Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of firearms is showing a $40 million increase in their third quarter earnings. Wednesday, financial disclosures were filed that reported some $161.4 million in quarterly net sales, respectively. This put the company ahead by an excess of $100 million for the year. By September 2016, Ruger had earned $502.5 million in sales, surpassing last year’s total of $398.7.
Connecticut based Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., reported a 66 percent increase for the quarter, making $19.85 million between August and October alone. Around $58 million of the sales in contributed to newer products, such as the Ruger Precision Rifle, ARs and LC9 pistols. The National Instant Criminal Background Check showed a 16 percent increase in activity. This database is used to determine overall sales.
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