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Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., better known by the shortened name Ruger, is an American firearm manufacturing company based in Southport, Connecticut
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.[4] According to the ATF statistics for 2015,[5] Ruger is currently America's largest firearm manufacturer,[6] as well as the second largest pistol/revolver manufacturer (behind Smith & Wesson) and rifle manufacturer (behind Remington) in the United States.

Contents

1 History 2 Statistics 3 Products

3.1 Rifles

3.1.1 Bolt-action
Bolt-action
rifles 3.1.2 Autoloading rifles 3.1.3 Other rifles and shotguns

3.2 Handguns

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 5 Bibliography 6 References 7 External links

History[edit]

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 Southport, Connecticut.[7] 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 9mm
9mm
Luger and the American Colt Woodsman
Colt Woodsman
into their first commercially produced .22 caliber pistol (see Ruger Standard), which became so successful that it launched the entire company.[7] Ruger is a dominant manufacturer in the .22 LR
.22 LR
rimfire rifle market in the U.S., due primarily to the sales of its Ruger 10/22
Ruger 10/22
semiautomatic rifle.[8] The 10/22 is very popular due to being relatively inexpensive and of good quality.[9] As a result, a wealth of after-market accessories and parts were made available for it, which has further increased its popularity.[8] 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 hunters. Ruger similarly dominates the .22 rimfire semi-automatic pistol market with the 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 Standard).[10] 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.[11] 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 Carolina.[12] Statistics[edit] 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.[13] 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.[14] The company has set a new goal of 2 million firearms produced per year.[15] From 2009 to 2012, Ruger was the top-seller of handguns.[16] Products[edit] 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.[2] Rifles[edit] Bolt-action
Bolt-action
rifles[edit]

Ruger M77
Ruger M77
Mark II Stainless Bolt Action in .204

Hawkeye M77 Gunsite Scout Rifle Model 77/22 American Rifle American Rimfire Ruger Precision Rifle Ruger Precision Rimfire

Autoloading rifles[edit]

Ruger 10/22
Ruger 10/22
"Stainless" With an aftermarket Butler Creek Folding Stock and a TRUGLO Red Dot Sight

Model 44 (discontinued) 10/22 10/17 (discontinued) SR-22 Mini-14 XGI (not produced: development halted) Police Carbine Deerfield Carbine (discontinued)[17] AR-556 SR-556 (discontinued) SR-762

Other rifles and shotguns[edit]

Model 96 (96/44, 96/22 and 96/17 discontinued) No. 1 No. 3 (discontinued) Red Label (discontinued) Gold Label (discontinued)

Handguns[edit] Centerfire pistols[edit]

Ruger P89

Hawkeye (discontinued) P series (discontinued) SR series SR1911 LCP LCP II LC9 LC380 LC9s Ruger American Pistol

Rimfire pistols[edit]

Ruger MK1

Standard (MK I) (discontinued) MK II (discontinued) MK III / 22/45 (discontinued) MK IV SR22 22 Charger

Double-action revolvers[edit]

The first variation of the Ruger LCR
Ruger LCR
38 Special
Special
with laser grips

Security-Six/Service-Six/Speed-Six (discontinued) Redhawk GP100 SP101 Super Redhawk Super Redhawk Alaskan LCR

Single-action revolvers[edit]

Stainless New Model Super Blackhawk and Redhawk

Bearcat Single-Six Blackhawk Super Blackhawk Vaquero Old Army (discontinued)

See also[edit]

List of modern armament manufacturers

Bibliography[edit]

Wilson, R. L. (1996). Ruger & His Guns; A History of the Man, the Company and Their Firearms. ISBN 0-7858-2103-1. 

References[edit]

^ 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
Firearms
Manufacturing And Export Report". 2006.  ^ BATFE Annual Firearms
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. ISBN 978-1-4402-2413-3.  ^ 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. ISBN 978-0-9831639-3-0.  ^ Sweeney, Patrick (24 December 2007). The Gun Digest Book of Ruger Pistols and Revolvers. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 18. ISBN 0-89689-472-X.  ^ 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.  ^ http://www.ruger.com/corporate/directory.html ^ "Guns At A Glance: 40% of All Firearms
Firearms
Made in America Come From These 3 Companies". The Blaze. March 26, 2013.  ^ "US Firearms
Firearms
Industry Today". Shooting Industry. 2013.  ^ http://ruger.com/micros/2million/index.html ^ "US Firearms
Firearms
Industry Today". Shooting Industry. 2012.  ^ Gallery of Guns - Shooting Times - Gun Reviews

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Rifles

M77 Gunsite Scout American Rifle Mini-14 Model 44 Police Carbine Deerfield Carbine 96 10/22 SR-556 Precision Rifle

Submachine guns

MP9

Shotguns

Red Label Gold Label

Pistols

Hawkeye P series SR series SR22 SR1911 LC9 LCP MK I MK II MK III MK IV American Pistol

Revolvers

Vaquero Single-Six Bearcat Blackhawk Bisley GP100 SP101 LCR Redhawk Super Redhawk Security-Six Old Army

Cartridges

.204 .300 .327 .338 .375 .416 .480

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