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Old January 11th, 2020, 06:49 PM   #1
 
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Whos got the earliest Red Eagle on here?

So my Type 3 Red Eagle SN# 56XX is a mid 1950 production.
I have to think with all the hard core collectors on here there has to be some really early guns owned by some members.
So what do you all have?
Any three digit SN#s?



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Old January 11th, 2020, 06:57 PM   #2
 
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My type 1 Red Eagle is sn 30xx. Its in great shape.
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My type 1 Red Eagle is sn 30xx. Its in great shape.
That impressive.
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What is a Red Eagle??
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What is a Red Eagle??
Red Eagles are the early production of the Ruger .22 Standards and Mark Is.
Starting with SN#1 to SN#35,029 with 9 variants during the production.
The side emblem on them has a red background but when Alex Sturm died in 1952 Bill Ruger changed the emblem from red to black in his honor.
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Red Eagles are the early production of the Ruger .22 Standards and Mark I’s.
Starting with SN#1 to SN#35,029 with 9 variants during the production.
The side emblem on them has a red background but when Alex Sturm died in 1952 Bill Ruger changed the emblem from red to black in his honor.
My 1950 Standard has a red phoenix (eagle) on a silver background. My 50th anniversary Mark II has a silver eagle on a red background. There's another thread lower down in this forum that has more detail regarding differences and when the different medallions were used.

https://rugerforum.net/ruger-rimfire...medallion.html
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S10, what’s you SN# range on your 1950? Are you in the 3000’s 4000’s 5000’s?
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The nine variations are based on exterior, observable differences. Some changes were to improve the design and others seem to me to be a more efficient way of making the gun. There were also some internal changes to the fire control group but they are not categorized.
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I have a Ruger Standard that my father bought new in 1950 for $37.50. I still have it, but the medallion is missing. Would love to find one, but they are rare. Serial number is 42xx.
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Wingspar, there are a set of old Ruger Black Hawk grips on Gunbroker that seem to have the same medallions. You can ask him to measure and see if they will work.
I am having problems tagging the link via my iPad.

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From my experience I like the Mark II better but I ain't a collector.
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S10, whats you SN# range on your 1950? Are you in the 3000s 4000s 5000s?
No, not nearly so low. Mine is in the mid 11000s, just before the 1951 production numbers began.
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Wow! I have been looking for a type 7 (also a type 1a, 2 and 4). I believe that was the first version to have a 1/2 inch dovetail on the rear sight. What kind of shape is it in?
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No, not nearly so low. Mine is in the mid 11000s, just before the 1951 production numbers began.
That’s still a nice early gun.
They are fun to collect.

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That’s still a nice early gun.
They are fun to collect.
It was the first Ruger semi-auto pistol I purchased. For whatever reason, I bought it primarily because it was "old" and came with a leather holster. The pistol showed some well earned bluing wear associated with the holster and the typical, I guess, scratch marks near the mainspring housing release lever. Too bad Ruger mentioned using the blade of a pocket knife as the first option to pop that lever loose in the Owner's Manual; I think a lot of folks quit reading there and ignored the "blunt" and paper clip portion of the instruction, hence why you see so many with scratches around the release lever. Regardless, it shoots better than the Mark II 50th Anniversary pistol I subsequently bought.

I bought it to shoot, not as a collector piece, and it makes me smile every time I take it to the range. The only concession I made to its age is to use more modern magazines in it, saving the original mag a bit of wear & tear.

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