A Tour of Ruger’s Factory in Austria

As regular readers of this blog know, TFB visited the IWA trade show in Germany earlier this year, as well as various factories in Europe: Beretta, Benelli, Fiocchi, Sig, CZ, Steyr, and Chiappa. As it turns out, we missed one very important factory: Ruger! Luckily, they’ve made their own factory tour video.

The Ruger factory looks to be just as high-tech and automated as Benelli – I am reminded of the production of the Vinci shotgun, which is completely automated, from processing of raw materials to final packaging. The amount of thought and care put into Ruger’s product at the Austrian factory, however, at least matches the artisans at Beretta, who create beautifully engraved shotguns. I’m not sure if it’s at the level of the Steyr engraver, also located in Austria, but that level of craftsmanship is truly something to aspire to.

Chiappa’s product line is heavily influenced by history, as are, obviously, the Ruger products. Compared to CZ’s massive factory – the largest small arms factory in the world – the Ruger factory does not look as large. Like the CZ factory, though, the Ruger factory produces goods other than firearms. The Ruger factory is located not far from the Ruger bakery, which is located on a lake – similar to Sig’s Baltic Sea factory, though the lake in Austria is probably a more beautiful setting.

But I’m digressing. The video is very impressive. And I would be very interested in a thorough test and evaluation of their product.

Ruger Factory Tour Video

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • peter

    i expected to see guns somewhere in this video…

    still cool though. I love any assembly line video

  • Rick B.

    I was so confused till I watched the video.

  • w.e.porter

    I don’t think this video is the Ruger you were looking for…

  • DaveR

    Hey, I thought this blog was supposed to be “Firearms not Wafers” What gives?

  • Hudson

    You forgot to mention where you can purchase Rugers, http://www.drsoda.com/rugerwafers.html

  • tomaso

    Ruger seems to make some yummy products….LOL if i eat one and it as an RFID chip in it…how long do i have to wear the tinfoil for…hehe

  • mff

    unfortunately those Wafers are not offered in Austrian stores. But we (yes, i am from styria, thats to the east of Salzburg) also have so called “Manner Neapolitaner Schnitten”. (You were able to see them in Terminator 3, when Arnie took them off the shelf at the gas station) In fact it’s almost the same.

    greets from Austria!

  • Anon

    Well played sir! I was in serious WTF territory until I scrolled down to the video…

  • Raoul O’Shaughnessy

    “Waffen”/”Wafers”…same difference.

  • Lew

    I smiled 🙂

  • CW

    I was starting to think that Ruger was making RFID wafers for Chiappa. Thankfully, they are delicious wafers!

  • howlingcoyote

    What’s wrong with this picture?
    Ruger-make ALL your guns in the USA.
    I’m sick and tired of gun companies out sourcing to foreign countries. What’s wrong with making guns here? And hiring American workers? And having money and taxes spent in America?

    • Andrew (European Correspondent)

      howlingcoyote, I suggest that you watch the video.

  • Windy Wilson

    Ok, this is unmitigated cruelty. I’m going to have to make the trek to Alpine Village to purchase Ruger Wafers (and if I am particularly weak, purchase the plain wafer sheets to make the cakes with them that are so famous in the Alps).

  • DW

    These rugers are crisp and butter smooth, and breaks at about an ounce or two… excellent for precision bite control. lol

  • john

    It was funny till I read howlingcoyote’s comment, then it was HILARIOUS.

  • Saint Dude

    So I took my wafer shotgun with me on a hunting trip. I see a deer, I fire, and you know what, we’re all sprayed with wafer bits. Deer got away (unwafered as far as I could tell).