Sturm Ruger & Co.’s announcement that it would stop taking orders until it clears an enormous backlog serves as the latest sign of the boom times for the U.S. firearms business.
Late Wednesday, Sturm Ruger said that in the first quarter, it had received orders for more than 1 million units. And despite “efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders,” Sturm Ruger said.
I’ve been following this news piece since it broke, and per the status quo, many “liberty sites” jumped to the conclusions that this is somehow a premeditated initiative to cease production of firearms, or control our 2nd Amendment rights.
Instead, this is merely Ruger doing a phenomenal job at creating some of the most popular rifles and affordable handguns – although I wouldn’t recommend any except the 10/22 rifle – and not being able to handle demand. This increase in demand is indeed likely from the various draconian legislation being passed, the rising popularity of emergency preparedness, and people seeking to invest in tangibles. It’s also a result of the fear mongering from both the government and the Pay-triots.
Overall, this is a great thing – it means that people are not only spending money and helping keep the economy afloat (however slight), but that people are indeed arming themselves. One million firearms from one manufacturer alone is staggering, but we could likely relate similar numbers to the other top manufacturers, such as Glock ( made in Austria), Smith and Wesson, Springfield Armory, and many more. If Ruger sold one million units in the first quarter, then there were likely well over ten million+ weapons purchased across the top tier of gun manufacturers.
Makes a 2nd Amendment fan feel all warm and fuzzy inside, eh?
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