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Old April 5th, 2017, 05:36 PM   #1
 
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Old Model Single Six-Serial Number

I bought a nice Old Model Single-Six today to have some fun with. I have been trying to date it with the serial number on the Ruger Website but I'm having a problem. The serial number on my gun has a letter in front of the number and I'm not seeing anything like that on the Ruger Website. The serial number on my gun is D500460 (picture attached) and that number is also marked on the box. Can someone tell me what year my Single-Six was manufactured? Thank you.


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The D means it was a duplicate serial number. Ignore the D and use the number to find your year. Just keep in mind sometimes guns shipped out of sequence so if you really want to nail it get a letter from Ruger. Looks like a nice example and having the box is a plus. Some collectors like to collect the duplicate "D" guns.
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500460 would seem to be a 1964 Super Single Six. Do you have an adjustable rear sight?
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If it's a Super Single Six, the number puts it at 1964.

Unless it's a Single Six Magnum, then 1968.

Hope this helps.

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Thank you Waveform. Mine appears to be listed on the Ruger Website with the Super Single-Six serial numbers (as produced in 1964). I guess mine is considered the Convertible Single Six as it has fixed sights but I also got the matching 22 Mag cylinder. It is also listed on the box as "Single-Six" Catalog No. RSS5. Except for a touch of muzzle wear on the left side it is in exceptional condition which I really didn't notice until I got it home. I'm not a Ruger collector but I have really enjoyed the few that I have owned over the years.


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Just attaching another picture to support my comments above.




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That's an excellent example and one that would have some collectors very interested.

Another possibility and one I'm starting to think is most likely is that your example is from 1968. The RENE Reference mentions that a block of 1400 RSS5X duplicate serial number Single Six convertibles were released in 1968 and are in the general serial number range D500000 to D505140. I know you said the box is marked RSS5 but perhaps that's an error. You have wood grip panels so it could also be an RSS5W. Either way it would be a pretty scarce example and this is one time it would be a good idea to contact Ruger customer service and request a letter that would nail down exactly what model you have and what year it was shipped.

It may have been shipped originally as an RSS5W (non-convertible) and the magnum cylinder was fitted later. This was fairly common back in that era and something the factory was willing to do then for a modest fee thereby giving the Single Six owner the convertible option.

Apparently that block of duplicate serial number Single Sixes were used in 1968 to produce both convertible and 22LR only models. The most rare would be an RSS5W but the RSS5X would be pretty scarce too. Seems like you have one or the other. Congratulations on a nice find. The excellent condition of your example make me suspect the previous owner knew it was rather scarce and kept it in pristine condition.
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lestert357 - I don't know what you paid for that Ruger but you may have the potential to make a lot of profit.

I would second the advice from Waveform to acquire a letter from Ruger.

That's a really nice and very collectable Ruger complete with a box. I would strongly suggest that you establish a value for it and consider offering it for sale if there's a big profit margin for you.
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The RENE Reference mentions that a block of 1400 RSS5X duplicate serial number Single Six convertibles were released in 1968 and are in the general serial number range D500000 to D505140.
This nails it down.

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What a beautiful piece. Enjoy every moment with it!
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Guys, thanks for all of the terrific information - much more than I was expecting. I will get a factory letter on it and post the results. I really just bought the gun to take to the range; my collection is more on the S&W side. Anyone have a nice Registered Magnum they want to trade for this gun?


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Just for the heck of it . . .

There was a similar run of "D" guns in the Super Single Sixes in 1967, but their serial number range was D528000 thru D528752.

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Just for the heck of it . . .

There was a similar run of "D" guns in the Super Single Sixes in 1967, but their serial number range was D528000 thru D528752.

Data from RENE.

Okay, I give....what or who is RENE?
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lestert357 that is a very nice Ruger Single Six great find enjoy it!!!
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I paid $450 for this gun including tax and did not buy it to flip. But now I'm curious.....just what price range is this gun in for the interested collector?


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