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Old 03-05-2019, 06:38 PM
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Hello All, I'm usually over on the rifle side, but i wanted to share this. I grew up in Idaho in the early sixties, so of-course my first 22's were all cowboy guns.
Never had a Standard series just a Single Six.

Recently this gun came into my LGS and I could not believe the condition. I snatched it up. Using the information I found here it dates as a 1951 manufacturer Mark I.

I have a gallery of pics here: https://pbase.com/haveblue/ruger_mark1

It did not come with a box, so maybe you experts can help me with a better identification.
Thank you
Scott
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:13 PM
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A fine catch in excellent condition, the Mark I is the first version of adjustable sighted/Target models for Ruger. I'm jealous, I have quite a bit later version with 6 7/8 inch barrels and its great but yours is the Grand Daddy.
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:39 PM
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Using the cleaning rod method the barrel is 5.25".
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:05 PM
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Thatís a rare gun! Hang on to it,they didnít make many of those.
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:22 PM
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Looks like new,Congrats!
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Your Mark 1

You have an interesting Mark 1 5&1/4" there. There were 3 hand built prototype Mark 1's built between July 1, 1952 - Nov. 9, 1952. Yours by serial number falls into the 1st block of 5&1/4's produced. #27605 March 12, 1953 to #29890 August 1953. They were tapered ear, two piece bolt. They called them spin-riveted, the ears to the bolt shaft. I can't tell if the bolt is correct from your pics. However the serial number is within that first block of 5&1/4 Mark 1's built in 1953. It's a nice piece.

One of the 3 prototype's is in the NRA collection the other 2 are in private collections. Hope that sheds a little light.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:57 PM
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Holy Smokes! Maybe I should get a lottery ticket. That is amazing information ClipperKing. So it's a 1953 build not a 51. Thank you for the information sir!
I bought this solely based on the fact that it looked brand new, I had no idea. It does shoot really nice

I will take some different bolt pics. What should I look for?
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:25 AM
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Holy Smokes! Maybe I should get a lottery ticket. That is amazing information ClipperKing. So it's a 1953 build not a 51. Thank you for the information sir!
I bought this solely based on the fact that it looked brand new, I had no idea. It does shoot really nice

I will take some different bolt pics. What should I look for?
Top right. This is a tapered ear 6&7/8. Same bolt. Hook front site on 6&7/8, not on 5&1/4. Keep it nice they're worth holding on to.
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That could be the original magazine:



Very nice catch, BTW. Don't tell me what you paid - I'm already jealous enough as it is.
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:21 AM
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>>That could be the original magazine<<

With the follower button on that side I'm sure it is.
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:54 AM
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That could be the original magazine:



Very nice catch, BTW. Don't tell me what you paid - I'm already jealous enough as it is.

Need some more only got the one.
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Old 03-06-2019, 12:00 PM
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Top right. This is a tapered ear 6&7/8. Same bolt. Hook front site on 6&7/8, not on 5&1/4. Keep it nice they're worth holding on to.
Mine is not tapered. Squared w/ 4 grooves.
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That could be the original magazine:
Need some more only got the one.
The metal-bottom magazines with the slot only on the right side of the magazine went out of production about 1971ish when the grip frame was redesigned. (Your grip frame is unmarked but is called the A54 style after the part number on the factory schematic.)

The metal-bottom magazines with slots on both sides went out about 1982 when the Mark II was released.

The current production Mark II magazines ship with the follower button on the left side of the mag body but can be easily converted by switching the follower button to the other side.

You might want to preserve that original A54 magazine for its collector value and use the readily available Mark II mags to shoot.

Current Mark II magazine, as shipped:



Brownells and shopruger appear to be out, but these seem to be in stock at CDNN Sports.

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On some of the aftermarket SR-II etc. the follower button is rounded instead of a flat button. Those will need to be filed down a little to slide into the SARs. Mine is a '79 model and I had 2 aftermarket magazines that had the rounded buttons, and one AM that was flat. And one original like yours I reckon.

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>>That could be the original magazine<<
With the follower button on that side I'm sure it is.
The real giveaway is the lack of a slot for the follower button on the left side of the body.
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