Ruger 1976 Magna Port Special

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rugerfan
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Ruger 1976 Magna Port Special

Post by rugerfan » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:43 pm

Trying to get a value on a pistol I bought. Never fired. It has an index card that reads "Ruger Custom 50" It is one of the 1976 made pistols as it has the inscription on top of the barrel. Serial # is on the shipping carton and red box. Serial # 81-81157.
Lots of special features. Here are the pictures.
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rugerfan
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Re: Ruger 1976 Magna Port Special

Post by rugerfan » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:47 pm

More pics.
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Re: Ruger 1976 Magna Port Special

Post by GarandThumb » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:16 am

Could be a local gunsmith somewhere, but it bears all of the ear marks of a Lee Baker Custom, note the yellow Ramp kit on the front sight. Lee also (at the beginning) liked to gold fill the markings and even sold the Brownells Gold and Silver (as well as white) lettering highlight kits at his gun show tables (not real gold or silver but they did a good job.)

Lee sent a few (very few) off to Magna-Port, if it were from Lary Kelly (the owner & founder of Magna-Port) it would have a nice wooden display case with it (and most likely a roll-stamp with the Magna-Port markings.) Early on at least Larry Kelly had outsourced his Magna-Port Special out to other gunsmiths. Whether he used Lee Baker or not we can't be certain but Charlie Fetter knew both and displayed Lee's work to Larry at the Columbus Show and at Jaquay's in Finley. It at least inspired Larry Kelly and there is the possibility that there were Baker made Kelly's early on. I point out that Charlie Fetter was the customer that most of the early Larry Kelly's went to. (Later I believe Larry Kelley had his own in house customizing facility.)

Usually Lee would have replaced the grip panels as well but that could be undone by someone for the factory walnut.

Here is my post on Lee Baker and his collection: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=83&p=10836#p10836

Lee usually started his customs at around $600 to $1000, circa 1980. Other than Charlie Fetter I believe he only sold three or four of them.

If the trigger pull is superb, it's probably Lee's work.

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