American Rifleman - December 2013 - (Page 81)

NEW BEARCAT SHOPKEEPER SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YDS.) .22 LONG RIFLE CARTRIDGE VEL. @ 15' (F.P.S.) ENERGY (FT.-LBS.) CCI MINI-MAG 40-GR. HP 975 AVG. 20 SD 84 2.22 3.78 3.14 REMINGTON 40-GR. HP 863 AVG. 21 SD 66 3.26 4.68 4.06 WINCHESTER PP 40-GR. HP 874 AVG. 17 SD 68 1.77 4.12 3.03 AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD GROUP SIZE IN INCHES SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE 3.41 NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FIRED OVER A PACT P ROFESSIONAL CHRONOGRAPH 15 FT. FROM THE MUZZLE. RANGE TEMPERATURE: 85° F. H UMIDITY: 18%. HANDGUN ACCURACY WAS MEASURE FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE- SHOT GROUPS FIRED FROM SANDBAG REST AT 7 YDS . A BBREVIATIONS : HP ( HOLLOW - POINT ), HV (HIGH-VELOCITY), PP (POWER-POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION). MANUFACTURER: STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. (DEPT. AR), 411 SUNAPEE ST., NEWPORT, NH 03773; (603) 865-2442; RUGER.COM DISTRIBUTOR: LIPSEY'S, INC., (DEPT. AR), 6823 EXCHEQUER DRIVE, BATON ROUGE, LA 70809; (225) 755-1333; LIPSEYS.COM CALIBER: .22 LONG RIFLE (ALSO .22 SHORT, .22 LONG) ACTION TYPE: SINGLE-ACTION RIMFIRE REVOLVER FRAME: STAINLESS STEEL BARREL: 3" RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE, 1:16" RH TWIST CYLINDER: SIX-ROUND CAPACITY SIGHTS: BLADE FRONT SIGHT, SQUARE-NOTCH REAR TRIGGER: SINGLE ACTION; 3-LB., 9-OZ. PULL GRIP: LAMINATED WOOD OVERALL LENGTH: 7.5" HEIGHT: 4.17" WIDTH: 1.5" WEIGHT: 23 OZS. ACCESSORIES: LOCK, PLASTIC CASE, OWNER'S MANUAL SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $649 A new rendition of the Bearcat, the Shopkeeper has a shooter-friendly birdshead grip, 3" barrel, six-shot cylinder chambered for .22 Long Rifle (r.) and a transfer-bar safety (bottom r.). cylinder is lined up with the loading gate so that cartridges may be loaded into each chamber or spent cartridges ejected. At that point, the cylinder may also be removed by depressing the cylinder-release pin, in the front of the frame, and pulling the cylinder pin forward out of the frame. In testing the Shopkeeper, three different .22 Long Rifle loads were used. They were the 40-gr. CCI Mini-Mag hollow-point, the Remington 40-gr. High-Velocity hollow-point, and the Winchester 40-gr. Power-Point. Accuracy testing was conducted at 7 yds. using sandbags for a rest. Five consecutive, five-shot groups were shot with each load, and the Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper posted acceptable groups for this type of handgun. All three loads also shot to point-ofaim. The Winchester Power-Point edged the other two out by averaging 3.03" groups. Subjectively, the New Bearcat Shopkeeper was found to be a very comfortable revolver to shoot. The birdshead grip fit quite nicely into the shooting hand. And, probably due to the fact that the ejector-rod housing was stainless steel instead of an alloy, the revolver had a slight muzzleheaviness that made it point very quickly and naturally. The stainless steel sights, which do not give the best sight picture, especially in bright sunlight, were balanced by the cleanbreaking trigger. The New Bearcat Shopkeeper lends itself to informal plinking and target practice. In addition, it is nearly perfect for slipping into a pants pocket during a leisurely jaunt in the woods, or while enjoying a day at the fishing hole, for use against poisonous snakes. With that in mind, however, one can't help but wish for the Shopkeeper in a .22 WMR chambering. Regardless, it is one of those guns that, once a fellow picks it up, it is hard to put down. It just feels right. As mentioned earlier, the Ruger New Bearcat Shopkeeper was commissioned by Lipsey's and, therefore, is only available through a retail store that deals with that company. If a local gun shop doesn't order from Lipsey's, visit the Lipsey's website at lipseys.com to find the closest retailer that does. DECEMBER 2013 AMERICAN RIFLEMAN 81 http://www.RUGER.COM http://www.LIPSEYS.COM http://www.lipseys.com

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