History lesson please

Includes all Post 1973 New Model Single-Sixes, Blackhawks, Super Blackhawks, Bearcats, Maximums, Bisleys, Vaqueros, and New Vaqueros.
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History lesson please

Post by JohnnySS6 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:37 pm

I posted this in the pre-73 section as well as I don't know enough of the specifics.

My father in law recently passed away. Many years ago I recall him telling the story of a Ruger factory mistake.
A small lot of single action barrels were drilled through during the process of mounting the front site. The barrels were shortened to a non-standard length and then had their front sites mounted.
These were un-cataloged but sold.

Does anyone know if this true?
What model?
Where could I find the affected serial number range?

Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: History lesson please

Post by chet15 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:04 pm

This is what happened to what collectors today call the SC4.
They started out as a model SC5 with 5-1/2" barrel and the front sight screw hole was indeed drilled through to the bore. So the guns went to the chop saw or band saw and they were lopped off in that fashion. The sideways cuts can usually be seen on the end of these 4-5/8" barrels.
Serial range 508xxx with one gun in the 503xxx range and another at 60-05xxx.

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