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Old 04-10-2016, 10:48 AM
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MARK I - 5 1/2" bull



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I picked up a MKI 5 1/2" bull yesterday at a show. 1980 with a red sight insert.

Box papers. Still in the plastic with heavy oil one would expect from the factory.

It is reputedly unfired. It looks the part. The box looks like it came straight from the factory.

I'm always surprised when these pop up. You wouldn't think a ruger .22 would be specifically purchased with the intent to collect and store.

And yet they show up from time to time.
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Old 04-10-2016, 12:49 PM
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I picked up a MKI 5 1/2" bull yesterday at a show. 1980 with a red sight insert.
Not familiar with the red sight insert as a factory option.
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:32 PM
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Not familiar with the red sight insert as a factory option.
Correct not factory. But sounds like nice gun. My 1st Ruger was Mark I BB.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:52 PM
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Congrats on the new pistol! My knowledge on these Rugers is so close to nil that I cannot comment on the sight however I can add that we all like pictures!
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:04 AM
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A picture would be very helpful.
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Not familiar with the red sight insert as a factory option.
Correct not factory. But sounds like nice gun. My 1st Ruger was Mark I BB.
I was being gentle about the "NIB" description. I have two T512s, neither of which is unfired, but both are in good shape.
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Pics added. Its the best I can do with a phone pic.

Of course you can't state with certainty the unfired status of a firearm with an uncertain history. One would think the factory would test fire them at the least.

But, thorough examination indicates it was fired very, very little, if at all. Even the magazine shows no sign of wear.

Although, I do have others to shoot it will most likely see at least some use. I'm not really a proponent of safe queens. I believe they should be cared very well for, but used for their intended purpose.

I am curious about the sight. My own examination, comparing to others, is that if it was not a Ruger product, it must be an aftermarket item made from a Ruger sight.

It looks very much in line with other red front sights from that same era. Must have been the rage at the time. I find it an upgrade to the typical hooked BB sights on my MKIIs
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:15 PM
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Front sight insert in a Ruger factory front sight. I have done quite a few of those over the years for the Ruger Super and Single Sixes, Blackhawks, Super Blackhawks and many, many Ruger Mark pistols. Along with a white-outline rear sight blade these sight set-ups offer much more than the black on black sights against a black bullseye.

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That must be it. The rear sight is a white line as well.

Is that just a piece of red plastic glued on the front?

It looks like it was molded on there with some heat.

Well done, one way or the other.

Maybe I'll try that on some of my others.
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Usually you can tell a lot about use by looking at the scratches on the bolt. If you shoot them they will get scratched.
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I bought a Ruger MK1 bull barrel back in about 1974-5 and it's one pistol I never considered parting with.

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Very Nice!
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nice grab , one day ---ill get so lucky
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I bought a Ruger MK1 bull barrel back in about 1974-5 and it's one pistol I never considered parting with.

Hey, how did you get a picture of my Ruger? I bought mine brand new in 1976. The only thing I have done to it, is to shoot and clean it. It is my daughter's favorite handgun. It was her favorite gun, until I made the mistake of buying a Henry Big Boy Steel in .357 last year. She keeps me busy loading for it.

Still, never a range session goes by that she doesn't run at least 100 rounds through the Mark I.
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I bought a Ruger MK1 bull barrel back in about 1974-5 and it's one pistol I never considered parting with.

I see you've added the Ranch Products magazine release/latch. Good show, those work much better than the factory version.

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