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Old April 5th, 2017, 06:53 PM   #1
 
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What would a basic Bearcat collection consist of?



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What would a basic Bearcat collection consist of?
I have one Bearcat so I consider that to be pretty basic.
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I have 2...that makes a collection in my mind, lol.
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I think a Ruger Bearcat collector should have two one of them blued the other one stainless steel.

In my mind that would be considered a bearcat collection.
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on lod model and old model super bearcat steel frame and a stainless one and a new model one.
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A collection as in a collection for the sake of owning Bearcats and all their variations or a collection as to shooting Bearcats?

Mine is a shooting collection, thus I own one with adjustable sights and one without. That effectively covers the Bearcat shooting experience. Not crazy about the looks of those adjustable sights on the Bearcat, but they do a great job of bringing out the excellent accuracy potential of these little guns. Any of the fixed sight versions will give you the more traditional feel for shooting the Bearcat.
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blued and stainless with and w/o adj sights a brass frame one and a convertible if you have the coin
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Have a collection of Ruger Bearcats any way one would want!!!
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I would be talking about different variations. I should have been more specific. Thx
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Bearcats have quite a history. They were introduced in 1958 with a 4' barrel, fixed sights, aluminum alloy frame, blued barrel and cylinder. These were serial numbered from 000 to 999. Ruger then added an "alpha prefix" to the serial number .... ie A123, B456, .... up to Z999. These are known as "Alpha Cats". After the Alpha Cats, the serial numbers went back to straight numeric .... up through 99xxxx. Due to the Gun Control act of 1968, starting in January of 1969, Bearcat serial numbers were prefixed with a 90 .... up through 90-25622 in 1970 when Ruger discontinued the Aluminum alloy frame. In 1971, Ruger started making the "Super Bearcats", which was a steel frame. These were made until 1974, when Ruger discontinued the Bearcats. All of the Bearcats from 1958 through 1974 were "old models", meaning they did not have a transfer bar.

In 1993, Ruger reintroduced the "New Bearcat", which was exactly the same as a Super Bearcat except it included a transfer bar. Unlike the other Ruger "New Models", the Bearcat's design remained the same as the Old Model .... all parts are still interchangeable except with the New Model was the addition of a transfer bar, a different hammer, trigger, and base pin. The frame, cylinder, barrel, and trigger guard were all blued steel. Ruger also made about 1000 22 Convertibles (22 LR and 22 Mag cylinders) in both stainless steel and blued steel, however the magnum cylinders were known to blow up so Ruger recalled most of them. Serial numbers began in 1994 with a 93 prefix.

The New Bearcats are now made in 5 different models ... a blued Super Bearcat, just like those in 1993, a blued model with an adjustable rear sight, a stainless steel Super, and a stainless steel with an adjustable rear sight. They also make a "Store Keeper" model in stainless steel with a birdshead grip.

So in summary, there were 2 old models .... an aluminum frame and a steel Super. Then there are the five current New Super models. If you collect by serial number .... Alphacats are high on the list as are serial numbers of 999 or lower.
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Thanks Iowegan that's exactly what I was looking for. I am just starting to collect them and was looking to learn more about variations. So thank you
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