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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
Red Eagle Standard Model Question
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lokidog
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24 Feb 2013 12:42 AM
    I have one of these and always assumed it was made in 1950 or 51, but I came across this quote and am wondering about that:

    ""The first grip panel medallions were hand painted – red. The medallion color was changed from red to black as a permanent memorial to the passing, in November 1951 of Bill Ruger's partner Alexander Sturm.[b] In February of 1952 STANDARD PISTOLS (33000 ser, no. range)[/b] and MARK I TARGET model (25300 ser. no. ranges) [b]began to be shipped with black grip medallions.[/b] Speaking in general terms, all Ruger STANDARD PISTOLS and MARK 1 TARGET models serial numbered under 30000 are refered to as Red Eagle Autos.

    Mine is definitely a Red Eagle but has a serial number of 337XX. Was this one of the last ones shipped with the red eagle then?

    For insurance purposes, what is one of these in very good to excellent condition worth? A little of the paint on one eagle has come off through the years.

    Thanks
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    flattop44
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    25 Feb 2013 12:47 AM
    I would say that you gun could certainly be correct. There is no clear cutoff when a change was made and the statement says in the ""33000 range"" so your 337XX could fit into it.
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    bfritts
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    21 Nov 2013 01:10 AM
    I have a Red Eagle Standard Model (fixed rear sight) S/N 9496 that has not been fired. The gun is a 98-99 but has no original box or papers. I believe it was built in 1950 and would like to know more about the gun and approximate value.
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    SATCOM
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    03 Dec 2013 10:28 PM
    lokidog,

    The excellent books on Ruger handguns (Findley/Hiddleson/Dougan) probable source of your quote, are the results of years of recording their observations of every Ruger they saw plus those of trusted friends. As flattop44 indicated this is how ""known ranges"" come about. None of these authors have ever seen your gun. If reported to them and excellent provenance (grips easy to change/eagles easy to paint) for originality, your gun could change the known range.

    You can compare all the identifying parts and markings with data in their books to find out which of the 11 different types of Red Eagle you have. Although your question would give the answer anyway.

    Value of all types of early Ruger .22 autos has always been much less than .22 single actions and their big brothers. I would put the value of $300-$325 on your gun.

    bfrits,

    Your #9496 Ruger Standard Auto Red Eagle is in the range of the type 5s and Oct/Nov 1950 is good guess for shipping. You or a family member are the original owner? I ask only because of your ""never fired"" comment.

    Earlier gun, excellent condition, rarer type, I would put the value at $400-$425.

    lokidog and bfrits,

    I would think both of you would enjoy any/all of the good books on Ruger handguns.

    A check for 10 bucks and a long wait will get you a letter from Ruger indicating the shipping date of your gun.

    SATCOM
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