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Harley Dude
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Ruger Takes Top Honors For Manufacturing And LCP .380





Southport, Connecticut - Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR) garnered top awards at the 2008 SHOOTING INDUSTRY Academy of Excellence Awards held in conjunction with the SHOOTING INDUSTRY Masters. The Ruger® LCPTM pistol was named the Academy of Excellence Handgun of the Year for 2008 and Ruger was recognized as Manufacturer of the Year.

In accepting the awards, Sturm, Ruger CEO Michael Fifer recognized the contributions of all employees and how their efforts have resulted in major new products. In commenting on the decision to produce the LCP Fifer noted, "The LCP is a departure for Ruger and it is the result of our Voice of the Customer program. We have been listening to what our customers are telling us and are working to bring the products they are asking for to the marketplace. The LCP went from concept to delivery in eight months."

The Ruger LCP (Lightweight Compact Pistol) is a .380 autoloader that offers legendary Ruger reliability and quality in an ultra-lightweight, compact pistol. The LCP weighs just 9.4 ounces, offers superior ergonomic design, a manual slide lock, positive extraction, and reliable feeding from the specially designed magazine. The LCP also features a high-performance, glass-filled nylon frame topped by a through-hardened blued steel slide for strength and maximum weight savings. The 6 + 1 round Ruger LCP pistol, with a height of only 3.6 inches and a width of .82 inches, is a reliable back-up or carry pistol any time size and weight savings are important. The Ruger LCP was earlier selected as the Best 2008 New Product by gun dealers on the SHOOTING INDUSTRY website blog.

The voting members of the SHOOTING INDUSTRY Academy of Excellence also named Ruger Manufacturer of the Year for expanded and enhanced products and services. The Company was recognized for continued new product development, customer communication, enhanced retailer services and an expanded website that provides Ruger distributors, retailers and consumers with value-added products, new business tools and user-friendly information. Enhanced dealer offerings include co-op advertising, special order programs and product launches designed to bring consumers into stores. Expanded website content includes a series of technical videos on Ruger products and new product pages that quickly provide new product information.

The Academy also selected Ruger Compact Magnum (RCM) ammunition, developed and manufactured by Hornady Manufacturing, as the Ammunition of the Year. The RCM ammunition and rifles are the latest in co-developed projects by Hornady and Ruger. In 2007, Hornady won Ammunition of the Year for the development of the .375 Ruger cartridge, and Ruger took home Rifle of the Year honors for the Ruger Hawkeye® Rifles chambered in .375 Ruger.

In the annual SHOOTING INDUSTRY Masters, a multi-discipline shooting competition between teams representing companies in the industry, a team of Ruger representatives claimed top honors in the industry class. Ruger employee and shooter Kevin Skinner also shot his way to high individual honors in the two-day shooting event.
 

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Harley Dude
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Hummmmm................not a bad deal on a Kel-tec copy!
 

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Harley Dude
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Steal someone elses design and win a award for it. Amazing..:rolleyes:

Thats exactly what was going through my mind! A bit of an opportunistic move, to be sure. They did clean up the design and make it a cute little pistol but its a hide out, back up gun for God's sake!
 

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Thats exactly what was going through my mind! A bit of an opportunistic move, to be sure. They did clean up the design and make it a cute little pistol but its a hide out, back up gun for God's sake!
Yes I agree 100%. I just don't see where it was award worthy. It is a nice cleaned up K-T that the slide locks back on. I may get one some day if I ever wear my K-T 3AT out. :lol:
 

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Awards for a Jap copy made in America?

Heck, even I can do that!
 

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I wonder if Kel-Tec was invited to the ceremony?
 

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I do concede that the LCP is a stolen design from Kel-Tec but take this advice before you totally destroy them....shoot one. I own an LCP and have fired it and a buddy's P3AT side by side; the Ruger is better in just about every single way. I'm sure I don't have to tell you guys this but there is only a handful of guns that haven't been copied by several manufacturers and the original is often not the greatest one. Kel-Tec should have refined this pistol long ago if it was that easy to do.
 

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I do concede that the LCP is a stolen design from Kel-Tec but take this advice before you totally destroy them....shoot one. I own an LCP and have fired it and a buddy's P3AT side by side; the Ruger is better in just about every single way. I'm sure I don't have to tell you guys this but there is only a handful of guns that haven't been copied by several manufacturers and the original is often not the greatest one. Kel-Tec should have refined this pistol long ago if it was that easy to do.
I agree they should not have set on their hands so long. I think they were just trying to keep the cost down which they have. They still could of come out with a delux model like the LCP and had about 90% of the market in the bag. Oh well it's their deal not mine. :biggrin5:
 

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Taurus 92 - Beretta 92
Taurus Mill 45 - Glock 36


Taurus is a BIG copy cat as well..... I sell more Taurus then Glock & Beretta...

Go figure....
 

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Kel-Tec copy -- BS! I asked the Ruger factory rep who was at the End of Trail 2008 SASS event who actually made (manufactured) the LCP, just so that I could say that I heard it "from the horse's mouth". He stated that Kel-Tec was the actual manufacturer and that it was a P3-AT with a slightly modified frame (shape only), a slightly different extractor and a slide stop. The sights are very slightly different, as well. He stated that that was IT.

So how did RUGER get the award, and YES, I agree, Was KT even invited???
 

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I know KT put on another line at their factory to make the 3AT about the same time Ruger was getting ready to come out with the LCP. I didn't think to much about it. I am going to ask a fellow I know about what's going on. He may know as he works there. :confused:
 

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Kel-Tec copy -- BS! I asked the Ruger factory rep who was at the End of Trail 2008 SASS event who actually made (manufactured) the LCP, just so that I could say that I heard it "from the horse's mouth". He stated that Kel-Tec was the actual manufacturer and that it was a P3-AT with a slightly modified frame (shape only), a slightly different extractor and a slide stop. The sights are very slightly different, as well. He stated that that was IT.

So how did RUGER get the award, and YES, I agree, Was KT even invited???

That is quite interesting! I have heard you say that before. Knowing Kel-tec, I don't think they are too concerned about being in the limelight. Their customers have always been police officers looking for an inexpensive but reliable back up pistol. They have a solid customer base and will probably clean up if Ruger sells a ton of these pistols and they mfg them for Ruger.

But, I have never read any articles that talk about Kel-tec being the mfg of record for the Ruger.
 

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Taurus 92 - Beretta 92
Taurus Mill 45 - Glock 36


Taurus is a BIG copy cat as well..... I sell more Taurus then Glock & Beretta...

Go figure....
The Taurus PT-92 and 96 are the same design as the orig Beretta 92 because Taurus purchased Beretta's manufacturing plant in Brazil, and with it, the rights to produce that model.

Taurus revolvers used to look like S&Ws because both companies were owned by Bangor Punta for several years, back in the 70s and 80s timeframe.
 

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The Taurus PT-92 and 96 are the same design as the orig Beretta 92 because Taurus purchased Beretta's manufacturing plant in Brazil, and with it, the rights to produce that model.

Taurus revolvers used to look like S&Ws because both companies were owned by Bangor Punta for several years, back in the 70s and 80s timeframe.
Rofl, you know too much! :thumbsup:

I'm going to have to get out the notebook when GR speaks from now on.
 

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Naw, I'm just old and even lead will absorb some things if you leave it to marinate long enough.
 
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