Which gun company would you like to own?


May 3, 2003, 09:31 AM
...the lottery gods have smiled upon you, now which gun company would you like to buy...why?

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May 3, 2003, 10:13 AM
Colt and Smith&Wesson. Their original designs and build quality are awesome, I would like to see that again.

May 3, 2003, 10:16 AM
Freedom Arms. Owning the company is about the only way I could afford to have one! :D

May 3, 2003, 11:49 AM
Since I would have already won the lottery, making a lot of guns or money wouldn't be a necessity. A "Rembrandt Firearm" would have to be of the highest quality....first I'd buy Dakota Arms, expand the product line to include quality handguns and shotguns. Start with expired patents of classic firearm designs, only improve the tolerances and finishes....then I would send all my friends on this forum a complimentary sample to keep.

May 3, 2003, 11:54 AM

May 3, 2003, 12:03 PM
Smith and Wesson.

One way or the other, The Agreement would expire.

May 3, 2003, 12:09 PM
I would purchase the rights for Coonan and Produce the finest .38/.357 magnum automatics money could buy and the .41 magnum and maybe a .45 acp also , I know I would be able to retire If I could Make the Magizines for it too .

May 3, 2003, 12:35 PM

1. Start selling the P2000 already!
2. Magazine compatibility
3. SureFire-happy rails
4. Increased production of the P7
5. Carbon fiber semi-auto tactical
6. Carbon fiber FP6 with all the fixings
7. Carbon fiber everything else!

The list goes on....

May 3, 2003, 12:52 PM
I'd go for Remington, and I'd get them to open up a handgun line (1911s and maybe a revolver or two), then start up an AR15 production line and introduce line of shotguns with all the uber-tactical features like pistol-grip stocks and such. All the LEO-only stamps would serve as paperweights on my desk, as they'd be removed from the assembly line.


May 3, 2003, 01:18 PM
Beretta. It would be cool to own (if my memory serves me correctly) the oldest company in the history of the world, that just happen to make firearms. Hopefully, I'd be around to celebrate its 500th anniversary.

May 3, 2003, 01:31 PM
General Electric. :D


4v50 Gary
May 3, 2003, 01:31 PM
Don't want a company since I'd probably mismanage it with my poor business acumen and scuttle it. :( However, I wouldn't mind making a run of "Liberator" pistols complete with stamp steel (unrifled) barrels. Might as well give the liberals something to scream about. :cool:

May 3, 2003, 01:32 PM
Heckler and Koch. Resurrect the G11, increase customer service quality. Make everything in 45ACP. :D

May 3, 2003, 01:37 PM
1st choice would be Beretta. They have the military contract so I could use that money to fund new products. The first thing I would do is produce a slim single stack 9mm, somthing along the lines of the Cheeta but in 9mm. Why don't they see this market? It would be good competition for the Kahr K9 and the SIG 239. Everytime they make a small 9mm, it is a double stack or is just too big!

My second choice would be Kahr, they have so much potential and they are American made.

S&W has more problems then I care to deal with right now. I would have to discontinue most of the line and start over. Scandium has got to go and so does most of their autos. That 1911 would be kept because 1911s are such a scam that you can always make money on them.

May 3, 2003, 01:43 PM
I wouldn't mind making a run of "Liberator" pistols complete with stamp steel (unrifled) barrels.

Hmmmm. I can see the scenario for this. You are approached by a banger, you pop him with your Liberator, and then you take his Lorcin.


May 3, 2003, 01:52 PM
so i could use the rest of my winnings to beat off the gun grabbers...:cuss:

May 3, 2003, 02:58 PM

1. The Agreement would die a long, horrible, and very public death.
2. The company would pick up and move, lock, stock and barrel, to a more gun friendly state.
3. After moving, I would state it loud and long why I moved, to whoever would listen.
4. I would refuse contracts with all states hostile to my business (**********, Illinois, Massachussets, etc. you listening?)
5. I would get completely anal about build quality.
6. See #5, except for customer service.

Forgot to add:
7. The gloves would come off on the lawsuits that are sure to follow.

May 3, 2003, 03:19 PM
I'm with jhisaac1.

General Electric DOES bring good things to life.

GAU 2B/A-7 The 7.62mm Mini-Gun


May 3, 2003, 03:43 PM
as long as they have the licenses and SOTs to import, design, research, manufacture and experiment with any weapons in existence. Profit is not a concern.

May 3, 2003, 04:11 PM
I think I'd like to own Ruger.

First thing of all, it is probably the healthiest of the American manufacturers, with a cool logo that can be better exploited.

1. Open the Ruger Custom Shop. Just about anything the customer wants will be done for the right price or we'll refer them to Bowen or an autopistol shop we will financially help become a name with our auto line.

2. Hire some Italian design engineers as consultants from MV Augusta, the exotic motorcycle maker, to get their insights into making the exterior of the Ruger autopistol line look attractive. They wouldn't be allowed to meddle with the tank like toughness of the actual system, I just want someone who knows what decent curves and lines look like. First move would be to get controls off of the slides and onto the frames where they belong. Full cap mags would be pushed for in the current Congress because some honest people want and need more than 10 rounds. Introduce compacts and subcompact autos.

3. Offer a full line of snubbie SP-101s in blue and stainless. Make one in .44 Special if it is possible to jam into SP-101-ish dimensions. Improve the blueing to old Colt or S&W standards since neither of the competitors do decent blueing on a regular basis anymore and Ruger rarely does.

4. Offer the GP-100 down to 2.5 inch barrels and up to 8 3/8. Offer a decent blueing job on the carbon steel ones and improve the triggers from the factory. Offer an extra shot cylinder like S&W. Support a factory team in every shooting discipline that a Ruger can compete in.

5. There'd be a GP-200 carry revolver in .44mag/special in a range of barrel lengths.

6. The single action line would remain largely untouched except for maybe going into all of the non-standard big bores through the Custom Shop. The Super Redhawk would also be massaged by the exterior design consultants.

7. Make a 1911 of decent manufacture to go to head to head with anyone. Undercut them all on price by using Ruger's world famous casting facilities and get the pistol into the $400 range for a completely customizeable American made Mil-spec. If you want more than that, go ala carte at the Custom Shop or get your own gunsmith. Like the rest of Ruger's products, it'd be no questions asked if it failed.

8. Make the ranch rifle top drawer instead of a joke. Make a modern Garand, M1 Carbine, and M1A.

9. Make a line of tactical/field shotguns and go directly after Remington, Mossberg, and Winchester.

10. Kick the crap out of every anti-gun organization, legally and financially, that came into my sights. They'd all be immediately countersued for abuse of process and frivolity.

May 3, 2003, 04:18 PM
Hm... Definately H & K.

With beauties such as these, who wouldn't jump at the chance?


:uhoh: :D :evil:

Chris Rhines
May 3, 2003, 04:46 PM

- Research and manufacturing facilities in both the United States and Europe.
- A good reputation for innovation combined with sound engineering and primo build quality.
- Lots of materials experience (Aluminum, forged steel, polymers.)
- Very wide product line (semi-auto pistols, bolt-action and semi/fully automatic rifles, shotguns.)
- The SIG Academy would be a nice little bonus.

- Chris

May 3, 2003, 04:49 PM
I've SEEN their palatial mansions and immense wealth. The rest are teeny tiny little bothers.

AND their guns are good.

May 3, 2003, 06:30 PM
Beretta all the way.

May 3, 2003, 07:25 PM

Bruce H
May 3, 2003, 08:03 PM
Savage. We would branch out into handguns, both revolver and semi-auto. They wouldn't be purdy but they would shoot like firearms are supposed to.

May 3, 2003, 09:17 PM

May 3, 2003, 09:57 PM
Colt. Make use of the custom shop and lower prices and really give Kimber fits.:D

May 3, 2003, 11:48 PM

Primary South African military contractor with sales from Croatia to Colombia.

U.S. legal Neostead style shotgun
U.S. legal CR21 [Tavor copy] rifle
ADP .40/.357 Auto pistols
Savage 99 style rifle from .22-250 to .338 Win Mag.
Pump action R4 rifles
Colt 1917 style revolvers in .460 Rowland and 10mm.

George Hill
May 3, 2003, 11:52 PM

May 4, 2003, 12:29 AM
And I'd build an assembly plant in a gun and business friendly state in the US.

Byron Quick
May 4, 2003, 01:02 AM
Well, if I owned GE then I could acquire the others:D

May 4, 2003, 02:21 AM
For me, it would be Lorcin. Then, in a few years, the name will be whispered with reverence in the military and police armories.

May 4, 2003, 02:38 AM
Give me the chance. I ain't skeered.

How in the hell could you not grow this company?

Move to Texas. Say bye bye to CT unions and state taxes.

Take your core craftsmen with you. (Money talks and all else walks....)

Maybe now that you are in Texas, there might be some prominent Texan who could offer insight on Gov't. contracts? Gee, ya think?

In a time when Retro cars are hot, is it possible that some old Colt's designs might sell?

Is Harley Davidson successful?

CHL CCW HOMELAND DEFENSE, jeez the media is doing your marketing for you.


May 4, 2003, 03:11 AM
Magnum Research. 'nuff said.

John G
May 4, 2003, 03:26 AM

I'd start making 1911 pistols with "Browning" emblazoned on the slide! :D

May 4, 2003, 03:41 AM

What an array of products past and present to pull from and go forward with new products.

May 4, 2003, 02:15 PM
Valtro (http://www.ValtroUSA.com)


With Valtro, I could start small and branch out, keeping quality control and customer service at its current amazing levels.

I would expand the product line into AR-style weapons, semi-auto rifles and bolt rifles.


jolly roger
May 4, 2003, 02:16 PM
Definitely Heckler and Koch. Everything from P7s to belt fed 40mm grenade launchers. MP5s too! Their "Grey Room" in the US office has everything they have ever made. OMG, it is beautiful. Plus a bavarian manor house to go along with the ownership and a few little frauleins...JAWOHL! :D

May 4, 2003, 08:11 PM
Take a guess ?! :p

[ Okay! Here is a hint.. vvvvvv] http://www.hkpro.com/hkextsign.jpg

May 4, 2003, 09:45 PM
FN, build a plant in America and start producing domestic FALs and Hi-Powers.

Jim March
May 4, 2003, 10:08 PM

In addition to what Boats said, both the SP101 and GP100 series would work GREAT in Titanium. Get the SP101 to about 17 - 18oz and it'll be a REAL contender in the CCW market for people who think the Scandiums are insane.

The steel GP100 in 10mm and moons would work great.

The SRH with a shorter barrel, Titanium and an 8-shot 357 cylinder would spank the living hell out of the "Performance Center" 357 N-frames.

On the SA wheelguns: do a new "high end" series, same size as the Colt SAA, with the improved metallurgy from the SRH 454. Priced ar around $700 - $800, you could undercut both Colt and FA. Offer TI on this frame and the 32Mag Single Six.

TI has merit in the autopisol line too, I suspect.

OFFER FACTORY TRITIUM ON FIGHTING HANDGUNS. Ruger tries to pretend they don't sell combat handguns. That's just a bad joke with the rise in CCW.

Ala Dan
May 4, 2003, 11:23 PM

"Swiss Industry Group"


cuz of their reputation for very fine craftsmanship!:)

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

May 5, 2003, 12:31 AM
"Which gun company would you like to own?"

Which ever one makes the most money.

May 5, 2003, 12:40 AM
Iver Johnson Firearms and Bicycles-

I need a new bike.

May 5, 2003, 01:45 AM
I'd be tempted to say Springfield Armory... But I'd have to add a line of of bolt rifles ASAP! And probably a few models based on the CZ75 platform. Both custom guns and carry guns.

Ruger wouldn't be a bad choice... have to add 1911s to the lineup.

And I'd be proud to own Colt's but would definately make some changes and/or ensure current changes would be ongoing.

May 5, 2003, 02:27 AM
Walther. What can I say. I like the darn things!

May 5, 2003, 10:56 AM
Glock. Then I would block sales to states like Cali, and Ill., and NY.

Not to mention the profit margian is HUGE!

May 5, 2003, 04:36 PM

May 5, 2003, 04:47 PM

Expand the left-handed firearms market. Develop a 1911 clone and a handy dandy carbine to match.

Build a good '870' type with a Garand type safety (for use lefties again & you right handed handicapped folks;) with a extended mag, ghost ring site, and screw in choke barrels.

and then a good replacement for the m-4/m-16 that shot the new
'.240 Ruger mag.'

May 5, 2003, 06:19 PM

then I'd overhaul US marketing focus to emphasize the civvie sector.

First new product would be a .45 ACP carbine at a price point of $499.99.

May 5, 2003, 06:59 PM
Ruger. (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=5735)

May 6, 2003, 01:54 AM
Glock. Then I would block sales to states like Cali, and Ill., and NY. That'll show 'em! :rolleyes:

May 6, 2003, 03:22 AM

May 7, 2003, 01:46 AM
That little company in Nashville still building Ma Dueces? Can't remember the name off hand (HATE getting older!!) Their stuff is the most fun to play with.:D
(edit cause I think I remember) Maremont?

Brian Williams
May 7, 2003, 12:51 PM
S&W and start building good blue guns again, also Square butts

possibly bring out a nice SAA clone.

revive the 39-2 with a 39-3

re do the numbering system

Bring back the Registered Magnum concept of any barrel length from 8 3/8 to 2" by 1/8s

My own gun built just for me would be a matched pair of N frames with fixed sights and top strap checkering, round butt 4" heavy (no shroud) and light barrels (short shroud) in 45LC, Blue of course. with case hardened Carbon steel trigger and hammer.

I would make some K frames in 9mm and 357 with moon clips and 3 or 4" barrels. in round and square butts.

and Many many more.

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