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  • 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...
  • Ruger reports earning $688 million in 2013 up 39 percent from 2012

    Yesterday Ruger made public its required Annual Report on Form 10-K and its results showed a slam dunk for the publicly traded company for 2013. Total sales were more than $688 million overall, up from $491 million the previous year. This led the company to impressive earnings and a bumper year fueled by new products like the LC380 pistol, the SR45 pistol, the Ruger American Rimfire rifle, the SR-762 rifle, and the Red Label II shotgun. Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Fifer made the...
  • Ruger Introduces Striker-Fired LC9s

    If you were a fan of the Ruger LC9, then you might be pleased to hear that the design of that firearm has been expanded upon. The result of this expansion is the Ruger LC9s Compact 9mm pistol, which is a striker-fired version of the bobbed hammer LC9. Much like the LC9, the LC9s offers a small, lightweight frame that is easily concealed on your person and chambered in 9mm Luger, making it an excellent choice for those who want something compact-- but in a striker-fired option. This newly...
  • Economically Advantageous: The New Ruger 9E

    While shopping for a new firearm is always exciting, the price tag can take some of the wind out of your sails in addition to taking a chunk of money out of your pocket. If you've ever had the experience of buying a firearm hit you where it hurts, then a bit of good news has come your way. That good news is the Ruger 9E, which has all the features of the already-proven SR9 line, but with the bonus of being easier on the wallet. The Ruger 9E is a full-size 9mm that shares some of the...
  • The forgotten but still useful speed loader

    Many wheelgun owners have heard of them but never used them, as they are a throwback to yesteryear. We are talking about the humble but very effective speed loader, and once you figure it out, you'll fall in love. Speed loader 101 The first revolver speed loader patented was that of William H Bell in 1879. Bell's device was a simple metal disk with a rotating locking mechanism that held six revolver rounds. When used with a top-break revolver of the time, such as the Smith and Wesson Lemon...
  1. 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...
  2. Video: A Rare Look Inside Daniel Defense

    Daniel Defense is one of the most well-known modern arms makers in the United States. Last year, the CarbonTV team traveled down to Black Creek, Georgia to profile Marty Daniel, the founder of the company, for the show American Elements. They were given a rare glimpse into the story behind the famed manufacturer and learn about what motivated Daniel to start building some of the finest guns to ever grace safes, patrol cars, and firing ranges across the country....
  3. 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...
  4. Ruger quietly debuts their entry into the suppressor world

    One of the nation's largest firearms makers, long a stalwart of traditionalism, has jumped into the NFA product game by introducing its first in-house firearms suppressor. Dubbed the Silent-SR, it looks like a winner. Let us face it; although Bill Ruger only started his company back in the late 1940s, he loved keeping old traditions alive. -His first production gun was the Standard .22, a rimfire semi-auto based on a Japanese military design from a generation earlier that further emulated...
  5. Ruger drops new American pistol in 9mm and .45ACP

    Sturm, Ruger this week announced a new polymer-framed double stack 9mm that is poised to give most of the "combat" handguns on the market some serious competition. The New Ruger American Pistol, photo via The Gun Collective Ruger's polymer evolution Back in 1996, Ruger revamped their P85/89 line by trading in the traditional frame of that gun for a new frame made of a fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane, based on Dow's "Isoplast" formula. This new gun, the P95 managed to lower the price...
  6. Ruger goes green with their newest vent barrel 22/45 LITE

    Sturm, Ruger has quietly added a new .22LR pistol to its 22/45 line that includes an an attractive and lightweight OD green, anodized receiver that includes a new side vent pattern for a custom pistol look but without the custom price. Bill Ruger started his company back in the 1940s by making a sweet shooting 22LR semi-auto pistol in his garage. Based on the Japanese Baby Nambu with Mr. Ruger's own genius twists and American manufacturing expertise, this Standard pistol became the...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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....
  10. Ruger debuts extended barrel SR22 pistol

    Sturm, Ruger has announced they are stretching their line of SR22 plinkers by bringing out a new gun featuring a 4.5-inch barrel which translates to an extended sight radius, a tad more powder burned and improved accuracy potential. The gun Introduced in 2012, the SR22 is officially part of the SR-series pistols by Ruger. With that being said, the gun is both mechanically and ergonomically different from all the other handguns in that program. In fact, it can be argued that the SR22 has...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Ruger intros state compliant rifles to bring ARs to those oppressed by gun control laws

    Ruger didn't make the laws in states like Massachusetts and New Jersey, but in an effort to bring AR-15 platforms into areas that otherwise ban them by severely regulating their cosmetic features, they have a new AR-556 on the market. The problem With an estimated 8 million AR-15 platform rifles produced since the 1960s by a myriad of manufacturers, the gun has become known as "America's Rifle." However, a number of states and municipalities have outright bans on these guns by name and...
  14. Radical Firearms to debut integral 10/22 suppressor system

    As a part of an ever-expanding line that includes uppers, barrels and suppressors, Stafford, Texas's Radical Firearms is working on a commercial off the shelf integral suppressed barrel for the Ruger 10/22 platform. Integral suppression? The vast majority of suppressor designs come in the form of a screw on or QD "can" that attaches to the muzzle of the firearm. Hiram Maxim, the inventor of the modern sound suppressor, designed his Silencer variants around this concept in the 1900s and...
  15. Ruger joins with PolyCase to introduce ARX bullets

    With a new ammo type being introduced almost on a daily basis in the past few years, it seems Ruger has decided to toss its hat into the ring and partner with an innovative new company to produce a line of Ruger-branded self-defense ammunition. Who is PolyCase? Based in Savannah, Georgia, veteran-owned and all-U.S.-made PolyCase, according to their website started as an injection molding company. "For the past 5 years, however, our focus has been to develop a technology that delivers...
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