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Old December 5th, 2019, 05:36 PM   #1
 
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Single 6, 9 2/2"

I am more and more finding the Blue Book of Gun Values price guides to be meaningless. Everyone seems to be proud to own things that are less than great, and want top dollar. Anyway, I found a 1973 Single Six, 9 1/2" barrel, missing the original grips, and about, according to the Blue Book, 60%- 70%, at best. Needs a new hammer, as I suspect the "click" is broken off. No extra cylinder, box, etc. $600 firm, because its old. Any thoughts/advice? Thanks.



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Pass on that one. Old and broken doesn't command top dollar.
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My thought. It is a new model. New models do not retain or increase in value like old models. Yes there are some new models that are collectible. MSRP on a new new model .22 9 1/2 convertible is 629.00
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Pass on that one. Old and broken doesn't command top dollar.
Could not have said it better myself!
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That price seems too high to me.
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Thanks, My thoughts too. It is an Old Model/3 Screw, Ser # 21-2XXXX
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You mean like this with a buy it now price of $459?


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I used to frequent a pawn shop in the area I lived at the time in the late 1980's. They had some sort of used gun price book (not The Blue Book) , that was very tattered and probably from the early 1970's. That is what they used to put a value on trade in guns, or guns to be pawned. If you had brought in a new in box Ruger Old Model Single Six of any variation, they likely would have offered $20 pawn or $40 trade in.
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You mean like this with a buy it now price of $459?


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That's a new model. I thought the same thing when he said 1973. 1972 was the last year of the old model.
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Interesting, as I have the Ser#, the gun is a 3 Screw, and the Ruger Website says 1973
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1973 was transitional. It's not like Ruger scrapped all the old model parts inventory on January 1, 1973. Bill Ruger was a frugal Yankee and would re-label old boxes, make odd clean up guns from leftover parts and certainly use up old model stock into 1973.

Having said that, the RENE Guide lists a serial # of 21-2XXXX as a 1972 gun. 21-16995 through 21-53818. 1973 serial numbers are 21-53819 through 21-56105. The New Model Super Single Six debuted in 1973 with a prefix of 62-XXXXX. Old model super single sixes had a prefix of 60-XXXXX. So a prefix of 21-XXXXX should be an old model convertible Single Six with the drift adjustable rear sight. I say "should be" because with Ruger you just never know....
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Thanks for your replies. Sorry about the screw up , it is a 1972. I misunderstood the serial number progression on the Ruger Site. It is a 3 Screw, drift sight, ...
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Just a thought, where would you ever get the parts to repair it? Ruger would not offer any parts other than to convert it to a transfer bar.
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I agree with the OP …. The Blue Book of Guns leaves a lot to be desired and has a lot of incorrect information. In this case, it says the OM Single-Sixes with a 9 1/2" barrel were only made from 1959 to 1962. They also give the wrong serial number range for 9 1/2" (139030-193700). RENE says 22 LR only and 22 Mag only were made in the same time frame with the same serial number sequence so the OP's gun may be a 22 LR, not a convertible. The only way to tell for sure is to get a letter of authenticity from Ruger.
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Funny, I just got a 1963 SS (.22lr cylinder only) with 5.5" barrel, fully functional, from a local pawn shop for $335.
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