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EFL58

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Can anyone tell me the year in which my Single Six was made? SN 810279, it seems to date from the late 1960s but the Ruger site isn't clear. I assume that it once had a .22 Magnum cylinder that has been lost along the way. No transfer bar conversion.

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EFL58
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hittman

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You sure that isn't a 22 Mag cylinder in it now?
What's rollmarked on the other side of the frame?
 

EFL58

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No...that never occurred to me and I don't have any .22 Mag ammo with which to test it, but I will find some.
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SN# 810279
The numbers listed are the first number listed that year. One less,,, puts the last gun SN# in the previous year.
1968 starts with 490279 - 824406
and
1969 starts with 824407 and since it's the last year, EVERTHING over 824407.

Nice gun by the way…😀


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chet15

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Looks to be bored all the way through and with a firing pin groove, thus a .22 LR. I appreciate the help.
Your gun would have either been shipped as an RSS5W .22 LR only, or as an RSS5X convertible.
If the cylinder doesn't have the last three digits of the serial number scratched on the front face between chambers, it left as RSS5W... The RSS5W is pretty scarce compared to the convertible 5-1/2".
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EFL58

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Your gun would have either been shipped as an RSS5W .22 LR only, or as an RSS5X convertible.
If the cylinder doesn't have the last three digits of the serial number scratched on the front face between chambers, it left as RSS5W... The RSS5W is pretty scarce compared to the convertible 5-1/2".
Chet15
I will check tomorrow but I am fairly certain that there are no digits scratched on the cylinder face.
 

EFL58

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Photographically, these are the best of a blurry bunch. The last three digits of the serial number are 279 (assuming that the cylinder is original to the pistol). The two "markings" circled in blue (if they are anything) could be any numbers. Am I imagining markings where there are none?


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Star43

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Well it's sure hard to see by these pictures, but usually the numbers are a bit bigger, & done by an electric type pencil so they are not the neatest looking numbers either. These are hard to see from what I'm looking at. Someone will check in here soon I would think. There would/should be 3 numbers on there for sure, if they are there.
 

JAYDAWG

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The two "markings" circled in blue (if they are anything) could be any numbers. Am I imagining markings where there are none?

Yes imagining :D
My pics aren't much better but the electric pencil markings are easy to see when cleaned up.
Cheers,
JAYDAWG
 

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