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Old 05-06-2011, 06:22   #1
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Pre-Mark I Ruger .22: What's it worth?

I recently took this '50's era Ruger .22 pistol in on trade. It is NOT indicative of how I treat my guns. It works and fires just fine.

My idea was to use it to teach my kid about guns and for plinking.....but actually I would feel better if it went to a collector or somebody that will properly take care of it. I wouldn't think that would include general plinking for something this old and possibly collectible. Any idea what it might be worth? I don't have a bluebook or know how tp properly ascertain it's value. Thanks.



















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Does it live in that foam lined case? Ive always heard not to store guns in those cuz the foam attracts and holds the moisture. Unfortunately I learned that after my 6 month old 10/22 started spotting with rust.
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No, it's stored in my safe....was just showing that it does come with a case if I sell it.

I know hat you're saying about the foam. I have a new Tec-9 of which the original owner stored it in its case. The magazine is now a little rusty because of that.
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Took my 9 year-old out and let her shoot this Ruger .22. Found out it's a 1954 model. Not going to sell it, it will be cool for her when she is older to own the first 'real gun' she ever shot. Here it is at home later while I was cleaning it.

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No idea what it's worth, but even in that condition that is a fine looking pistol, a real classic. Thanks for posting those photos.
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Serial number puts it between 1954 and 1955.

Rust patches & wear detract from the collectibility. 4" tapered barrel is the most common version. I'd imagine somewhere between $225 and $300.00. Pristine finish, little use, with original box & papers and you'd have a more collectible 'safe queen'. A fairly-new condition, no rust 1958 production with original box & receipt is on Gunbroker for $995.00, while one more like yours but with less wear is also there for $249.95. A very lovely 1952 with 6" barrel & factory walnut grips is only $299.00.

Frankly, I'd send it to Ruger for a refinish & be happy to use it as a shooter.
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Originally Posted by Moxie View Post
Serial number puts it between 1954 and 1955.

Rust patches & wear detract from the collectibility. 4" tapered barrel is the most common version. I'd imagine somewhere between $225 and $300.00. Pristine finish, little use, with original box & papers and you'd have a more collectible 'safe queen'. A fairly-new condition, no rust 1958 production with original box & receipt is on Gunbroker for $995.00, while one more like yours but with less wear is also there for $249.95. A very lovely 1952 with 6" barrel & factory walnut grips is only $299.00.

Frankly, I'd send it to Ruger for a refinish & be happy to use it as a shooter.
Yup, that's what I plan on doing. They're all pretty much a bargain of a gun I think. Thanks for the reply.
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