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I have acquired a Ruger Super Bearcat with the serial number 0026. Can anyone tell me the date of manufacture and aprox. value? The gun is in pristene condition.

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The Super Bearcat, which has a one piece, investment cast steel cylinder frame/grip frame assembly, has a digit prefix serial number beginning with 91, therefore the gun in question must be s/n 91-00026. If that's the case then the value could be in the $600-$900 range. The Super Bearcat was introduced in 1971.

The Box could be either a OM Bearcat box or, depending on exact ship date, a Super Bearcat marked box.

We need some pictures, OK???

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Look at the serial number close, use a glass if you have one. Maybe the serial number is Q026. If that is the case then the grips on this gun should be the Simulated Rosewood type without the Eagle in the grips. And it would be a Bearcat, not a Super Bearcat. If this is not the case then Flatgate's reply should be correct.
 

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street":oncym0hi said:
Look at the serial number close, use a glass if you have one. Maybe the serial number is Q026. If that is the case then the grips on this gun should be the Simulative Rosewood type without the Eagle in the grips. And it would be a Bearcat, not a Super Bearcat. If this is not the case then Flatgate's reply should be correct.


It is my understanding that the difference between a Bearcat and a Super Bearcat is that the Super Bearcat had a cylinder that had no flutes and was engraved. Am I misinformed?

Thanks,

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flatgate":37t6uh71 said:
The Super Bearcat, which has a one piece, investment cast steel cylinder frame/grip frame assembly, has a digit prefix serial number beginning with 91, therefore the gun in question must be s/n 91-00026. If that's the case then the value could be in the $600-$900 range. The Super Bearcat was introduced in 1971.

The Box could be either a OM Bearcat box or, depending on exact ship date, a Super Bearcat marked box.

We need some pictures, OK???

flatgate

How do I send a Photo anyway?

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street":1zrn1uri said:
Look at the serial number close, use a glass if you have one. Maybe the serial number is Q026. If that is the case then the grips on this gun should be the Simulative Rosewood type without the Eagle in the grips. And it would be a Bearcat, not a Super Bearcat. If this is not the case then Flatgate's reply should be correct.


It is my understanding that the difference between a Bearcat and a Super Bearcat is that the Super Bearcat had a cylinder that had no flutes and was engraved. Am I misinformed?

Thanks,

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See Flatgates reply about the Super Bearcat. The Bearcat has an Aluminum Frame. They both have a roll marked engraved cylinder with no flutes. The Super will have a prefix in the serial number starting with 91, such as 91-00026. Now there were some Bearcats made with a prefix but that prefix would start with a 90, such as 90-00026

What kind of grips does it have? Does the serial number have a prefix, if so does it start with 90 or 91. If no prefix look close and see if it starts with a "Q"
 

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flatgate":1ifoct09 said:
The Super Bearcat, which has a one piece, investment cast steel cylinder frame/grip frame assembly, has a digit prefix serial number beginning with 91, therefore the gun in question must be s/n 91-00026. If that's the case then the value could be in the $600-$900 range. The Super Bearcat was introduced in 1971.

The Box could be either a OM Bearcat box or, depending on exact ship date, a Super Bearcat marked box.

We need some pictures, OK???

flatgate

How do I send a Photo anyway?

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Try this.

http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=51390
 

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flatgate":3bt38gw9 said:
The Super Bearcat, which has a one piece, investment cast steel cylinder frame/grip frame assembly, has a digit prefix serial number beginning with 91, therefore the gun in question must be s/n 91-00026. If that's the case then the value could be in the $600-$900 range. The Super Bearcat was introduced in 1971.

The Box could be either a OM Bearcat box or, depending on exact ship date, a Super Bearcat marked box.

We need some pictures, OK???

flatgate

How do I send a Photo anyway?

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The gun has what appears to be rosewood grips. The number 0026 appears on the right hand side of the gun just over and ahead of the brass trigger guard.There is no prefix preceding the number 0026.I have a great photo if I knew how to attach it.

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flatgate":9cgcax00 said:
The Super Bearcat, which has a one piece, investment cast steel cylinder frame/grip frame assembly, has a digit prefix serial number beginning with 91, therefore the gun in question must be s/n 91-00026. If that's the case then the value could be in the $600-$900 range. The Super Bearcat was introduced in 1971.

The Box could be either a OM Bearcat box or, depending on exact ship date, a Super Bearcat marked box.

We need some pictures, OK???

flatgate

How do I send a Photo anyway?

Sbapshot
The gun has what appears to be rosewood grips. The number 0026 appears on the right hand side of the gun just over and ahead of the brass trigger guard.There is no prefix preceding the number 0026.I have a great photo if I knew how to attach it. Upon closer inspection(with a magnifying glass) the first digit is a Q!

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street":3dbf8onh said:
Look at the serial number close, use a glass if you have one. Maybe the serial number is Q026. If that is the case then the grips on this gun should be the Simulative Rosewood type without the Eagle in the grips. And it would be a Bearcat, not a Super Bearcat. If this is not the case then Flatgate's reply should be correct.


It is my understanding that the difference between a Bearcat and a Super Bearcat is that the Super Bearcat had a cylinder that had no flutes and was engraved. Am I misinformed?

Thanks,

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Upon inspection with a magnifying glass, the first digit is indeed a Q. That makes the number QO26. The grips seem to be rosewood ( no eagle on the grips) and the trigger guard is brass.Any idea of value now that we identified the correct model?

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rugerguy":23v47jft said:
the grips are "plastic", and the "Q" alphabet gun ,should be in 1959.......
boxed they run from $450 TO $550 depending on condition.........which means a LOT to the overall value......

Thanks for the informtion.....

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Hey, don't sneak off without showing us a pic, OK?

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K398 with some "aftermarket" stags

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L709

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Z899

That's most of my Alphabet Bearcats. FYI, a few collectors have an example with each of the letters! :shock:

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I have been unble to attach photos. I have some very collectable guns I would like to show you. Is there something simple I am missing? For example, I have two very nice Colt .380s, also in very nice condition. Any suggestions on attaching photos?

Many thanks,

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