Ruger SR-762

Ruger has just announced a variant of their SR-556 design, now built around and chambered for the NATO 7.62/.308 cartridge.

Ruger SR-762

http://ruger.com/products/sr762/features.html

I’m kind of excited, and here is why…

When the SR-556 came out. I really liked it. I liked the lines and configuration and the piston action (always debatable).  There was one draw back, it’s not a standard AR. And one of the biggest selling points of the AR is that it is universal, replacement parts are available from hundreds of manufacturers.  Perhaps why it is the proverbial SHTF rifle, along with the Glock being the proverbial SHTF pistol. They are just so ubiquitous. So while I really liked it. I decided it probably makes more sense for me to first purchase a base AR15.

That said, I long thought that the SR-556 had an interesting potential not realized. The originall SR-556 could be set to a single-shot, non-reloading state. In order to hunt deer in PA, the rifle must be both of a significant cartridge and a single-shot action. I had long thought that were they to offer a replacement “hunting” piston that only allowed the action to be a single non-reloading shot, and were to offer it in a larger cartridge such as the .308 then Ruger’s AR system would make for a superb AR based hunting rifle platform.

Ruger has resolved one aspect of that idea, and the second one I wager would be fairly easy to do.

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Published in: on October 18, 2013 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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I’d rather have a Ruger Alaskan…but

Man and family are attacked by bear. Man vs Bear, Daddy vs Bear…armed with nothing but a scope and a tripod (which the bear made quick work out of)

Dad stands victorious…

Yes, being a dad of small children. I can already envision this man’s children praising their daddy and telling all the other kids in school how their daddy wrestled with a wild bear…and you know what. DARN RIGHT THEY SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEIR DADDY

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/alaska-man-fights-off-bear-walks-away-minor-100049041.html

Published in: on May 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Challenge to Four: S&W, Ruger, Glock, Remington

Dear S&W, Ruger, Glock and Remington…

I am hereby informing you, that whichever of you is the first company to refuse sales of prohibited firearmst to all of NY state, including law enforcement. That I will purchase on of your firearms and encourage others to do the same.

Please stand with us for freedom, liberty and the 2nd Amendment.

Published in: on March 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Shot Show / Ruger Announcements

Shot Show….yes, the biggest gun show in America.
http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/15/news/companies/gun-show-las-vegas/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Also Ruger announced a slew of new products. Here are the ones I find most interesting:

  • LC380 – Basically an LC9 in 380 caliber
  • SR45 – The long awaited 45 on the SR platform. Guess my P-345 is a collectible soon.
  • SSR-556VT (varmint version of 556 with two stage trigger and fluted barrel)
  • SR22 – Interesting to see them competing with their MK line.
  • Ruger offering rapid deploy sights; curious if these are re-branded or their own.
  • Rufer Muzzle Brake System –  apparently they have a new muzzle break design???
    (not sure this is special, but they seemed excited to offer it on like 1/2 dozen rifles)

 

Published in: on January 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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http://www.ruger.com/micros/advocacy/takeAction.html

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Published in: on January 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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STOP IT!!!! You’re buying too many….

Article on Yahoo talking about the increased gun sales leading up to a potential second Obama term. They share a few reasons people believe that the guns sales have increased so much. Of note, they talk about how companies such as Ruger have ran into production capacity issues, even after ramping up production, and have had to decline new ordes as they’ve already exceeded in excess of a million firearm orders.

Two years ago we had ammo shortages, ammo prices skyrocketed. When ammo became available againt the prices dropped slightly but for the most part ammo just became available, it didn’t become much cheaper.

Sure hope we don’t see a similar occurrence with firearms themselves.

Published in: on April 6, 2012 at 10:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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New! Ruger 10/22-Takedown (2 Parter)

Ruger announced today a new 10/22, but this time, it’s not just stock and accessories which make it different. It’s a take-down easy to disassemble and store in a compact form as the barrel looks to have an easy disconnect.

I can hear the anti-gunners already (you could hide it in a briefcase, 22 is the most common round used by assassins, it comes in black and grey).

But were I to be in the market for a stock 10/22 this would definitely be on the top of my list. If for not other reason than how easy it would be to clean the barrel after a day at the range.

VIDEO
 

Published in: on March 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Connecticut…a heritage… (revised & updated)

I am a former resident of the State of Connecticut. It is a state with a very unique heritage.  Many great names, (though sadly, a few are defunct or merely names owned by foreign conglomerates).  However, there is a lot of firearm history in the Connecticut River Valley, many great names including Colt, Marlin, Winchester.

Connecticut firearm manufacturers:

Colt Firearms (Hartford, CT)
Marlin Firearms (North Haven, CT)
O.F. Mossberg and Sons (North Haven, CT)
Sturm, Ruger and Company (Southport, CT)
Remington Arms Company / Union Metallic Cartridge Company ( Bridgeport, CT)
Winchester Ammunition (New Haven, CT)
Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Company
Smith & Wesson (is just over the board in Springfield, Mass)

Even the NSSF is in Connecticut
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) (Newton, CT)

A recent post on Say Uncle encouraged me to revise, update and re-publish this post. He inquired why companies like Remington endure in such anti-gun states as New York. It’s hard to grasp the answer.  Yes, there is a fair amount of undertaking to relocate a factory. But this is done all the time.  And infact many companies have moved their factories (Ruger moved a lot of production to Arizona and New Hampshire), but some still retain their corporate headquarters in Connecticut.

I think in order to understand this reticence in departing Connecticut one must look at the history.  Let’s start with Eli Whitney, sure he is most famed for the invention of the cotton gin, but he was instrumental in the firearm industry.  Standardizing parts for mass assembly.  Prior it was common for one maker to construct an entire rifle, fitting each part. Eli Whitney structured his business around the parts, being made to an exacting specification so that they could fit together with any production units. Beyond the immediate tangible benefits in production, there is an added advantage in that field repairs are much easier when you can salvage parts from two broken muskets to fashion a single working one.


First contract of Eli Whitney as a firearms manufacturer, 1786. Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Secretary of the Treasury. (Courtesy of Wikipedia/WikiCommons)

The first pistol factory in the U.S. was constructed in Connecticut (and a couple others followed within the same year or so.

“In 1810, Oliver Bidwell built the first pistol factory in the United States on the Pameacha River in Middletown, winning a contract with the United States War Department for handmade pistols.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Connecticut_industry

“By 1904, Connecticut’s firearms industry was producing four-fifths of the ammunition and more than one-fourth of the total value of all firearms manufactured by nongovernment factories in the US.”  http://www.city-data.com/states/Connecticut-History.html

Think about 80% of all ammunition came from Connecticut.  And 25% of all firearms.  That’s why I advocate that there is really no place in the nation, and perhaps no place in the world that has quite the firearm history an legacy as the Connecticut River Valley. (Note, Italy with it’s very long firearm history, probably has the best competing argument. )

In fact, Connecticut has born the nickname “the arsenal of democracy.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Connecticut_industry

Yes, it’s very bittersweet when you compare the history with the present day status of the region. 

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UPDATE: Great photos of a few Connecticut River Valley firearm manufacturing facilities courtesy of the Boston Globe.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2013/04/12/glimpse-gun-valley/nZ1vZ88KsPAJhMmpthUbEJ/story.html#story.html?&_suid=136612284463106854450748476081

 

First Time Shooters Have a Blast

A number of co-workers (IT industry / computer programmer types) have expressed interest in going out shooting. Most have never fire a gun.  Last weekend I had the opportunity to take the first of my co-workers and her friend out to shoot for the first time. (It also happened to be her birthday.)

We met at Freedom Armory in Glenn Rock, PA.  

I started with a lecture on safety, the three/four rules.  After that we entered the range, providing all partipants with proper ear and eye protection.  Now the fun began…

We started off with my Ruger MK III Hunter chambed in .22 LR. We progressed through the basics, grip, keeping from being bit by the slide, use of safety, sight picture, and keeping the finger off the trigger. (Always one of the more challenging aspects for new shooters as our fingers naturally want to curl into that trigger guard.) 

My co-worker’s friend began to get into a groove and had a very nice and condensed group around the bullseye.  I could see the look of “fun” appearing on her face.

Next we moved to my Ruger GP100 loaded with .38 Specials. A change in action, feel, and intensity. I explained that there would be additional recoil, but thanks to the weight of firearm it would not be significantly more than the .22LR.   We progressed to both shooters firing off some .357 Magnums –warned in advance that this would be a different level of heightened intensity.  And that within the confines of the indoor range they would experience the sensation of the air being moved and bouncing off the aisle walls.

Once again my co-worker’s friend was doing very well stayin on target.  She found the double-action trigger pull challenging and went with a cock and fire pattern. 

My co-worker while having a bit more difficulty in general staying on target did very well with the double-action pull.

Not bad for a first time shooter!

Clearly, my friend’s friend needs to start looking for a league!

We also discussed some understanding of the history of firearms & gun control, misnomers often repeated in the media.  Explaining those so-called “high powered assault weapons” use cartridges that are dwarfed by most deer hunting rifles.  How those tubular barrel shrouds are a safety device to keep one from being burned by the barrel. And how when you’re fielding an army of tens of thousands of soldiers of varying sizes, from 7ft tall men to 5ft tall women, having an adjustable stock made out of plastic simply makes a rifle more ergonomic – not more dangerous.

“Just like how in the movies they always do these impossible things with computers.”  they stated….and I was like “Exactly!”

I believe it was an eye-opening experience, and both seemed to have a great time. I’d call it a success as both new shooters and are interesting in pursuing things further. One purchased a 1 year membership at Freedom Armory as she passes by that way often, the other bought a hoodie sweatshirt.

Some interesting conversation has arisen since. My friend now sports two empty brass casings pinned to her cubicle wall. We discussed how the gun community is almost like a secret society, and that she might discover it’s akin to a “coming out party”.  I shared a couple of occasions in churches where the topic has turned from God to guns and the discovery that most of us owned firearms and were shooters.

Sure enough, she approached me at work, about how now she’s finding out how all different people she know have gone shooting and owned guns.  It’s almost like once the veil is removed, there are a lot more gun-lovers out there than anyone realizes.  And I think we’ve just grown that number by 2.

Kind of Neat!!!

Realized today that I have one blog post which has exceeded 25,000. While I know there are bigger blogs that probably get that many hits in a day. But for my little blog it’s pretty darn impressive. (In comparison, my home page has had 40,000 hits).

Here it is, my review of the Ruger MKIII Hunter and Browning Buckmark
https://nugun.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/the-browning-buckmark-versus-the-ruger-mkiii/

Just kind of fun to realize I’ve got a post that’s reached that many hits. 🙂
[NOTE: I notice one image is not loading. I will have to figure out what happened to it.]

Published in: on January 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm  Comments (2)  
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