wow i didn realize just how nice the stainless look! nice collection deanofdog.:what: i like the pics here. keep them coming
November 21, 2007, 11:36 PM
whats price of those stainless? and mine is just a plain jane pistol. nothin fancy at all. but man you have got to love the way they shoot
November 21, 2007, 11:49 PM
I have one in .22lr/mag. & love it!
No pics though. :(
November 22, 2007, 12:36 AM
It was my first handgun which I purchased (with my dad "signing for me") at age 17.
It had the 5 1/2" barrel, and I proceeded to buy a nice, black leather "fastdraw" holster. I can't tell you how many thousands of rounds I shot thru that pistol for the next few years.
My best friend had a 6 3/4"(?) barrel Single Six, and several times a week we'd leave school, stop by 7-11 and buy three boxes of "longs" cause they were cheap and had more pop than shorts.
We'd drive to the outskirts of town where the rice fields were laced with ditches and canals and plink till it was time for dinner.
We both got pretty good and could fastdraw and shoot an empty Coke can at 15 or 20 feet. I even practiced and practiced until I could copy the trick I saw in, I think, "The Magnificent Seven"(?) where with an unloaded gun I faced someone with their hands open at shoulder width. Before they could clap their hands I could draw and cock that old Single Six and put it between their palms.
Just a few years later I had to hock it to pay for engine work on my VW bus (of course, I didn't adjust the valves often enough and it sucked a #3 exhaust). The owner promised to give it back when I paid him in full, but eventually told me it had been stolen from his shop.
Wonder where it is today with all that holster wear and the grips marred by mosquito lotion.:)
November 22, 2007, 03:41 AM
I just got my very first Single Six. Wouldn't have gotten it if it weren't dirt cheap because it looks like it has been used as a hammer for driving tent pegs and possibly as the handle of a bumper jack. Needless to say it wasn't photogenic to say the least.
Perhaps when I finish the restoration I'll post a pic.
I've never been a fan of Ruger Revolvers. I've had two really bad experiances with then due to their non existent quality control.
The worst perhaps was a beautiful little early model Bearcat.
Not a thing wrong with it that I could see but you'd be lucky to hit the ground with it if you dropped it, it was that innaccurate. It also spit lead in my face though the timing seemed to be perfect.
I found out recently that quite a few early Bearcats got past Quality control without having the forcing cone cut, and these spit lead like mine did. I traded it off for a new condition Remington Rand 1911A1 so I came out on the deal pretty good.
The other was a lot more dangerous. When asked to test fire a Stainless Steel Ruger Double Action (.357 or .38) I forget which. The bullets came out spinning sideways and scattered all over a clay bank less than thirty feet away. Less impact energy than a gravel flip.
When I checked the bore it had very deep concentric scars across the lands, maybe even into the grooves in places. I figure the reamer used just before rifling the bore had broken abd a chip had gone up and down the bore with it.
I'd never planned on getting another Ruger after those abortions.
I did have a nice enough Ruger .22 auto, no problems with that one, a good shooter. Got offered five times what I had in it or I'd still have it.
Generally though Rugers were always hit or miss as far as quality control went. You had to examine them closely and be ready to demand your money back if they turned out to be a lemon.
Even if this Single Six still had good original finish I'd have had to refinish it. The Cylinder's outside surface for instance is as rough as a cobb, the Flutes look like the cutter used was chipped and saw toothed, and every flat surface shows tool marks. The cast Grip frame is slightly over sized as well with plenty of overhang in places. Not a well finished gun at all, even compared with a cheap Buffalo Scout Single Action I paid 24 bucks for new in 1970. Those Buffalo Scouts were pretty good guns for the price, at least the ones I bought for my brother and myself. I must have put ten thousand rounds through mine, used to fire off as many as 100 rounds a day during lunch break. Removed the transfer bar and made a longer firing pin for it when it shot loose enough to begin having misfires.
November 22, 2007, 08:06 AM
Here's mine. Early morning shot outside in the sun.