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Ruger Explorer, .177 cal

Youth Break Barrel
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  • Code: 224-4020 · 0.177 cal · 495 fps ·
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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.
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  • ManufacturerRuger
  • Caliber0.177 cal
  • Velocity495 fps
  • ConditionNew
  • Ammo TypePellets
  • ActionBreak barrel
  • Barrel StyleRifled
  • Fire ModeSingle-shot
  • Gun Weight4.45
  • Overall Length37.12
  • Loudness2-Low-Medium
  • MechanismSpring piston
  • OpticsNO
  • SafetyAutomatic
  • Front SightsFiber Optic
  • Rear SightsMicrometer adjustable
  • Trigger AdjustabilityTwo-stage non-adjustable
  • UsePest Control / Plinking /Target Shooting
  • Warranty1 Year Limited
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Ruger Explorer, .177 cal
17 Reviews
76% (13)
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6% (1)
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82% Recommend this product (14 of 17 responses)
By Rachel
Williamson, NY
Great buy
September 27, 2019
I got this rifle for me and my nephew to shoot. It's great for women shooters too. Fits perfectly, sturdy and with nice, easy to see sights.
By Matt F.
Santa Cruz, California
Great starter rile
March 8, 2018
I purchased this rifle for my 11 year old grandson. Right out of the box very accurate and easy for him to cock and shoot. His face lit up when he hit the bullseye on his first shot!! Auto safety is a plus for young shooters. Weve put around 500 shots thru this rifle with no problems. This seems to be a very pellet friendly rifle. In short we would recommend this rifle to anyone wishing to start a young shooter out right. I would purchase this rifle again.
ProsEasy to cock load and shoot for a young shooter.
leader of the pack
March 6, 2017
i own 7 other break barrels, springers, and gas piston. this little rifle is a treat to shoot, we have a problem with crows in the city at this time of year and this works well at helping them move to the next neighborhood. i don't kill anything which this rifle is powerfull enough to do at close range (10-15yds). my other rifles all came with scopes which we all know are a step below good, so i've put one of them on the explorer, now it might not be shooting one hole shots at 10yds but it will light up the 9-10 rings all day long. all in all this is perfect for living in the middle of the city, having said that i've lived here for 20 plus yrs my neighbors know me and are ok with me shooting. (i mow most of their yards for free) so it's accurate, shoots around 500fps very light weight, quite and a ton of fun to shoot, and any 10yr old can cock it. so check it out if you don't like it send it back. ok yall happy hunting and treat all guns as if they are loaded. SEE YA!!
Proseverthing i said above.
Consnone really.
By Anthony
Sunny Florida
Neat Rifle!
May 20, 2016
I received this a few hours ago and couldn't wait to start shooting it. Fit and finish look really nice. It's very easy to cock, and everything in that procedure is simple. I really like the auto safety. I'm paranoid about pulling the trigger on my break barrels by accident with the barrel open. The auto triggers on several of my guns are great and this one works beautifully. After five shots, I'm drilling the bullseye at 30 feet. The gun is quiet. No recoil to speak of. I put a 3-7X20 Tasco scope on it. Looks good -- it's a match to the small size of the rifle. If I fall in love with this gun as I often do, it will get a better scope, but this one works. The fixed sights look fine, but a scope is better for my eyes. Great deal from AGD on this neat rifle.
ProsTrigger is good for my taste, the rifle is accurate, easy cocking -- really easy --, fit and finish is good, super deal! Strongly recommend this gun. Great garage shooter, nice and quiet.
ConsShort pull, but I'll fix that with an extension between the stock and the butt plate. Maybe made of wood, maybe just two PVC pipes with longer screws.
By Bob
Middlevile illinois
December 16, 2014
This thing this great with a true glow scope on it. The best pellet I think is the crosman pointed pellets. I hit a dime at 35 yards with this gun.
ProsEvery good accuracy
ConsYou have to screw the screws in a lot
By Ian
Guelph Ontario Canada
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.
ConsLoose screws
By Patricia B.
Charlotte area
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.
ProsEasy to handle
ConsCan't think of any.
By Paul
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.
Proslight weight, fun plinkster, great beginning airgun
ConsThe trigger, the butt plate, and the sight elevation
By Dan
Poconos, Pennsylvania
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!
ProsAccurate Lightweight Well-made
ConsNone at all
By ronnieboy
swampeast missouri
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.
ProsLight weight Steel where steel is needed
ConsNone apparent
By Noah S.
Union, Oregon
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!!
ConsUnder Powered
By jim
nova scotia
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.
ProsPrice Accuracy Cool sights
ConsFor the money.....none
By G-Dog
Mercer Cnty, IL
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.
ProsAccuracy Price Size (for ~8yr+ boy)
ConsCheap materials Machining quality
By Drew L.
Augusta, ga
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.
ProsThe safety
ConsOne pellet
By Ryan
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
By Gilbee
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.
By yo-daddy
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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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

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


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

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

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

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

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.

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

Yes you can.

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