We are all aware that Ruger and other manufacturers of late seem to be making blatant copies of weapons that already offered by “lesser” manufacturers. Some of the most obvious are the copies of Kel-Tec’s P3AT and PF-9 that Ruger offers as the LCP and LC9.
All are fine weapons from what I hear, I can only vouch for the P3AT personally, but I’m upset that Ruger would copy these guns instead of starting with a clean slate. Another set of examples is with Smith and Wesson’s Governor copying the Taurus Judge and the Bodyguard revolver copying the Ruger LCR. I am a little more than pieved at S&W for copying that worthless piece of crap, donut-shaped-pattern shooting not-so-good snake killer. Can you tell that I don’t like the Taurus Judge? Way to lose some serious cool points Smith and Wesson. But I don’t think they care too much. Reason being, they are selling a metric butt-ton of these and filling their pockets with the money of misinformed people that think the Judge is a good idea for protection. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid people, it sucks.
Because I value innovative and new desings, Ruger will never see my hard earned dollars for an LCP, or LC9. That’s the same reason I like my SKS over an AK-47. Simonov designed over 70% of the AK-47. All Kalashnikov did was made it select fire, threw on a bigger magazine, and added a pistol grip. Boom, Com-Bloc contract like you would not beleive. At least in Soviet Russia, all he got was a couple of medals instead of millions of dollars.
Let’s not forget all of John M. Browning’s designs that have been copied throughout the years either. You could argue that the Walther PP platform has been copied several times over as well with the Makarov, FEG PA-63, Polish P-64, and others.
With these older instances, I guess that you could use the saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” But when it comes down to it, people are just plain old greedy. On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind someone copying Kel-Tec’s elusive new KSG so much, because I would like to actually handle one at some point this decade…..