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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
Subscription guns
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John C. Dougan
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30 Jan 2008 04:38 PM
    The correct factory reference to these is "" low number guns"". Someone please respond to this test.
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    flattop44
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    30 Jan 2008 08:55 PM
    That is interesting, I will have to remember that. Bill
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    bigbore45colt
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    30 Jan 2008 09:26 PM
    Thanks for the clarification, John. I will also keep that in mind so that I use the correct terminology.

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    RugerNo1
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    30 Jan 2008 09:38 PM
    John,
    Is it correct that all ""Low Number Guns"" have ""SAVE"" stamped or written on the box??
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    John C. Dougan
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    31 Jan 2008 07:25 PM
    SAVE is not necessarily written on the boxes. Sometimes there is nothing, Cabinet, hold for Horelick and etc.
    The Low Number Rrogram is what it is called and at first serial numbers 1 - 100 were reserved. The low numbers now exceed 200. There are not actually very many people left that recieve these. I only know of one or two collections that are complete, numbering about 80 guns.

    It is not clear, but it appears that the Low Number Program was initiated around 1955. usually these guns were not made until the tools and production was well established, they didn't want to use these special guns as set up guns or to make revisions and adjustments to.
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    rugerguy
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    31 Jan 2008 10:50 PM
    Hello John and thank you, have not heard that term in a very LONG time and in fact ""forgot"" about it.
    I recall Walter Howe was the one who told us that back in the early 80's...........
    thanks and Good luck
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    flattop44
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    01 Feb 2008 02:58 AM
    This is one of my best examples of a ""hold"" order note on a ""low number gun"". The note, ""Hold Per Conversation with WBR, 5-9-74"", was written on the bottom of the outer cardboard shipping carton for Blackhawk .44 ""Flattop"" #10. This gun was produced in December 1956 but not shipped until August 1974.

    [img]http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m315/44flattop/DSC00280.jpg[/img]
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    flatgate
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    01 Feb 2008 11:07 AM
    Being a ""newbie"" to the program, that's the only term I've known...... and only a few of the examples I've managed to acquire have any sort of ""save"" nomenclature on their boxes. I'm certainly looking forward to receipt of the 50th Anniversary Bearcat!

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    ruger66
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    01 Feb 2008 04:56 PM
    Hey I made it!!
    [img]http://www.northern-pine.com/ruger66/66a.jpg[/img]
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    brass frame
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    01 Feb 2008 06:25 PM
    John, I really appreciate knowing the true terms to use. Since I have a display titled ""SUBSCRIPTION RUGERS""
    :oops: I think I better make a trip to the sign shop before I use that display again. Your information makes good sense to me. If it matters, the first three revolvers in my serial number 40 collection (Single Six, and both Flat Tops) were held back after each was produced and shipped together in August, 1957. My Standard Auto number 0040 was shipped in mid-October, 1949, before Low Numbered guns were held for special subscribers.
    Thanks again for the clarification John. Lee E.
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    John C. Dougan
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    03 Feb 2008 01:32 AM
    Another interesting term used for many years at Ruger was thier reference to the .357 and .44 Blackhawks (flattops). They were refered to as ""Magnums"", a lot of the time there was no reference to the model or caliber, simply ""Magnums"", example, ""in a few days we will send some Magnums along to you"".
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    flattop44
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    03 Feb 2008 05:45 AM
    Hey Vaughn, welcome. Enjoyed seeing that fine ""low number"" old 10/22 #66.
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    Doc44
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    06 Feb 2008 09:08 PM
    John...Thanks for the information. I particularly like those (44) ""Magnums"". Currently, I have three low numbered guns...Blackhawk 44 and Super Blackhawk, serial number 33, and Super Blackhawk, serial number 90 :) .

    Glad to be registered on this site and to be a member of this Forum.

    Bill Cross
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    flattop44
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    07 Feb 2008 01:56 AM
    Hi Bill, welcome to the site. Looking forward to your participation. You sure have some fine guns.
    Bill
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    flatgate
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    07 Feb 2008 03:49 AM
    I've a few ""Low Numbered"" Rugers and am seeking a few more. One ""odd duck"" I have is the
    s/n 100 .30 Carbine Blackhawk. It came in a shipper addressed to Skeeter Skelton! I know that
    gun wasn't shipped to Skeeter..........
    [img]http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL437/657373/3913418/48278843.jpg[/img]

    Old guys, put 'yer spectacles on....believe me, that shipper is addressed to Skeeter!

    Anybody have Skeeter's REAL BKH-31? I have your shipper.....

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    John C. Dougan
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    09 Feb 2008 07:45 PM
    There are a number of low two digit serial numbered revolvers in my collection and a couple consecutively numbered two digit pairs that were shipped together. Of all of them i prize the most, my ""low number"" set of single-actions serial numbered 11 that belonged to Michael Horelick, Ruger's VP and manager of manufacturing. Each gun is NIB with the bookwraps and original shipping invoices.

    John
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    John C. Dougan
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    09 Feb 2008 07:54 PM
    Carl,

    I also have a Skeeter bookwrap with no box or gun. It is for RSS5 # 810350. If anyone knows who has the gun have then to give me a call and they can trade me out of it.

    John
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    RugerNo1
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    10 Feb 2008 01:42 AM
    Flatgate,
    I am going to suggest that Skeeter did not latch on to #22 until 1970 or '71, so he could have easily been the reciepient of the .30 Carbine #100. Anyway, that is what I know about Skeeter and the #22 Rugers.
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    flatgate
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    10 Feb 2008 02:56 PM
    I addressed the ""Skeeter"" gun issue with the very helpful ladies in the Export Dept. Of course I knew about the procedure of not
    releasing ""sensitive"" information so I simply asked ""Was the s/n 100 BKH-31 shipped to Chas. ""Skeeter"" Skelton?"" The reply was ""no, it wasn't"".

    Speaking of Low Numbered guns, I have a pair of early Single-Sixes, s/n 100 and s/n 101. They were indeed shipped together on March 4, 1954.
    Would anyone know of any other consecutive pair that was shipped earlier?

    [img]http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL437/657373/1161217/114417687.jpg[/img]

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    John C. Dougan
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    10 Feb 2008 06:13 PM
    The following Single-Sixes were shipped as pairs.
    # 7 & 8 (engraved)
    # 9 & 10
    # 11 & 12
    # 26 & 27
    # 36 & 37
    # 39 & 40
    # 41 & 42
    # 53 & 54
    # 55 & 56
    # 63 & 64
    # 67 & 68
    # 75 & 76
    # 90 & 91
    # 100 & 101
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