My fist handgun was the one that put Strum Ruger in business. Strum Ruger 22 Long Rifle pistol. $37.50, new 1956. "Strum, Ruger & Co. Inc. began making guns in a building near the Southport, Conn., railroad station in 1949. The company's first gun was an auto-loading 22 target pistol, which sold for $37.50. Strum died in 1951." Strum's name was dropped after his death, so mine was produced before his death. My next handgun was a Colt Python .357 in the early 60's.