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Old 02-05-2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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A Great Day!

I visited my uncle yesterday, a retired State Trooper who turns 77 this year. He had just bought a S&W Governor and we gave it a test run. I liked the Governor, we fired a few .410’s and .45 LC’s through it. I know it and the Judge are getting a bad rap for being a bit of a trendy, fad gun. I found it to be an effective weapon and suitable for home defense, which is why he bought it. And it was fun to shoot.

As my wife and I were ready to head home, my Uncle brought out two Ruger Single Action .22’s. A Single-Six in very nice condition that he thinks was manufactured in 1962. The other, a near pristine condition Bearcat that he believes was made in 1958. He also had a S&W State Trooper Commemorative edition .357 he showed me…I think it was a K frame.

I didn’t pay much attention to the S&W because he said “ I’m giving these two Rugers to you as a gift” and I was then entirely focused on them. This was a big surprise to me and a really wonderful gift from my Uncle. He’s been married for over 40 years, but they never had children…. I feel very fortunate.

If anyone can tell me if the dates are accurate on the revolvers I’d appreciate it. The Bearcat is a 6 digit serial number with no letters and the Single-Six is also 6 digits beginning with a 4.

I bought the Advertisement shown below for the Bearcat off Ebay last night for $7. It’s supposedly an original Ad from a magazine in 1958. I intend to mount the gun with the Ad in a glass case that I’ll make and then hang it near my fireplace.









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Old 02-05-2012, 01:31 PM   #2
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This is a link to Ruger's website under manuals and product history

http://www.ruger.com/service/productHistory.html#


VERY Kind of your uncle to bestow such a gift to you.

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I am so darned jealous. Your Uncle is a wonderful man and have fun with those new guns.

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Nice. Handing down firearms for men is like women handing down diamonds.. Cherish those Rugers.

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Man I'd like to have a bear cat.
That is a really cool gift.

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That is a really cool gift.
Yes...very cool! I can't thank my Uncle enough.

Thanks everyone....I finished the display box. Once I gathered the materials it took about a day to complete. I cheated and used a picture frame fo the lid. I also found some epoxy coated peg board hangers at Home Depot....they fit this little gun perfectly and were gun metal in color...a great find. Now to find a wall that suits my wife...that will be the hard part







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Beautiful!!!! Congratulations

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Beautiful!!!! Congratulations
Thanks...I know it's no Colt Single Action Army, but it's believed to be made in 1958 and I'm waiting on Ruger to verify that. If so, it makes it a first production year pistol of a model that has come and gone and come back again, for some 50+ years. In decent shape, I've seen them ask up to $6-700. When my son is my age it should be valued even more. The only thing that could make it better is if the original box and papers came with it.
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Yes...very cool! I can't thank my Uncle enough.

Thanks everyone....I finished the display box. Once I gathered the materials it took about a day to complete. I cheated and used a picture frame fo the lid. I also found some epoxy coated peg board hangers at Home Depot....they fit this little gun perfectly and were gun metal in color...a great find. Now to find a wall that suits my wife...that will be the hard part
Beautiful gun
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very nice!!! Sonic82

i hope if your uncle calls you for anything,you'll be there with bells on

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