Three New Ruger Wrangler Models — .22LR with Birdshead Grip

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is introducing three new models to the Wrangler line of single-action revolvers. Ruger has made the Wrangler more compact, featuring a 3.75″ cold hammer-forged barrel and Ruger Birdshead-pattern grip frame. This .22 LR revolver is offered in three Cerakote colors. By adding these models to the Wrangler line, Ruger hopes to continue their rich history of quality, rugged, reliable single-action revolvers.

New Ruger Wrangler .22LR revolver with birdshead grip in three color options
The new Wranglers with the 3.75″ cold hammer-forged barrel and Ruger Birdshead-pattern grip frame.

The Birdshead Wrangler features a blade front sight and integral notch rear sight. The standard black grip panels can be switched with the Ruger Birdshead-pattern grips. The revolver fits in Single-Six holsters as long as they are set for 3.75″ barrels. All Wranglers feature the same transfer bar mechanism, and the loading gate interlock that Ruger says provides an unparalleled security measure against accidental discharge.

New Ruger Wrangler Birdshead featuring the black Cerakote.
New Wrangler Birdshead featuring the black Cerakote.

Building off the achievements of Bill Ruger, the modern Sturm, Ruger & Company strives to keep holding up the ideas of affordability and rugged reliability that are hallmarks of Ruger firearms. Ruger says that the Wrangler can continue those traditions through modern CNC-machining methods, lean manufacturing techniques, and a new aluminum alloy cylinder frame.

Ruger Wrangler Birdshead silver
New Wrangler Birdshead featuring the silver Cerakote.


  • Grips: Birdshead Synthetic.
  • Capacity: 6
  • Front Sight: Blade
  • Rear Sight: Integral
  • Barrel Length: 3.75″
  • Overall Length: 8.62″
  • Weight: 28 oz.
  • Cylinder Frame Finish: Black Cerakote
  • Cylinder Frame Material: Aluminum Alloy
  • MSRP: $279.00
Ruger Wrangler Birdshead in burnt bronze
New Wrangler Birdshead featuring the silver Cerakote.

Being a personal owner of the standard Ruger Wrangler, I can attest to how fun it is to just go out to the range and shoot. Single-action shooting is what I started with. The Ruger New Model Blackhawk was my first handgun. Going out to the range to shoot like a cowboy was always fun, but with a .357, it can get expensive.

Thankfully .22 LR is an affordable way to just go out and have some fun. The Wrangler’s attractive price, combined with the affordability of rimfire ammunition, made my decision to pick one up easy. And when my daughter is old enough to shoot, I hope to teach her on a reliable revolver like the Wrangler. I hope this new addition to the Wrangler family has the same quality as the one I keep in my safe.

Will Lawson is simply a nerdy dad trying to gain a more significant foothold in the gun world. He enjoys collecting old firearms, movies of all genres, and firing his hex receiver Mosin Nagant like his shoulder is invincible.


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