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January 17, 2012
New Ruger American Rifle
The new Ruger American rifle is a bargain big-game hunter that comes in short action and long action. Its MSRP is $449 and it's 100 percent American made. Check out the video for more details.
So is Ruger ever going to develop any new product that doesn't completely rely on reverse engineering a product introduced in the previous year by another company?
T/C Icon anyone.
What I don't like, it doesn't come in 25-06.
But for a starter rifle including handloading for it?
It's the ticket for a first gun!
For years, firearm manufacturers have been producing firearms just above the common Joe's pocket book and trying to get the biggest bang per item causing a the population of Sportsmen nationwide to dwindle.
This is way long overdue and I got to say Ruger finally took action to market to those who cannot afford more expensive equipment. I have come across numerous of firearms at the fraction of the cost of say match grade firearms that would be worthy of the same.
Years ago, Remington came out with a rifle, a bolt that was rear lugged. But it came out to soon, the market just wasn't ready for it. Now be a good time to bring that model back out. Remington, ARE YOU LISTENING?!
OK RUGER, CRANK IT UP!
I'm going to put my hands on one to see what it feels like. I'm very interested.
Being a Ruger fan, I'm glad to see the tang safety back. It will be interesting to see how the plastic holds up over time.
so I watched that video, waiting to hear a mention of (and maybe a small expansion upon) the fact that it's made in the USA and... not a word.
looks like a nice gun, though!
Looks like thay borrowed that accutrigger and accustock from Savage, the bolt and stock from Tikka, tang safety from themselves, and breeching from Remington. They sure didn't reinvent the wheel.
When they re-invented the wheel with that Blaser pump everyone complained... This seems like where everyone is going. Weatherby Vanguards, Savage, now Ruger with a decent rifle for around $400..... Isn't that what you guys were asking for? I think it will be a big seller the Ruger M77 was overpriced in my opinion, and now Winchester has a better gun at the same price.
I just hope these things can shoot.
I'd rather have one or two nice rifles than a pile of cheap ones in a multitude of flavors.
A cheap plastic stock, a Walmart price, and innovations innovated by other innovators. Is that really "American?" I'm sure the rifle is a wonderful bargain but that name sorta kinda smacks of an affront.
Just after I bought a new Remington 700 for Christmas. Paid just about $400. Wow? Coincidence?
WA Mtnhunter. Couldn't agree with you more, but. I sucker for a new gun.
"I AM A sucker for new gun" Sorry. Need to edit better.
So it's a Marlin XL7 with half of a Savage Accustock and a Browning bolt throw? And it costs more and looks worse?
I'm the kind of guy that will with-hold my opinion till I have the chance to try it out. I knew Bill Ruger and he tried to make nothing but quality guns. Now, a 'new' (?) innovation comes up and I see a lot of negative comments from people who have only seen the video or read a few gun writers revues. I say give it a chance to either prove it's worth or not before condemning it. JMO
I think this is GREAT! Ruger has always taken the best the competition has to offer, then try to improve upon it. There is nothing wrong with that, and we shooters benefit! I'm all for modern technology in firearms, and find it funny when others complain. I really like the utilitarian looks of this new rifle. For those who do not fine, you do not have to buy one. Like it or not, welcome to the rifle of 2012! Good job Ruger!
Looks like a nice rifle. I have been looking to pick up a good rifle and was seriously considering a Tikka but if I can get a good gun made in the USA, I might go that route. One serious advantage that the Tikka has though, it comes in a left-hand model... hmmm.
TC Icon not. Plastic stocked junk? Maybe.
Hooray for "made in America". I applaud Ruger and will be buying one if for no other reason than to support them. Far too many gun makers have fled America,and or sold out to the mysterious "Freedom Group" inc. Are you aware that Freedom Group has been quietly buying up numerous manufacturers including: Remington, Marlin, H&R, Dakota Arms, Bushmaster, Panther Arms, Parker Guns,EOTAC, Advance Armament, Barnes Bullets and the list goes on. You worry about copy cats, what happens when most guns are made by this one organization?
Like others, I'll take a hands-on look at it before making a judgement. I use a rifle as a tool and mainly care how it performs in the field. Less rifle cost means I can spend more on the scope.
Mike Diehl, synthetic stocked rifles have been around long enough to prove they are not junk. Try and be original next time you give an opinion. Bet you're not using wood spoked wheels on your car either, Lol!
Here's a good review that describes some of the internal features:
I don't believe ive ever been truely disappointed in any Kruger ive ever held or owned. I'm glad to see.a great company produce a rifle for the everyman, I have wanted a decent bolt gun for awhile, but without a close range or being able to rifle hunt in Illinois, I couldn't justify spending big dough on one, now I don't have too for 400 bucks
Why burn the skepics, they can't all be wrong ?
I don't understand the hostility many folks seem to have towards a company that takes proven designs and decides to integrate them into other well constructed products at a fair price and especially an American company like Ruger? How many of you have fuel injected vehicles? Well that system was developed in Brittain and has been copied and used since 1966 and we all seem to still like it! Using proven technology is smart. Like the saying goes..."If it ain't broke don't fix it!"
I have several Rugers in various models and love em' all. I say "Good Job Ruger!" I can't wait to pick one up in 3006.
I agree with Remaxman. Geez, most of you guys are easily annoyed. So you have an American company, producing a low-cost rifle here in America, one that borrows from previous, reliable designs? And that's a bad thing? Then go drop $2,000 on a foreign made rifle and enjoy yourself. Remember, young people, and those on a budget, need modestly-priced gear in order to keep the ranks of hunters strong. While I can afford a Benelli, I'm happy that there are firms like Mossberg and Ruger that provide solid, if not fancy, products to entry-level sportsmen.
Very similar to the T/C venture, but the clips system will be better because it is made by ruger and the barrel is 2 in shorter. Bet it handles good for all people, no matter what you are hunting.
Ive been a ruger fan for years so i will probly buy one just to keep the collection up, but it looks like i may be getting a new gun to get messy now if we could just get ruger to build a good pump or auto loading shotgun
gotta have one of these but i will wait for a more exciting caliber. kimber has a 280ai, why not ruger? 6.5 creedmoor would be good also. great looking rifle with all the features i'm looking for in one package. it looks like ruger got this one right. good price too.
I like Ruger for sure, but hesitant with this one.
more cheap crap,, spend the same money on a sporterized mauser and you will have something worth owning
i will also keep my opinion till i get the chance to see the gun and shoot it, until then i will say it looks like a pretty cheap gun, but with the economy being terrible maybe it will be the winner. i am a fan of ruger, as i am currently hunting with a ruger 44 carbine rifle, wooden stock that is not made any more.
For all of you folks who think for it to be good it has to have a wooden stock--Get over it!!! Plastic and composite are here to stay. Better look under the hood of your late model car or truck. The Ruger American rifle is made with quality components just like any other Ruger product and priced so just about everyone can afford it. It's simple and ruggedly constructed. If the low price bothers you I sincerely hope the guy shooting one next to you at the range shoots a tighter group than the rifle you paid 1k+ for.
I like the initial reviews and have put my name on the waiting list at the local gunshop for one in .308 Winchester. Their price is $329 before taxes. I'll probably top it with a Leupold 2-7x33 scope to keep the total weight around 7 lbs.
"Bet you're not using wood spoked wheels on your car either, Lol!"
You'd probably be foolish enough to buy a gun with a plastic barrel as well. "Lol!"
Glad too see more american made guns
To each his own, but, I have read about some of the claims of "coydogger", and am very concerned about the buy-ups of major gun companies and ammo makers by the likes of George Soros and his ilk. All I can say is, better get all you can, while you can, "cheap looking" or not. Oh, I do like Rugers too, by the way, although I prefer wood, I do have polymer.
just bought one for my 11 year old son for his first deer hunt (308). Did not want him to use any of my rifles as most cost as much as a good usd car. Was suprized when the worst groupe at 100 that this thing shot was 7/8 of an inch. Yes it is ugly but man it shoots. I am going to get me one for the farm truck. My older son(14) is mad because his little brother shoots circles around his rem 700 adl 270 win. He keeps trying to talk his brother in to a trade. I think I will sell his 700 and get him a ruger so i do not have to listen to them scrap. This thin is light to easy for my younger boy to cary in the wyoming hills. So for a first rifle this thing rocks just wish it was not so ugly to look at.
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