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Old 11-10-2020, 08:29 PM
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I am new to Ruger pistols. This is a Ruger Mark I and it looks to have a bull barrel that is blued, the rest of the receiver is chromed or stainless and the grip frame is blued. I have not found anything on this forum even close to this. The serial #13-999xx. When was it made? Thanks in advance.

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Old 11-10-2020, 09:22 PM
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Serial # is very late 77 or 78
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Old 11-10-2020, 10:13 PM
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Retired3100, I can't answer your questions.
But for some reason i really like your little pistol.
I hope you got a bargain on it?
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:31 PM
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Some buffed the receiver , probably to remove some surface rust. Take some cold blue and touch it to the bottom of the receiver and it turns dark , some one buffed the receiver of a blued gun. If it does not turn the receiver has been plated with something.
On your last picture there appears to be some buff marks on the blue barrel in front of "Ruger" on the receiver.

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Old 11-10-2020, 11:58 PM
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Yeah, I see what you are saying, but it does not appear that the receiver had been polished. It looks like it was chromed. I did not know if that is original or not. There is no oxidation on the receiver like there should be if the receiver had the blueing polished off.
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:59 PM
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and, yes, it was a bargain at $85.00.
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I would love to have one with a short bull barrel!
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and, yes, it was a bargain at $85.00.
Right on! I could double your money!
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someone went crazy on a buffing wheel, not factory, still cool though. Wonder if it has something on it to protect it from rust? If your are constantly fighting with it, I might consider hitting the buffed parts with deft.

first gun I ever stripped down and rust blued was a rst. It was really easy to do if you ever wanted to make it right again. You probably have everything to do it with at home outside the blue solution and a carding wheel.
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Old 11-11-2020, 09:29 AM
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If steel is polished very smooth it will not rust easily unless it's exposed to sweat or something that promotes oxidation. Wax is a good protectant as well as an occasional wipe down with gun oil. I polished the frame of an abused blue MKII with Mother's Mag Polish over 2 years ago and no issues so far.
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