First announced in August 1955, the Ruger Blackhawk single-action revolver in .357 Magnum caliber bears a strong resemblance to the original Colt Single-Action Army and Frontier revolver, Model of 1873. Designwise, however, the Blackhawk is a modernized version of its Colt counterpart.
In 1967 Sturm, Ruger & Co. made the first of its M77 center-fire rifles that remained in full production until 1991. They have now been supplanted in Ruger's line by the evolutionary M77 Mark IIs that have a three-position safety selector mounted beside the bolt sleeve in lieu of the M77's tang safety.
The Remington Model 40X small-bore target rifle was introduced in 1955. Chambered for the cal. .22 long rifle cartridge, the Model 40X is of single-shot type with speed-lock firing mechanism. The bolt has 2 large locking lugs. The upper lug engages the forward edge of the receiver bridge, whereas the lower lug is housed in a mortise cut into the bottom of the receiver.
In 1987, Benelli introduced its first Super 90, the M1. It quickly became a favorite among European practical shotgun competitors, but hunters who wanted a more traditional looking shotgun had to wait for the Montefeltro version to come out the following year.