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JOHN TAFFIN The triad of glass-filled-nylon framed pistols is now complete. ’ve always had a special affinity for Ruger firearms for I two reasons. first and foremost, Ruger has always offered exceptional value for dollars expended and, more important to me personally, is the fact I’ve felt like I’ve grown up with Ruger handguns. When I was born, Colt was already more than 100 years old and Smith & Wesson had been in business for more than 80 years, however Ruger was 10 years into the future. I had just started shooting when Ruger introduced their first .22 semiautomatic pistol and I was in my first year of high school when the Single-Six arrived. I purchased my first handgun, a Ruger .22 Single-Six, in 1956 and I have been shooting them ever since. rUGEr Sr40 .40 S&W Accuracy of the Ruger SR40 leaves nothing to be desired. Who could ask for anything more? In the 1970s, Ruger entered the double-action centerfire field and then followed with their first centerfire semi-automatic in the mid-1980s. I still have one of the first of the Ruger 9mm P-85s and, although there were those who complained about its accuracy, I have found mine to be not only adequately accurate for the purpose for which it was intended, but also totally reliable. After the success of the 9mm Ruger, there followed subsequent models in both .45 ACP and .40 S&W. All of these pistols had several attributes in common, such as the mentioned total reliability, exceptional ruggedness and something some find objectionable still: a quite bulky feeling. Smaller—And Just As Good In the early 1990s, I sat in Bill Ruger’s office and one of the things he shared with me was the effort to make their semi-automatic pistols more compact. Several different versions were offered over the next 10 years and then in 2004 Ruger offered the first of their modern versions with a stainless steel slide, glass-filled-nylon grip frame and a totally new styling. That first of the new century was the K345. As with all the previous Ruger semiautomatics, I found it totally reliable, while being much more compact. Gone was the width and girth of the WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JULY 2011 The Ruger SR40 .40 S&W (right, bottom) completes the Ruger trio of self-defense semi-autos which includes the .45 ACP (left) and 9mm (top, right). 30

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