Just got new (old) Single Six .22 ( question is: HOW old?)


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MIL-DOT
November 5, 2011, 04:54 PM
I've been recently considering a .22 revolver,in particular a Ruger, and just got lucky and picked up an older Ruger Single Six .22 at a local gun show. It's clearly been fired a bit, but the original owner took excellent care of it, no scratches,dings,rust, nada.
It's blued,with walnut grips,5 1/2" barrel, has original box and manual, and the .22 mag cylinder in original felt bag. The guy had it marked $350 ( which I was prepared to pay) but I got it for $300 plus tax. I just gave it a good cleaning and oiling, and removed the grips to check under there ( very clean).
Anyway, me and the vendor both estimate it to be from the 70's, but I was wondering if there's a way to more accurately place it's manufacture date.
Ser.# is 62-563**.
Any help is much appreciated......


P.S. I'm looking at the parts list in the back of the manual, and the price for a new barrel is listed as $14.00, new cylinders at $7.00, and grip panels at $2.50,each. LOL, bet they won't honor those prices now !!:what:
Inside the box lid,there's a list of patent numbers,followed by the date January 1973.

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MIL-DOT
November 5, 2011, 05:20 PM
Here she is........

rcmodel
November 5, 2011, 05:27 PM
Well, it's a New Model, so it had to be 1973 or later.

Ruger website indicates that serial# range was made in 1973, so it IS a 1973.

Nice find BTW!

rc

MIL-DOT
November 5, 2011, 06:45 PM
Cool !! Many thnks,RC. I did a little Googling, and dug around on Ruger's website as well, but quickly got frustrated and came back here, confident that I'd get what I was asking for, within minutes !!! :D

pendennis
November 5, 2011, 07:25 PM
I picked up a '73 vintage Single Six a couple of years ago. Pricewise, I was a bit more fortunate. I paid $240 out the door for mine, and it's a ball to shoot.

When I went to pay for it, I wondered aloud about a holster. The guy behind the counter pointed me to a box of used holsters. I picked one up, and it happened to be a nearly new El Paso Saddlery Tom Threepersons with a full leather lining. It was $10, and has the basketweave pattern (they start at about $100). It's a pleasure to carry in the woods.

Enjoy yours.

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