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Old August 21st, 2011, 09:44 AM   #1
 
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Ruger Single six 9 1/2" barrel

I inherited this from my Dad. I think he bought it in the early 1960's. I remember playing with it when I was a kid! Common or a rare bird???



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Old August 21st, 2011, 10:09 AM   #2
 
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Not a rare bird, just not as popular as the shorter barrels.
I have one and I really like it, my wife loves it. I set her
up at the range with a bench rest and a box of subsonics
and she is busy all day.
BTW, you can go to the Ruger website and at least figure
out the year of manufacture.
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Thanks for the info! I figured out it was made in 1959. It has not been modified to the new transfer bar system. Should I have this done?
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Thanks for the info! I figured out it was made in 1959. It has not been modified to the new transfer bar system. Should I have this done?
That depends. Do some research on the transfer bar system. If it were my
pistol, I would not. (I have an old Blackhawk that I will not update.) It affects
the trigger pull and smoothness. Since I doubt that you would carry this piece
as a concealed weapon, the safety advantage is not needed. Many people
wouldn't buy a converted piece, many would. But it does affect the value.
My recommendation is to leave it alone and just shoot it.
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Thanks for the advise. I think I will leave it alone. I have shot it and it is very accurate, or I am a very lucky shot!
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In the Old Model Single-Six line, there were considerably fewer 4-5/8" and 9-1/2" guns than 5-1/2" and 6-1/2" guns.

They may be considered "scarce" if not exactly "rare".

Some might consider a "converted" gun less desireable than an unsullied example, but as long as you have all the original parts with it, a converted gun is not penalized much by collectors except for the real "hard cases".


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I inherited this from my Dad. I think he bought it in the early 1960's. I remember playing with it when I was a kid! Common or a rare bird???
Do you have any photographs ?
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Opps. Sorry for the large picture

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Wow, that is one long barrel.
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Dad always liked this gun. We used to go out shooting with it when I was young. He always kept it in a holster for a six inch gun so the barrel hung way out. Looked dumb I thought!
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9.5" Single Six with a holster.
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dentkimterry,
Nice revolver. Good photo too! Yep, like others have suggested....keep it as is is my .02

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Do not, repeat, DO NOT have it converted. You'll totally regret it. I know I sure wish I'd never messed with mine. After its conversion, the trigger was never right again, and it would spit a little lead. I finally had it converted back, and all was well with the universe again.

But, it's your gun.
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I dont know what it is but I think those older single sixes like yours are way better looking than the newer ones.
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Very nice looking Ruger you got there. My first Single Six was a 5-1/2" barrel model. I foolishly had it cut down to 4-5/8" and the so-called "Smith" that did the work did a very poor job. A couple of years ago I found a 9-1/2" barrel and had that installed. It is quite a shooter now!



I also picked up a 9-1/2" New Model Super Single Six....It is a tack driver too:

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