Ruger Upgrades their President to include CEO Status: Christopher J. Killoy

Christopher J. Killoy

Today Ruger announced Christopher J. Killoy as their next CEO. He is only the 4th one the company has had in 68 years.

  • William B. Ruger (1949 – 2000)
  • William B. Ruger, Jr. (2000 – 2006)
  • Michael O. Fifer (2006 – 2017)
  • Christopher J. Killoy (2017 – present)

Christopher J. Killoy had been promoted to the position of president last year on August 2, 2016. Now he holds CEO status as well. Ruger expanded upon his career leading up to this defining promotion.

During his career, Christopher Killoy has held several leadership roles in the firearms industry. Prior to joining Ruger in 2006, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smith & Wesson. Additionally, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Savage Range Systems. Mr. Killoy joined Ruger in November 2006 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2014. Mr. Killoy is a 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and subsequently served in a variety of Armor and Infantry assignments in the U.S. Army.

Ruger Chairman C. Michael Jacobi made this statement describing Christopher J. Killoy:

Chris Killoy is the perfect choice to be Ruger’s next CEO. His distinguished 30-year career in the firearms industry, including his exemplary service to Ruger for nearly a decade, is a testament to his experience, character and leadership, all of which make him the ideal candidate to lead Ruger.

Christopher J. Killoy expressed his gratitude and prior experiences with now retired CEO Mike Fifer:

I am truly honored to be selected by the Board of Directors to further expand my leadership role with such a fine company. It has been a privilege working closely with and learning from Mike Fifer for over a decade. I am proud of all that we accomplished together and I look forward to the opportunity to take the reins at such an exciting time at Ruger.

Ruger has consistently done well in the past couple years selling across a broad spectrum of firearm configurations from revolvers to rifles to semi-auto pistols to AR-15s. Their new Ruger Mark IV has created a lot of buzz already this year. It will be interesting to see where the new CEO leads the company. Congratulations Christopher J. Killoy!

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • Paul White

    Hope they continue doing as well as they have been, and that they start making a 41 magnum 5 shot GP100

  • EC

    I guess it’s good news if the markets are right… Ruger stock jumped by 16% when the news came out.

  • Mike

    Maybe now they’ll bring back the wood mini-14 folding stock..

    • Audie Bakerson

      with a STANAG magazine well.

  • John

    I have two words for you new Mr. CEO and I want these two words to burn into your brain forever….QUALITY CONTROL.

    Now WHY would I use those two words? Well because of the filthiest word in the gun manufacturing world….SHAREHOLDERS. Shareholders are the reason some manufacturers are trying save as much money as they can by rushing out cheap products and attaching their expensive name to them. They then wind up charging as much as they can so the SHAREHOLDERS make all that juicy profit!

    I’m talking to YOU (insert well known gun company putting out sub par products)….you know who you are and I’ve owned some of your products.

    • Ruger Shooter

      QC is one of the things that I like best about Ruger; they don’t let it slide. I do agree with you on that shareholder thing. Used to work for a large privately owned company that went public. It went from a fun place to work that you enjoyed to absolutely hating it. Things you used be able to do help a customer now were a fireable offence. Ruger is known for their QC and CS.

      • John

        I’m going to totally agree with you on Ruger, I am sadly referring to a company that rhymes with “pig”.

  • john huscio

    Will be getting a ruger american in 7mm08 soon.

    • Ruger Shooter

      You are going to LOVE that gun. The 7mm/08 in the Ruger American is an absolutely astounding package. Plenty of power, minimal muzzle blast and recoil, accuracy beyond belief. My buddy challenged me to hit a 1/4″ (actual size) object from 50 yards; nailed it one try–no, it wasn’t a fluke or lucky shot.