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Old February 6th, 2017, 11:23 AM   #1
 
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Memory lane while cleaning out mom's old high boy dresser. I remember fondly my dad plinking cans in the early sixties. This thing hasn't fired a round since then, but looks to be in great shape. I honestly think it was the holster and gun belt that made me love it as a youth.
Honestly know very little about it. Not sure if those grips are original or were an option. Can anyone tell me about my old man's six shooter?
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Welcome to the forum!
Based on the SN in the picture, it was made in later part of 1955.
Stag grips were an option at the time, whether your's are factory or not I'm not sure.
You might be able to get more info with a call to Ruger...

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Beautiful old Flat Gate Single Six. By the way, if those are the original stag Ruger grips, they are worth a lot of money. Well worth checking out.
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I am guessing they are original. Mom might have some of the paperwork in the files. My old man kept all that stuff, but doesn't look he has the original box.
Would there be a mark on them to identify the grips as original?
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one of the early guns and a good story.
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Sorry I can't help you but what a treasure not sure which is more valuable the memories or the Six with the "Rig" but it would be "heirloom status" around here. Glad you got that trip down memory lane, found a knife of my fathers the same way.
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What you have there is a family treasure! Yes, collectors love the old model Single Sixes. The old stag grips are awesome, factory or not. I have to imagine that as your Dad's gun the sentimental value trumps all other considerations. I know that I treasure my father's firearms. I really like the floral carved holster and the gun-belt with two rows of cartridge loops. There's no excuse for running low on ammo while wearing that rig. Your six-gun and its leather are beautiful. Just FYI, that revolver is only safe to carry with five cartridges in the cylinder. Never carry it with the hammer down on a live round as any bump to the hammer could set it off. The procedure is:
Hammer back two clicks
Open Gate
Load one round into cylinder
Skip the next chamber
Load the next four chambers and close gate
Pull the hammer all the way back
With thumb on the hammer, pull trigger and slowly lower hammer
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Nice!
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Thanks for all the info. Makes me wish I had sired a son.
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What you have there is a family treasure! Yes, collectors love the old model Single Sixes. The old stag grips are awesome, factory or not. I have to imagine that as your Dad's gun the sentimental value trumps all other considerations. I know that I treasure my father's firearms. I really like the floral carved holster and the gun-belt with two rows of cartridge loops. There's no excuse for running low on ammo while wearing that rig. Your six-gun and its leather are beautiful. Just FYI, that revolver is only safe to carry with five cartridges in the cylinder. Never carry it with the hammer down on a live round as any bump to the hammer could set it off. The procedure is:
Hammer back two clicks
Open Gate
Load one round into cylinder
Skip the next chamber
Load the next four chambers and close gate
Pull the hammer all the way back
With thumb on the hammer, pull trigger and slowly lower hammer
Thanks for the great info for anyone.
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Also you are very lucky that revolver is not a pile of rust pits if it had been stored for years while in the leather holster. If left in a room with any humidity, leather will absorb the moisture from the air allowing a blue steel gun to rust.
The room it was stored in must have been a very dry low humidity room due to the condition of the gun as seen in your pictures.
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I am amazed at the condition as well. I believe when dad was alive it was oiled regularly and must have spent time in the humidity controlled gun safe
with his other treasures. It is in my safe now. Wondering if I shouldn't find a different spot for the holster/belt, would hate to dry out the leather.
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A bottle of Neatsfoot Oil (between $5-$10 @ Amazon or Walmart) and an old tee-shirt is all you need to protect your leather rig for a lifetime. It will keep the leather soft and prevent drying and cracking. I bought an 8oz bottle 20yrs ago for my sheaths, slings, and holsters. The bottle is still half full. A little goes a long way.
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Wonderful old flatgate and what makes it really special is it was your Dad's and your memories of him plinking away with it.

A lot of folks get excited over the old flatgates and they are somewhat uncommon these days but just so you have a little perspective they're not particularly rare as there were about 60,000 flatgates produced collectively over what collectors call the 4 variations. You have a Type 3 variation, the most common variation with about 28,000 made. (I have a Type 3 as well - mine is about 2000 numbers newer but also from 1955.)

Stag grips.....Ruger? Not Ruger? That is very difficult to say. You can call Ruger or even get a letter from Ruger but it's not likely to say it was shipped with stag grips. Yes they were an option then but there wasn't a model number for a Single Six with stag grips. In 1955 they were all simply an "RSS", Ruger Single Six. Starting in 1957 the "RSS5" was used (5 = 5.5") and later the "RSS5R", "RSS5W" where R = hard rubber grips and W = walnut grips. But the R and W didn't get used until around 1960. So some folks ordered Ruger stags and put them on their guns, dealers swapped them or even ordered them with stags. But Ruger record keeping is pretty dismal about such things and it's very hard to get a factory letter confirming stags. To make matters worse in later years some very talented folks crafted genuine stag Ruger lookalikes that are so good that even the experts can't tell them from originals. A lot of hard core Ruger collectors feel the market for genuine Ruger stag grips has been forever ruined by the counterfeits. Regardless of whether they are Ruger stags or not they look like real horn with nice bark and a great patina and are valuable in their own right.

All of this is of little consequence to most folks. I'm not a collector myself but I do have a little interest in the subject and enjoy my old 3 screw Rugers immensely. You have a wonderful old flatgate complete with stags and a nice rig - enjoy it!
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That looks like one sweet shooter.
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