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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STURM, RUGER & COMPANY, INC. ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF
PRESIDENT STEPHEN SANETTI TO BECOME CEO OF THE
NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION

SOUTHPORT, CT - March 26, 2008 - Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE:RGR)
announced that its President, Stephen L. Sanetti, will be leaving Ruger
on May 1, 2008 to accept the position of President and Chief Executive
Officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade
association for the firearms industry.

Sanetti was hired by Bill Ruger in 1980 to be Ruger's first general
counsel and rose up through the executive ranks to become, in 2003,
president and chief operating officer and vice chairman of the Board of
Directors. A founding member of the Firearms Litigation Support
Committee, Sanetti helped direct the successful coordinated response to
municipal lawsuits that threatened the firearms industry in the late
1990s.

The connection between the NSSF and Ruger has always been strong. Bill
Ruger was a founding member of its Board of Governors in 1961. It is the
trade association for the shooting, hunting, and firearms industry, with
a membership of over 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, retailers,
sportsmen's organizations, and publishers.

"I am delighted that the NSSF Board has chosen Steve Sanetti to be its
next CEO," said Ruger CEO Michael Fifer. "His knowledge of the industry
and the issues confronting it, together with his vast product acumen
make him a natural for this important and publicly visible position. I
look forward to continued close ties between Ruger and the NSSF with
Steve Sanetti as its CEO, as we all strive to preserve our heritage of
hunting, shooting, and responsible firearms use. While Steve's vast
industry experience and passion for firearms will be missed by Ruger, we
will share in the industry's good fortune of having Steve lead the
NSSF," Fifer concluded.

"It was no easy decision to depart Sturm, Ruger, since I've devoted my
life to it since I left the Army 30 years ago," said Sanetti. "But I
feel an even higher calling where I can, I hope, be of assistance to the
entire firearms industry. I am extremely honored that the NSSF Board has
asked me to take to the trail blazed by such industry stalwarts as
Warren Page, "Rocky" Rohlfing, Bob Delfay, and of course by outgoing
NSSF President Doug Painter. I have always been impressed with the
dedication and effectiveness of the NSSF staff. My goal will be to help
everyone better understand the legitimacy of our sports and our
products, and why millions of Americans are so dedicated to their
enjoyment. With the help of many others who share our beliefs, we will
continue to ensure that the great pastimes of hunting and shooting
remain available for future generations. This is an awesome
responsibility, and I look forward to all of us giving our best efforts
to meet tomorrow's challenges, " Sanetti concluded.
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Jeff Quinn
gunblast.com
 

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Good riddance!
And about time. I guess under his leadership, we got trigger locks, mag dis-connects, lots of dis-continued models, and now plastic 10/22's.
 

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I hope that whoever Heads Ruger don't cut the quality of their products. I'm different than a lot of people. I will pay more for American tools than those made in China and Mexico because of the quality in addition to them being made here. I hope that Ruger continues to make good products even if they cost more. I hate to see anything go up in price and down in quality both.
 

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I hope the new guy will have some new ideas. I'd like to an SR9 subcompact, and a Ruger 1911 would be great. An SR45 would be nice too. I'll cross my fingers but won't hold my breath.
 

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Sounds like it may be a breath of fresh air for Ruger. Maybe some new ideas with the new blood. I like the thought of a Ruger 1911 but I doubt it will happen as the market is already pretty saturated with manufacturers for 1911's
 
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