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The Passing of Larry Ruth, RIP

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Topic: The Passing of Larry Ruth, RIP
Posted By: sleeplessnashadow
Subject: The Passing of Larry Ruth, RIP
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 12:57am


We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Larry L. Ruth on May 1st, at age 82 after a battle with cancer. Larry was one of the earliest pioneers of carbine collecting and historical research. He was the author of the first in-depth book on the design, development, and production history of the M1 Carbine in 1979.

This first book was based largely on documentation that Larry had copied at the National Archives over the course of several years…and was typed in its entirety by his ever patient and loving wife Jacque!

Larry remained a dedicated researcher of everything .30 cal. carbine over the decades. He published a total of five books, along with a sixth with author Scott Duff. Larry's three volume War Baby series has been the encyclopedia of the .30 cal. carbines and their history.

He was a friend to all carbine collectors, and his intense interest in carbine studies remained strong throughout his entire adult life. We are indebted to his dedication and sharing his historical research with us.

It is safe to say that no one person has contributed more to carbine collectors worldwide than Larry Ruth did. He will be sorely missed.

Posted By: Why Carbines?
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 8:06am
I have often wondered what the M1 carbine universe would look like without Larry's amazing contributions, it would be a much darker place for sure.

RIP, Larry

Posted By: French addict
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 9:13am
Thanks you for your work known all over the world.


Posted By: GoldenGuy
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 10:24am

Posted By: Donnie
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 10:27am
He was an incredible researcher and prolific writer for sure. What would we know about carbines without his work. Hats off to you, Mr Ruth, and may God speed.

Posted By: 1st M1 88
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 4:52pm

Posted By: GotSnlB28
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 6:46pm
Sad to hear this. I have very much enjoyed Larry's work and learned a lot from it over the years.

Posted By: welbytwo
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 7:43pm
few people get to become known as "Godfathers" Larry was the "Godfather" of the M1 carbine

Posted By: Jond41403
Date Posted: May 04 2022 at 11:57pm
Such an irreplaceable icon! Prayers are with his family.RIP

Posted By: Rcycles45
Date Posted: May 05 2022 at 6:47am
Sad day in the M1 carbine Community, RIP Larry Ruth.

Posted By: Bubba-7
Date Posted: May 05 2022 at 9:47am
LR was a true giant in the field.  He will be missed. 

Posted By: Oldboy53
Date Posted: May 05 2022 at 10:37am
Sad news to us all, RIP Larry. Blessings to his family.


Posted By: m1a1fan
Date Posted: May 05 2022 at 6:03pm
RIP Larry Ruth

Posted By: 101Abn
Date Posted: May 05 2022 at 9:15pm
A sad day!

Posted By: colreed
Date Posted: May 07 2022 at 5:13pm
Your legacy will live forever. RIP!

"Rescuing one animal may not change the world, but for THAT animal, THEIR world is changed forever"

Posted By: pchanu
Date Posted: May 09 2022 at 4:43am

Posted By: 604flyer
Date Posted: May 09 2022 at 10:37pm
Sorry to hear this news. RIP Larry.

Posted By: New2brass
Date Posted: May 14 2022 at 6:05pm
Larry in his element

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Posted By: mdk220
Date Posted: May 27 2022 at 11:12pm
RIP Sir - In Carbine heaven

mike kloiber

Posted By: kar6666
Date Posted: Jul 16 2022 at 1:24pm
Larry will be missed very much in the years to come. My only contact with him was trying to find how the Brown contract Inland barrels were marked. I had two barrels that were marked different than the rest and Larry thought they were probably the Brown barrels. He always had something he was researching. I think somewhere I have a copy of his first book that started my interest in "The Little Carbine" Thanks again Larry.

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