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Ruger Explorer .177 Caliber Youth Break Barrel Air Rifle - 495 FPS

Ruger Explorer .177 Caliber Youth Break Barrel Air Rifle - 495 FPS

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  • MSRP $79.99
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  • Code: 224-4020 · 0.177 cal · 495 fps
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Description:
The Ruger Explorer youth air rifle is a spring piston single stroke break barrel air rifle with an all-weather composite black stock. This Ruger Air Rifle's stock is ambidextrous (for both left- and right-handers) and has a thumbhole stock and vented cheek piece for comfort and ease of use. The Explorer rifle shoots pellets out of its rifled barrel at 495 fps. Accuracy is a breeze with its fiber optic sights. The Explorer also comes with an automatic safety and rubber recoil pad. It is designed as a youth rifle with a shorter overall length (37.125"), lighter frame (4.45 lbs.), and an added anti-slam trigger-barrel safety system.

Specifications:
Model: Charger
Caliber: .177
Velocity: 495
Ammo Type: Pellet and Lead Ball
Body Components: Metal Barrel and Receiver with Polymer Stock
Overall Length: 37.125 inches
Barrel Length: 15 inches
Barrel Style: Rifled
Fire Mode: Single Shot
Cocking Effort: 16.5 lbs
Trigger Pull: 4.25 lbs
Trigger Adjust: None Adjustable
Action: Break Barrel
Power plant: Spring Pneumatic
Gun Weight: 4.45 lbs
Front Sight: Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Fiber Optic - Adjustable
Warranty: 1 Year

Package includes:
Ruger Charger .177 Caliber Break Barrel Youth Air Rifle.

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Specs
  • ManufacturerRuger
  • Caliber0.177 cal
  • Velocity495 fps
  • Airgun MechanismSpring-piston
  • Ammo TypePellets
  • Airgun UsePest Control / Plinking /Target Shooting
  • Barrel StyleBreak Barrel
  • Fire ModeSingle-shot
  • Loudness2-Low-Medium
  • OpticsNO
  • Product ConditionNew
  • Warranty1 Year Limited
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Reviews
Ruger Explorer .177 Caliber Youth Break Barrel Air Rifle - 495 FPS
4.5 Stars based on 12 Review(s)
Ian
Guelph Ontario Canada
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

An amazing gun!
February 23, 2014
I just got this gun from Walmart (I know it sounds cheap) and it shoots great. I got a three cm pattern at twenty meters . For the money it is a great gun. Some wort had tampered with it, and it was missing its rear fiber optic site, still, it shot great.
Pros:
Accurate
Cons:
Loose screws

Patricia S. Broderick
Charlotte area
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Superior Air Rifle
August 3, 2013
Excellent, not just for young people but for us old people too. Easy to handle, accurate. Exactly what I wanted (I'm 84) for the squirrels that are overrunning us.
Pros:
Easy to handle
Cons:
Can't think of any.

Paul
IN
3 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

great gun for new shooters
May 20, 2013
I've owned this gun for about a year and it's been a good gun over all. This gun does not shoot at 495 fps. In fact, its lucky to get half that. I've shot mice, chipmunks, starlings, and many more critters. The three big problems I have had are the trigger, the butt plate, and the sight elevation. The trigger is tight but it loosened up over the year the butt plate just fell off today and after about a week of owning the gun the sight elevation jammed up on me. Over all I like the gun but there are definitely better for the price.
Pros:
light weight, fun plinkster, great beginning airgun
Cons:
The trigger, the butt plate, and the sight elevation

Dan
Poconos, Pennsylvania
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very Accurate Rifle
May 5, 2013
I LOVE this air rifle. Very accurate at 20 yards. Takes out cowbirds, starlings, grackles, and squirrels with ease!
Pros:
Accurate Lightweight Well-made
Cons:
None at all

ronnieboy
swampeast missouri
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

mini gun
December 9, 2012
Nice rifle for younger kids. Nice look, feel, and seems like good quality. Trigger is awfully long pull, but good teaching tool. Will update after Christmas.
Pros:
Light weight Steel where steel is needed
Cons:
None apparent

Noah Stone
Union, Oregon
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Rifle!
November 30, 2012
This pellet rifle is kind of under powered but kills little birds with one shot! Great rifle, definitely worth the money!!
Pros:
Accurate
Cons:
Under Powered

jim
nova scotia
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

finnbog
November 13, 2012
I bought this as a nice quite can plinker. At 20 yards, I can hit in .75 circle every time. I had not expected a rifled barrel on this inexpensive gun. Way more gun than I expected.
Pros:
Price Accuracy Cool sights
Cons:
For the money.....none

G-Dog
Mercer Cnty, IL
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Excellence Does have Boundaries
June 22, 2012
First things first; 4 of 5 is based on the price class. Secondly, I'm likely going to get another one of these. I got this as a present for my 6 year old. Truly still too heavy for a 6 year old boy. However, mt 8y.o boy was able to use with out assistance from me. He did much prefer to use a mounted surface to shoot from, but could do it without a rest. My 6 y.o. had to have a rest. The rifle shot accurately for the price category. (This is a <$100 gun). The best I got was ~.8" groups at 10 yds. That was 4 inside .5" and 1 outlier. Good in my book, but I am no gun junky. Two things I noticed about the accuracy; I either needed to clean the barrel after ~50 shots, which I did in the beginning, or just let it go, recenter the sights and keep having fun. The named .8" group was after I stopped cleaning. I suppose, I could get better groups if I kept the barrel clean. I was using Crosman Destroyer (7.9gr) pellets. I have this feeling, the velocity suffered a squeak after the barrel was always dirt. I did hit a 2x6, ~16" long at 40yds. I aiming above the wood and hit at the very bottom. The height adjustment was on "3". It only dented the wood. In fact it only dented the wood at 30yds. At 20 yds it stuck, but came out with a fingernail. The rifle is cheap. It not sportmans quality, but again, it is not expensive. There were some obvious machine flaws. The bluing was "skin deep". It was pitting slightly within 3 months (stored in the garage). I decided to hit it with a little oil to retard the rate of pitting. On the other hand, there are things that are little bits of character. Finally, the trigger seemed just fine to me. I had nothing good or bad to say on that front. After ~1200 shots, the barrel break hold ball suffered a fatal malfunction; it fell off. The barrel would not stay up without external help. It did still work, but is a proverbial pain in the ___. On the next, I will try to keep the ball lubbed as a possible solution to longer life of the ball stop. I am keeping the broken one for spares for the next one I intend to get.
Pros:
Accuracy Price Size (for ~8yr+ boy)
Cons:
Cheap materials Machining quality

Drew Lucas
Augusta, ga
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Amazing gun
December 11, 2011
This air gun is awesome! I just got it and I've had fun with it! I've had 3 air guns and this is the best so far.
Pros:
The safety
Cons:
One pellet

Ryan
4 Stars

Rat Hunting
March 30, 2011
I used to have rats in my back yard.. not anymore. This rifle may not be the most powerful on the market but 4 out of 5 hits kill the rats instantly. Could not be happier

Gilbee
5 Stars

Ruger Explorer
March 13, 2011
My sons first airgun. I could not be happier with how well it performs. My son is absolutely in love with his Ruger Explorer. If you are looking for a beginner spring-piston rifle, look no further. Rugers Explorer will make your young shooter more than happy.

yo-daddy
4 Stars

ruger explorer
January 10, 2010
this gun is awsome besides the trigger. It sucks! You get a nick every shot. but still ..... it is an awsome air rifle.



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Q&A
By Jamin from Michigan on November 26, 2011
Can you mount a 4x32 scope on the ruger explorer???
By James from Hartselle, AL on December 22, 2011

Answer:
If your scope has the ability to mount to a dovetail system, it should be able to handle it. The box never said it had the dovetails but it does. I just got mine and am thinking about mounting my small daisy 4x target scope on it. Hope this helps! :) It really does seem to be a solid little rifle.
By Conor from Sunnyside, WA on February 10, 2012

Answer:
Yes.

By michael from baton rouge,la. on August 1, 2012
Can you put a scope on this?

By Conor from Sunnyside, Washington on August 24, 2012

Answer:
Yes, this has 11mm dovetail mounts.

By jeff from london, ontario on April 26, 2012
is this rifle just for kids or is it good for plinking as well?
By Staff on April 27, 2012

Answer:
this rifle is mainly meant as a childrens target practice gun. It is more of a toy. It can do plinking just fine but obviously, a more powerful and accurate gun would be better.

By jean from ma on December 25, 2011
I received this rifle for exmas and there was no manual with it need to know where to load it
By Staff on January 9, 2012

Answer:
Here is the easiest way cock and load the barrel properly, sit down and place the gun across your lap, with the barrel overhanging, hit the barrel near the front sight with the palm of your hand and it should open up. Now pull the barrel all the way down until it locks and the inner barrel is exposed, now that the inner barrel is exposed you can load your pellet, return the barrel to the closed position and you are ready to fire.

Please keep in mind that some rifles have automatic safetys when cocking, also remember not to dry fire your rifle.

By vincent from texas on June 7, 2012
how do you load it?
By Staff on June 7, 2012

Answer:
Vincent,
This specific air rifle is a break barrel rifle. You will need to pull down on the barrel in order to load/cock the gun. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Sincerely,
The Airgun Depot Customer Service Team

By timothy from nipomo on December 10, 2011
can you put on Leapers 11mm Dovetail to Weaver Adapter on it.
By Conor from Sunnyside, WA on January 31, 2012

Answer:
Yes you can.

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