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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Ruger's rifle that never was-- the hard hitting XGI

    With a decade of fast Mini-14 sales behind them, Ruger decided to up-gun that .223 rifle to a much more impressive .308 caliber around 1984. The result was the XGI rifle and they are about as rare as it gets. Why the XGI? In the mid-1980s, Ruger was planning a reinvention of the company to include police and military products. They marketed the AC556, the GB-series Mini, and introduced the P-85 pistol all aimed at law enforcement sales. Many police departments were adopting the '14 for...
  4. Mini 30: The all-around, goto Ruger carbine

    Over a decade after Ruger brought out their classic Mini-14 rifle in .223, the company decided to update the design to a completely new hybrid chambered in a very Russian caliber. The rest, as they say... (Current 'New' model Mini-30 note the PC-9 style rear sights) Why was it invented? Taking a trip back to the mid-1980s, the Reagan-era had a lot of neat things about it. Besides allowing private ownership of new full-auto firearms, the feds also had very relaxed import regulations with...
  5. Government issue Ruger plinkers

    Between 1956 and 1986, the U.S. military ordered some 23,000 rimfire semi-auto Mark I and Mark II pistols direct from the company for the use of service marksmanship teams. There is a lot of misinformation out there on these but here is what we know about these collectables. The Mark I Bill Ruger produced his Ruger Standard pistol in 1949, taking lessons from the Japanese Nambu and the Hi Standard .22. His neat little $37 pistol with its 9-shot magazine and 4.75-inch barrel turned out to...
  6. Ruger goes hybrid with their new Hawkeye FTW Predator

    Strum, Ruger last month debuted a couple new rifles in their popular Hawkeye Predator line of lightweight varmint rifles with unique stylings. These two, however, are only part Hawkeye, it seems that their family tree is mixed with the best parts of the Scout series as well. The new FTW Predator According to a release from Ruger, "The Hawkeye FTW Predator rifle design began with extensive on-range consultation with SAAM (Sportsman's All-weather, All-terrain Marksmanship) shooting...
  7. Feds going after M855 Greentip 5.56mm ammo

    If you are a Mini-14 or SR-556 owner, odds are you are constantly on the lookout for good deals on ammo and one of the best in recent years has been various versions of the military standard 'green tip' 5.56mm. Well, it looks like the Obama administration is pulling at a few threads here to try to do away with this common load and now is your chance to do something about it. What is Green Tip anyway? When Eugene Stoner came out with his AR-15 rifle in the 1960s, it was a civilian sporting...
  8. My 15.9 ounce Ruger LCP pocket carry kit

    Depending on what I wear and what's on the agenda for any given day dictates how and what I carry for a self-defense gun. On the occasion that calls for it, my pocket carry set up gives me 15-shots of dependable protection that comes in at (just) under a pound. The gun Back in 2011, I picked up my LCP brand new for $279 plus tax out the door and, realizing the known issue of surface rust on these guns in my part of the country when carried close to sweaty bodies, I had it professionally...
  9. Ruger Seeing Blue and Red: New custom pistol offerings

    At last month's SHOT show the fine folks over at Sturm, Ruger, as always, came correct with a number of new guns in the lineup. This year's entries include a pair that are new and very colorful takes on classic handguns. What we know The annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show-better known as the SHOT Show, put on by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the showplace that gun makers from around the world come to every year to introduce new products. Typically, the global...
  10. Buying Unclaimed Guns Seized by the Transportation Safety Administration

    In a recent article, we discussed the Transportation Safety Administration and what they require of those who intend to take guns on airplanes. If you plan on traveling with your Ruger, such information is a must-have. Those of us who abide by these laws and take responsibility for our firearms during travel (and at all other times) should have no problem taking trips that go off without a hitch. Unfortunately not everyone has the same mindset and some people prefer to wing it instead of...
  11. 5 Lesser Known Facts About the Mini-14

    One of the guns with which Ruger enthusiasts are most familiar is the Mini-14. Designed by L. James Sullivan and William B. Ruger, this lightweight, semi-automatic carbine was a popular choice upon introduction and has continued to be a go-to in the decades since. Although the original design has come to be available in many newer, varied forms, the basic concept behind the Mini-14 remains the same, as does the widespread following it has maintained over the years. Photo: Perfect Union...
  12. Walmart Refuses to Print Photo Containing Ruger Red Label Shotgun

    One of the primary ways people commemorate special occasions, possessions, and events they hold dear is through the snapping of a photograph. We display family photos in our homes and offices as constant reminders of that which is important to us. From person to person, the scenes in those photos may vary, but the basic concept is the same. A photo captures a memory, a moment in time, preserving it for long term, future enjoyment. Imagine if you were denied the right to use photos to mark...
  13. Transportation Safety Administration: Air Travel and Firearms

    Say you've got a big vacation coming up but you don't want to leave your Ruger at home. You do your research on local gun laws in the area to where you'll be traveling and you've checked to see if your concealed carry permit will be honored. All of your bases are covered and everything has checked out as it should. Your travel plans are finalized and you're ready to go, but how is your gun going to get there? In a day and age where the threat of terrorism is very real, traveling with...
  14. Ergo Delta Grip Now Available for LCR and LCRx Wheel Guns

    For some of us, part of the joy of gun ownership lies in the grips. Whether you choose grips that are a rich, beautiful wood grain or those that are designed to give you the most comfortable hold possible, selecting the right grip for the gun, and yourself, can be a bit of a process. Ideally you will find something that both looks good and fits your hand comfortably at the same time. Additionally, it is important for a grip to allow proper placement of your hand and fingers to give you...
  15. 5 Accessories for the Ruger 10/22 Owner

    With the Ruger 10/22 being amongst the most popular choices when it comes to .22 rifles, it is only logical many supportive accessories exist to compliment such a gun. When the masses are drawn to something such as the 10/22, it becomes a priority to add to and build upon it, making it unique to the individual owner. Manufacturers are more than happy to offer all sorts of additions to make your 10/22 stand out as that puts more dollars in their pockets. At the same time, it can confuse...
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