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Old February 9th, 2017, 03:31 PM   #1
 
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Is there a definitive reference book on Ruger single actions, similar to Jim Supica's S&W "bible"? I have found various titles on Amazon but am unsure if one is the stand out amongst the others. Thank you in advance.



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there are a couple from the first ones thru the 70s but none since.
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Reference of Ruger Firearms by Chad Hiddleson.

Comes in a pocket book size and covers every Ruger from the 1st day and every model, revolvers, pistols, rifles, and shotguns: serial #s by date of manufacture, model and catalog numbers, changes, variations, limited editions, etc. No photos.

It does not cover gunsmithing but you asked for a reference book.
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Reference of Ruger Firearms by Chad Hiddleson.

Comes in a pocket book size and covers every Ruger from the 1st day and every model, revolvers, pistols, rifles, and shotguns: serial #s by date of manufacture, model and catalog numbers, changes, variations, limited editions, etc. No photos.

It does not cover gunsmithing but you asked for a reference book.
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What do you think of this one? Ruger & His Guns: A History Of The Man, The Company And Their Firearms?


It's on sale at a closeout bookseller company (click the picture).
I've never been disappointed by any of the books, DVDs or music I've bought from them, but sometimes their product descriptions are a bit ...anemic... and I have to look something up in the library or the local chain bookstore to see if it has what I want.
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Hondo,
What do you think of this one? Ruger & His Guns: A History Of The Man, The Company And Their Firearms?


It's on sale at a closeout bookseller company (click the picture).
I've never been disappointed by any of the books, DVDs or music I've bought from them, but sometimes their product descriptions are a bit ...anemic... and I have to look something up in the library or the local chain bookstore to see if it has what I want.
Thanks.


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The book by Wilson is well done but takes a little getting used to. The late R.L. Wilson chose to tell the Ruger story by writing two or three threads of thought at the same time so you either flip a lot of pages or read along switching between story lines. It's chronological and covers all the different products but was published 20 years ago so it doesn't include anything produced over the past two decades. It's well worth the read and nice addition to your gun library but it doesn't try to be an exhaustive reference. Lots of great photos and drawings.
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No kidding - that book is an awkward read, although lots of info & nice pictures. But as mentioned, it's over 20 years out of date.

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Thanks, guys. This highlights one of my minor beefs about ERHBC -- they don't show publication dates.
Guess I'll have to check the ISBNs online with B&N, ABE Books, Powell's or somebody like that.
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You might want to check out Standard Catalog of Ruger Firearms by Jerry Lee. It has a lot of good info including model changes, serial #'s with dates, schematics. Sorry the pic is sideways.
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What's that? Link please?
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RENE is the Red Eagle News Exchange, an organization for Ruger collectors that publishes a quarterly newsletter and a reference book filled with tons of info. I don't know of any website for RENE but if you're interested shot me a PM and I'll share an email address for the guy who runs RENE (I don't want to post an email address publicly for fear of spammers).
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Gun Digest Book of Ruger Revolvers by Max Prasec
Big Bore Revolvers by Max Prasec
Gun Digest Book of the 44 by John Taffin
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RENE is a must-have . . . worth every penny and lots of fun to read.

The latest good Rugerbook is is by John Dougan . . .

Ruger Pistols & Revolvers, The Vintage Years 1949-1973


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Probably available on Amazon as well.

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