Breaking – Ruger Considering Submitting Ruger American Pistol for US Army Contract

I got word on whether Ruger is going after the military contract with its American pistol. “That’s still an open question,” says Ruger’s Chief Pistol Engineer, Joseph Zajk. “The CEO says ‘no,’ but he’s willing to have his mind changed.” Ruger’s CEO is a brilliant man and he’s probably considering the fact that if Ruger did win such a contract, they would, as part of it, have to turn over all of the technology that goes into the American pistol. Once that contract is up, the military can take that technology out to bid. So while there’s a lot of status to winning the contract, and a lot of pistols, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns for a gun maker.

Editor’s note: When reports of the Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) RFP came out, it was reported that Ruger wasn’t going to submit a pistol for consideration. Since then, they have released the Ruger American which seems to meet many of the Army’s proposed pistol requirements. So I asked Scott to run down someone at Ruger and get an updated position. —Marky


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“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

Scott Mayer

Writer at John1911
Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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