Single-Six 9 1/2 brass colored question

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artx

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Hello all,Im new here and have been collecting for years now. I traded for a 3 screw 9 1/2 brass colored grip frame. How common are these? Im trying to take pictures as we speak. Any info would be great. Thanks
 

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Im still trying to locate my camera (kids have it packed in a bag). This grip frame Im pretty sure is factory. Grip frame marked XR3 ALCOA G. Its brass or gold colored aluminum or anodized. I havent seen many like it,so I thought that it was kind of cool. Thanks for any and all help.
 

flatgate

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Welcome to the Forum.

There are a miniscule number of those guns that may have been shipped with a gold anodized XR-3 grip frame.

One such gun surfaced here on Ruger Forum last century and it's now in the JC Dougan collection.

You'd better do some quick research by calling Ruger's Export Department at their Newport, NH Factory and inquiring about your gun.

JMHO,
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I have had a couple fo the gold anodized frames over the years, sold them off, and as I recall, I think it was Bob C. even had or still has one that is 'red' in color.....odd things done years ago, so they are out there......my wife gave up on that stuff years ago, too tough to get anyone to "authenticate" it when YOU have it ,but when its in someones elses collection, it is what it is....not worth the hassle, or the run around.
 

artx

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Im frustrated about not finding my camera to get some pictures up. I can take pictures with my blackberry and email them but thats about it at the moment.. I thought this gun was pretty cool,I just didnt know that there was a chance that it could be a maybe rare item. Its not new by no means. It was in a box,but its for a newer 9 1/2 inch gun. Thanks for any and all help,I sure would like to know more about it.
 

BlkHawk73

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Any markings under the grip panels? Serial # on the gun helps in dating it too.
Give Ruger a call too.
 

chet15

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Ruger first experimented with the gold anodized grip frames about the same time Browing was doing their different colors in their aluminum framed shotgun receivers, and Hi-Standard in their differnt Sentinel colors (including pink!), and the Nylon 66 in its different colors.
Other colors I know came from the factory include dark green, dark red and a dark blue color, all XR3 (each of the three were in a factory employee's collection).
Then Ruger did some gold anodized grip frames in the XR3-RED. Some of these are the same color as Ruger's Bearcat trigger guard and some are a brownish color. I've also heard of some DJ marked XR3-RED grip frames (Doehler Jarvis) with the brownish colored gold color. DJ marked frames didn't start appearing on Ruger's SA's until mid-1971.
Unfortunately, anodizing is a process that can be done by anybody with the equipment...so authenticating something like that would almost have to have some sort of factory provenance.
I know of a Magnum marked Single-Six that was shipped to an employee in 1974 (a factory "second") that has a gold anodized grip frame as well as a factory "second" Lightweight Single-Six (Dougan's gun), that although it doesn't have a letter authenticating the grip frame, it was purchased from an Ohio gun show in the 1970's where four other factory "second" Lightweights were also purchased at the same show! The other four guns had normal black anodized grip frames.
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To my knowledge the Magnum marked Single-Six is the only Gold anodized Grip Frame that the factory has lettered. But Ruger pulls something new out of the hat every once in while. J/S

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There's a "good ol' boy" living up in Jackson's Hole that has a gold grip framed RSSM. He swears he bought it that way in '62. I offered a stainless convertible in trade.........nothin' doing on that deal.

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Wow thats a nice ruger!! My grip frame looks just like that. My serial number is 445xxx,so I know its not that old. Thanks for all the help.
 
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artx":1ffnmmba said:
Im still trying to locate my camera (kids have it packed in a bag). This grip frame Im pretty sure is factory. Grip frame marked XR3 ALCOA G. Its brass or gold colored aluminum or anodized. I havent seen many like it,so I thought that it was kind of cool. Thanks for any and all help.

Would still like to see pictures. :)
 

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Ok let me see how this works,Im using my blackberry so sorry.
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Please use the "return" key between images. flatgate
 

artx

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Sorry about the other pics everyone,dont know how that happened.This is the box I got with the gun,I know its a newer box,but thats what I got.
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bigbore45colt

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Looks like a Ruger factory gold anodized XR3. It would be interesting to call Ruger and get a ship date on your gun as the XR3 that's on it is a bit too early for a 4XXXXX range gun.

Nice, scarce variation.

Here are a few pictures of my various colored anodized gripframes that I usually include in my brass frame display. A gold XR3 (more like a bronze color), a red XR3, and a gold XR3-RED.

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Don't know how I missed this thread earlier but its very interesting. I may just have to anodize an aluminum grip frame and make my own brass colored one.
 

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protoolman said:
Don't know how I missed this thread earlier but its very interesting. I may just have to anodize an aluminum grip frame and make my own brass colored one.
Don't know how you found it, but sure glad you did! Very interesting/informative so thanks to all who posted the pics!! :)
 

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Ruger made a brass, not anodized, grip frame for their black powder pistol . The grip frame was the same as a super black hawk grip frame with the square backed trigger guard. I put one of those on a three screw super black hawk and it made an attractive gun! I was told that you could order that option for a super black hawk but only ever saw the brass grip frame on the black powder pistols.
There was a company ,Omega I think, selling brass aftermarket grip frames for Ruger black hawks . They were not as highly desirable as the factory brass grip frames.
 
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Yep, Ruger put that brass grip frame on a few different models, including the Old Army. You could also buy the grip frame and its accompanying wide trigger, from Ruger and fit them to any Ruger single-action of your choice.

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