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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MIL-DOT, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    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.
  2. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    Here she is........

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  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    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!

  4. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    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
  5. pendennis

    pendennis Well-Known Member

    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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