Sturm, Ruger — the 4th largest gun-maker in the US — has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders after receiving orders for over one million units in Q1. (H/t ZeroHedge)
Here’s the announcement on Sturm, Ruger & Co’s website:
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports Strong First Quarter Bookings
March 21, 2012
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), announced today that for the first quarter 2012, the Company has received orders for more than one million units. Therefore, the Company has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders.
Chief Executive Officer Michael O. Fifer made the following comments:
- The Company’s Retailer Programs that were offered from January 1, 2012 through February 29, 2012 were very successful and generated significant orders from retailers to independent wholesale distributors for Ruger firearms.
- Year-to-date, the independent wholesale distributors placed orders with the Company for more than one million Ruger firearms.
- Despite the Company’s continuing successful efforts to increase production rates, the incoming order rate exceeds our capacity to rapidly fulfill these orders. Consequently, the Company has temporarily suspended the acceptance of new orders.
- The Company expects to resume the normal acceptance of orders by the end of May 2012.
The Company will announce its results and file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2012 on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, after the close of the stock market.
Gun sales have gone up after Obama entered the White House, but I wonder if Sturm, Ruger’s running out of guns has anything to do with the DHS’s purchases?
There is also an unconfirmed rumor that the U.S. government is buying out all the 5.56 military surplus ammo and is telling ammo dealers to stop selling to their vendors and civilians. (H/t beloved KhetaAmenti)