Ruger is adding a new premium line of factory-tuned rifles and pistols with the new Custom Shop. For now, the Custom Shop is offering an improved 9mm competition SR1911 and an accurized 10/22. The company’s also expanding their, recently added, Ruger Precision Rifle series with magnum chamberings and adding a heavily requested SP101 to their catalog.
First up are the two new Custom Shop guns. The 1911-pattern pistol has a black frame and slide with polished slabs for a striped two-tone look. It’s a competition pistol chambered for 9mm Luger designed with input from master shooter Doug Koenig.
It uses all stainless construction with a black nitride finish on the slide, frame, and barrel. It has a flat adjustable trigger and oversize safety. Unloaded it weighs 41 ounces and has a 10+1 standard capacity. The pistol has a large flared magwell to make reloading smooth and fast.
Other features include a fiber optic front sight, a fully adjustable rear sight and Hogue machined G10 grips. The frontstrap and mainspring housing are deeply checkered for an all-around positive grip.
The Custom Shop 10/22 takes things further with a redesigned receiver with an integral 30 MOA scope rail and an additional bedding lug that free-floats the barrel in the stock. Ruger also added a cleaning port at the rear of the receiver, which is a popular aftermarket upgrade.
The cold hammer-forged barrel is fluted with a nitride finish and has a standard threaded muzzle for compensators, brakes, and other accessories. It has an updated, proprietary chamber that is supposed to make semi-automatic feeding and extraction more reliable.
Ruger redesigned the bolt, too. The new bolt locks to the rear on empty and releases easily on a fresh magazine just by giving it a tug to the rear. It also comes standard with an extended ambidextrous magazine release.
Continuing the Ruger Custom Shop two-tone theme the 10/22 has a speckled black and grey laminate stock. The stock has an adjustable cheek piece for different shooters and different optics systems.
The new Ruger Custom Shop guns are all hand-fit and command a price premium. The 1911 has a suggested price of $2,499 and the 10/22 has am $899 MSRP. Given that real-world pricing for Ruger is frequently much lower than MSRP, these guns look competitive with other semi-custom guns in their class.
Ruger is also in the magnum business with Ruger Precision Rifles, now chambered for .300 Winchester Magnum and .338 Lapua Magnum. Both models have 26-inch barrels with 5/16-24-threaded muzzles and generous 4-port muzzlebrakes. In addition, the brakes can be tuned for precise recoil control.
Both rifles have 30 MOA rails and come packed with all the standard RPR features that have made the platform such a success. Some of those features include the adjustable 2.5-5-pound trigger, 5R rifling and folding, fully-adjustable AR-pattern stock. They have free-floating M-Lok forends with a wide range of quick-detach sling swivel options.
The Magnum RPRs are priced at $2,099 so actual prices will be well under $2,000. All they need is a scope and ammo and they’re ready for real long-range shooting.
Lastly comes the newest SP101. It has a simple but often-requested feature, a matte black finish. While there have been a few exceptions, including distributor exclusives, the bulk of Ruger’s SP101 compact revolvers have a plain stainless finish.
What’s surprising about this is how long it’s taken for Ruger to make a standard black SP101. These are concealed-carry revolvers, after all, no need for flashy looks. And these are standard, with a 5-shot, .357 Magnum cylinder, a 2.25-inch barrel and a simple ramped front sight and notched frame.
The matte black SP101 is priced the same as the base model, $719. That works out to around $600 or less.