I'm old enough to remember when anything with the name Ruger on it, was considered to be a cheap gun.
When they came out with their original
22 pistol, which somewhat resembled the Luger, many though "Ruger" was just a chintzy play on the name Luger, for example.
Time has proven the nay-sayers wrong, in that regard, but there are still many that consider Rugers to be second-rate, for a variety of reasons.
Anyone else recall the fuss, when the M77 came out, because of Ruger's "Investment Casting" of parts? Many did not comprehend the process, some still refer to them as "cast junk".
To the article: There are many inexpensive alternatives to the most expensive handguns. Any handgun that is reliable, is generally "good enough" for the purpose of self defense.
And yes, Ayoob is very fond of himself and his opinions and always has been. Know some folks that have met and talked with him and while they expressed some appreciation of his "work", they also noted that he ain't too bashful about self promotion.