Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., better known by the shortened name
Ruger, is an American firearm manufacturing company based in
Southport, Connecticut with production facilities also in Newport, New
Hampshire, Mayodan, North Carolina, and Prescott, Arizona. The company
was founded in 1949 by
Alexander McCormick Sturm
Alexander McCormick Sturm and William B. Ruger
and has been publicly traded since 1969.
Ruger produces bolt-action, semi-automatic, and single-shot rifles,
shotguns, semi-automatic pistols, and single- and double-action
revolvers. According to the ATF statistics for 2015, Ruger is
currently America's largest firearm manufacturer, as well as the
second largest pistol/revolver manufacturer (behind Smith &
Wesson) and rifle manufacturer (behind Remington) in the United
3.1.2 Autoloading rifles
3.1.3 Other rifles and shotguns
3.2.1 Centerfire pistols
3.2.2 Rimfire pistols
3.2.3 Double-action revolvers
3.2.4 Single-action revolvers
4 See also
7 External links
Ruger's MK II 22/45 target pistol.
Sturm, Ruger & Company was founded by
William B. Ruger
William B. Ruger and
Alexander McCormick Sturm
Alexander McCormick Sturm in 1949 in a small rented machine shop in
Just prior to their partnership, Bill Ruger had successfully
duplicated two Japanese "baby" Nambu pistols in his garage, from a
captured Nambu that he acquired from a returning Marine, at the close
of World War II. When it came to designing their first semi-auto
pistol, Ruger decided to incorporate the looks of the German
and the American
Colt Woodsman into their first commercially produced
.22 caliber pistol (see Ruger Standard), which became so successful
that it launched the entire company.
Ruger is a dominant manufacturer in the
.22 LR rimfire rifle market in
the U.S., due primarily to the sales of its
Ruger 10/22 semiautomatic
rifle. The 10/22 is very popular due to being relatively
inexpensive and of good quality. As a result, a wealth of
after-market accessories and parts were made available for it, which
has further increased its popularity. The availability and variety
of after-market parts makes it possible to build a 10/22 using only
these parts; most of which are marketed to target shooters and
Ruger similarly dominates the .22 rimfire semi-automatic pistol market
Ruger MK II
Ruger MK II and Ruger MK III, descendants of the Ruger
Standard pistol. Like the 10/22, the MkII is supported with a wide
variety of after-market accessories. The 22/45 is similar to the Ruger
Standard family of pistols but features a different grip angle, that
of the Colt 1911 (as opposed to that of a Luger utilized in the Ruger
Ruger Casting has plants in
Newport, New Hampshire
Newport, New Hampshire and Prescott,
Arizona, making ferrous, ductile iron and commercial titanium
castings. Ruger Golf makes steel and titanium castings for golf clubs
made by a number of different brands.
Sturm, Ruger stock has been publicly traded since 1969, and became a
New York Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange company in 1990 (NYSE:RGR). After Alex
Sturm’s death in 1951,
William B. Ruger
William B. Ruger continued to direct the
company until his death in 2002.
From 1949 through 2004, Ruger manufactured over 20 million firearms.
The company is headquartered in Southport, Connecticut, and maintains
manufacturing facilities in Newport, New Hampshire, Prescott, Arizona,
and Mayodan, North Carolina. Ruger's subsidiaries are Ruger Precision
Metals LLC in Earth City, Missouri, Pine Tree Castings in Newport, New
Hampshire, and Ruger Sportswear & Accessories in Mayodan, North
Of the total 2,288 makers of civilian firearms operating in the United
States from 1986–2010, Ruger led the industry with 15.3 million
firearms produced within the period. Ruger was ranked the number
one U.S. firearms manufacturer from 2008–2011. In 2011, Ruger
manufactured 1,114,687 firearms, as their promotion, the "Million Gun
Challenge to Benefit the NRA", played a significant role in the
company maintaining its top U.S. manufacturer status. The company
has set a new goal of 2 million firearms produced per year. From
2009 to 2012, Ruger was the top-seller of handguns.
Ruger breaks down their products into nine categories: bolt-action
rifles, single-shot rifles, autoloading rifles, lever-action rifles,
shotguns, centerfire pistols, rimfire pistols, double-action
revolvers, and single-action revolvers.
Ruger M77 Mark II Stainless Bolt Action in .204
Gunsite Scout Rifle
Ruger Precision Rifle
Ruger Precision Rimfire
Ruger 10/22 "Stainless" With an aftermarket Butler Creek Folding Stock
and a TRUGLO Red Dot Sight
Model 44 (discontinued)
XGI (not produced: development halted)
Deerfield Carbine (discontinued)
Other rifles and shotguns
Model 96 (96/44, 96/22 and 96/17 discontinued)
No. 3 (discontinued)
Red Label (discontinued)
Gold Label (discontinued)
P series (discontinued)
Ruger American Pistol
Standard (MK I) (discontinued)
MK II (discontinued)
MK III / 22/45 (discontinued)
The first variation of the
Ruger LCR 38
Special with laser grips
Super Redhawk Alaskan
Stainless New Model Super Blackhawk and Redhawk
Old Army (discontinued)
List of modern armament manufacturers
Wilson, R. L. (1996). Ruger & His Guns; A History of the Man, the
Company and Their Firearms. ISBN 0-7858-2103-1.
^ Ruger. "Ruger Board of Directors - Christopher J. Killoy". Retrieved
May 11, 2017.
^ a b c "Corporate Report" (PDF). February 22, 2017.
^ "Corporate Report" (PDF). February 22, 2017.
^ "BATFE Annual
Firearms Manufacturing And Export Report". 2006.
^ BATFE Annual
Firearms Manufacturing And Export Report 2015
^ Can You Guess the Biggest Gunmaker in the U.S.?
^ a b Wilson 1996, p. 47.
^ a b House, James E. (6 July 2006). Customize the Ruger 10/22. Iola,
Wisconsin: F+W Media. pp. 6–12.
^ Garrison, Kerry (14 March 2014). Getting to know the Ruger 10/22:
Everything you need to know to shoot, clean, maintain, and modify your
Ruger 10/22. Kerry Garrison. pp. 2–5.
^ Sweeney, Patrick (24 December 2007). The Gun Digest Book of Ruger
Pistols and Revolvers. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 18.
^ Ph.D., Gregg Lee Carter (4 May 2012). Guns in American Society: An
Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes].
ABC-CLIO. p. 930. ISBN 978-0-313-38671-8.
^ "Guns At A Glance: 40% of All
Firearms Made in America Come From
These 3 Companies". The Blaze. March 26, 2013.
Firearms Industry Today". Shooting Industry. 2013.
Firearms Industry Today". Shooting Industry. 2012.
^ Gallery of Guns - Shooting Times - Gun Reviews
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