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When in Prescott, Arizona, stop by Sturm, Ruger Company

I didn’t think I would have much free time during my week observing a Gunsite 250 Pistol course in Paulden, Arizona to get down to Prescott, so I didn’t attempt to arrange a tour of the Ruger factory there. But due to the heat, we got to the range an hour early this morning so finished class an hour early this afternoon. I took the opportunity to drive to Prescott to check out the place where they make Ruger semi-automatic pistols.

A large statue of a cowboy on his horse greets you in the visitor parking area. The plaque reads: “In the vast reaches of the American West, the work ethic still exists. The man who makes his living on horses that are bound to buck earns his pay. A good hand is loyal to his outfit, meets a challenge, and takes pride in an honest day’s work.”

“An Honest Day’s Work” by Fred Fellows. Photo by David Yamane

When I got to the front door, I was met with a sign reading: “NO LOADED FIREARMS ALLOWED INSIDE BUILDING.” I guess they couldn’t afford or didn’t think it was important enough to just buy a new sign to reflect the new policy.

Sign at entrance of Sturm Ruger Company offices in Prescott, AZ. Photo by David Yamane

There was no retail store or company museum anyway, so I just made my way back to my car and to Paulden. Maybe next time I will see about arranging that tour.

10 thoughts on “When in Prescott, Arizona, stop by Sturm, Ruger Company

  1. No firearms allowed in a building where they build guns? Hmmmm. As Keith says, it drips with irony. As far as the mythology of that statue and the notion of the cowboy, maybe there is a work ethic in Arizona, but New Mexico leads the nation in unemployment rate. Sad.

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  2. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED IF YOU MANUFACTURE AR 15 WHICH I AM TOLD YOU DO. BLOODY GREEDY BASTARDS!!! CONTRIBUTING TO CORPORATE GREED AND THE DEATH OF INNOCENTS. NO ONE, I REPEAT, NO ONE THAT IS NOT IN A UNIFORM SERVING OUR COUNTRY SHOULD OWN ONE OF THOSE GUNS PERIOD!!! WHAT IN THIS WORLD ARE YOU THINKING AND WHAT HAVE WE COME TO???????
    . YOU EVEN POST NO WEAPOSN IN YOUR GUN MANUFACTURING FACTORY. HOW IRONIC!!!
    GRANDMOTHER OF 4, MOTHER OF 2, GREAT AUNT TO MANY OF THE CHLDREN OF THE FUTURE WHO DO NOT SLEEP AT NIGHT BECAUSE THEY WORRY ABOUT THEIR LIVES EVERYDAY DO TO PROLERATION OF GUNS MANUFACTURED AND SOLD BY COMPANIES LIKE YOU.. YOU COULD TALK TO ME ANY TIME TO GET MORE OF MY OPINION OF YOU WISH. I WILL GLADLY GIVE YOU AN EAR FULL.

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  3. We defend our President, with guns.
    We defend our Congressmen, with guns.
    We defend our Governors, with guns
    We defend our celebrities, with guns.
    We defend our sporting events, with guns.
    We defend our jewelry stores, with guns.
    We defend our banks, with guns.
    We defend our office buildings, with guns.
    We defend our factories, with guns.
    We defend our courts, with guns.

    We defend our children, with a sign that reads.
    “This is a gun free zone.” And then call someone with a gun if there’s an emergency.

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  4. Dear Dottie:
    Impolite wording (all in caps) does not help your efforts .
    This Australian can vouch for the phrase: An armed society is a polite society.
    40 years in Mexifornia (previously known as CA) will attest to that.
    A year in TN and now a resident of AZ I can assure you, licensed gun carry is a blessing.
    That is exemplified by the stats that show who commit gun homicides.
    Your venting would be much better served if you aimed at the liberal nut cases who allow undocumented felons into the country, the morons who leave guns laying around for thieves and/or burglars and the weird judiciary who let off those animals.
    My guns are well behaved, never have any of them jumped up and shot a single soul. I can further attest that all of my friends who own guns do verify the same.
    I am sorry about your children’s sleep problem. I, my daughter and my son’s children sleep pretty well at night in spite of the guns in all of their households.
    Maybe you should redirect and temper your outrage and try more soothing contacts with your children. I sincerely hope they do not inherit your hate.
    By the way, I hope you don’t drive, as cars kill more than guns, I hope you lock up your medicines, another cause of deaths, and of course, those knives in the kitchen, be careful they don’t jump up in the middle of the night and create mayhem.

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