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Old September 15th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #1
 
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i have a stainless steel single six that says "made in the 200th year of American liberty ". i need to know the value and how many were made. mine has been used and used alot. this pistol is in great shape, but it gets shot every week, and has for the last 25 years that ive had it. im no looking to sell, i need to insure all of my guns and need a replacement price. thanks, smokey



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Old September 15th, 2011, 01:13 PM   #2
 
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I don't know what it's worth but the 200th Year Liberty Models only bring a little more then a non Liberty model. There's really nothing special about them.

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Blue book of gun values usually says add $50. if mint and original box and papers. In my area they bring about that much more regardless. Be safe.
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thanks for the response. that was the first pistol i ever bought for myself. its always been one of my favorite to shoot.
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The 200th year models, if a standard production model will maybe bring an additional $25 or so over one that isn't marked as such. Were it all a complete package and mint, it would be more obviosuy but there's no collector value to it as it's a shooter. Around here it might be a $325-350 gun.
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As with any "collectible", condition and scarcity are the two driving factors and "Liberty" models are no exception. Ruger made a total of 67,600 Liberty Single-Sixes so they are by no means rare, however there is one rare model and a few scarce models.

The NR-5 (5 1/2" barrel) and the NR-6 (6 1/2" barrel) are the most common (26,000 of each made). The NR-9 (9 1/2" bbl) is considered fairly scarce (6,800 made) and the NR-4 (4 5/8" bbl) is even scarcer with only 2000 made. The stainless steel models are scarce with only 3,000 KNR-5s and 3,500 KNR-6s. There were less than 300 KNR-4s made and are very rare and valuable.

Considering Liberty Models are 35 years old, they all have extra value compared to a normal used NM Single-Six. In "shooter grade" condition, a Liberty will bring about $25 more than a regular NM S/S. LNIB can bring $100 more and if it happens to be either of the 4 5/8" models, the value goes way up, especially if you have the box, papers, magnum cylinder and red felt cylinder bag.

About 6 years ago, I bought a LNIB 4 5/8" blued model from a farmer at the Des Moines, IA gun show. It had not been fired and all the accessories were there. Here it is:

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great info, thanks and ill post a picture of mine tomorrow
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I bought one in 1975. I think I paid 150.00 for it them. A friend of mine told me then, "You will never have a better gun that that, equal maybe but never better. So far, he has been right.
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USMC66, If you bought it in 1975, it's not a "Liberty" model. In 1976, Ruger roll marked the top of the barrel on nearly every gun they made with "MADE IN THE 200th YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY". The only exceptions were foreign sales contracts.

I still have the receipt for my NM Single-Six NR-5 that I purchased new in 1974 in Hasty, CO. I paid $92, which included sales tax and a box of 22 LR ammo.
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I still have the receipt for my NM Single-Six NR-5 that I purchased new in 1974 in Hasty, CO. I paid $92, which included sales tax and a box of 22 LR ammo.
Yep, I bought my Liberty model in November of 1976 for a price of $93.75. Still have the gun. Unknown how many rounds down the pipe.
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USMC66, If you bought it in 1975, it's not a "Liberty" model. In 1976, Ruger roll marked the top of the barrel on nearly every gun they made with "MADE IN THE 200th YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY". The only exceptions were foreign sales contracts.

I still have the receipt for my NM Single-Six NR-5 that I purchased new in 1974 in Hasty, CO. I paid $92, which included sales tax and a box of 22 LR ammo.
It could well have been 1976-7 or even 8 and it may have been 92.00 or 192.00. It was a while back, but I am very sure I have never owned a better handgun.
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I failed to mention another Single-Six made in 1976 ... the Colorado Centenial (RCC). I have one of these too. It has never been fired and also has the shipping sleve, red cardboard box, and wood presentation case in another box. This is an unusual revolver because it is a blued gun with a stainless steel grip frame, stainless steel hammer, and a "Colorado 76 scene" roll marked on both cylinders. The butt of the grip frame is roll marked with "1876 Colorado 1976" and the left side of the barrel is roll marked with "1876*Colorado Centenial*U.S. Bicentennial*1776". Alledgedly, there are a few Colorado Centenials floating around with "MADE IN THE 200th YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY", which would make them very valuable.

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