Ruger’s 75th Anniversary SR1911

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Sturm, Ruger & Co., founded in 1949 by partners Alexander McCormick Sturm and William Batterman Ruger. When Sturm died suddenly in 1951, their first and only product was the Standard Model Automatic, a .22LR pistol designed and patented by Ruger, who, as the story goes, drew his inspiration from a captured Japanese Nambu pistol he got from a Marine returning home at the end of World War Two. The Ruger Standard Model bears a strong resemblance to the slim, light, and naturally pointing military Nambu outside, but inside, Ruger engineered a more reliable operating mechanism that was easier to manufacture. After Sturm’s death, Ruger led the company for just over fifty years, making it one of the largest and most successful firearms manufacturers in the world, with a reputation for well-designed, well-made, and valued-priced products.

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