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Ruger for Law Enforcement: Weapons Designed for Police Officers

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 10:48 AM

Law enforcement officers rely on their weapons in emergency situations, and many look to Ruger guns that are specially designed to meet their needs.

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Firearms designed for law enforcement need to have specific features, with reliability and accuracy being paramount. But there are other important factors, too, like size, weight, and the fit of the grip. In addition, most law enforcement agencies require their officers to keep their weapons on safe unless and until they’re needed.

Bolt-Action Rifles
Bolt-action rifles are used primarily by snipers and sharpshooters. The Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle is made of a black composite and weighs in at just over six pounds. One feature that makes it appealing to law enforcement is a forward-mounted Picatinny rail that allows officers to easily upgrade by attaching a variety of modern optics, Ruger’s website said.

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Auto-Loading Rifles
Ruger’s SR series of auto-loading rifles is known for being reliable and indestructible, both important qualities for law enforcement weapons. All are designed to allow officers to quickly switch between add-on optics and the gun’s original sights. The 10/22 Takedown does exactly what its name implies: breaks down easily and quickly. The Mini-14 offers the functionality of larger rifles in a smaller, lightweight package.

Center-Fire Pistols
Ruger’s line of center-fire pistols for law enforcement are valued for their rugged reliability and compact size. The SR9 models were Ruger’s first striker-fired semiautomatic pistols. A wide range of accessories makes them highly customizable. Available calibers include 9 mm Luger, 380 Auto, 40 S&W, and 45 Auto.

“The improved SR9 proved very practical and rugged,” PoliceMag.com wrote. “Which put Ruger in competition with all the other manufacturers of duty pistols. And since all of its rivals offered compact and sub-compact versions of their pistols, Ruger released the SR9c compact in 2009.”

The company came out with the SR40, which Police magazine also liked. “The SR40 proved a pleasingly accurate pistol, shooting to point of aim for all three loads,” writer Paul Scarlata said. “Of the nine groups I produced, none was larger than three inches while a couple came in under two. Such performance from a service type pistol deserves positive comment.”

Criminal Justice Degree Hub ranked the Ruger LC9 as one of the most popular law enforcement guns, as well.

Rim-Fire Pistols
Like all Rugers, the22 LR rim-fire pistols designed for law enforcement are advertised as reliable, rugged, and lightweight. The Picatinny rail and threaded barrel on some models allow officers to customize their weapons with a variety of accessories.

Double-Action Revolvers

Revolvers are popular back-up and off-duty weapons for many in law enforcement. Ruger’s models are known for being lightweight and compact enough for concealed carry, which appeals to undercover officers. The grips are designed to be comfortable and to reduce recoil.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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