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In January of 1949, partners William B. Ruger and Alexander Sturm began manufacturing .22 pistols in a leased 4,400 square foot wooden structure on Station St. in Southport, CT. By 1956 they acquired an additional 2,300 square feet that is today affectionately known as the Red Barn. By January of 1959 they completely moved into a newly finished building on Lacey Place, not too far from Station St. The company continued to expand its product line and in 1967 began producing long guns in a factory building located in Newport, NH. By 1988 Ruger set up another facility in Prescott, AZ to make the P-series centerfire pistols. In July 1991, they completely suspended production at Southport. The corporate offices remain there to this day. Then in 2013, Ruger opened a third large factory in Mayodan, NC. Over time production of the extensive variety of products was divided up and dispersed among these facilities.
Red Barn on Station St. 1949-1959 pistols & revolvers
Lacey Place 1959-1991 pistols, revolvers & rifles
Pinetree Casting Newport, NH 1963 - current investment castings
Newport, NH 1967 - current shotguns, rifles, and since 1992 revolvers
Prescott, AZ 1988 - current all centerfire pistols and since 1992 rimfire pistols
Mayodan, NC 2013 - current modern rifles. In 2015, an additional line was also made up for producing SR22 pistols.
Late 2018 - Ruger establishes a custom shop which modifies standard production models with extra features/options and accuracy enhancements.
From 2004-2007 the Ruger Studio of Art & Decoration offered factory engraving on any current Ruger model. The engraving could range from presentation inscriptions to bas-relief and extensive gold in-laid masterpieces. Prices could range from a few hundred dollars to $40,000 or more.
Ruger emerged as America's largest small arms maker, and offers a complete line of firearms for sportsmen, law enforcement and military. Over a 73-year span, from five separate factories Ruger has shipped over 46 million firearms.
Alex Sturm passed away in November 1951. Bill Ruger carried on until July 6, 2002, when he too passed away at his home in Prescott, AZ. Ruger, America's greatest 20th century arms inventor, is buried on his estate Corbin Park at Croydon, NH.
On November 23, 2020, Ruger finalized a deal to purchase Marlin as a result of the breakup of the Remington Arms Company. It was announced that Marlin branded firearms would be produced at existing Ruger facilities and became available during the second half of 2021.
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