The factory's first limited run of Ruger American Rimfires were specially marked and sold to raise funds for local North Carolina charities. Running at full speed now, the plant is producing around 400 rifles daily.
At the rear of the production/assembly area sits hammer-forge barrel machinery, allowing Ruger to make its own high-quality barrels in the same compact area where the entire rifle will be produced. This manufacturing strategy not only instills great efficiency but superior quality control as well.
In this setup—essentially a mini-factory unto itself—each member of the team is responsible for immediate quality control, and when problems occur, the line shuts down and so minimal pieces are effected.
Ruger CEO Mike Fifer and plant manager Mickey Wilson can’t say enough good about the “army of contractors” that cleaned and refitted the former plant where wool was coned and dyed, transforming it into a working gun manufactory in just 60 days.