Firearms|Handguns

It seems that Ruger is gearing up to have a big Shot Show 2019. I haven’t seen Ruger this active before Shot Show since the release of the Ruger Precision Rifle a few years back now. Today, Ruger is dropping a bomb of an announcement and release of their new pistol. The Ruger-57.

What is so special about the Ruger’s new pistol? You may be asking. What makes it special that it is chambered in 5.7. This is one of a couple of pistols chambered in the 5.7 caliber. There is the original FN 5.7 pistol and the Ukrainian Fort-28. That is from a quick google search of pistols chambered in 5.7 ammunition. With the inclusion of the Ruger-57 there are now three pistols chambered in 5.7×28 ammunition.

The new Ruger-57 features 1911-style ergonomics, ambidextrous manual safety, and reversible magazine latch. The new pistol comes with front and rear slide serrations and a optics ready slide. A green fiber optic front sight with adjustable windage and elevation rear sight. That is just a few features of the Ruger-57 pistol that stood out to me. (A complete feature list will be below.) To say the least Ruger has built a feature rich pistol chambered in 5.7. 

The new Ruger-57 is competitively priced at $799. Which makes it price competitive in its small pistol market. The Ruger-57 comes in two different variants with a 20-round and 10-round magazine variants. 

Below is the press release, spec list, and features of the new Ruger-57. 

Press Release 

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is thrilled to introduce a cutting-edge new platform – the Ruger-57™ pistol. The Ruger-57 is a full-featured handgun wrapped around a standard capacity, 20-round steel magazine, chambered in the high performance and low-recoiling 5.7x28mm caliber.

The most touted feature of this new pistol is its impressive ergonomics. 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.

The flat-shooting 5.7x28mm cartridge is recognized for its superior ballistic performance. The lighter weight projectiles have significantly less felt recoil than 9mm Luger, allowing quicker sight reacquisition.

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 ShopRuger.com.

“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 (10-round, state-compliant model also available). 

Spec List

• Capacity: 20+1

• Grip Frame: High-Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon

• Barrel Length: 4.94″

• Overall Length: 8.65″

• Barrel Material: Alloy Steel

• Barrel Finish: Black Nitride

• Front Sight: Fiber Optic

• Rear Sight: Adjustable

• Slide Material: Alloy Steel

• Slide Finish: Black Oxide

• Weight: 24.5 oz.

• Slide Width: 1.20″

• Height: 5.60″

• Grooves: 8

• Twist:1:9″ RH

• Available in CA: No

• Available in MA: No

• Suggested Retail: $799.00

Features 

• Impressive ergonomics include an easy trigger reach, 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety, robust slide release and reversible magazine release latch.

• Through hardened, billet steel slide with lightening cuts is drilled and tapped for easy mounting of optics with separately available optic adapter plate, available at ShopRuger.com.

• 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 combines Ruger’s reliable and proven internal hammer with a short, crisp trigger pull and a positive reset.

• Safe, easy takedown with no tools or trigger pull required.

• Inspection port allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.

• Picatinny-style accessory rail for easy mounting of lights and lasers.

• Magazine drops free on release for convenient reloading.

• Also includes: two steel magazines.

To find out more about the Ruger-57, go check out Ruger’s website. 

What do you think about the new Ruger-57? Is it an attractive option to the original FN 5.7 pistol? Let us know in the comments below.

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