Talk to New Ruger President


May 14, 2003, 01:28 PM
If you have an idea of a gun or caliber you think Ruger should add to the line, or maybe one you wish they would bring back, you can talk directly to the new president of Ruger this Sunday. Steve Sanetti was just named president and chief operating officer of Sturm, Ruger. He has been the corporate counsel for years, but his real love is guns. Steve was on the rifle team at VMI, has served in the military, is an avid shooter and hunter, and has even "butchered" a few rifles (his words) as an amateur gunsmith.

Steve wants to hear from shooters. He wants to know what you would like to see from Ruger.

He will be the guest on "Tom Gresham's Gun Talk" radio show this Sunday, May 19, at 3:10pm Eastern time.

If you don't get Gun Talk on your local station, you can listen live on the web, starting at and click on LISTEN (that link is up only on Sundays).

Also, if you have Sirius satellite radio, they carry Gun Talk live on channel 144. That signal is available all over the country.

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May 14, 2003, 01:30 PM
Cool thanks for the heads up Tom.

My Sundays are booked, so I always listen to your show from the archives.

May 14, 2003, 02:34 PM
>>My Sundays are booked, so I always listen to your show from the archives.<<

That works, too. You just miss the chance to call in and vent to the new president. <grin>

May 14, 2003, 02:53 PM
I wonder what would happen if all he got were calls saying "10 round Mini14 mags, please"


May 14, 2003, 03:01 PM
"20 & 30-round fully functional mini-14 & mini-30 mags, PLEASE..."

"20-round mags for the 10/22"

Once the AWB dies, of course.

Till then, though, good working 10-rounders for the mini-14's & mini-30's would be a real blessing

May 14, 2003, 03:54 PM
Heck, call and tell Steve that's what you want.

He will be on during the second hour.

Ted Nugent is scheduled to call in during the first hour.

Last (3rd) hour, the guest will be a friend who is an expert at survival. We'll talk about flashlights, knives, fire starters, signaling stuff, and he'll explain that he doesn't view the guy who cut his arm off as a hero, but rather someone who cheated Darwin. Heck, the guy didn't even have a sharp knife!

The survival expert is Doug Ritter. His web site is

Will Fennell
May 14, 2003, 04:00 PM
Ladies and Gents,
I'm sure the new Ruger pres is a neat guy, and Ted Nugent is kewl, but for the real deal on survival info, Doug Ritter is da man. Very knowledgable, no bs, tell it like it is kinda guy, who has tested[used] every piece of gear under the sun. If you are "into" survival and gear, Doug is Da Man.

Tom, I'll be giving a shotgun clinic on Sunday, but do tell Doug I said hello.....

May 14, 2003, 04:06 PM

In case I can't listen or call in:

-Tell him to make 4" Redhawks!

A .45ACP Ruger revolver would just be great, too. Preferably, smaller than a Redhawk (the Redhawk frame is a little big for a .45ACP), but I'm pretty sure it'd have to be bigger than a GP100.

And, of course: 10mm P90!

May 14, 2003, 04:41 PM
Agree with the idea of manufacturing and selling new standard-capacity magazines after (if) the AWB dies.

If you get a chance, you might ask Ritter what he thinks about the firepiston concept for survival.

May 14, 2003, 05:16 PM
If someone manages to get through on the show, tell them to build a concealable compact 9mm!!!

With so many states passing CCW laws, a sizable market is there and growing. With founder Bill Ruger gone, maybe they'll be more open to this now.

May 14, 2003, 05:22 PM
Yeah, I'd be interested to know if they'd build a concealable gun now.

May 14, 2003, 05:44 PM
Tell him to restart making the old tang-safety Model 77 using the old labor-intensive processes.

A trapdoor Springfield design in .243 might be nice.

A Medi (not mini nor maxi but in the middle) 14 in, you guessed it, .243.

How about a heavy barrel Mini-14 with a trigger assembly which isn't made of old coathangers and Bondo?

May 14, 2003, 06:05 PM
How about reducing the usual 2 years between the time a new gun appears in the catalog and the time it appears on dealers' shelves.

Name one? I can't; I can only name three. The Ranch Rifle, the P-85, and now the Gold Label.

Jim March
May 14, 2003, 06:38 PM
Two words:



Actually, what's needed is for Ruger to finally admit they sell personal defense weapons and design critters accordingly, esp. for the CCW market. Lopping the hammers off a couple of SP101s was a tiny, pathetic little start but they've got a long ways to go.

May 14, 2003, 06:56 PM
And, of course: 10mm P90!

And a carbine to go with it!:)

May 14, 2003, 08:21 PM
Oh yeah, and a SP101 in 9mm also please.

May 14, 2003, 08:59 PM
I second what USGuns and TechBrute said. It's about time Ruger makes a true compact pistol. The barrel length of the P93/95/97 is shorter than the others but the grip is typical full size.

Ruger makes four(4) 9mm pistols, P89/93/94/95, but there's really not much difference in size. Also, I'd love they bring a .357SIG to the table ... :)

Tom: I went to your web site trying to see if any of my local stations carry your show. All I could find was that your page says over 80 radio stations carrying Gun Talk, but there's no list posted on your site.

May 14, 2003, 09:31 PM
Oh yeah, and a SP101 in 9mm also please.

What he said!

May 14, 2003, 09:44 PM
I won't be able to listen this week, but here is a list of item's Ruger needs to act upon IMHO.

* 10/22 Good high cap mags. Butler Creek and others made some but they had plastic feeding points. Screw that! Ruger makes an excellent 10rd rotary but needs to expand that to at least 25 for their great .22. This is once the AWB sunsets of coarse. The demand will be high and don't lose the business to aftermarket guys. I like the factory mags, but they need to be bigger.

* Improve the factory trigger on the 10/22 and the mag release!

* Make a 4" Super Redhawk! And put REAL triggers on the revolvers! Like *&*!

* Above all else, TRIGGERS.

El Tejon
May 14, 2003, 09:59 PM
Matt, you left out Ruger Mini 20 rd. factory mags. However, no honest man needs one of these.:uhoh:

Jim, a Ti SP101, but, but people may CARRY it. Responsible sportsmen keep their guns under lock and key at all times.

No honest man needs a Ruger!:cool:

May 14, 2003, 10:06 PM
According to my discussions with Ruger folks at the SHOT Show, their 'pro-sportsman' and 'anti-self-defense' attitude did not die with their founder. NO 10 round Mini-14 or Mini-30 mags, no 20 rounders when the AWB dies next year either. Old man Bill tried to get the govt to cover his ??? for him when Glock came to this country when he wrote that letter to congress. He was even smart enough to ask Neal Knox if he should send the letter, to bad he was too stupid to listen. The last new Ruger I bought was in 1987 and that won't change until the company changes its' political climate. I don't shot blackpowder, I don't hunt, and I don't shoot machineguns, but I will actively support anyone who desires to do so. Too bad Ruger can't say the same. They are SUPPOSE to be one of us. Spend your money elsewhere.

May 14, 2003, 10:23 PM
OK Tom of all weeks this is probably the week I will be tuning in on the 3rd hour. It looks like you have 2 good guests lined up for this week, let's hope the wind has died down. (If any of you are wondering what that means the wind knocked Tom's show off the air for about 20 minutes last week) I am going to try hard to tune in for the second hour. If I get around to it I may call in. I like the idea of a 9mm SP101 along with a compact 9mm semi auto. For all that don't know during the show hours Tom has a chat room up and running.

May 15, 2003, 02:01 AM
Thanks Tom,

I'll be there. You know, several folks expressed interest in a Deerfield style simi-auto carbine with a ten round magazine. A slightly more heavy weight barrel might be nice to. If I can't get through, please extend my thanks to him for helping Cowboy Action Shooting grow. The Vaquero is great fun, and the wide range of calibers is very appreciated. Have fun.

Jim March
May 15, 2003, 02:38 AM
All of the 44Mag carbines (bolt/lever/semi) take the same magazines. A 10-rounder would be great. Somebody posted an English gun-shop ad that actually *listed* one, probably made there - the Ruger 44 levergun is being pressed into "combat rifle duty" in several areas where almost nothing else is legal.

It had to be aftermarket - I've been unable to locate any stateside :rolleyes:.

Desert Dog
May 15, 2003, 04:28 PM
One acronym:


May 15, 2003, 05:56 PM
Above all else, TRIGGERS.

May 15, 2003, 09:20 PM
I'd be willing to pay an extra $100 over a standard M77 MKII for the old safety and a forged receiver... esp if they would make them slightly heavier, say a No 4 contour and a black/gray laminate stock. Offer it in 25-06, 6.5x55 (or 260) and 270 and I'll buy one of each. And if they'd put out a 6.5x284 or 6.5-06 in the VT series, I bet there'd be a lot of happy campers and I'd be the first in line.

May 15, 2003, 09:44 PM
Would like to see a 5" Redhawk in 10mm in the line up, and a SBH, in 10mm This one in Blue. :D

George Hill
May 15, 2003, 10:12 PM
Let's just start with some basics...
How about they fix what they got:
Let's see... this is kinda like following the yellow brick road to Oz...
Main items, I have 2.
Give the Mini-14 consistant and repeatable ACCURACY.
Give the DA Revolvers (and your autos) smooth and light TRIGGERS.
Elective items, I have 2.
Give the Auto Pistols some little brothers.
Pistol caliber carbines that use pistol mags.
Calibers 9, .357Sig, 40, 10MM, .45ACP and capable of .45 SMC/SUPER.

That is all.

May 15, 2003, 10:21 PM
Give the Mini-14 consistant and repeatable ACCURACY.

Also make a kit so we can upgrade the older rifles:D

May 15, 2003, 10:23 PM
10/22 in .17 rimfire

May 16, 2003, 03:03 AM
Since no one else has mentioned it, a smaller version of the #1, suitable for smaller calibers, and lighter in weight. Make a nice mountain rifle.

A long action Express rifle in .416 Rigby. This time leave off the damn truck axle barrel, and keep the weight no more than 8.5 pounds w/o scope.

And make a 10mm auto, preferably with target sights and single action.

I wonder if you could squeeze seven .44 mag chambers into a Super Redhawk?:evil:

May 16, 2003, 11:52 AM
Model 96 lever-action & M-99 semi-auto in .357Mag w/ 6-rd. mags. Maybe even have a modified mag that will take .38Spl.

And don't forget, we need more revolvers in auto calibers (9mm, 10mm, .45ACP)

May 16, 2003, 12:16 PM
What the heck I'll throw in my .02 as well. I'm so pleased with my new stainless 5.5".44 Bisley that I'll ask for one in .41 mag and .357. I'll take one of each please.

May 16, 2003, 04:15 PM
I'll play along!

I want an SP-101 made for women so my wife will want one. It should have pearl grips optional or Hogue-style COMFY grips. It should come in polished SS and maybe a few colors in Ti and it should say something in script about women on the side like Colt's "Special Lady."

Also, didn't Bill Ruger support the 10rd ban on civillian magazines in order to gain market share away from Glock? My memory needs a refresher.

Lord Grey Boots
May 16, 2003, 05:59 PM
P series pistols with tactical light mounts on them (similar to those on XD99, Glocks, Sigs, some 1911 variants, etc etc)

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