Different box for the Davidson's stainless fixed sight 4-5/8" Bisley Single Six

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Here is a KRB-24FW (a Davidson's exclusive) shipped in the black "Special Edition" case. Most of these shipped in the regular gray case. I'm not sure whether there may be more that went out in the black case (post if you have one!). Over the years, I've had a half dozen of these, all in the gray case until this one came along. These guns were mostly shipped in 2002 and 2003 but this one went out a little later in 2004. RENE states the following:

KRB-24FW Special Distributor model. Known s/n range 268-20351 to 268-36711. A total of 945 were shipped from 2002 through 2004 to Davidson's (AZ). Shipped in Ruger's standard gray plastic box.

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This one also has the smaller height serial number digits, RENE calls that out as well:

KRB-24FW Special Distributor model with small sized serial numbers (the die stamps normally used for the Red Label Shotgun). At least two known (s/n's 268-31622 and 268-31890). (Note that s/n 268-31595 of this model has normal sized serial number).
 
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I have that same variation, picked it up in 2019, same details as WMG points out, and four numbers apart. One would think that the in between numbers are all the same variation.
 

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OK, my auto ignorance is showing. I never knew about that one.

Here is an empty case of that type for sale on eBay:
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It definitely has the different shape and interior but does indeed have the SE sticker.

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The black SE revolver boxes were first (to my recollection) used with the .45 Colt/ACP convertible Vaquero and a few other limited run models were shipped in them over the years.

This is the black P gun case I thought you meant:

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Nothing ignorant about it LOL ….. not sure why I even remembered it …. I never owned one of the guns that came in it.

Looks like Ruger used gray, black, red, green plastic what who knows …. Maybe others we haven't seen.
 

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They also had a teal blue case for the USA Shooting Team .22 autos.

I think of the red cases as being for the anniversary models, but leftovers were used for other random guns. Like I have a .41 Mag Hunter in a red case.

The green ones were, as I recall, first used with the Lipsey's KNR4 (but I also have a Lipsey's KNR4 in gray) and then the Mark III Hunter started shipping in green cases, maybe others.
 

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And of course, Ruger uses big monster suitcases for some of their handguns now. And cardboard for the rest.

If your P89 slide is blue steel, I would take care storing it in a foam lined box if you live in a humid place. At least keep it in the factory plastic bag if you store it in that box. The #1V that I bought as a teenager spent 5 years in its foam lined brown cardboard box, taped closed and with no plastic sleeve between the foam and metal after I moved out of arid Colorado. Three years in humid Minnesota and another couple in humid Vermont before I finally opened the box to find a rusted and pitted gun. The foam will absorb and retain moisture from the air.
 
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