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Ruger
Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Country of Origin

United States

Location(s)

Southport, Conneticut (US)

Founder(s)

William B. Ruger
Alexander McCormick Sturm

Year of Founding

1949

Key People

Michael O. Fifer (CEO)
Stephan L. Sanetti

Weapon Types

Pistols
Shotguns
Revolvers
Rifles

Famous Firearms

Ruger Standard
Ruger MP9
Ruger Blackhawk
Ruger M77

Area(s) served

United States


Sturm, Ruger & Company, Incorporated  is a firearm company based in Southport, Conneticut. Better known simply as Ruger, Sturm, Ruger & Co. produce rifles, shotguns, pistols and are perhaps best known for their single and double action revolvers. Currently Sturm, Ruger & Co. is the fourth largest gun manufacturer in the United States.

HistoryEdit

Sturm, Ruger & Co. was founded in 1949 by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm in a small rented machine shop. Their first creation, the Ruger Standard, an automatic pistol shooting .22 Long Rifle rounds was successful enough to launch the entire company. This success meant that Ruger has an almost exclusive monopoly on the .22 LR rimfire rifle market in the US. The popularity of the 10/22 semi-automatic rifle in particular has also increased Ruger's standing.

Ruger is also a major player in the .22 LR rimfire semi-automatic pistol market, the Ruger Mk II and Mk III following on from the Standard as popular guns.
Ruger Single Six

Ruger Single Six, the first single action produced by Ruger

In the 1950's, spotting a hole in the market for single action revolvers, the Ruger Single Six and later Ruger Blackhawk were released. These guns, particularly the Blackhawk and its subsequent varients, are well known for their classic look and use in Westerns and Cowboy Action Shooting.

Originally controlled by both Ruger and Sturm, the company was owned exclusively by Ruger, following Sturm's death in 1951, until Ruger's death in 2002. Ruger Casting has plants are located in New Hampshire, Newport and Arizona, creating iron and titanium castings.

From 1949 until 2004 Ruger had made over 20million guns, with their firearms being used for hunting, target shooting, self-defence and law enforcement. Ruger guns are also highly collectible.

ProductsEdit

Apart from a single attempt at a submachine gun, the Ruger MP9, Sturm, Ruger & Co. have exclusively produced rifles, shotguns, semi-automatic pistols and both single and double action revolvers*:

All models are called Ruger... unless stated*

  • Ruger Mk IIIGo to Ruger Mark III
  • Ruger MP9Go to Ruger MP9
  • Ruger Standard (or Ruger Mk I)Go to Ruger Standard
  • Ruger SR1911Go to Ruger SR1911
  • Ruger Mini-14Go to Ruger Mini-14
  • Ruger Lightweight Compact Pistol (LCP)Go to Ruger LCP
  • Ruger Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR)Go to Ruger LCR
  • Ruger GP100Go to Ruger GP100
  • Ruger Security SixGo to Ruger Security Six
  • Ruger Old ArmyGo to Ruger Old Army
  • Ruger BearcatGo to Ruger Bearcat
  • Ruger RedhawkGo to Ruger Redhawk
  • Ruger Single SixGo to Ruger Single Six
  • Ruger Mk IIGo to Ruger Mark II
  • Ruger BlackhawkGo to Ruger Blackhawk
  • Ruger BisleyGo to Ruger Bisley
  • Ruger "New Model" VaqueroGo to Ruger Vaquero
  • Ruger Super RedhawkGo to Ruger Super Redhawk
  • Ruger SP-101Go to Ruger SP101
  • The Ruger No.1 Falling block rifleGo to Ruger No.1
  • The Ruger 10/22 Semi-automatic RifleGo to Ruger 10/22
  • The Ruger M77 Rifle
  • The Ruger Red Label.Go to Ruger Red Label
  • The Ruger SR22 rimfire pistolGo to Ruger SR22
  • The Ruger 22/45 pistolGo to Ruger 22/45

RiflesEdit

Semi-Automatic PistolsEdit

  • P-Series
    • P85 (discontinued)
    • P89 (discontinued)
    • P90 (discontinued)
    • P91 (discontinued)
    • P93 (discontinued)
    • P94 (discontinued)
    • P944 (discontinued)
    • P95
    • P97 (discontinued)
    • P345
  • SR Series
  • LCP
  • Mark I / Standard (discontinued)
  • Mark II (discontinued)
    Ruger Mk II

    Ruger Mk II .22 Automatic Pistol

  • Mark III
  • LC9
  • SR1911
  • SR22

ShotgunsEdit

RevolversEdit

Ruger Redhawk and Blackhawk

Ruger Redhawk and Blackhawk comparison

Single Action

Double Action

OthersEdit

AmmunitionEdit

Ruger 204

The .204 Ruger, a co development between Hornady and Ruger.

Ruger have also been known to produce their own ammunition for use with their products. To do this Ruger have often teamed up with ammunition producer Hornady to construct some of the worlds most potent rounds, from the .204 Ruger to the .480 Ruger (at one stage the worlds largest calibre pistol cartridge).

USA Shooting TeamEdit

Sturm, Ruger & Co. have helped fund the USA shooting team, and supplying guns via TALO Distributors Inc.

AwardsEdit

Sturm, Ruger & Co. have received awards from the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence for:

  • 1999 - Ruger .22 Magnum 10-22
  • 2002 - Ruger 77/17RM .17 HMR Rimfire
  • 2007 - Ruger M77 Hawkeye
  • 2011 - Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle (M77-GS)
  • Manufacturer of the Year:
    • 1992
    • 1993
    • 2005
    • 2008
    • 2010
  • Handgun of the Year
    • 1993 - Ruger Vaquero
    • 1997 - Ruger Bisley-Vaquero
    • 2001 - Ruger Super Redhawk
    • 2008 - Ruger LCP
    • 2009 - Ruger LCR
    • 2010 - Ruger SR9c
    • 2011 - Ruger LC9
  • Rifle of the Year
  • Shotgun of the Year
    • 1992 - Ruger Red Label Sporting Clays
    • 2002 - Ruger Gold Label Side-By-Side

ResourcesEdit

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Firearms - Ian V. Hogg

Image SourcesEdit

M77 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ruger_77MII_204_Action.jpg

Blackhawk/Redhawk - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ruger_revolvers_comparison.jpg

MK II - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ruger-22-45.jpg

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