Sturm, Ruger & Company produces hundreds of thousands of firearms each year for hunting, target shooting, collecting, self-defense, law enforcement and government agencies. The company maintains a basic philosophy of management, designers and engineers (the majority gun enthusiasts themselves), using advanced business techniques and creating original firearms concepts, built using cutting-edge manufacturing technology. Each product is sound, reliable, and accurate, but produced with technological excellence. Since the company was founded in 1949 it has produced more than 20 million firearms. Sturm, Ruger firearms are sold to federally certified independent wholesale distributors only, who in turn sell to independent federally licensed retail firearms dealers with regular business hours, and who stock a variety of Ruger firearms for demonstration and resale to qualified individual purchasers in full compliance with all federal, state, and local laws. Sturm, Ruger is headquartered in Southport, Conn., with plants and foundries in Newport, N.H. and Prescott, Ariz.