Ruby Extra is what it says?


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skidder
August 29, 2011, 02:47 AM
I was at my favorite gun store today. They have the best gun smiths in the state. I saw an old beat up 38 revolver in the case that resembled a Smith. I had to ask why it was so cheap and does it work. He said their gunsmith gave it the OK, and they have a 90 day warranty on all used guns. (how could I go wrong :scrutiny:). We made a few jokes about the gun during the background check and he told me I might be surprised when I shoot it (I was hoping a good surprise :uhoh:). We made a deal at $90 and I walked out with a Ruby Extra 38 Special. What the heck did I just do :confused:?

I took it home and cleaned it the best I could, some pitting and and small rust patches. My boys and I hopped in the rig and went to shoot it. I was a little concerned so I took first poke at this thing. I was impressed on the trigger pull, it was like my old smith model 15 really smooth and light. My youngest boy, 6th grade, took the next round and nailed the popcan sending it 10 feet in the air. We had no problems with how it shot and I thought the trigger pull was good.

The tolerances are sloppy when the cylinder is open but not bad when closed. The firing pin is on the frame with a transfer bar setup. The gun ain't pretty, but I could throw it under the seat of my firewood truck or leave it in the camper or shop for easy access.

Does anybody know anything about these guns? I took a picture with the grip off because I was wondering if a Smith grip might fit (grips in pretty bad shape)? Like the S&W when you remove the screw by trigger the cylinder and yoke slide out. Any info would be appreciated, and I have to ask if you would have took the chance?

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skidder
August 29, 2011, 02:54 AM
Here are the pics, sorry about the quality. Your not missing much because the gun ain't that pretty.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=148132&d=1314596970

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=148133&d=1314597026

retDAC
August 29, 2011, 03:28 AM
Made by Llama. No longer in business. If you've got a good one, wonderful. Probably won't stand up to '000s of rounds like a Smith would, but you didn't pay a Smith price. Probably feasible to modify S&W grips for it. I don't recommend putting '00s of $$$ in it, but if you like it enough and don't plan to shoot 5-10k rounds a year through it, a refinish or at least touchups and other minor work would be in order.

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