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RUGER® TAKES TOP HONORS AT SHOOTING INDUSTRY AWARDS
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Aug 1, 2008 - 8:46:07
Southport, CT August 1, 2008 – Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR) garnered top awards at the 2008 SHOOTING INDUSTRY Academy of Excellence Awards held in conjunction with the SHOOTING INDUSTRY Masters. The Ruger® LCPTM pistol was named the Academy of Excellence Handgun of the Year for 2008 and Ruger was recognized as Manufacturer of the Year.

In accepting the awards, Sturm, Ruger CEO Michael Fifer recognized the contributions of all employees and how their efforts have resulted in major new products. In commenting on the decision to produce the LCP Fifer noted, “The LCP is a departure for Ruger and it is the result of our Voice of the Customer program. We have been listening to what our customers are telling us and are working to bring the products they are asking for to the marketplace. The LCP went from concept to delivery in eight months.”

The Ruger LCP (Lightweight Compact Pistol) is a .380 autoloader that offers legendary Ruger reliability and quality in an ultra-lightweight, compact pistol. The LCP weighs just 9.4 ounces, offers superior ergonomic design, a manual slide lock, positive extraction, and reliable feeding from the specially designed magazine. The LCP also features a high-performance, glass-filled nylon frame topped by a through-hardened blued steel slide for strength and maximum weight savings. The 6 + 1 round Ruger LCP pistol, with a height of only 3.6 inches and a width of .82 inches, is a reliable back-up or carry pistol any time size and weight savings are important. The Ruger LCP was earlier selected as the Best 2008 New Product by gun dealers on the SHOOTING INDUSTRY website blog.

The voting members of the SHOOTING INDUSTRY Academy of Excellence also named Ruger Manufacturer of the Year for expanded and enhanced products and services. The Company was recognized for continued new product development, customer communication, enhanced retailer services and an expanded website that provides Ruger distributors, retailers and consumers with value-added products, new business tools and user-friendly information. Enhanced dealer offerings include co-op advertising, special order programs and product launches designed to bring consumers into stores. Expanded website content includes a series of technical videos on Ruger products and new product pages that quickly provide new product information.

The Academy also selected Ruger Compact Magnum (RCM) ammunition, developed and manufactured by Hornady Manufacturing, as the Ammunition of the Year. The RCM ammunition and rifles are the latest in co-developed projects by Hornady and Ruger. In 2007, Hornady won Ammunition of the Year for the development of the .375 Ruger cartridge, and Ruger took home Rifle of the Year honors for the Ruger Hawkeye® Rifles chambered in .375 Ruger.

In the annual SHOOTING INDUSTRY Masters, a multi-discipline shooting competition between teams representing companies in the industry, a team of Ruger representatives claimed top honors in the industry class. Ruger employee and shooter Kevin Skinner also shot his way to high individual honors in the two-day shooting event.

For more information on the extensive line of Ruger products and services, visit http://www.ruger.com.

About Sturm, Ruger: Sturm, Ruger was founded in 1949 and is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of high-quality firearms for the commercial sporting market. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, CT, with plants located in Newport, NH and Prescott, AZ.

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If they can get all that fuss over a pocket pistol...think of the acclaim over a 5-shot stainless .44 Spl!!!!!!!...and what a joke about listening to the consumer.....
 

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They really scored big with the LCP. Almost with the SR9.

A 4" 5 shot DA 44 special built on the GP100 frame would probably be a great seller. Easy packing and pretty concealable. I think I'd own one.
 

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I really like sticking with the .357. I can afford to shoot .38's for practice. I think if I had a .44 special, I wouldn't shoot it near as much.

I like my LCP alot, it's a great carry gun. I think Ruger hit a home run with this one.
 

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ruger did real good with th lcp...........but i agree, listen to the consumer??????? :lol: :lol: :lol:
ruger, while a favorite of mine, marches to a tune of their own.

And naming the RCM carridges as ammo of the year? i think the only qualification there was the introduction of a "new" cartridge...............

Anyways, congrats to ruger as this is good press...........
 

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"I never meant for simple civilians to have my 20 and 30 round magazines or my folding stock"
"no honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun" - Bill Ruger

That alone should ban them from ever, ever receiving an award.
 

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seen the feds with the 95's at the federal prisons as well.......
On the State level, the TX highway patrol and game wardens also use to pack the mini-14's (recently went to bushmasters) and here while back at one of the State prisons, i sall a tall boss with a bolt action ruger 223.........

But i do agree, ruger for the most part plays 2nd fiddle to the other major makers when it comes to large contracts..........

Ruger's reputation for revolvers has about always been better that their rep for auto-loaders.....
 

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rp_cavanaugh said:
"I never meant for simple civilians to have my 20 and 30 round magazines or my folding stock"
"no honest man needs more than 10 rounds in any gun" - Bill Ruger

That alone should ban them from ever, ever receiving an award.
He is dead, all right. What about Smith and Wesson and their deal with the Clinton Administration? And they are not the first one's to pander to the government. I am not defending the things Ruger said, but at the time Congress was trying to ban all semi-autos, and Ruger was just trying to stay in business. If Congress would have banned semi-autos, that would have taken a large chunk of the company's business (Mini 14, Mk 2, etc.) I agree, it was the worst thing he could have said. But, I think Ruger more than made up for his mistake in later years, donating many millions of dollars to the NRA and fighting tooth and nail against any more gun control.
 
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