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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
Super Single-Six "S"
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dfree5119
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15 Nov 2013 10:13 PM
    Just got my factory letter back confirming that my Super Single-Six (SC6) s/n 505861 is a factory second. It shipped in April 1967. Not sure how many ""S"" marked SC6's are out there. This is the first one I have seen. The red color is particularly attractive to me. You can see where it has thinned on the left side from the prior owner storing it in the factory box. The blemish on the right side grip frame just forward of the grip is probably the reason for the ""S"" marking. If anyone has additional information about this gun, please chime in.
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    flattop44
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    16 Nov 2013 02:21 AM
    That is indeed a beauty!! Rare gun.
    Bill
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    yalda
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    16 Nov 2013 02:34 AM
    I agree with Bill, it is a wonderful gun with a nice box - you are very lucky to have found it.
    Jay Hansen
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    SATCOM
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    27 Nov 2013 03:57 PM
    You bet your bippy that is a nice gun! The red color on some Ruger steel occurs during the blueing process and is referred a [i]plumb [/i]and is prized by many of us. However, yours is more red than most. I am sure the color is cause of it being marked as a Second. This started back in the mid fifties, was considered a flaw, and Ruger offered a free reblue. By the time your SC6 was assembled the problem was solved but occasionally it happened. Ruger often marked them ""S"", batched them and sent them to single dealer at a slight discount.

    Were you looking for a S gun when you found #505861? I have SC6 #505464 that was used and abused, converted (I unconverted it!), with a slight plumb cylinder frame but NO second marking. I've been looking for an OM ""S"" gun for years.

    NICE!

    SATCOM

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    Coogs, how you doing? Not seen you on RCA forum before.
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    SATCOM
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    31 Aug 2014 11:07 PM
    April 1967 ship date!!! I bet it the frame was taken out of the production line in 1965 because of the color. It sat around for two years until they grouped a bunch of cosmetically challenged frames, marked them with ""S"", assembled them with current production parts, and sent them to a dealer at a slight discount.

    Those are ""neck feather"" medallions on this gun and they were used for a single year only; 1967. The serial # places it in the 1965 production year.

    Yup 67 parts on a 65 gun.

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    dfree5119
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    15 Apr 2015 05:08 AM
    John Dougan in his book, ""Ruger Pistols & Revolvers: The Vintage Years 1949-1973"" lists the neck feather medallions as 1965 production. SATCOM states 1967. Any further clarification available on this issue? Thank you for the input.

    You may be interested that i found this gun at a local gun shop. It had been taken in on trade. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
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    SATCOM
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    15 Apr 2015 05:28 PM
    dfree5119,

    Well that came as a surprise. I ""KNOW"" that neck feathers medallions were used on guns shipped very late in 1966 and 1967 only. Learned from Mr. Dougan and others.
    Now you correctly point out page 102 of his latest book that it is 1965. Where did I get 67'? It was not Mr. Dougan's ""Ruger Single Actions 1953-1963 as I had thought. Now I'm thinking his ""Ruger Single Actions the Second Decade 1963-1973"" which is out in my retired library. Will look at it later today. I have every reference book on Rugers printed since the early 70s with many no longer good references but good reading.

    There is more discussions over on the other Ruger Forum and I am going to post ""Why did Dougan reference neck feathers as 1965?"" Won't take long for to hear back from that.

    I in no way meant to put out bad dope. I'll keep you posted.

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    SATCOM
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    15 Apr 2015 05:41 PM
    dfree5119

    See http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=221831

    Lets see what happens.

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    SATCOM
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    08 Jun 2015 11:22 PM
    dfree5119,

    Even though you have not replied, the discussion continued until it was decided that Neck Feathers were on late 66 and 67 guns. Mr. Dougan has not offered a reason for the two different years quoted in his books.

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    RofeDavid
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    05 Apr 2017 07:44 AM
    My Single Six was purchased new by the original owner
    in 1979. But it was NOT called a Super Single Six.
    It is labeled the New Model Single Six.

    What years did they sell the ""Super"" Model?

    Thom T
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    SATCOM
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    21 Apr 2017 10:09 PM
    Thom,

    Sorry for late answer but unable to use internet for a period.

    OlD Model Ruger Single Actions I know some things, but New Models not much.

    The Old Model term was used only AFTER the Ruger New Models were started in 1973.

    The original Single Six was a drift rear sight only. The OP’s gun is a Super Single Six of the pre 1973 called Old Models. The Super Single Six had an fully adjustable rear sight and came with the extra cylinder.

    The above is true till the end of Old Model production in 1972. By 1973 it was a New model and I know little to nothing. However the Super Single Six started as an old model in 1964.

    Best I can do for you.

    SATCOM
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