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  • 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...
  • Add a Splash of Pink to Your LCP or LC9s with Muddy Girl Camo

    Sometimes you just have to get girly. Whether this is because you are, in fact, of the female gender or because you know and love a female, having access to Ruger products that are a little more on the feminine side can be beneficial. While there are plenty of Rugers available in an array of colors to suit the female taste, there is a one color pattern in particular that calls out to the girls, that being the pink camo also known as Muddy Girl. Thanks to a joint effort made by Ruger and...
  • The Ruger LCRx now comes in 3-inch!

    It wasn't too long ago that Ruger released the double-action LCR revolver to rave reviews. Then came the LCRx which gave the masses what they wanted-- an exposed hammer. Then came the 5-round, 9mm Luger version that utilized moon clips, and still boasted the standard 1.875 inch barrel in length. This short barrel, while convenient for concealed carry, often doesnt do much for accuracy. Well, that has changed. Now comes the LCRx with the great compromise that is a 3-inch barrel. Designed...
  • Cowboy Mounted Shooting and the Ruger Vaquero Montado

    Have you ever watched a movie cowboy galloping along on his trusty steed, shooting at threats as they charge past? Scenes such as this have been captured in movies for decades, allowing viewers the chance to sit on the edge of their seats as the action plays out. It is not just in movies that such scenes occur; mounted shooting actually dates back to the cavalry in the 1800's when being able to shoot from horseback often meant the difference between life and death. Photo: Wikipedia These...
  • 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...
  1. 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...
  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. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. The Ruger Mark III: It's Origin and Features

    Ruger's first .22 caliber model was the Mark I, invented about 1949, and at the time it went for $39.95. It was their first gun ever, and they employed a few cost-cutting manufacturing practices such as a heavy-duty pressing methods that would create the frame from sheet metal, and the receiver is made from high-quality steel tubing. When Ruger went from the Mark I to the Mark II, there weren't many differences but there were more models to choose from. But it's the difference between the...
  7. 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....
  8. Ruger Introduces Extended Magazines for LCP LC9

    Do you love your LCP or LC9 but wish they had a larger magazine capacity? Up until this month, the only choice you had to fix this was in aftermarket products. Well Ruger listened and they just announced that changes are on the way. Current aftermarket offerings Ever since the Ruger introduced the .380-Auto caliber LCP in 2008, independent gun accessory makers have been on a quest to improve it. While the 6-shot standard factory mags were reliable and worked just fine, people wanted more....
  9. Will the Ruger Mini-14 Survive the Ban

    Bill Ruger's innovative Mini-14 rifle has long been a staple product of the Ruger firearms line. With more than a million rifles produced since the gun was introduced in 1973, it is popular with generation after generation of shooter. However, even with this being said many Mini owners fear that the rifle may be subject to ban and increased regulation. The legacy of the Mini-14 and its kin Designed in the late 1960s when most of the male population of the United States had pulled time in...
  10. Ruger New Bearcat Shopkeeper

    Ruger has long had a popular product in their Bearcat single action revolver. At the 2013 Shotshow they unveiled their latest version of it, the Shopkeeper. The new little birdshead model is unique and has lots of panache right out of the box. The Bearcat Legacy In 1958, Ruger began construction of their Bearcat revolver and it proved a fast favorite with hikers, campers, and plinkers. Chambered for 22 rimfire (LR, Long, and Short/CB), this single action revolver was lightweight at just...
  11. The Super Rare 10 17

    The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular and widely available rifles ever made. Over four million of these handy little guns have come off Ruger's lines since 1964. It's so well known in fact that it's on the banner of our website. With that being said, some of the subvariants of this go-cart are super rare and this rarity leads to an interest in these guns all out of proportion. There may be no better case of this than the 10/22 rifle chambered for the zippy .17 HMR round, the 10/17. The...
  12. 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...
  13. The Ruger Take Down

    The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular rimfire rifles in the world. About the only extra you could ask for is that it can break down into a smaller package for carrying by backpackers etc. Well, wait, that exists already-- the 10/22 Takedown. Why a Takedown rifle The 22LR is a proven round for taking small game, target practice, and even (when using ammunition such as the CCI Velociraptor) capable of limited self-defense. The rifles are small that use the round, but are still carbine...
  14. Ruger Releases a 45ACP SR Model

    Back in 2007, Sturm, Ruger released its SR9 pistol, a double-action only polymer framed 9mm that picked up where the P85/95 series left off. A few years after that, they brought out the SR40, which is the same design yet in 40S&W. Finally, after a six year wait, Ruger has listened to the shooting public and brought out the gun in John Browning's beautiful 45ACP chambering. The SR45 Design When the SR9 came out, it was set to do what Ruger P85/89/95 has never really pulled off-- being a...
  15. 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...
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