“Pretty bold to call your rifle the American, Mike,” I told Ruger President and CEO Mike Fifer. He just grinned at me. Product Manager Mark Gurney and the engineers at Ruger’s Newport, N.H. factory, had given me a full briefing on the design, features and construction of the company’s latest model.
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.