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ruger bearcat

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Jon Coppenbarger, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Jon Coppenbarger

    Jon Coppenbarger Well-Known Member

    Out running around today and stopped in a pawn shop to look at what they might have. They had just put out a ruger bearcat and after they told me I could have it for $275 out the door I bought it.
    A true 95% revolver with ser # 50XX and what I think makes it from 1961. I have always wanted a clean earlier one for a fair price and this one makes me happy.
  2. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    Glad you found what you wanted; they are neat little guns.

  3. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    Congrats and glad you found what you have been looking for.
  4. TreeDoc

    TreeDoc Well-Known Member

    Rarely find deals like that. Good snag.
  5. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    One of the best little 22 revolvers ever made. Enjoy
  6. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Well-Known Member

    Has it been converted to the transfer bar?
  7. Jon Coppenbarger

    Jon Coppenbarger Well-Known Member

    no it has not been converted. I have a friend who needed a set of grips his blackhawk that he bought new in 1956 and is like 95%plus and ruger would not sale me original grips without sending it in for conversion. We found a nice set this last weekend at a show for his one broken grip panel.
  8. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Nice score!

    Ruger always asks for the serial number on an Old Model and they won't sell parts for those that have not been converted but they are available elsewhere. However, they don't have grips for the old XR3 anyway so your only option was to find some used originals.
  9. Wishoot

    Wishoot Well-Known Member

    Great score. Congratulations.
  10. Jon Coppenbarger

    Jon Coppenbarger Well-Known Member

    they took my number and called me back the next day and told me they had the black grips with the silver logo for the 1956 gun but would not sell them to me without sending the revolver in. I have no complaints as they usually are very helpfull.

    The grips were given as a gift to the person who needed them. it is nice to help someone. he was on 2 ships that went down at guadalcanal and then spent a few weeks on the island with the marines.
  11. ricebasher302

    ricebasher302 Well-Known Member

    Bearcats are neato! Good find.
  12. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    You did a very good deed for a good sailor, give him my thanks for his service, spending that much time with those jarheads must have been hell ! lol
  13. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Why would you not want to send in the revolver for conversion? They do the work free, it improves safety and they return the original parts to you with the gun! Because they give you the original parts there's no reason not to send them the gun...
  14. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    ArchAngel: It is my understanding that they also mark the frame when they do the conversion. Collectors find this not to their liking.
  15. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I didn't know they marked the frame, do they really?

    I would think the collector value would be effected on an unfired gun, not one that's already shot and in only 95% condition. I would worry more about safety if I were buying this gun as a shooter.
  16. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    And when you get the converted gun back the old "dangerous" crisp trigger is turned into a POS!:fire:
    Of course you can put the old parts back in but I have found it is not so simple a task.:cuss:
  17. vicdotcom

    vicdotcom Well-Known Member

    Would you send a '65 Ford Mustang back to the factory to add air bags??

    Just because it is "safer" doesn't mean better!
  18. vicdotcom

    vicdotcom Well-Known Member

    The safety issue is not with the firearm but the user. Just carry it on an empty chamber and you have no problems what-so-ever.
  19. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Guys, I wasn't arguing with anyone's choices, I was just wondering. I completely understand wanting to keep a firearm original. I like the older Marlin leverguns from before they added that ugly safety. I see nothing wrong with the half-cock safety...

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