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I picked up a Ruger Single Six 5 1/2 bbl. not converted Condition is 95% windage adjustable rear sight ser.number 13xx. Shot it yesterday, great shooter. It has a small button on ejector rod but at the end of the stroke it has a cut out to lock ejector rod in cylinder, any ideas why you would want to do that.


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Someones idea of built-in gun lock?
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The Ruger Single Six was first introduced in 1953, yours made in 1954.

Your SS has an early example of the offset slot steel EJ housing.

Although some say it was just a "stop" for the ejector rod, it should NOT be used to turn and "lock" the EJ rod back ........

There were three evolutions/changes to these "early" .22 and .357 mag housings.

Some were termed "short throw", then later the "long throw", and finally EJH's with no notch at al - l just a straight slot, the full length of the housing.

Later, Ruger went to aluminum EJH's, with straight full length slots.

FWIW, All the minute details, and how they relate to the various changes, and the "types" (variations) of the different Ruger models can be found in any of the many books out there for Ruger collecting over the years.

The reason for each/every change has mostly been lost in the fog of time, leaving us with only the details of whatever change.

These multiple differences/changes make for attractive collector fodder.



It sounds like you have a nice early SS, which would have been issued with the early/flat loading gate ( the domed Premier loading gate soon became a popular factory option/accessory)

A dimple in the front surface of the ejector button was standard at the time.


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OP, can you post some pictures. I think we'd all like to see this one. Thanks,
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Thanks for posting the pictures. That's a nice looking piece, and looks to be in really excellent condition.
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My blue book of gun values says add 100% for sn under 2000 with non serrated front sight. You might want to investigate this further. You can also get a factory letter from Ruger for $10.00.
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My front sight isn't serrated, I will have to look into this. What does a factory letter do for me? Never saw one.
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I just sent for a factory letter for the first time myself. I think it says exactly what the gun is, the date it was made, and where it was first sent. I figured for 10 bucks, what the heck!
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If it is rare, a factory letter would confirm it.
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What does a factory letter do for me ?

Never saw one.

A factory letter does three things:

1) Establishes when it was shipped, and something to who.

2) Establishes what the configuration was when it was shipped from the factory (important for collectible).

3) Increases the value (if kept with the gun) exponentially.


Although Ruger factory letters used to be free, even for $10, it can be worth it's weight in gold.

Just call Ruger Customer Service with the SN ( and your credit card number ) to request a letter.



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That thing has been shot very little if at all. Very nice piece there.
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