- Jul 14, 2004
El Numero Uno said:A story on "S" Bearcats for posterity. In 1983, I bought the Fred Davis Ruger Collection. I recall that there were 8-10 Bearcats, from the 50 &51 to the prefix 90- 50 and 51, several Alphabets and several non descript ones. J. C. Brown, of Amarillo bought all the Bearcats in one group. None of us knew that one of these was an "S". I did not know it from the Inventory and did not catch it when cataloging this Bearcat. J. C. did not catch the marking. At the time, J.C. was advertising high and low wanting an "S" Bearcat. Well a year or so later, J. C. and some friends were at a San Antonio Gun Show and J. C. had this "S" Bearcat out on the table, priced at a regular Bearcat price. One of his compadres sitting around the table picked it up, looked at the bottom of the frame and said: "Hey, J. C., did you know this is an "S" Bearcat? Surprise all the way around. I seem to recall that dfindley may have been at the table that day.