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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  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. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. The classic Ruger Model 44 Carbine: A 10/22 times two!

    Now out of production for going on thirty years, the Model 44 carbine, named easily enough because of its chambering in the beastly .44-magnum caliber, was a vintage rifle from another time that we wish Ruger would revisit. (Photo by AR15.com) Background In 1964, Bill Ruger came out with his instant classic 10/22 rifle. Now in its 50th year of solid and continuous production, that innovative .22LR rimfire carbine actually was a rehash of a gun that had come out three years before, the...
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