Better Buy: Smith & Wesson or Sturm, Ruger?

Since just before the most recent presidential elections, gunmakers and ammunition manufacturers can't seem to make firearms fast enough to meet consumer demand. 

As a result, companies including Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC  ) and Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR  ) have taken different approaches to building out their manufacturing capabilities.

Still, while both companies should continue to do well for now, one stands out thanks to its squeaky clean balance sheet, says Fool contributor Steve Symington in the following interview with the Fool's Alison Southwick.

But if you had to choose, which stock would you rather buy: Smith & Wesson, or Sturm, Ruger? Please watch the following video to get Steve's full take, and then chime in using the comments section below.

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  • Report this Comment On July 17, 2013, at 6:49 PM, luger01 wrote:

    Prices are higher (for both ammo and firearms) then they have ever been. Buying now is not a good idea. The smart buyer has filled their safes long before now. Latecomers will only contribute to the bottom line of manufacturing companies. Just like the stock market - buy low, sell high. Now is the time to sell off excess firearms & ammo! Keep enough in case the SHTF because money will be worthless: food, guns, ammo, and fuel will be the basis of the economy. With guns & enough ammo, food & fuel can be obtained from those who find guns "too dangerous to own". LOL!

  • Report this Comment On July 19, 2013, at 3:50 PM, Turtleskater wrote:

    With the increasing number of baby boomers retiring and the increasing number of drug users, there will be no reduction in gun sales. As one senior citizen commented, "I am not young as I used to be and I was quite able to take care of myself, so a gun may come in handy."

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2013, at 1:30 AM, mrmccrabb wrote:

    Ive been on this course to the T and its clear as glass as I am a gun manfacture

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