Single-six history

Includes all Post 1973 New Model Single-Sixes, Blackhawks, Super Blackhawks, Bearcats, Maximums, Bisleys, Vaqueros, and New Vaqueros.
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Single-six history

Post by zstarkey » Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:05 pm

hello i am new to this forum i am here because ruger told us to come here. well the story goes that a guy came into our shop with some guns to sell and we ended up buying them then we looked up the worth. in our blue book it says new model single six convertible in stainless add premium for 4 5/8ths barrel and then it says very rare only 3 to have known to be made. well we called ruger and they told us that by the serial number we gave them it is blued and this gun was NEVER blued i will post pics when i can but any information you guys could give us would be greatly appreciative.

Serial number is 66-25729

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Re: Single-six history

Post by flattop44 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:56 pm

Welcome to the RCA Forum. According to your serial number, your gun was probably made in 1978. The
4-5/8" barrel length is rare in the blue NM Single-Sixes and rare in the stainless Single-Sixes but there were a lot more than 3 made. Maybe you were referring to the statement about the stainless 4 5/8" "Liberty" marked Single-Sixes made in 1976, there were supposedly only about 300 of those guns made...the barrel inscription read "Made in the 200th Year of American Liberty".
Interesting about the gun lettering as Blue. We would sure like to see some pictures when you have the time. What are the other Rugers in the collection?
Bill

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Re: Single-six history

Post by zstarkey » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:10 pm

I dont think you quite understood what i was trying to say about the gun. We called ruger and they told us according to their historical department that it left the factory as blued, but it is VERY stainless. No magnet will stick to it soo it couldnt have been redone in chrome or anything like that. we looked in our lue book of gun values and under new model single sixes it states add premium for 4 5/8ths barrel in stainless because of only 3 being made. i will take some pictures of the gun and the blue book tomorrow sometime we are getting excited that we have something special here lol

Thanks
Zach

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Re: Single-six history

Post by flattop44 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:34 pm

Hi Zach, I think I understand what you are saying. As I said, there were a lot more than three Stainless New model Single-Sizes with 4-5/8" barrels made, if that is in the BlueBook I believe it is in error ( I could not find it in the latest issue but could have overlooked it). As to the gun looking like stainless but lettering as blue I understood that too....this is very unusual but I certainly imagine that it could happen via a human recording error. Did the gun come in a box? If so I would be interested in what the end label says. Looking forward to seeing the pics of the gun and the BB statement about only 3 being made.
Thanks, Bill

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Re: Single-six history

Post by zstarkey » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:53 pm

Here are the pictures, We have been looking at it very closely today and a magnet will stick to it all be it barely sticks to it. it does kinda look like it has been plated but that cant explain the magnet. we did find inside the frame the number XRN-3RED which goes back to blued or black anodized steel. the stainless ones have a KXR-3RED.
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Re: Single-six history

Post by zstarkey » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:55 pm

and here are 3 more hope you like them
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Re: Single-six history

Post by flattop44 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:08 pm

It looks like it has a very high polish finish, maybe it is plated, really hard to tell. The stainless guns of that era, if original, had a satin brushed finish. Of course, if it is stainless it could have been polished. The inside of the flutes kinda look plated to me but the inside of the grip frame sure looks like the unpolished stainless. But as you point out, the marking is that of a non-stainless/blue gun. Puzzling for sure.

The BlueBook page about "only 3 known" is an error. It was corrected the next year with the statement...Only 300 Stainless 4-5/8" barrels were rollmarked "Liberty".

Sure appreciate your post and pictures. Interesting stuff!!

Bill

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Re: Single-six history

Post by flatgate » Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:32 pm

I say plated!

Stainless Steel Ruger Single Actions have stainless mainsprings, hammer struts, mainspring seats and trigger springs.

Is the rear sight's "cross pin" blue or stainless?

It's a cool little shooter, though!

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Re: Single-six history

Post by zstarkey » Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:36 pm

It looks like everything is coated pretty damn good which also makes us wonder just because they went through alot of trouble for really no reason. Also it has adjustable sights and the blue book says its supposed to have vaquero style sights. what do you guys think this gun would be worth??

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Re: Single-six history

Post by flatgate » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:20 pm

The Blue Book's statement about "3 made" is in reference to the "Colt SAA" style of cylinder frame versions, in stainless with the 4-5/8" barrels.

Value? A gussied up shooter. Whatever the market will handle.....$350-$400, perhaps?

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