Just Got Another One


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kwhi43@kc.rr.com
January 16, 2014, 07:26 PM
Old friend stopped by the house today and asked me if I might be interested
in something he had. He said he had to buy three guns to get the one he really
wanted and this was one of them. I don't really know what I'm going to do with
it. It was made in 1987, has the Krist 45 Colt cylinder with it. It appears to be
new. Got the box, and manual and nipple wrench. Might sell it all together or
play with it for a while. Don't really need it, but I hate to pass up a Ruger.


http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o127/prizzel/3dc7f09d20e8690409b442c47b68a9bb.jpg

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BowerR64
January 16, 2014, 07:48 PM
Can i be first inline if you decide you dont need it?

Im curious what gun he wanted to have to get that one?

351 WINCHESTER
January 16, 2014, 07:50 PM
It looks older than 1987 with the alum. grip frame and non pinned front sight. Since you don't need it why don't you gift it to someone that does? Just kidding.

BowerR64
January 16, 2014, 07:56 PM
It looks older than 1987 with the alum. grip frame and non pinned front sight. Since you don't need it why don't you gift it to someone that does?
Can you tell what year this one is? I had one and i let it get away and i been kicking myself ever since.

351 WINCHESTER
January 16, 2014, 07:59 PM
No, but if you google ROA serial numbers there is a chart that will tell you. It's an early model as it has the alum. gripframe.

BowerR64
January 16, 2014, 08:07 PM
I dont have it anymore, i didnt think ide ever shoot BP so i got rid of it and wish i still had it.

wap41
January 16, 2014, 08:51 PM
if the front site is original it was made in 1972(1st year production)serial # should be below 140-00800

kwhi43@kc.rr.com
January 17, 2014, 01:02 AM
I put some different grips on it, put a trigger shoe, trigger stop, slicked up the
action a little. Slugged the barrel which is .451 groove dia. Slugged the
chambers which are .452 dia. This ought to shoot! Think I will shoot it some.
Now the Krist 45 Colt converter. I really don't have a need for this.
Oh the serial number places it at 1987. Grip frame is not steel. Front sight is not
pinned. I thought the pinned ones were just on the SS models. Problem, I don't
have a single 457 ball!!. Ain't that a bitch! Oh well, I have a friend that will let
Me have a few until I can get to Friendship. I do have several hundred .465 balls.

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o127/prizzel/a1619fc44c472df99b078fa6b4ab4814.jpg

Malachi Leviticus Blue
January 17, 2014, 06:45 AM
Ruger supposedly switched from Aluminum to Steel grip frames in 1985, but the following statement may help explain why the serial number seems to imply "1987"

Ruger states they do "not produce firearms in serial number order. There are occasions when blocks of serial numbers have been manufactured out of sequence, sometimes years later. Also, within a model family the same serial number prefix may be used to produce a variety of different models, all in the same block of serial numbers. And in some cases, models may be stored for a length of time before they are shipped."

One way to help date a ruger is the warning rollmark.
Ruger started putting the Read the Manual warning on in the 70's. I've seen several references that stated they adding it to there entire product line between 1977 & 1978 and announced it in Ruger Newsletter, vol. 1, NO. 4, June, 1978

351 WINCHESTER
January 17, 2014, 12:05 PM
I have one made in 76 and it has no prefix like others I have seen. It is stainless and has a pinned front sight which really has me baffled.

CraigC
January 17, 2014, 12:20 PM
It looks older than 1987 with the alum. grip frame and non pinned front sight.
Only the stainless guns have a pinned sight blade.

351 WINCHESTER
January 17, 2014, 12:30 PM
Now I didn't know that. That explains it.
Many thanks.

J-Bar
January 17, 2014, 12:30 PM
Phil that's a fun project. I'm looking forward to some action shots from the range, and some photos of your groups with this gun.

Can't have too many ROAs!!

kwhi43@kc.rr.com
January 17, 2014, 01:52 PM
Put another different pair of grips on, took this picture with my I-Pad. I think it
does better than my high dollar Fuji camera That I took the other picture with.


http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o127/prizzel/5015c9883cf6261177b69417ac7d8419.jpg

wap41
January 17, 2014, 01:52 PM
My mistake ,the 1st picture looked like it had a flat top front sight to me but after talking to Phil and seeing his second picture it is not what I thought.

BowerR64
January 18, 2014, 12:23 AM
I got another one today, not as cool as yours though.

I put an add on that gun classifieds website you gave me the link for wanting cheap black powder guns and i got a few calls.

Got it for $100. its Euro Arms BS date code. I like the front sight on this one better then my Pietta.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=193726&stc=1&d=1390019019

Kernel
January 19, 2014, 04:25 PM
The front sight shown on the blued ROA's above looks exactly like the front sight on my NM 4-5/8" Single-Six. It's attaches to the barrel with one screw. Brownells sells the parts for $10 (when they're in stock).

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