I found a Ruger MK 1 but it was made in Mexico. What is it?

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tyler4656

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Well I was out going to a garage sell or two here in the Texas panhandle and I bought a Ruger MK 1 that says it was made in Armamex Mexico. Not sure what it is but its in about 90% condition and I was able to get it for a 100.00 bucks. Is this some kind of parts gun ? Sn starts with a R and is real close to a 1000. It only has one mag and shoots great. Thanks
 

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I don't remember for sure. But in I think it's Munnells? book on ruger rimfires, he says they are pretty rare. I think you might've just gotten a steal of deal.
 
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It's not a Mark I. These were "Standard Pistols" that were assembled in Mexico from parts shipped there by Ruger in 1955-1958. There's quite a story behind them. Most of the ones recovered are in pretty poor shape.

They can bring BIG BUCKS from a collector or hardly anything as just another beat-up old Ruger with strange markings. They are extermely scarce today, as only about 250 were ever made . . . 200 of the 4-3/4" variety and 50 of the 6" type according to RENE.

Only about a dozen are currently known. I'd say you made an extremely neat buy. Prepare to be swamped with offers.

:D
 

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We're all interested to hear the SN on your gun (send me a PM if you wish) to see where it falls in the R1000 to R1250 serial number range. Also curious if your gun has a 4-3/4" or 6" barrel on it.
A great discovery on your part!! Most of the Armamex's that are known today came in on one boatload of imported guns from Mexico.
Chet15
 

tyler4656

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Well that all sounds great. I left this morning and will be gone for a week but I thought it was the same as my 6/7/8 MK ll. I will check and get back to you all. Thanks
 

JimHnSTL

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guys just curious, if that thing is in as nice shape as he says, what kind of realistic value range does the 6" model have?
 

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If it's a true Armamex,, and it's in good shape, a 4-3/4" can be around $1400-$1500 with a 6" being a bit higher in the $1600-$1800 possible range.
 

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You did good!!! Make sure to give Chet15 the rundown on the s/n and all. He is the expert and historian and it will help document to collectors what you really have.
 
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