In a day and age where it seems that everything you buy is made in some foreign land, it’s refreshing to be able to feature Ruger’s newest bolt-action on our cover. Ruger’s American is 100 percent made in the good old U.S. of A!

And if you’re thinking, “I’m sure the parts are made elsewhere, then assembled in the U.S.,” you’re dead wrong. We were given an on-the-spot look at some of the very first Americans being crafted on a recent trip to the Ruger plant in New Hampshire. It was there that I playfully dubbed the new American “The 2012 Tea Party Rifle.” What a sight it was for us to see Ruger’s factory employee parking lot brimming with cars and trucks proudly displaying Ruger and NRA Member stickers on their windows. And as we walked the assembly line aisles, we could plainly see each and every one of the hundreds of employees hard at work.

Greeted with many smiles and head nods along the way, a feeling of national pride came over me. I’ve always known it, but being there cemented my feeling of our nation’s greatness. As long as there are companies like Ruger, with ingenuity in their minds and a work ethic that screams, “I’m not looking for a free lunch—I want to earn it,” then I know that the idea of the American dream is alive and well! The American dream is not just an idea—it’s a reality at Ruger. To be honest, the American dream is alive and kicking gun-industry wide here in the U.S. Simply take a look at gun sales and background checks in recent years. We Americans do indeed have a love affair with our sporting arms and self-defense weapons, and I’m extraordinarily proud to admit it.

My only qualm about the Ruger trip was that we weren’t able to make any of the new Americans report. But that’s O.K. because author Wayne van Zwoll and a select group of gun writers were given an opportunity to run with the Americans at FTW Ranch in Texas. Wayne had steel ringing with regularity out to—would you believe—1,000 yards!

And the American-based hits don’t end there. One of our resident LE and military writing professionals gets his mitts on Springfield Armory’s new Standard M1As. The battlefield-born, old-reliables now are dressed in Mossy Oak camouflage and are ready for predator-hunting duty.

In the spirit of American exceptionalism—especially when it comes to long-range firepower—RF’s Rob Garrett heads to the three-man custom shop of Accurate Ordnance in Winder, Georgia. One look at their tricked-out PCR-SD in .308 will get hearts pounding!

RF’s editors and contributors hear loud and clear the “I can do it myself” mantra of today’s gun-loving patriots. In that vein, we feature T/C’s newest Dimension, which allows users to quickly swap out barrels to mesh with whatever game they’re hunting. In “Rifle Rx,” Bryce Towsley shows how to easily apply a DuraCoat gun finish, while the “DIY Smithing” article covers accurizing with Acraglas. We even show you how to turn field-scarred, hand-me-down rifles into sharp-looking and shooting masterpieces.

Big-game hunters will have something to cheer for when they read how Savage’s Bear Hunter was christened on a recent hunt, as well as Richard Mann’s articles on handloading for maximum terminal ballistics and his trip to Gunsite Academy’s Hunter Prep course.

Forging on, there’s plenty more as we dive into .22s, competition ARs from Stag and common cures for riflescope and bad-trigger issues.

Like America itself, this issue is the melting pot of all things that are right about rifles and our passion for shooting them. As always, please hit us with your feedback at [email protected]

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