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BOOM: Ruger’s 2020 Bombshell, the Ruger-57



The folks at Ruger know how to harness the high energy of a New Year, and the brand-new Ruger-57 pistol is all the proof you need. As you might expect from the name, this exciting new handgun is chambered in the high-performance, flat-shooting, low-recoiling 5.7x28mm caliber. Boasting a revolutionary approach to ergonomics, the Ruger-57 is a full-featured handgun wrapped around a standard capacity, 20-round steel magazine. This new rollout is yet another signal that the gun industry is returning to the simple idea that guns should be fun to plink and train with, as evidenced by its tagline: “Fun to shoot, cool to own.”

Speaking of all of the above, Ruger has also ensured that there are two versions of this white-hot new handgun. The first version is, of course, for those of us who rejoice in the fortune of living in America; the second is a “restrictive state” compliant handgun for everyone who is still working out the logistics of moving to Texas.

We’ll start with that 5.7 chambering, since it’s long been recognized for its superior ballistic performance. The lighter weight projectiles have significantly less felt recoil than 9mm Luger, which allows the shooter to reacquire their sight picture rapidly in follow-through. The slender steel magazine is surrounded by a glass-filled nylon frame featuring an optimized texture, making for a natural and ergonomic grip. Despite the longer cartridges, the trigger reach is no longer than many common 9mm Luger handguns. All of the controls are easily accessible, like the 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety, robust slide release and the reversible magazine latch.

Rounding out the package is a windage and elevation adjustable, serrated rear sight and rapid acquisition fiber optic front sight for fast, accurate shooting; Picatinny-style accessory rail; and Secure Action fire control which combines Ruger’s reliable and proven internal hammer with a short, crisp trigger pull and a positive reset. To top it off, the slide is drilled and tapped for easy mounting of optics with a separately available optic adapter plate, available at

“The Ruger-57 is destined to become one of America’s favorite handguns,” said Ruger President and CEO Chris Killoy. “This pistol is soft shooting, accurate, powerful and just plain fun to shoot.”

The through-hardened, billet steel slide with lightening cuts features enhanced front and rear cocking serrations. The steel barrel features a black nitride treatment for wear resistance, and the fire control housing is precision CNC-machined from anodized aluminum. The pistol is 8.65″ long and weighs 24.5 ounces. It ships in a lockable hard case and includes two, 20-round steel magazines for states that allow them.

MSRP is $799; dealer prices are likely to be somewhat lower. Click here for more information!



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