September 2002

Downrange: 09/02

BILL RUGER DIES. William Batterman Ruger, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Sturm, Ruger & Company, the largest firearms manufacturer in the United States, died Saturday, July 6, 2002, at age 86.

Ruger had a hand in the original design and time-honored styling of every firearm his company has produced, and continued to work on new creations up until his death. The company has produced more than 20,000,000 firearms for hunting, target shooting, collecting, self-defense, law enforcement and government agencies. Ruger teamed with Alexander McCormick Sturm and established Sturm, Ruger & Company in 1949. Rugerís first firearm introduction in 1949 was a stylish .22-caliber target pisto...

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