms Package Giveaway. The commemorative pistol is chambered in .45 ACP and features custom graphics, an engraved rivet pattern and the Army Air Corps insignia. Accompanying the Squadron is a leather OWB holster with a wartime “shark mouth” design. Combined, the package is valued at $1,206. Readers are invited to enter the free drawing by visiting

GUNS May issue continues with “Optical Delusions” — when shooting, are your eyes playing tricks on you? Sometimes. Massad Ayoob clears things up in Handguns column. In the Air Power installment, Tom McHale explains why Daystate’s Red Wolf Air Rifle may be the Final Frontier in air gun precision thanks to an onboard computer and electronic trigger. Varmints beware! Holt Bodinson showcases Volquartsen’s powerfully accurate and versatile .22 WMR Scorpion in this month’s Rimfires column.

John M. Buol Jr. discusses the Mauser C96 in this month’s Online Exclusive, “Shooting Grandpa’s Bring-Back.” Log on to www.gunsmagazine.comto discover even more. Digital subscriptions and the May issue are available for purchase at

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