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ruger #3

Serial numbers
were handstamped on major
components
on all eight
pre-production
pistols. The nineround magazine
for the first Ruger
pistol (below, r.)
was a modified 10-round
magazine for the
High Standard HD
(below, l.).

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Ruger's assembly department foreman, John L.
"Jack" Boudreau, was one of the original employees hired by Bill Ruger. Boudreau was a competitive handgun shooter and an accomplished
amateur gunsmith. It was his job to assemble and
test fire these pre-production pistols. He convinced management of the advantages for him to
use one of these pistols in local matches as part
of his testing plan. He was given permission to
purchase the Number 3 pistol.
Boudreau purchased the Number 3 pistol on
Sept. 15, 1949, making it the first firearm sold by
Sturm, Ruger & Co. To assemble Number 3, some of
the first lot of component parts had to go through
minor alterations. Parts that were not yet in stock
or that were not compatible, Boudreau hand-made
in the Ruger shop. A High Standard HD magazine
was modified to function in Boudreau's pistol.
In the "Dope Bag" section of the November
1949 issue of this magazine, Technical Editor Maj.
Gen. Julian S. Hatcher wrote, "Mr. Jack Boudreau
of the Ruger Factory has used a Ruger in several
local matches. He placed high in several of them,
and won at least two medals in September alone."
As minor modifications were completed on
component parts (September), Boudreau personally assembled and tested another four Ruger
pistols from the original eight barreled receivers.
Number 2 was completed and retained for the
factory collection. Number 4 was completed and
shipped. Barreled receivers numbered 1, 5 and
6 were not assembled into completed pistols.
Maj. Gen. Hatcher "picked up" Number 7. The
last pistol of the group, Number 8, was "hand
delivered" to Warren Page, shooting editor
of Field & Stream. Regular production Ruger
pistols numbered after serial number 8 were
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machine serial-numbered, assembled and test
fired by factory workers in respective departments. These numbers began at 0009 and go up
from there.
The first shipment of Ruger pistols was made
on Oct. 6, 1949. By year's end, 1,138 Ruger
pistols had been produced and shipped. Sixtyseven years later, from April 2015 to May 2016,
more than 2 million Ruger firearms were produced
during that 12-month period. Sturm, Ruger is an
American success story, one that started with
two young men who had big dreams and a lot
of determination.
Editors' Note: Mike Fifer, former Ruger CEO,
pledged to donate $2 for every Ruger firearm sold
between the 2015 and 2016 NRA Annual Meetings.
Fifer's goal was for a $4,000,000 donation to
benefit the NRA Institute for Legislative Action
(NRA-ILA). A check to NRA ILA for $4,000,000 was
presented at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in
Louisville, Ky., on May 19, 2016.

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