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  1. A factory Ruger Mini-14 in .300 Blackout? No foolin

    The good folks at Ruger have been in the Mini-14 biz for going some 40 years or so and in that time have cranked out millions of these rugged .223 carbines. As time has gone by, the company has trotted out offerings of these guns in 5.56x45 (there is a slight difference over .223), .222 (not a misprint) 7.62x39 (Mini-30) 6.8mm (Mini-6.8) and .308/.243 (XGI). Well now, the time has come to add a new caliber to that field: Why .300 BLK The 300 AAC Blackout round (7.62x35mm) was designed by a...
  2. A look at the Ruger LC9: Tomorrow's slimline 9 of four years ago

    Introduced in 2011 on the heels of the outrageously successful .380ACP caliber Ruger LCP (Lightweight Compact Pistol), the LC9 gave the masses of concealed carry devotees who loved the size of that pocket gun but not the caliber something more substantial to wrap their hands around. Why the LC9 Going back to the 1900s, the small Colt vest (hey guys wore them back then) and pocket sized semi-auto handguns were all snappy little blowback actions chambered in .25, .32, or .380 (all of which...
  3. Extensively engraved one-of-a-kind Berden SP101 (15 PHOTOS)

    Sure, you have seen regular Ruger SP-101s, and let us face it, they are great guns, but have you seen one that has been custom hand engraved and embellished by a master jeweler with 25 years of experience? If you feel like you have seen this revolver before, it's been shown (a little) on Ruger's Pintrest & Instagram accounts recently, but you odds are you haven't seen it in this detail. This otherwise standard Ruger SP101 5-shot .357 Magnum snubby, with its 2.25" barrel weighs in at...
  4. 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...
  5. First time gun owners or looking to buy your first handgun.

    First thing to know about any kind of gun you buy is how to use it safely. Second thing is what kind of gun will best fit your needs that you can safely use. Safety is more safely learned by reading about it first than learning it by experience. The reason why is because learning by experience maybe too late for you or some others safety. When you buy your first gun there are at minimum two other things for you to buy or be sure you have. Besides the gun, you need have or buy hearing and...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. LaserLyte intros common trigger guard sight for LCP, LC9, and LC380

    When the LCP first came out, LaserLyte dropped a side-mounted targeting sight that was kinda hit and miss for some users. It seems they have gone next level with a custom-fitting red Trigger Guard Lasers (TGL) for Ruger's LC-family of pistols. Why a laser A visible laser system, in other words, one that can be seen, has many advantages. These include the basic fact that holding the pistol with a properly aligned and installed laser, is aiming. Then the laser is there in real-time to adjust...
  9. Looking for a Ruger knife or tomahawk? Well it looks like that's an option now

    Ruger recently announced they are collaborating with Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) to produce a series of exclusive Ruger-branded knives, and it looks like they have a couple dozen models immediately available. Who is CRKT? Established in 1994, and currently based in Tualatin, Oregon, Columbia River Knife & Tool has become a household name in the past two decades. They have dozens of innovative patents and have worked with some of the most esteemed knife makers and designers in the...
  10. Magpul brings in the M-Lok capable X-22 stock for Ruger plinkers

    With the motto of "Your fun gun just got serious," black-rifle super accessory maker Magpul just dropped a pretty sweet 10/22 chassis with just about every feature you could want. The 10/22 has been around for a half-century and has been sold in numbers that other gun makers can only dream of-- making it a staple in the aftermarket stock business. We can think of at least four manufacturers right off the top making 10/22 replacement stock options. This means Wyoming-based Magpul (they moved...
  11. Meet Ruger's new 10-shot rimfire G100

    For generations Ruger's lines of double-action six shooters, from the Security Six and Service Six to the Redhawk and GP100, have been some of the best bargains in the wheel gun market. Well it seems that the company has decided to keep giving the public what they want and now has an upgraded version of the GP100 built plinkers, small-bore target, and small game hunters in mind. Double-action wheel guns to date Sturm, Ruger has been making modern wheel guns since 1971, which means they...
  12. 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...
  13. Mini-14s clocking in on terror threats around the world

    This week saw a tragic incident in San Bernardino, California in which two individuals, currently under investigation by the FBI as potential terrorists, left 14 dead at a holiday party for county employees. Within minutes, a huge law enforcement presence mustered and just two hours later, the suspects, armed with AR-15s and pipe bombs were engaged in a fierce firefight with peace officers that halted the continuing threat. Moreover, it was hard not to notice all the Ruger Mini-14s in use....
  14. 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...
  15. New Ruger American Rifles in light magnum calibers

    Ruger a couple years ago introduced their American Rifle series of composite stocked hunting rifles to offer an affordable alternative to their M77 series bolt-action guns. Well it seems that they have now upped the ante and brought out a version of this very gun in both 7mm Remington Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum. These guns seem to be a good complement to magnum versions of the M77, however, this is something altogether different as the American Rifle series has a number of adjustable...
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