Sturm, Ruger & Co

founded in 1949
Connecticut, Arizona, North Carolina

Ruger is currently America’s largest firearm manufacturer

 second largest handgun manufacturer after Smith & Wesson

second largest rifle manufacturer after Remington

 

  • 1949 founded by Alexander McCormick Sturm and William B. Ruger in Southport, Connecticut
  • Rugers first pistol, serial Number 8, was “hand delivered” to Warren Page
  • Oct. 6, 1949 first shipment of pistols
  • 1,138 pistols produced and shipped by end of 1949
  • November 1951 Alexander Sturm (28) died unexpectedly
    – Bill switched the company eagle logo from red to black from then on
  • 1953 first single action revolver
  • 1960s rifles were added
  • 1969 publicly traded
  • 1980s Opened the Prescott, Arizona factory to manufacture semi-auto pistols
  • 2000 Bill Ruger retired
  • Bill Ruger passed
  • 2006 Bill Ruger, Jr. retired
  • 2008  LCP semi-automatic pistol
  • 2013 Factory in Mayodan, North Carolina
    – 24-year old vacant yarn plant
    – built in 1989 and has over 194,000 sq. feet
  • 2018 Bill Ruger, Jr., passed

  • 700 variations of more than 40 product lines
  • the only American firearms company that is not as a part of a parent company

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Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc
411 Sunapee Street
Newport, NH 03773

Telephone: 336-949-5200

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