Known for its understated elegance, the Ruger New Bearcat is different from other single-action revolvers. As the smallest and lightest .22 LR caliber single-action made by Ruger, the New Bearcat has been described as "a mechanical jewel." The Bearcat design is based on older Remington single-actions of the 1800's with a one-piece cylinder frame that also forms its compact grip. Perfectly proportioned for .22 LR caliber ammunition, the revolver is easy to carry and fits comfortably in a backpack or tackle box. The kit-gun-style, single-action Bearcat is also perfect for hikers, campers, boaters, small game hunters, or just about anyone who needs a dependable .22 LR revolver for the trail. The decorative unfluted cylinder displays a rollmark with a bear and cougar design. The patented Ruger transfer bar mechanism and loading gate interlock provide an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge. The 50th Anniversary Edition of the Bear Cat was released in 2008. The revolver features cocobolo wood grips, a gold colored trigger guard, and a special gold-filled rollmark that reads, "50th Anniversary BEARCAT - 2008" This revolver's grips and bore are in excellent condition and its metal is in very good condition.