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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
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bikeman101
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21 Jul 2010 09:54 PM
    Wow this is an awesome site. The lady at Rugers records dept. gave me this site. Now thats cool. I now have 3 rugers my first one is the GP100 357 mag Revolver and wow it is nice and what a kick. Well i just piced up 2 more rugers today.
    One is a Ruger Standard Red Eagle Ser. # 197##. The Records lady said it was shipped Aug. 1951 and that if it didn't have a model name on it ( which it does not) she said it would be the Standard but thats all she could tell me. Well it is all blued but the barrel above the grip and thats brownish or purpleish or maybe copperish. Plus the bolt has been jewled. I dont know if this was done factory or not. I will download pics so you can see. any help with this would be fantastic and maybe a value also.
    The second on is a July 1959 Mark I Target with a 6-7/8 barrel with normal blueing rubed off from around the grip. Ser. # 158### This gun looks awesome with that barrel. If you could give me a value on this also that would be great.
    I want to see if i got my moneys worth out of these.[attachment=0]100_3718.JPG[/attachment][attachment=1]100_3716.JPG[/attachment][attachment=2]100_3715.JPG[/attachment][attachment=3]100_3712.JPG[/attachment]
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    d findley
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    22 Jul 2010 02:01 AM
    Welcome to the Ruger Collectors Assn. The jewling on the ""Red Eagle"" (collector's term) was done after the gun left the factory. You have a good start to a Ruger Auto pistol collection. In my opinion, the Standard model (19XXX) is worth between $250 and $300. And the Target Mark I, probably from $300 to $375.
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    bikeman101
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    22 Jul 2010 02:17 AM
    [quote=""d findley""]Welcome to the Ruger Collectors Assn. The jewling on the ""Red Eagle"" (collector's term) was done after the gun left the factory. You have a good start to a Ruger Auto pistol collection. In my opinion, the Standard model (19XXX) is worth between $250 and $300. And the Target Mark I, probably from $300 to $375.[/quote] Thanks for the info but why would the target mark I be worth more than the Red Eagle?
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    d findley
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    22 Jul 2010 12:26 PM
    If the Red Eagle had more of its original finish, it would be worth more.
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    LimpinLeroy
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    23 Jul 2010 07:19 PM
    Welcome aboard! Feel your way round and use your new web site! Good start on the Ruger Collection. I find the 'plum' color on some older Rugers truly interesting. My M-77 (circa 1970-71) receiver began turning this color when it was about 12 or 13 years old. I also HAD a M-77 in .338 Mag (my first one is .30-06) that turned color after I had bought it. I have only observed this coloration on the receivers of rifles. I have not seen a revolver or semi auto (until yours) do it . I have never seen another manufactures firearms do it. It seems only OUR RUGERS do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is fine with me .......I love my Rugers and show them off when reasonable!!!
    Once again, welcome aboard!
    Ralph
    P.S......I just remembered that my M-8 4X Leupold scope that was purchased w/the 1971 M-77 had started to turn this same color last I saw it. I replaced it w/ 6x20 five years ago. I just went out and looked and it has completely turned a similar plum color all over.....except the foremost ring on the front lens. I would be very interested in finding out why. I suspect it is the composition of the steel alloy maybe reacting w/the bluing process...How about it Guys?.............any ideas -or- even better yet....knowledge????
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