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Old January 10th, 2017, 05:13 PM   #1
 
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New MKIV pistols come in a cardboard box

I was browsing Gunbroker looking for the new MKIV 22/25 lite and I noticed they come in a crappy cardboard box now. Considering these new guns cost around a $100 bucks more than the mk3 did, they could have still supplied them in a hard case or at least a gun rug. Anyone else find this bothersome or am I just being picky?



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All ruger pistols I purchase until the late 80s came in a cardboard box.
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Only use for the box is for storing the owners manual and the lock. Doesn't matter to me if it's cardboard or plastic. I buy the gun, not the box.
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This topic comes up from time to time as a number of manufacturers use hard plastic cases and Ruger uses cardboard boxes.

Ruger has researched this subject and determined that for the bulk of their customers plastic cases are not a reason to buy a competing product, and that almost no one uses the plastic cases anyhow. When transporting a firearm to the range, owners will use an aftermarket range bag, or something other than the original packaging. Those plastic cases just pile up in a closet someplace. As a result, Ruger has made a deliberate decision not to waste funds on plastic cases.
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It's not universal across all products. For whatever reason some guns get the plastic cases made by Flambeau while others get a cardboard box. Revolvers usually get plastic cases while the pistols may or may not. The SR9 or SR40 gets a plastic case while the SR1911, LCP/LC9 don't. Doesn't seem to be related to the price of the pistol - the SR1911 has always been at the upper end of Ruger pistols price-wise and has always shipped in a cardboard box whereas the cheaper SR9/SR40 got a plastic case. Go figure.

I appreciate how well the the plastic cases hold up over time versus cardboard but like others have said the empty box/case just goes on a shelf so it's not a big deal to me. And you can always buy a plain plastic case if you want one, either from Ruger or find a used one on eBay, etc.

The gun rug that some pistols are shipped with are pretty cheap in my opinion and I don't use them either so that's something they can keep as far as I'm concerned.
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OP... yes you're being picky. There, I said it.
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OP... yes you're being picky. There, I said it.
Haha, I knew somebody would eventually. I guess I'm the only one here that actually stores my guns in the cases they come in. I have too many for a traditional safe so I have what I call a gun room and I keep all my pistols in their respective cases on shelves. And when I go to the range I do transport them in their cases as well. I know old rugers used to come in a cardboard box, I have a few. What really bugs me about it with the mark iv is it costs alot more than the previous mk3 but yet they cut costs with the cardboard box and it doesn't come with a sight rail anymore. But hey at least they still give you 2 mags. Alot of guns are only coming with one these days and extras are pricey.
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I've bought Ruger handguns from back in the early eighties, they've ALL come in cardboard boxes. I'm OK with that.
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This topic comes up from time to time as a number of manufacturers use hard plastic cases and Ruger uses cardboard boxes.

Ruger has researched this subject and determined that for the bulk of their customers plastic cases are not a reason to buy a competing product, and that almost no one uses the plastic cases anyhow. When transporting a firearm to the range, owners will use an aftermarket range bag, or something other than the original packaging. Those plastic cases just pile up in a closet someplace. As a result, Ruger has made a deliberate decision not to waste funds on plastic cases.
Yup.

I have quite a few plastic cases in my closet and no real use for them. Though they have come in handy when I've sold one or two from the collection.
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I'm one of those that like a plastic box over a cardboard box. I don't know why, it just seems like more care went into the packaging I guess, and I think a plastic box is more aesthetically pleasing. Guns are expensive and it's nice when something you spend a lot of money on comes in a nice presentable package. It's true though, I don't store it in the box or use it to transport the gun to and from the range (although I did a couple of times when I first bought it), but it's nice knowing that I have a sturdy container that has a carrying handle. One advantage to a plastic box is that doesn't get ruined if it gets wet, unlike cardboard.
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I'm one of those who really prefers the hard plastic case. I have a new Mark IV Target and I bought a like new Mark III plastic case for it on eBay. The Mark IV fits in there perfectly! I also bought the Ruger scope rail from a Mark III for it since the IV's don't come with one and it is a perfect fit too.
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Only use for the box is for storing the owners manual and the lock. Doesn't matter to me if it's cardboard or plastic. I buy the gun, not the box.
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Well for all the ones that have no use for the plastic case, how does everyone store their guns and what do you use to transport them to and from the range?
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Here I like the soft case for storage. For transport to the range I put revolver into a holster which I then put in my range bag and away I go. Usually only bring a couple of sixguns to the range (or into the field). That said, Ruger is 'probably' thinking 'green'. A cardboard box is bi-degradeable (or recyclable) when you toss 'em. The cheap plastic cases ... well...
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I was browsing Gunbroker looking for the new MKIV 22/25 lite and I noticed they come in a crappy cardboard box now. Considering these new guns cost around a $100 bucks more than the mk3 did, they could have still supplied them in a hard case or at least a gun rug. Anyone else find this bothersome or am I just being picky?
Not at all I purchase fire arms not the container they come in.
After which they go in the safe or in a holster, I often toss the original packaging.

AFAIK, guns are made to be purchased NOT sold.
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