This is my first Ruger, and the first brand-new gun I ever bought. I have had it just over fifty years now, and fired just over 16,000 rounds through it:
I bought the gun May 2, 1958, in Paso Robles, California, while stationed at Camp Roberts with the 10th Infantry. I have fitted an Old Army steel grip frame with a wide trigger from Dave Clements. I had Dave refinish the gun, sending it to Doug Turnbull for clor case hardening. The grips are mesquite, from Cary Chapman. Cary recently confirmed that these are the first mesquite grips he made.