by Ben Jimenez 3 min read
If you were born in the United States of America, “the right to bear arms” is more than a favorite term; it can also be a lifestyle. Alexander Sturm and William Ruger believed in that lifestyle when they started their gun manufacturing company more than 50 years ago, and the company still believes it today.
The company motto? “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens.”
The leading gun manufacturing company was founded in 1949, which is pretty young for a gun industry. Their biggest rival, Smith & Wesson, started in 1842. Another well-known gun company is Glock, an Austrian company founded in 1963, that gained popularity in the United States.
Smith & Wesson and Glock handguns may have had more success in esoteric industries––like being featured in Hollywood films, referred to in commercialized hip-hop, or making a deal with the FBI––but Ruger pistols focused on consistency and reliability, winning the hearts of American consumers.
The classic Ruger pistol is essentially a full-size striker-fired handgun. The company prides itself on exceeding military requirements, even consulting with combat trainers and law enforcement professionals. Research and development is a big part of their production as well; Ruger began to work with the United States Military’s Joint Combat Pistol Specification and the Modular Handgun System program.
The Ruger GP100 is one of the country’s leading full-size revolvers, and the LCR series is ideal for those who seek double-action revolvers that are also compact and easy to conceal. But the company’s pistols are a fan favorite, especially their SR-series of semi-automatic handguns. The Ruger SR9C pistol, in particular, has made a big statement as it steps into the polymer-frame pistol market, competing with other leading competitors.
Not only does the glass-filled polymer frame looks good, but it feels good too. The stainless-steel slide and reversible backstrap are the only beginning of its many features. There’s more than one reason why Ruger pistols have surpassed Smith & Wesson, but it narrows down to quality, maintenance, price, and variety.
The advantages of being a newer company is that designers and manufacturers already have an idea of what they do and don’t want to instill in their products. Ruger pistols have created a reputation for themselves, using stainless steel material and emphasizing modern-safety features.
For instance, let’s take a look at the Ruger SR9C: The compact pistol boasts a 1911-style ambidextrous manual safety (making it ideal for left-handed users), internal trigger bar interlock, trigger safety, and a striker blocker. The SR-9 series also features a patent-pending barrel cam that spreads out the recoil impulse that reduces the overall felt recoil.
The gun’s polymer frame is also modest, yet comfortable. There are also interchangeable backstraps, an ergonomically shaped grip to suit any hand size, and fingerless grooves on the front strap. Additionally, disassembling and cleaning Ruger pistols is fairly straightforward. Rather than pulling the trigger to take it apart, you can merely lock the ambidextrous slide stop, transfer it into the open position, and remove the steel magazine.
Considering the quality of Ruger pistols and their well-crafted design, the price is fairly affordable. The last thing a consumer would want is feeling like they overpaid for a subpar product, but the safety-oriented and feature-heavy gun pleases most.
Pair it with a Ruger holster, and you’ll be set to go. Gun owners and enthusiasts have given high ratings to the pistol’s accuracy, reliability, and overall look and feel, confirming its fair cost for its quality. You can either research online options for purchase or buy it in person, but different Ruger pistols can average around $400 to $600, depending on the model.
Ruger pistols are fan favorites, but what sets the company apart from their competitors is that they offer more options of different styles of guns. Ruger breaks down its firearms into nine distinctive categories: single-action revolvers, double-action revolvers, rimfire pistols, centerfire pistols, shotguns, lever-action rifles, autoloading rifles, single-shot rifles, and bolt-action rifles. These nine groups have more than 30 product lines in over 400 different variations.
That may not mean a lot to most, but the wide availability of different styles made by one manufacturer encourages consumers to stick with them when considering buying other types of guns. Maintaining loyal customers inevitably leads to an increase in sales.
Ruger pistols and rifles exude the same theme as other famous American brands, as it combines reliability and durability with simple, yet quality designs. In a market where consumers can often be easily swayed by media influences and pop culture highlights of purchasing firearms, Ruger pistols will be your best option if you’re looking for an everyday, reliable gun to fit your lifestyle. The average American is modest, yet proud; plain, yet worthy. These paralleling traits exist in all Ruger products.
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