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Old 02-13-2013, 01:18 PM   #1
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Old Model Ruger Single Six

That say you can't go home and there's some truth to that, but sometimes you can come close.

In 1968 I was an eager to get my first pistol because that was the age I could legally carry one in my state. Saved my pennies and that summer, got my first ever pistol, a Ruger Single Six with fixed sights. It was exactly what I had wanted and as soon as I had that last penny saved, it was mine.

That was an Old Model, of course, with the pre-lawyer lockwork and delicious three click feel and sound that all single action lovers adore.

Unfortunately, several years, later, I had to sell my little Ruger to pay for college textbooks and tuition. Only a temporary setback, because I wasted no time in getting another Single Six, then another and another ... but by then, the Single Six was in the New Model era. I do love all the New Models I've owned and still own and shoot, but nothing brings back the memories or feels the same as that Old Model

Been searching for a long time, now, for an Old Model SS in good shape, but those are getting hard to come by. Single Six owners, myself included, shoot their guns a lot. Too good a gun not to shoot. Very few of the Old Models survive in near new condition as a result.

Well, luck was with me and I found this 1969 Old Model at our LGS. Bluing is 98% plus, no dings in the grips and only a very slight rubbing on the ejector housing. No box or papers or extra mag cylinder, but I never shot the magnums much on any of my Single Sixes, anyway.

It's not quite going home, but picking this Single Six is darn close for this old gal.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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Very nice I am happy for you. I love a good happily ever after story.
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Nice, wish I had one. Have you shot it yet?
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Very nice. Some good fortune for someone who deserves it.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:59 PM   #5
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Very nice. Some good fortune for someone who deserves it.
Thanks! Machinist you are sweet, as always. I do appreciate it. Happy Valentine's Day to you.

Lithgow, hope to shoot it this week, though looks like we have some ore snow moving in. Probably be next week, rather than try to fight the crowd at the range over the weekend. You're sweet, too, so also a Happy Heart Day for you.

Same to you, Seabee and Beerman and Mike and TX and Terry and all you guys. You sure make it fun for Sightngrl and I to be, here.

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Looks like it is in good shape . A great find .............. Not all SS 22 where shipped with extra cylinder . There is away to tell if the left the factory with or without mag cylinder . I think there was a * on the gun .
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Great find ! Best of luck with it.
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Great find there. Looks like she is in good shape. We thank you for being here as well.
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Great find there. Looks like she is in good shape. We thank you for being here as well.
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I made you blush.... HE HE.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:28 AM   #11
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Yes, you did. Not hard to do - I'm a championship blusher.
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Hi, this is my post since my new user post and I can't think of a better place to start. I bought a Ruger 3 screw model like yours, north country gal, in 1964. I too, sold mine to to finance something else--mine and my brides honeymoon. Been looking for a replacement ever since (Ruger, that is). Found one 2 weeks ago in about the same condition as yours. Took it home with me. This one shoots just as sweet and the first one I had. I don't know if it was originally made with a .22 mag. cylinder or not, but I would like to have one for it. I think some came with cylinders and some did not. Can you go by the serial number or a code?
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I don't think there is a code, but it would be well worth a call to Ruger to find out for sure. A lot of old guns like this that came with the extra cylinder have lost them over the years, so who knows? I do know folks that have bought extra cylinders off of flea bay and taken a chance they would fit. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

Personally, even when I had a Single Six with an extra 22 mag cylinder, it never got shot much, anyway. Nice to have, to be sure, but if I really wanted a Single Six 22 to go out and shoot a lot, either in 22 LR or 22 mag, I think I would just buy a New Model, either used or new, that included a 22 mag cylinder and call it good. That way you could save wear and tear on your collectible and just shoot it every now and then.
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You have a good point. I spotted a SSS at a LGS last Wednesday. 98% with both cylinders. No box or papers. $400.00 out the door. I thought it was priced a little high because he had a new one for $479. But I would rather buy a used gun, depending on condition and this used SSS one has no wear marks on it.
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Sounds about right for any SS that is in good shape. They do hold their value.
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Found one several years ago, loved that gun, traded it to the wife's sil for her dad's P38, she's happy but have not been able to replace it.
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According to the book Know your Ruger Single Action Revolvers 1953-1963, Jan 1961was when the convertible 22s started showing up, serial number range 1734XX.
The 22 only guns had a different barrel bore size then the convertibles, before serial number 150000.
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I wondered about the bore size, but I had a well known gun maker/gunsmith tell me the bore size wouldn't matter in a quality built gun like Ruger or S&W.
I don't want to send my OM SS back to Ruger for a cylinder fit and have it come back lawyered up.
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I wondered about the bore size, but I had a well known gun maker/gunsmith tell me the bore size wouldn't matter in a quality built gun like Ruger or S&W.
I don't want to send my OM SS back to Ruger for a cylinder fit and have it come back lawyered up.
They do update them but return all original parts so they can be made original.
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An old model single six convertible was my first handgun in 1971. Stolen two years later. I do have a new model convertible but I would like to have my first handgun back.
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