With the goal of providing the power of a .357 Magnum in a smaller cartridge marketed for self-defense, Ruger introduced the .327 Federal Magnum, or .327 Fed mag for short, several years ago. Said to have less recoil and muzzle blast, the .327 round was also meant as an improvement upon the .32 H&R Magnum which in itself came about to improve the .32 S&W cartridge. Over the years these cartridge changes accounted for a difference in length and velocity, stepping up from 15,000 psi to the currently available 45,000 psi in modern factory loads, giving the .327 Federal Magnum the velocity as the .357 Magnum without the same level of powerful recoil. Further increases in velocity are also possible through the use of hotter, heavier hunting loads should that better suit your personal needs.
Seven years ago, Ruger took this .327 Federal Magnum cartridge and with it offered the SP-101, a small frame revolver with defensive capabilities wrapped in a package that was easy to conceal. In doing this, a trend was started, with other manufacturers soon to follow with several guns of their own. Ruger themselves, however, have not released any firearms chambered in .327 in quite a while. That is, until now, with the arrival of the Single-Seven, which is modeled after the Single-Six but adds in an extra shot.
Bearing seven chambers instead of six, the Single-Seven is made of steel and fitted with wood grips. The serrated sights include an adjustable rear sight paired with a ramped front sight which screws into place. Instead of offering only one or even two barrel lengths, the Single-Seven boasts three amongst its three available models. These are 4.625 inches, 5.5 inches, and 7.5 inches, making the overall length of the gun 10.125 inches, 11 inches, and 13 inches respectively. The weights in accordance with barrel length are 35.2 ounces, 35.8 ounces, 38 ounces.
The modern .327 round is capable of pushing 500 foot-pounds of force at the muzzle, which makes it useful for multiple purposes depending on your preference. The round itself is smaller and lighter than .357 Magnum loads and is capable of moving faster, making its use in the Single-Seven, as well as a the Single-Seven itself, a versatile choice whether you want to shoot targets, keep yourself and your family safe, or feast upon a meal of small game animals.
If you wish to acquire a Ruger Single-Seven, you will have to do so through Lipsey's as this gun is a dealer exclusive. The MSRP is $659 for all three barrel lengths and there is no telling at this time for how long the Single-Seven will be available. This will likely depend largely on demand, which could lead to longer or shorter availability based on the popularity of the gun and .327 round. There is hope that a lot of interest in this particular round will lead to a resurgence of popularity, ultimately bringing about a release of other firearms chambered in .327 Magnum, but that is a decision Ruger has yet to make or announce as of now.
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