Ruger 10/22 and 44 Deerstalker #54

Help Support Ruger Forum:

ruger66

Single-Sixer
Joined
Mar 29, 2000
Messages
495
I always love buying guns that were not part of a collection, just somebody's personal guns. The family of the gentleman that owned these were personal friends with the Sturms and the Rugers. His uncle had a business next to the Red Barn. When he got out of the military he needed a job for three months. His father said, "Call Bill." He did, and ended up staying for three years, 1968-1971. He spent most of his time running errands for Bill Ruger. I spent a lot of time talking to him about Ruger. I have never talked to an employee for that time frame. There's not many left. It was really quite interesting! He saw this pair of guns sitting in the warehouse in the boxes, covered with dust and he asked I think Ed Nolan if he could by them. He said, "Check with Bill," who said yes. They took $5 a week out of his wages and this was noted on the invoice. Part of his job was deliver the mail to all the departments, which meant taking the guns to the service department where he became friends with Bob Deardon. They spent a lot of time shooting together. Both of these guns were fine tuned by Mr. Deardon. He said the 10/22 will shoot a group the size of a dime at 25 yards. The 44 Deerstalker also came with two trigger groups, both fine tuned by Deardon. (The original and the updated one with the cartridge release button.) He said he shot 14 deer with the Deerstalker. These guns aren't mint but have lots of history and I like that just as well. If anybody would like too email David with question about Ruger from 1968-72 fell free to PM me and I will give you his email address.
54.jpg

54b.jpg

54c.jpg
 

G2

Hunter
Joined
May 8, 2006
Messages
2,151
Wow that is really a neat history/story. Thanks for sharing!!

While not mint the 10/22 wood is a looker... :shock:
 

El Numero Uno

Buckeye
Joined
Feb 21, 2006
Messages
1,017
John Wootters picked up this number in about 1971, as the earliest #54 he had was the Security Six. He dropped the number about 5 years ago.
Really nice pair of carbines with a good story.
 

radicalrod

Hunter
Joined
Jan 9, 2004
Messages
3,567
Gosh Vaughn, the NEAT STUFF sure has a way of finding you.....Thanks for letting us see it.....see ya RR.
 

Rumrunner

Hunter
Joined
Jun 19, 2006
Messages
4,022
The history part sure adds to the character to those guns. The wood on the 10-22 is awesome.
 

SteveRuger

Hunter
Joined
Apr 6, 2004
Messages
2,381
That is one of the best wood stock I have seen on a 10/22 in a long time! Thanks for sharing!
 

ruger66

Single-Sixer
Joined
Mar 29, 2000
Messages
495
Thanks everybody. This was a fun transaction. I got to talk about Ruger with David for hours.
Vaughn
 

jimbo1096

Buckeye
Joined
Jan 10, 2005
Messages
1,779
Thanks for sharing a great story. Wish we could record the stories from those days before it too late. Great find and excellent wood on that 10/22.
 
Top