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Old March 25th, 2017, 12:10 PM   #1
 
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If I'm not mistaken, the "D" means it was a duplicate serial number.

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The D indicates a duplicate serial number. A photo would help to further identify.

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D stands duplicate. The is another one out there without the D!!
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OK, so it seems that everyone knows it means "duplicate".

But, why would there be a duplicate serial number?

I thought that serial numbers were a big thing with ATF. I can't think of a reason why a company would issue a duplicate serial number.

I'm sure someone know the answer.
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OK, so it seems that everyone knows it means "duplicate".

But, why would there be a duplicate serial number?

I thought that serial numbers were a big thing with ATF. I can't think of a reason why a company would issue a duplicate serial number.

I'm sure someone know the answer.
Short version:

Before the Gun Control Act of 1969 manufacturers like Ruger were a lot more loosey-goosey with serial numbers and used the same number on different guns. They didn't use the two or three digit prefix numbers that relate to different models like today, only the number itself. So you could have a Single Six with the same serial number as a Blackhawk. And sometimes the same number was used more than once by mistake on the same model and when it was caught in manufacturing the "D" was added to the duplicate serial number gun. After the Gun Control Act was passed the gun companies had to devise a better system and that's the one we see today. The "D" guns are considered quite rare and there are collectors who seek them. So yes, the BATFE does take serial numbers very seriously and you're not likely to find a "D" gun from recent production years. But back in the day (pre-1969) things weren't run so tight in the serial number area and that's where the "D" guns come from.
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THANK YOU for the answer to my question,,

ONE MORE question,, is it rare or does it add any value?
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THANK YOU for the answer to my question,,

ONE MORE question,, is it rare or does it add any value?
Yes, Depending on condition, if you have the box, paperwork, etc.
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THANKS! Waveform, now I know. Makes sense now.
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THANK YOU for the answer to my question,,

ONE MORE question,, is it rare or does it add any value?

To certain folks, the "number collectors", it has some appeal.

To these folks, the "holy grail" is to match up a "D" gun with its "non D" counterpart.

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I think Waveform covered it pretty well and Ale-8(1) put the icing on the cake. Just a few comments about "collector guns". True collectors want guns in premo condition and are willing to pay more for a "D" serial number, however for the rest of the gun owners, it's just another Ruger Standard. Many people think if they have a "D" gun, it's worth a small fortune .... not necessarily true. Assuming the gun is in like new condition with the box and papers, you could expect to get considerably more than a non-"D" gun, however without the box and if the gun shows any wear, likely it won't add much at all to the value.
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I think Waveform covered it pretty well and Ale-8(1) put the icing on the cake. Just a few comments about "collector guns". True collectors want guns in premo condition and are willing to pay more for a "D" serial number, however for the rest of the gun owners, it's just another Ruger Standard. Many people think if they have a "D" gun, it's worth a small fortune .... not necessarily true. Assuming the gun is in like new condition with the box and papers, you could expect to get considerably more than a non-"D" gun, however without the box and if the gun shows any wear, likely it won't add much at all to the value.
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