Ruger New Bearcat - Blued
|Place of origin||United States|
|Designer||William B. Ruger|
|Manufacturer||Sturm, Ruger & Co.|
|Cartridge||.22 LR, .22 Long, .22 Short, .22 WMR|
|Feed system||6-round cylinder|
The Ruger Bearcat is a single-action, .22 caliber revolver manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Co., introduced in 1958. It is based on the classic Remington percussion revolvers of the mid-19th century. Because of its compact size and frame, it is advertised as being ideal for hikers or campers in need of a .22 LR revolver, or "kit gun".
In 1974 Ruger patented a transfer bar safety system for their single-action revolvers and discontinued the production of the Bearcat, which was not readily adaptable to the new transfer bar design. In 1993, Ruger brought back the Bearcat as the New Bearcat, now incorporating the transfer bar system, and also introducing a stainless steel variant.
Bearcat 1st issue
The original Bearcat featured a fixed Patridge front sight and a square notched rear. It was made with an alloy solid frame and an uncheckered walnut grip. It also features music wire coil springs and a non-fluted engraved cylinder.
Bearcat 2nd issue
Bearcat 3rd issue
The Bearcat 3rd issue, also known as the New Bearcat, is Ruger's reintroduced model which came out in 1993. It features smooth rosewood grips with a Ruger medallion embedded. The New Bearcat also incorporated Ruger's new transfer bar safety system. It was briefly offered with an additional .22 WMR cylinder, which was recalled by Ruger due to a safety concern. Those which were not returned to Ruger now command higher prices for collectors.
Around 2003, Ruger began offering the Bearcat in stainless steel.
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the recently announced Ruger "Bearcat 6-shot .22 caliber single-action revolver, pattened after the best of the early Remington percussion revolvers
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