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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
Single Six 1955?
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Captainbo
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23 May 2014 07:19 PM
    Hi, new member from MA. I have a Single Six 22lr + 22 mag with S # of 30xxx. Looks like chrome or polished finish and pearl grip. I spoke with a Ruger customer representative and she told me it was manufactured in 1955 but she couldn't tell me anything else because the records were paper with no access. I asked for a certificate of authenticity but she they weren't doing that right now. So I have a gun that was manufactured the same year I was born and owned for 40 years but know little about.

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Thank you
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    radicalrod
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    28 May 2014 08:33 PM
    well it sure ""SUCKS"" that RUGER has decided not to help collectors verify what we own....

    Not much you can do.....just enjoy your PRIZE....RR
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    Captainbo
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    17 Jul 2014 04:15 AM
    Does suck! Hard to find parts too.

    Thanks for the encouragement though
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    SATCOM
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    27 Aug 2014 10:45 PM
    Captainbo,

    Lets see; Ruger Single Six serial #30XXX? 1955 yup.

    1. It is not a convertible! If it has a added WRM cylinder, do NOT shoot mags in this gun!

    2. It originally had a flat loading gate (Flatgate) but could have been modified with a [i]Premier Loading Gate[/i] or even a later Ruger round gate.

    3. It should have a XR3 grip frame. Look under grips and note what is cast into the grip frame.

    4. Real pearl? Faux pearl? Ruger medallions?

    5. Grip frame anodizing removed and aluminum polished?

    6. Steel parts chromed? Steel parts blue removed and polished? I do not of any factory Chromed guns any where near that serial #. ERH should be steel with offset.

    Answering as best you can will help ID this RSS. Posting pics would help too.

    What parts do you need or having problems finding?

    SATCOM
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    Captainbo
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    28 Aug 2014 11:15 PM
    Thank you for responding to my post!!

    I attached a few pictures but they really didn't come out well. Cheap camera phone.

    The SS did come with the Magnum cylinder. I believe it's ok to shoot.
    The first picture is supposed to be of the wording, Ruger Single Six Win. 22 LR Mag. Cal.

    I believe it is the round gate.

    The frame is Stamped with XR3.

    I can't tell if it is real pearl or not. I would think they are faux. No medallions.

    The grip frame Is not plated like the rest of the SS, but it does look polished. The hammer spring is very dark, almost looks like it was blued.

    I'm not sure what an ERH is.

    Originally I was looking for the pin to hold the cylinder in place, but I found one. Now I would like to replace the grips. I can find replacements but I was hoping to find a pair that were (what I was thinking) original.

    Thanks for taking the time and interest to help. It is much apprecicated!
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    SATCOM
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    29 Aug 2014 11:41 PM
    OK :shock:

    With the new information [b]""Ruger Single Six Win. 22 LR Mag. Cal.""[/b]

    1. Please check the serial number you posted as well as the gun. I bet it is 30X,XXX and not 30,XXX.

    If 3XXXXX then;

    1. The gun is a RSSM model not SS or RSS models. These guns were first manufactured in 1961 and started out with serial #300000.

    2. XR3 grip frame were on these guns until the major changes of 1962 when XR3-RED gripframes were part of the changes.

    3. ERH =Ejector Rod Housing and is N/A for the time being.

    Let us know.

    SATCOM
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    Captainbo
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    03 Sep 2014 12:33 AM
    Definetly 30XXX.

    You can see why I'm confused
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    SATCOM
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    15 Apr 2015 05:54 PM
    What exactly is stamped under Ruger Single Six please?

    SATCOM
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    Captainbo
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    06 May 2015 01:54 AM
    RUGER SINGLE SIX
    Win. .22 RF Mag. Cal
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    SATCOM
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    06 May 2015 02:14 PM
    captainbo,

    I double checked the best references available, Dougan's books and Hiddleson's [i]Reference of Ruger Firearms ed#2[/i]. I confirmed the information I provided you but I will rephrase it.

    1. The .22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) was not invented until 1959.

    2. All Ruger Single-Six Revolvers with two line stamping ""Ruger Single Six Win. 22 LR Mag. Cal."" and with the standard ""Ruger .22 Single-Six""* were produced from 1959 to 1964 with serial numbers 300000 to 398349.

    3. Catalog number for these guns started with RSSM (Ruger Single Six Magnum) and later RSSMX and RSSMW (X convertible W walnut grips).

    4. Early guns had XR3 grip frames and black rubber grips. By 1962 XR3-RED were used.

    5. Most likely your gun was not chromed/nickeled at the factory as none have been found. Chromed/nickeled guns require extra polishing. This polishing can alter the look of stampings (as well as screw heads, sharp edges, and profiles) from just thinning the edges to wiping them out.

    I will not say ""You have failed to read the serial number incorrectly."" but will say ""Your gun must have 6 digits starting with a 3"". I feel very confident of that.

    Maybe some better pictures ( You can e-mail them to me and I will protect your serial number at drscarff@gru.edu.)

    SATCOM

    *Very complicated matter that the earliest convertibles were RSSM guns shipped with a .22 cylinder. However this does not apply to your gun.
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    rugerguy
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    08 May 2015 12:37 AM
    well from what I can see of the one picture of the laeft side of the frame, it does say 22 Win, Mag so that gun must have been made AFTER 1959 as the 22 magnums were not developed until 1959 !!! simple as that as for the other side (the right side) cannot see or tell just what the serial number is and it should be 6 digits ,starting at #300,001 and up, as for having a spare or extra cylinder, that is quite possible but as the gun is MARKED magnum, it is NOT a 1955 gun......something is amiss with the serial number you post, maybe whomever plated the gun, removed?? altered? or whatever but you need to take a nice ,clear picture of the serial number to find out any or whatever info you may be seeking.
    Good luck
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    Captainbo
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    08 May 2015 01:55 AM
    Thanks for responding to the post. I know the pictures suck, but i just have a flip phone. I did send Satcom better pictures. ( I'm weary of posting the seriel # ) I am not a collector. I bought the revlover from a friend in the 70's and put it in a drawer. It does not show any signs of being altered. I would think there would be some sort of indentation from being removed. The #'s are stamped pretty deep. The reason I was hoping it was a 1955 is that was the year I was born. I think it is pretty cool to have a revlover the same age as me.

    Is there someone that I could send it to that could xray it or test it in someway? I am I flirting with the legal system owning it with an altered S#?

    Thanks
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    rugerguy
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    08 May 2015 03:53 AM
    I know what you mean, and sorry to let any air out of your ballon ( rain on your parade) but , the two items I pointed are contradict one another, as the ""22 magnum"" markings could not, would not, be on a gun made in 1955 when the 22 mag cases (ammo) was not even developed yet....this marking makes it at least a 1959 gun, ergo the issue is with the serial number, maybe a screw up?? maybe restamped ?? and the fact the gun is replated (customized) thereby 'played with, no telling what the serial numbering could have been, and yes, one can take measurements, and yes an agency can ""raise"" any old ,obliterated numbers but that would ruin the finish.................
    and no, I do NOT think it is any sort of ""prototype"".................firearms that have been refinished at any given time could be re-serial numbered , all too easily...I know I had been in the refinishing and restoration business over the years and am now 'retired' since 2002....and we could NEVER change ,alter, delete, any serial number without first having prior approval from the BATF, and this was in writing...it's the law

    My bet would be that the serial number was improperly applied at the time the 22 mag (RSSM) was built, but there is NO way to know this for certain (measurement of the thickness of the frame???) as the company records would in NO way reflect upon this ,they can only go by the number of digits you provide them .....take it to a GOOD gunsmith , who just may ""know"" something about Rugers and see what they tell you, the nickel ( or chrome ) plating can hide a multitude of 'sins' and needs to be really looked at thoroughly and a proper determination made....hope this helps,,,,,too bad you were not closer to us , my guys and me would be more than happy to help you out..,....good luck
    send me an e-mail or better pictures taken by a good camera, not that hard to do ,stay away from a flash, and use a macro setting on the camera, and use a tri pod..........
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    Captainbo
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    09 May 2015 02:14 AM
    I believe I have my answer. A sincere thanks to all that took the time to help!
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    panzer58
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    02 Jun 2017 07:53 PM
    Anybody interested in a Ruger Single Six .22LR. Ruger verified 12/55 production. Has contoured loading gate conversion.
    Does not have transfer bar conversion. 5 1/2"" barrel. Black grips w/Ruger logo. Not a convertible, .22LR only. Been in family since stepfather bought it in 1956. I know guns and would rate it @ 95%+
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    rugerguy
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    02 Jun 2017 11:29 PM
    what is the serial number? you can leave out the last one or two digits simply substitute an ""x"", like #1234xor #1234xx, give a v better idea if which ""type"" RSS you may actually have or send me a picture ........sounds like a nice gun, currently we have them in each of the type ( variations) all in their boxes...........my wife happens to like the early 'flatgate' variations, have one that was sent back to thefactory by the original owner and had a 'Premiere' loading gate, we just left it inplace as the flatgate is still in the box.......
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    panzer58
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    06 Jun 2017 11:34 AM
    307XX
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    huskerbob
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    26 Feb 2018 01:44 AM
    Captainbo.............you've indicated you've figured it out. Are you going to share your findings with all of those who tried to help so everyone can learn something???
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    chet15
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    13 Mar 2019 10:59 PM
    There is at least one factory chrome plated RSSM floating around out there somewhere...
    So you could at least get a letter to see what the factory says.
    Chet15
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