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.