Good sights for when not shooting from the hip
The Ruger Single Six is not a pellet pistol, but it is my favorite pellet rifle accouterment.
Here is why.
The first time I took to the woods with my trusty Beeman R1, I must admit I felt naked. Not the good naked either like when I’m home alone and want to get a little cleaning done. No, this was the Dr. office naked when they have a new female intern and, well we’ll just leave it at that.
If I had grown up in Europe, I would guess this would be normal, but packing only a single shot pellet rifle on the edge of Appalachia just doesn’t seem right.
“Deliverance” without a doubt left a lasting impression in my memory bank.
My first security blanket came in the form of a 9mm pistol. It certainly filled the comfort category, but that was it. It almost seemed a little silly sitting under a hickory tree scanning the tree tops with my R1, while 15 rounds of 9mm and a back up magazine rode on my hip. There is a certain Feng shui to outdoor apparel, and that was not it.
In comes the Ruger. It feels right, looks good, and makes sense. (if you may need to contend with Bears, you will want to up the ante.)
Ready to go
Versatility and tradition are the strong suits here.
Colibri offer 20 grains at 375 fps. CB longs give a 29 grain slug 710 fps. Next up are standard .22 long rifle and even .22 Magnums pushing 40 grains at about 1550 fps out of a six and 1/2 inch barrel.
I am able to practice in my basement with the Colibri which are no more powerful than an R7, or the CB longs which come in well under most PCP’s energy levels.
Colibri should not be used in a rifle
The standard .22 long rifles make the most sense to carry in the field, good economy and performance for plinking if things get boring or I just need a break. Lastly, while not my first choice, used for self defense in a revolver the .22 WMR is the best of the small bore handgun cartridges.
Plus I can play “Shane” when no one is watching…