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December 28, 2012, 06:31
Got my new, but very old Ruger Single Six yesterday. Sweet looking gun from the year I was born! Uh, 1960 for those of you who want an exact age of the gun. It was sitting in the case at my local gun shop along with a whole bunch of newer pistols. Got a great deal on this old classic. I'll send a few hundred rounds down range this weekend and let you know how she does! :shades:

December 28, 2012, 08:02
One of the truly "fun guns."

December 28, 2012, 11:32
A 1960 would be a fixed sight model I believe. My earliest is a '67 and is a Super SS 5 1/2" with adj. sights and dual cylinders.

If this is your first SS, you're in for a lot of fun shooting. The accuracy of these is usually excellent. I sold a cute little Colt SA .22 and bought a '68 Ruger SS. Cute doesn't get it done with fixed sights pointing one place and the bullets going somewhere else. :rolleyes:

Does yours have the conversion parts? If not, I'd keep it that way. I recently bought a '70 in very nice condition, but it has been converted and I'm looking for a set of the original parts to change it back.

If your cylinder has the "wobbles", you can get a Base Pin from Belt Mountain that will tighten it up nicely.

December 28, 2012, 12:02
Mine's a 50th Anniversery,,4 5/8",,fun and great .22/.22mag.
Fixed front blade,,just like my older .44mag Vaquero.

December 28, 2012, 12:46
So I have the short barrel. Maybe 4 inches or a bit less. Fixed sights and the conversion has been done. Which is OK with me. It will be a shooter, not a safe queen. I also have a High Standard "Double Nine" in stainless, or maybe it's just pollished, don't know, but it has a bit more wear than the Ruger does. I'll post a pic when I get some.

December 28, 2012, 16:26
My SS was bought new in 1980.
It was my fisrt pistol and has seen
Many adventures. Super accurate and
fun to shoot.

December 28, 2012, 17:05
So I have the short barrel. Maybe 4 inches or a bit less. Fixed sights and the conversion has been done. Which is OK with me. It will be a shooter, not a safe queen.

In 1960 the Ruger SS was offered in barrel lengths of 4 5/8", 5 1/2" and 9 1/2". The Ruger SS .22 WRF Magnum came with a barrel of 6 1/2" or 9 1/2"

The only SA Ruger .22 with a 4" barrel was the Bearcat.

If you have a Single Six with a 4" or less, someone modified it.

December 29, 2012, 03:03
I own a fixed sight 9,1/2" 3 screw that sure is fun to shoot. It has the best trigger of any of my nine Rugers.

December 29, 2012, 09:44
How did you determine year of manufacture? Is there a serial number database somewhere? Pictures of your new toy?

December 29, 2012, 10:10
Yep, you are right. Mine is a 4 5/8 in model. Probably in 90% condition, with a few minor wear marks near the muzzle and barely a line on the cylinder.
There is a serial index. Go to Ruger.com, then pick customer service, then pick Instruction Manuals and Product History. You should see a listing of all past models and then see serial numbers correlating to the years of manufacture. Good Luck!

December 30, 2012, 03:15
Congrats - they are fun AND functional.

Bug Tussell
January 12, 2013, 13:29
I'm zeroing in on one of those Ruger convertibles. This will be my first wheelgun since 1980.

I'm kinda taking a shine to a Colts SAA as well.

January 12, 2013, 16:12
I recently traded my 4,5/8" 45 Blackhawk for my son's minty 6.5" 1982 Super Single Six. But the last two range visits yesterday and today I was still enjoying my 9.5" Old Model Single Six. It is such a tack driver and loves CCI MiniMags.

January 12, 2013, 17:40
Great guns! Bought mine new in about 1976!


K. Funk
January 12, 2013, 22:11
You can usually find the old model conversion parts on Gunbroker or the Ruger forums for about a hundred bucks. They are drop in, although the guts of those single actions can be intimidating. Well worth the effort as there is nothing like that 4 click action to get the blood flowing!!


Timber Wolf
January 15, 2013, 14:38
I like my stainless 6.5" Single Six w/conversion cylinder. My Mom bought me the Bianchi flap holster for it for my birthday one year. Makes a sweet rig. Had it out just the other day with my daughter who is just learning to shot handguns. As she has been cocking my double action revos anyway. She said the Single Six was too heavy. Oh well, back to the H&R Sportsman for her!

January 22, 2013, 23:06
"Great guns! Bought mine new in about 1976!"

God you are old:-) I was TEN in 1976...

September 09, 2013, 00:39
"Great guns! Bought mine new in about 1976!"

God you are old:-) I was TEN in 1976...

Right, was!

I am still a TEN!

September 09, 2013, 11:57
My six inch was made in 1982 but I got it used in the late 80's. I haven't shown it the love it deserves.

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September 09, 2013, 14:26
I saw this and thought I need one I found a not perfect colt frontier scout buntline with a long barrel 1962 for $300 what say you all

September 09, 2013, 18:17
Good deal as long as it (1) shoots where the sights are pointed or; (2) has adjustable sights.

Had a really slick Colt SA .22, but the danged ole thing wouldn't put the bullets where I needed them. It would have required a taller front sight and a tightened barrel to get it close. I got $75 for it and paid $65 for a Ruger Super Single Six equipped with adj. sights with both .22 LR and .22 Mag cylinders.

The Colt was prettier in all fairness, and I did get to test every brand of .22Rf ammo known to mankind.