XR3red framed 44 Flattop...

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mike722

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Tulsa booty! Been trying to locate a "correct" 44 FT with XR3red frame, and boy they are tough to locate.. Here is number 28535, shipped July 1962.. not mint, but honest carry and usage wear..the frame has that "smoky" color a lot of early XR3red frames have, and early varnished grips too..
 

flatgate

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Wow, that's one RARE GUN! The varnished grips are AWESOME!
I've a pair of these guns but the grips are "oiled"...and one pair of grips has the wrong vintage medallions.

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But, the serial numbers are kinda "close" to each other......

flatgate

PS Mr. Flattop .44 has a similar pair but his are, IIRC, one s/n away from my pair!
 

weaselmeatgravy

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My pair is not consecutive :( but one of them has an unfluted Super cylinder.

29141 shipped Aug 1963 (fluted cyl)
29842 shipped Dec 1962 (unfluted cyl)

I've never seen XR3-RED varnished grips except refinished ones. Is that a finish that is known to have been done in the early days?

Congrats on a rare gun!
 

radicalrod

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Hey Mike, Ya made me check my notes.....29536 RED....28631 RED....that first one got me nervous.....I found a little Tulsa booty myself....seems a pair of 44 SUPERS are on the way to OHIO....the Mahogany cases are here waiting :D :D :D The serial numbers are 5439 and 5440 :shock: :shock: :shock: :D :D :D seems I didn't have a pair of these......see ya RR.
 
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Flatgate, you are correct, mine are #28807 & 28808. I have seen a few early varnished XR3-RED panels. I believe that one or both of my Flattops mentioned above have varnished panels. I have had a couple of RSSs with early XR3-RED frames that had what appeared to be original varnished panels too.
My #29719 BKH47 & #29738 BKH46 with XR3-RED and non-flute cyl. both have oiled panels.
FT44
 

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Just when I quitely score another good Ruger,, someone comes along & posts something way better than mine.
Mighty nice score there!!!!!!
 
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