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
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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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.