Looking for a centerfire pistol with more bang for your bullet? Ruger's got you covered!

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Ruger just launched a new striker-fired pistol with impressive ergonomics including an easy trigger reach and a 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety.
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The new Ruger 57 pistol in 5.7x28mm, available in two models, is already generating buzz throughout the industry, so let's walk through them to see what's new!

Ruger-57: Model 16401

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High-capacity and featuring an all-steel slide drilled and tapped for easy mounting, this new pistol from Ruger is a full-size option for customers looking for superior ballistics on a handgun.

Light and accurate (perfect for small game hunting), the Ruger-57 pistol features:

  • Windage and elevation adjustable, serrated rear sight and rapid acquisition fiber optic front sight for fast, accurate shooting
  • The alloy steel barrel features a black nitride treatment for wear resistance
  • Steel magazine provides double-stack capacity without unnecessary bulk
  • Textured, ergonomic frame provides a secure and comfortable grip
  • The Secure Action fire control is derived from the reliable and proven hammer-fired LCP fire control system. The Secure Action fire control combines the smooth trigger pull of the LCP with the short, crisp feel and positive reset of a single action
  • Safe, easy takedown with no tools or trigger pull required
  • Fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight
  • Inspection port allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber
  • Picatinny-style accessory rail for easy mounting of lights and lasers
  • Easily-operated ergonomic controls like the popular 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety, reversible magazine release and robust slide release
  • Magazine drops free on release for convenient reloading
  • Includes two steel magazines

Ruger-57: Model 16402

Featuring the same specifications, Ruger also offers a 10 + 1 capacity version of the Ruger-57 in their Model 16402.

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Still not California or Massachusetts compliant, this lower capacity model of the Ruger-57 also features a steel magazine that provides double-stack capacity without unnecessary bulk and a fiber optic front sight.

Comfortable Carry

CrossBreed has been working with Ruger to be able to provide holster options ahead of their release of the Ruger-57. The SuperTuck (IWB) and SnapSlide (OWB) are already available, with more options based on consumer demand coming soon!
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The New LCPII in 22lr

In response to concealed carry consumers' needs, Ruger also just dropped the new Lite Rack LCP II Chambered in .22 LR, a low-recoil pistol featuring an easy-to-rack slide designed to be comfortable to shoot and operate.

Specifications

  • Lite Rack™ system includes refined slide serrations, pronounced cocking ears and a lighter recoil spring, allowing for easy slide manipulation
  • Low recoil for comfortable training, optimized to function with high-velocity ammunition
  • With a patent-pending floorplate assembly, the magazine offers a very compact 10+1 capacity, extends the grip for improved control and retains the LCP IIs popular last-round hold-open function
  • Manual safety is oriented in a push-forward-to-fire configuration that is instinctive and unobtrusive
  • Textured grip frame provides a secure and comfortable grip. Larger grip frame surface provides better distribution of recoil forces
  • Fixed front and rear sights are integral to the slide, while the hammer is recessed within the slide
  • Rugged construction with a through-hardened steel slide and one-piece, high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame
  • Secure Action™ fire control that combines the smooth pull of the LCP with the short crisp feel and positive reset of a single-action
  • Additional safety features include a magazine disconnect; neutrally balanced sear with significant engagement and strong spring tension; and hammer catch to help prevent the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled

With an MSRP of $349, will this compact pistol designed for easy operation become a justifiable alternative to the Smith&Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ?

What do you think?

Ruger certainly seems to be sending 2019 out with a bang but will it drive customers into their local gun store? Will you be looking for coverage on the Ruger-57 from SHOT Show?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jenn Jacques is a fierce defender of the Second Amendment, concealed carry advocate, fishing enthusiast, hiker, hunter, and an all-around great gal with a gun. As a former Private Detective, Jenn put those skills to good use, fighting for gun rights in her home state of Wisconsin before working as the Editor of a 2A News site, publication writer, and freelance blogger.

Jacques has hundreds of hours of firearms training under her belt including Street Encounters and Low Light/No Light Training, is a graduate of the Gunsite Academy, and was named a S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion of Firearm Safety by the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Project ChildSafe.

She has been a staple in the firearms industry since 2009 and is proud to be raising her three children with her husband John who is also an avid hunter, 2A supporter, and an amazing father.

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