Ruger Standard Pistol 75th Anniversary

The year 2024 will mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Sturm, Ruger & Co. with the launch of the Standard pistol in 1949.
In a corner of one of the 15 exhibit galleries at the NRA’s National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA, is a small display case with a modified Savage 99 rifle. It left the factory as a lever-action rifle, much like the other one million Model 99s made during its 98-year run. This one is distinct in a way none of the others are: It is semi-automatic. In an article entitled “Semi-Automatic .250-3000,” published in American Rifleman magazine in the December 1943 issue, a 27-year-old William Batterman Ruger of Brooklyn, NY, wrote about converting this rifle to semi-automatic.

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