Ruger Wins Industry Choice Awards for Concealed Carry Pistol and Rifle of the Year

MAX-9™ was recognized as the 2021 Concealed Carry Pistol of the Year
Ruger MAX-9 was recognized as the 2021 Concealed Carry Pistol of the Year

U.S.A.-( Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that it has earned two Industry Choice Awards this year. The MAX-9™ was recognized as the 2021 Concealed Carry Pistol of the Year and the Ruger Custom Shop® Precision Rifle in 6mm Creedmoor was recognized as the 2021 Rifle of the Year.

The Industry Choice Awards consists of a committee of experts selected from end user groups – including hunters, competition shooters, gunsmiths, law enforcement and military – who evaluate the submitted products based on fit, form, finish, and functionality to determine the best-of-the best within the industry.

Ruger Custom Shop® Precision Rifle in 6mm Creedmoor

“The Industry Choice Awards provide both detailed praise and criticism straight from a broad panel of expert users. We use that finely-pointed feedback to continuously improve our current products and guide our new product initiatives,” commented Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy. “We are honored to be recognized in both the handgun and rifle categories and we will continue our focus of building the most innovative, rugged and reliable firearms possible in all categories.”

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About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.

Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes our commitment to these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.

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Green Mtn. Boy

Ruger make fine guns and I have many however I think for pistol of the year that title belongs to the S A Hellcat RDP but whatever.


yeaaaaaa okay


I purchased a MAX 9, but didn’t keep it. My EDC for nearly 2 years is the SIG P365 and my measure of all the others. SIG got it right and the others are trying to emulate. Yes, I tried the HellCat too. The MAX9 just didn’t feel right in my hand & neither did the HellCat. Both are good guns, but the choice is personal. At very least there are several good choices .
Waiting to get my hands on a LCPII MAX for pocket pistol carry.

Dogma Factor

That’sa nice, now be calm and move on nothing to see here.


Had the Taurus GX4 been released ahead of the Ruger Max9, I believe it would have won the award. Yes. The Taurus GX4. Never mind that their customer service is lacking and never mind that it isn’t optics ready nor does it have great iron sights. But from a purely ergonomic standpoint, it has what may be one of the best triggers all micro compacts desire. Compared to the Ruger Max 9’s trigger, it is far nicer. The GX4 is in my opinion a better shooting pistol.