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  1. The plinker went to war: The IDF's Ruger 10/22

    Ever since their beginnings in 1948, the Israeli Defense Force has had to think outside the box to come up with weapon's systems, therefore it shouldn't surprise you that for the past 20 years the Israelis have used a (much-modified) 10/22 for use in both special operations and in security operations. (A gently modded 10/22 with IDF forces in 2000) The background Going back to 1987, the IDF purchased a quantity of Ruger 10/22s for use by security forces in the Palestinian Intifada, a...
  2. Mini14 GB: The LE Ruger Rifle

    In a world in which over two million of Ruger's handy .223 caliber rifle has been made since 1973, there were bound to be dozens of variants and subvariants. Sure you know about the Ranch rifle, the full-auto AC556, and the Mini-30, but what about the GB? What makes the GB so special? Well, we'll cover that... Ruger's attempt at government sales Styled after an amalgam of pre-1968 US combat rifles including the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine and M14 rifle, the Mini-14 had features drawn from almost...
  3. Ruger's budget falling block: The No. 3 rifle

    Made for just a baker's dozen of years across the 1970s and 80s, the Ruger No.3 is a little-known but often loved single shot rifle made in a host of interesting calibers-- if you can find one. No. 1 origins In 1967, Bill Ruger was steadily expanding his growing company into a number of different ventures. One of these, he decided, would be a single-shot rifle based on a classic design that harkened to the old 'great white hunters' of yesteryear. Rugged sportsmen like Frank Selous and WDM...
  4. The Ruger Mini 14 in Military Use

    In the late 1960s when L. James Sullivan and William B. Ruger were kicking around a scaled down version of the M14 rifle, they did not originally think of it as a military gun. This 'Mini-14' used a similar action and operating techniques as the old M1 Garand, but fired the more subtle .223 Remington round in a detachable magazine. This helped make the gun a commercial success in 1973 when it was introduced, as legions of former citizen soldiers were familiar with the design. Thinking that...
  5. A Tale of Two Mouse Guns: The LCP vs the Beretta Mini Pistols

    No matter how big they make em, there is still a group of gun owners that like to shrink things down to size. Pocket size that is. And with that in mind, we are looking at a pair of some of the most popular super concealable handguns on the market: the Beretta pocket series and the Ruger LCP. Let's see who comes out on top. The Beretta Going back to 1952, the Italian firearms firm of P Beretta in Gardone came up with a pocket-sized handgun that proved extremely popular. Dubbed the...
  6. The Orange Canadian Survival Rifle

    Our neighbor to the north, Canada, is the second largest country on earth. Much of that land is above the Arctic Circle, putting it high on the list of harsh environments. The thing is, accidents still happen up there and when they do, someone has to go in and bring them out. For that, Ruger made a special rifle. Canadian Military Search and Rescue With some of most rugged and most downright deadly terrain in the world (ever heard of the Yukon?), the Canadian military has a special unit of...
  7. Ruger pulls SHOT Show surprise with Switcheroo Buckaroo and M1 Carbine 22

    Sturm, Ruger has been hot and heavy in the past few weeks with debuting their new American pistol, a green update to their 22/45 LITE line, a 5.5-pound Ruger 10/22 Takedown rifle and of course, their first in-house suppressor design, the Silent-SR. Well just when you thought you had seen it all from this American firearms giant, they kicked off two additional guns just in time for this year's annual Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade show. The Switcheroo Buckaroo As first reported by...
  8. The Super Silent Super Secret Ruger Redhawk Rifle

    Back in the early 1990s C. Reed Knight Jr.'s Knight's Armament Co (KAC) of Vero Beach, Florida responded to a shadowy call from a government agency as yet unnamed to produce a small and short ranged but devastating suppressed rifle. Their answer was a unique weapon based upon a Ruger Super Red Hawk. What was it? The story goes that KAC built the gun on spec to provide a weapon capable of making effective anti-personnel shots at ranges of up to 100-yards, while being capable of a rapid...
  9. The Ruger Redhawk 480 Is Back

    In the latest installment in "everything old is new again," Ruger has announced that 2013 will see a return of the Redhawk and Super Redhawk chambering in .480 Ruger. What is .480 and why do you care? Keep reading. The History of the .480 Ruger Back in 1988, hand loader John Linebaugh took the .45-70 Government rifle bullet case, cut it down to 1.5 inches, and loaded with .475-inch-diameter bullets weighing from 320-440 grains. Intended for hunting big game or as a backup weapon while in...
  10. Going International: Ruger's ode to Mannlicher

    Since 1966 Strum, Ruger has made a number of their rifle designs with a full-length stock that harkened back to the days of Imperial Germany and Austria. These guns, the International series, have an interesting back-story and provide collectors with a good shooting rifle that also attracts immediate attention. Where did the design come from? In 1889, Paul Mauser was revamping his Model 71/84 bolt-action rifle, in an attempt to gain some more overseas contracts. One of his guns, a short...
  11. Ruger Model 96: Let your Lever gun roll

    Sure, the Model 10/22 is one of the best rimfire shooters in the world, and everyone loves its fast handling semi-automatic action, but there is just something interesting about a modern lever-action rifle. With that being said, Sturm Ruger nearly twenty years ago begat the Model 96. Why? Lever action or cowboy action carbines and rifles debuted in the mid-19th Century. A favorite of homesteaders, cavalrymen, and those law enforcement of the day, these guns were the fastest firing long...
  12. The Ruger Blackhawk in .30 Carbine

    A product of 1960s experimentation, the carbine caliber Ruger Blackhawk is almost unknown in the gun world. This does not mean, however, that is unloved. On the contrary, these hard-hitting long barreled wheelguns are a very interesting niche carved out for them. The Blackhawk story In the 1950s, the most popular television shows were almost all based in the Old West. Sure, they were mostly fictional accounts of an age that was romanticized, but a hit nonetheless. Little boys ran around...
  13. The short-lived Ruger Gold Label SXS

    Just after the turn of the century, Sturm, Ruger made an effort to produce a light side-by-side 12-gauge shotgun that could compete with what was coming out of Belgium, Spain, and Japan. This double-barreled beauty, dubbed the Gold Label, was a brief but now beloved classic. Red Label predecessors Back in the 1970s, Bill Ruger introduced a honey of an American-made over and under (O/U) shotgun by drawing inspiration from Browning's Superimposed and Winchester Model 21 (which had moved to...
  14. The Ruger Woodside, an elegant shotgun for a simpler time

    Bill Ruger decided to bring back an over-and-under double-barreled shotgun to the U.S. in the 1970s and his design, the Red Label was popular leading to an even spiffier Gold Label spin off. As a brief split from this family tree of Ruger trap guns came the beautiful and short-lived Woodside. Origins When Browning introduced their Superposed shotgun in 1928, the American public started to fall in love with the concept of a well-made, good shooting, and utterly reliable stacked barrel...
  15. American Elements - Taya Kyle

    Last week marked the three-year anniversary of Chris Kyle's death. A US Navy SEAL sniper and, in the eyes of many, an American hero, Chris was killed along with a friend on February 2, 2013 while at a shooting range in Texas. His wife, Taya Kyle, has spent the last three years honoring his memory and leading the charitable foundation that bears his name, the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Taya has also inspired millions with her faith, perseverance, and love of family in her best-selling book...
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