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Old 04-19-2018, 11:20 AM
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Very nice Bearcat - Hope you enjoy it!
And Gman is the Man!
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I purchased a Bearcat in Prineville, Or in the summer of 1960 for the princely sum of $40 + tax. It was my constant companion while cruising timber on the Ochoco. Numerous porcupines nibbled on their last ponderosa pine that summer. A few years later it was with me on the Flathead. In the fall of the year fool hens, ruffed grouse and an occasional blue grouse were taken for supper.

I went back to grad school in the fall of '65. I had lost the cylinder pin during the summer. The pack frame pressed against my holster and the pin fell out the bottom. So, I left the gun at my family home before I left for MU. A few months later I was home on a long weekend and couldn't find my Bearcat. One of my brother's sticky fingered friends found it in the book case. :grr: So ended my Bearcat.

In 2014 I found a new model Bearcat made in 2008. It looks similar, but it doesn't shoot near as good as my old one and I miss the brass trigger guard.

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Very nice set-up! A Bearcat was my first handgun -- I bought it used from a friend for $75. That was in 1964! I put A LOT of ammo through that thing. It was sweet. I wish I still had it, but I later fell in love with a Sako Forester in .243 Win. and given that money was tight then, the Bearcat was traded as a downpayment. Sigh...

Many years later, when Ruger brought out the "new" Bearcat with interchangeable cylinders for .22LR and .22WMR, I bought one. It was a huge disappointment. The timing was terrible and it spit lead very badly. I sent it back to Ruger to be repaired and they never returned it as they decided to discontinue that model. Apparently my problems with it weren't unique. I think they offered me a Ruger Mark II as a replacement. Didn't keep that one very long.

Anyway, I envy you your find -- it brings back fond memories. Geez, I might just try one again soon, but it may not be quite the same.

Good luck with yours.

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Just saw your post, VH. Man, you beat me with your Bearcat by four years! And you are so right, the new ones just don't seem the same, but I just may try one agin anyway.

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My parents bought me a new Bearcat for Christmas 1961. I think it was $37 new. My father received a Colt 125 anniversary single action army as a surprise from Mom. I took the Ruger camping with the family that year. In those days California was pristine wilderness and the old log cabins in the Faith, Hope and Charity valleys still had the greased paper windows on them. I plugged a badger with the Bearcat and I loved that little pistol. We used 22shorts a lot because they were .52 a box and long rifles were .72 a box. So a buck bought 2 boxes. It was really accurate and reliable. A well made piece. Sold it when I was drafted in 1965 and heading to Vietnam.
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Title says all. Scored a decent shape 1963 Bearcat today that I wasn't expecting.



Buddy of mine is an avid cyclist. He tells me yesterday the bike mechanic at the shop he frequents was trying to sell some gun stuff. Always interested in a possible good deal I had him take me up there today to talk to the man. He says come back this afternoon and he will go get the stuff at lunch. Winds up being mostly ammo, shooting accessories etc...... Then this lil guy came out of the bag.

As soon as I had this in my hand I knew it had to come home with me. For $200 bucks I'd be kicking myself later when I regretted not snagging it so I pounced.

Doing a quick look on gun broker when I got home realized I scored a pretty good deal. Very few older ones in similar condition and nowhere near this price. Most are the much newer ones with the transfer bar actions. I'm happy. Sadly sounds like I missed the boat on a nice 10/22 he also had but already gone by the time I was aware of it. Oh well.

Thanks for reading. J
I just picked up a Bearcat and an old 3 screw single six at the local gun show yesterday and the Bearcat is a factory Ivory grip panel gun in the box . I'm having a hard time finding information about the value of this piece . That Bearcat you have is beautiful by the way
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