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    The Rise of Ruger: How an American Icon Came to Dominate the Firearms Market

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    In the annals of American firearm manufacturing, few names resonate with the force and heritage of Sturm, Ruger & Co. Known as “Ruger” to enthusiasts and the defense community, the company’s evolution from a partnership established with a humble $50,000 investment in 1949 to becoming the largest gun manufacturer in the United States is a testament to the enduring philosophy and craftsmanship that has characterized the brand for more than seven decades.

    Ruger’s inception dates back to 1949 when William B. Ruger, alongside Alexander McCormick Sturm, ventured into the firearms market with an innovative .22 caliber pistol. Their first product, which borrowed aesthetically from the German Luger and the American Colt Woodsman, was a harbinger of the practical and reliable designs that would come to characterize Ruger’s catalog. Alexander Sturm’s untimely death in 1951 could have spelled disaster for the fledgling company, but Ruger’s commitment to maintaining his partner’s legacy ensured that the company would not only endure but thrive.

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    Ruger’s extensive experience in manufacturing and machining techniques significantly contributed to the company’s reputation and financial success. Ruger initially planned to manufacture his handguns using a novel method known as precision investment casting. By 1953, Sturm, Ruger had become sufficiently profitable to commence producing its goods through investment casting, further enhancing the company’s standing for top-notch firearms and enabling it to attain greater profit margins.

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    By 2000, the company had produced over 20 million firearms. A key factor in the company’s success lies in Ruger’s lasting principle that every product should be crafted “to a standard so appealing that I would desire one even if it were crafted by our rivals.” Ruger has upheld this principle over time by employing shooters and hunters of various skill levels in its factories and offices. After all, who could better create the product than those who truly believe in it.

    Ruger ensures that the hands crafting its firearms belong to individuals who share a true passion for shooting and hunting. This ethos is exemplified by Ruger Sr.’s policy: employees could take time off for hunting or shooting, but golfing might lead to job loss. This approach results in a product line that connects with customers as it is created by those who comprehend and embrace their values.

    Not only has Ruger’s commitment to quality and design excellence earned it a place at the top of the firearms manufacturing industry, but it has also fostered a sense of pride within the company—a belief that it represents the “last bastion of U.S. firearm manufacture.” Today, Ruger’s firearm facilities and factories are situated in Arizona, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. The company has crafted some of the finest firearms on the market, such as the timeless 10/22 model.

    Winneconne, WI – 2 April 2017: A Ruger SP101 revolver in .357 magnum caliber on an isolated background.

    In 2019, Sturm, Ruger & Company marked its 70th anniversary. The company’s commitment to producing affordable firearms known for their durability and dependable performance, as exemplified by the original Ruger Standard, continues unchanged to this day.

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