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Old November 23rd, 2008, 09:35 PM   #1
 
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Single Six or Super Single Six?

I don't like being ignorant on a subject, but I must admit that I am on this. Could someone please explain to me the difference between a single six and a super single six? Is it the transfer bar system that makes it a super, or is it just a name change with no real meaning?

I recently purchased a used single six for my birthday. It came in a yellow box and has super single six on the side. I looked it up on Ruger's web sight and it appears to have been manufactured sometime in 1990. I know that doesn't sound so old, but I was only sixteen back then!!



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i think the main defference is the sights. the single six having fixed and the super having adjustable.

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Back when Ruger started making the Single-Six (Old Model) in 1953, it was a fixed sight revolver with no magnum cylinder. In 1959, they made a "Magnum Single-Six", sold with a 22 RF Magnum cylinder only and fixed sights. The "Convertible Single-Six" was introduced in 1961 and had both a 22 LR and 22 rimfire magnum cylinders, but still with fixed sights. Adjustable sights were added to the Old Model Convertible in 1964 and were named "Super Single-Six", probably to compliment Ruger's Super Blackhawk models. The "Super Single-Six" name stuck when the new models were introduced in 1973, still with the same meaning ... adjustable sights and convertible cylinders vs the fixed sight "Single-Six".

The roll mark on the left side of the frame never had the word "Super" ... just Single-Six, Single-Six Convertible, or Single-Six Win .22 RF Mag. The end label on the box was marked "Super Single-Six".

Here's one of my 3-screw Old Model Super Single-Sixes, catalog # SC6, made in 1966.
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Thanks Iwoegan, for your detailed explaination.


Nice looking piece, I like how your magnum cylinder is fluted.
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Roland of Gilead, I like the looks of the fluted cylinder but prefer the non-fluted cylinder because when both cylinders are fluted, you can't tell at a glance which one is in the gun.

Here's my OM 22 LR only Single-Six with fixed sights (RSS5). It was made in 1959 and has never been fired. The barrels on the OM 22 LRs had .222" bores but after the Convertibles came out, all Single-Sixes have .224" bores to accomodate the larger 22 RF Mag bullets.

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Here are some pictures of my magnum Single Six. Not as nice as Iowegan's, but you can see the roll mark denoting "mag cal". It also has fixed sights and is from the late fifties.



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Wow! Iowegan, Danjet500; I like the looks of both of those. Being relatively new to handgun collecting (accumilating) I had no idea Ruger made so many variations to the single six. I'm assuming these are hard to come by? I suddenly fell like there are sooooo many revolvers I am missing out on and would like to have.

How do you find revolvers like that from the late fifties? Did you buy them then? Or is there a special collectors forum? My ignorance is showing again.



Thanks for sharing.


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How do you find revolvers like that from the late fifties? Did you buy them then? Or is there a special collectors forum?

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Roland, I find most of my old revolvers on this forum and also here http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/. You just have to look around a little bit. I try to stay away from the auction sites. My local gunstore also knows what I like and lets me know when he gets something I may be interested in.

I am not quite so old as to have bought them then. The one of mine pictured I picked up for a little over $300. Pretty good deal. It is not so nice that I don't shoot it and still different from your run of the mill Single Six. I've also found a nice flatgate from 1955 for about $450. Again, not too nice to be afraid to shoot it. Some guys like to collect. I like to shoot.
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Roland of Gilead & Danjet500, There's quite a story behind the above RSS5. I bought it new while in the Air Force and stationed in Alaska (paid $49 for it) and never got a chance to shoot it. I threw the box away and put the gun in with some pictures then shipped it with my hold baggage back to the lower 48. I forgot I had stashed it with the pictures and figured someone had stolen it. That box of pictures followed me for 37 years without being opened. When I retired and moved back to Iowa, I decided to open the box and look at my old Alaska pictures. To my surprise ... there was the Ruger ..... still in perfect condition. Unfortunately, the cardboard box I threw away is now worth a couple hundred bucks.

I bought the above SC6 Super at a gun show many years ago ... complete with the box, papers, cylinder, etc. It has been fired but is in 98% condition.

Here's another scarce single six. It is a NM Super Convertible (NR4) 4 5/8" "Liberty Model" (made in 1976). Ruger made 67,000 Single-Sixes in 1976 but only 2000 were NR4s. I bought this one from a man at a gunshow that was selling off his son's collection because his son was in prison. Got the box, papers, cylinder, etc with this one too. I'm assuming it has been fired but it looks like brand new. There's more ...

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Iowegan, I like the palindromic serial number on the Liberty model. I also have 2 Liberty models, a 6 1/2 and a 5 1/2. I'd like to find 4 5/8 someday. I bought the 6 1/2 new in 1976 for $93.50. You have some beautiful revolvers.
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Iowegan;107065]Roland of Gilead & Danjet500,
Here's another scarce single six. It is a NM Super Convertible (NR4) 4 5/8" "Liberty Model" (made in 1976). Ruger made 67,000 Single-Sixes in 1976 but only 2000 were NR4s. I bought this one from a man at a gunshow that was selling off his son's collection because his son was in prison. Got the box, papers, cylinder, etc with this one too. I'm assuming it has been fired but it looks like brand new. There's more ...

Well? Let's hear em, these are pretty interesting stories. I can't believe you packed away that gun for 37 years and just forgot about it. That's pretty remarkable, You must've been pretty busy back then. I couldn't imagine forgetting I'd bought a gun. Did it ever cross your mind during that time? Did you ever scratch your head and think "I wonder what happened to that gun I bought"

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Danjet500, I have a 357 BH Liberty Model and this Colorado Centenial Single-Six (RCC). It was also made in 1976 and is one of the more collectable Rugers. Although Ruger made about 15,000 of these, they are quite scarce. My RCC has a couple significances. First, I lived in Colorado Springs, CO in 1976 and second, I got this gun from my best friend a couple years ago ... just before he died of cancer. This safe queen has never been fired or even cocked more than a couple times. It has Colorado graphic roll marks on both cylinders plus the grip frame is stainless steel. It includes the walnut presentation case, boxes, papers and even the shipping sleve. Here's a couple photos:



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Roland of Gilead, I didn't forget I bought the OM, I just forgot where I put it. There was a considerable delay from when the hold baggage was shipped until I received it. The container had been opened so I figured the gun had been stolen.

Here's another short story. When I first got my FFL in 1974, I ordered this NM Single-Six (NR5) for a friend (very first order). He changed his mind so I kept it for myself and still own it. I later installed a brass grip frame. Despite having fired many bricks of 22s through this gun, it still looks and shoots like a new one.

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Just so happens I have one of those also. Again, not as nice as yours and doesn't have the sentimental value but it's mine. I've only had this one about a year. There are some condition issues with the box and the grips aren't original but I like the look of these on it. Yours is a beauty.

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Danjet500, Those grips sure look nice on your RCC. I'm curious .... what's the S/N on yours? Mine is 76-123XX.
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