Ruger Old Army Brass Frame

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mcgivern

Bearcat
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Found a Ruger Old Army with a brass frame at a small local gun show this weekend. An elderly gentleman had it on his table along with a Super Blackhawk. He said he bought both in the mid70's. Fired the OA a few times, then cleaned it and put it away. Serial number is 140-17xxx which puts it in 1974. Asked him to remove the grip panels and the frame is marked MR3DB. What is the approximate value? Thanks.
 

G2

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Blue OA’s 5-600, Stainless +50-100.
Brass Grip Frame OA’s 8-900, BUT as of late gun prices are on the move up, way up and Old Army’s have been getting snatched up for a couple of years. They seem to slow down some during the winter months and surge in the spring/summer.
These should also have squished shinny bird medallions on the grips w/ blue escutcheons & blue screw. Wide Grooved Super Trigger.

It’s tempting to polish up the Brass, keep in mind when you do it is “pretty” but you wipe away years of patina. IMO,,, I did this once and regretted it, :oops: It only gets better as time goes by.

Brass is where it’s at with the Old Army, the total package. :wink:
 

contender

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According to the RENE Guide,, a factory lettered brass framed Old Army is about $920 in minty condition. Note; the key here is factory lettered.
If you got the serial number, we could help verify it. Dougan's book has a pretty good record of all of them.
 
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