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Ruger Explorer

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Ruger Explorer

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Ruger-2244020 [PY-2016-4096]
Ruger Explorer youth rifle. Ideal for educating new shooters of any age.

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$82.95

Caliber.177" (4.5mm)
Max Velocity495 fps

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Ruger Explorer Youth Air Rifle

  • Spring-piston breakbarrel
  • Single-shot
  • Anti-slam trigger/barrel safety system (anti-beartrap mechanism)
  • Ambidextrous, all-weather composite stock
  • Vented cheekpiece
  • Blued receiver
  • Rifled barrel
  • Adjustable fiber optic rear sight
  • Fixed fiber optic front sight
  • Automatic safety
  • Rubber recoil pad
  • Easy to cock--only 16.5 lbs. cocking effort!
  • 12" length of pull
  • Ideal for training younger shooters or new shooters of any age


Designed for youth shooters, the Explorer breakbarrel is a great place to begin their first forays into shooting sports.  With a lightweight cocking effort (16.5lbs) and a total weight of 4.45lbs, this is a gun nearly anyone can handle.  

Each Explorer features a sleek black synthetic stock, skeletonized to reduce weight.  It's raised cheekpiece and 12" length of pull assures a comfortable hold.  

If you've got a youngster you feel is ready for the responsibility of shooting, the Explorer is a respectable addition to your collection.

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Ruger-2244020 [PY-2016-4096]
Ruger Explorer youth rifle. Ideal for educating new shooters of any age.

Price

$82.95

Caliber.177" (4.5mm)
Max Velocity495 fps

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Specs

Max Velocity495 fps
Overall Length37.12"
ButtplateRubber
FunctionSingle-shot
Weight4.45 lbs
Scopeable11mm dovetail
SafetyAutomatic
Suggested forPlinking & target practice
Caliber.177" (4.5mm)
Loudness2-Low-Medium
Barrel Length15.0"
Shot Capacity1
Cocking Effort16.5 lbs
BarrelRifled
Front SightFiber Optic
Rear SightMicrometer adjustable
TriggerTwo-stage non-adjustable
ActionBreak barrel
PowerplantSpring-piston
Body TypeRifle

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Things I liked:

Perfect for kids and adults a like, very accurate and light weight.

Things I would have changed:

Nothing, maybe a scope.

What others should know:

Best for the kids.

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Things I liked:

Solid build and good ergonomics for 8 - 12 year old. I bought this to help my 6 year old granddaughter become interested in shooting sports. It's still too big for her to properly shoulder. I placed a red dot on the rail to help her more easily sight, but if you can't put your cheek on the stock and the butt to your shoulder and still reach the trigger, then it doesn't fit you. That's no fault of the rifle, but a caution to buyers who think this is the solution to getting your child started earlier than they are really ready (physically or mentally mature). I used a little tune in a tube to quiet the twang. It does seem reasonably insensitive to recoil, At ten yards, the spread is dime-sized using Crosman Premier domed pellets from the carton. Trigger pull is very long and not crisp. You just keep pressing and suddenly it fires. Cocking is easy, but my 6 year old granddaughter couldn't manage it by herself. Your mileage may very based on the size of the child.

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I've purchased both the Ruger Explorer and the Umarex Embark. I would rank the Explorer overall above the Embark in build quality except the Embark's hooded sight is slightly better.

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Things I liked:

Light, easy to cock, good accuracy, quiet. Purchased for my 8 year old son for 10-20 yard target shooting and plinking in the backyard. He has no problem cocking it despite being kind of skinny. We have several pellets for it, and so far hes liking RWS Diabolo Basic 7.0 grain. Not quite sure why exactly, because I know others we have also shoot well, but those are what he seems to always go for. I challenged him to hit 5 out of 5 bullseyes (1" on my custom target), which he did pretty surprisingly quickly. This was from 10 yards, bench rested, and with a red dot sight. I can do better with the gun. Were putting a BugBuster scope on it now that hes met the challenge, so were excited to see what he can do with that. I imagine that he’ll be calling out “bullseye!” and looking at me with a smirk much more often now. We also enjoy cutting cans in half as I shoot next to him. He’s made several final shots to separate the can halves so that tells me the gun isn’t limiting him.

Things I would have changed:

Trigger pull is long, but manageable with practice. However, I’m not sure how much better could be expected at this gun’s price point and intended audience.

What others should know:

This was the second gun I purchased for him, the first one was a disappointing mostly-plastic Gamo Cadet Youth SP that I bought from another vendor. I also considered the Umarex Embark, which is the same as this but with different sights and stock color. We noticed a significant reduction in volume after about 200 shots break-in period. This is a great value for a youth gun!

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  • Matthew from USA asked:

    How much will the sights obstruct a red dot sight? Can they be easily removed? I'm considering the Hawke Vantage Red Dot 1X30 9-11MM to help my daughter keep a good cheek weld and the height over bore to a minimum.

    • Mark from USA answered:

      The rear sight should be relatively easy to remove. The front will be more difficult. It would have to be cut off.The Umarex Embark would be easier to remove the front sight unit. The Diana 240 is really easy. There is a set screw that holds the unit on the gun. Otherwise the front sight will intrude almost halfway into the red dot field of vision.

  • Dennis from USA asked:

    Could a sling stud be installed so a bipod could be used?

    • jerry from Canada asked:

      very handy little lesson gun

      • jerry from Canada answered:

        part on and off sliding in stock and send price and shipping possible to t1m1h1 ab Canada have visa to pay thank you jerry

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