1973 GUN DIGEST

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1973 GUN DIGEST

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On this beautiful cover are the first images ever released of Ruger's newest D/A revolver the SPEED-SIX. The back cover is dedicated to the Ruger Old Army and the Number 3 Rifle, with an interesting piece of art work from Bill's personal collection.

While there is no write up on the new SPEED-SIX on the cover in the Digest, there is a very interesting story to be told about a possible proto-type of this very gun.
It is in the collection of another D/A Collector. I will let him chime in and share the story should he decide to. ;)

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Terry, I have a copy of that same book. It is one of my favorite books of my GUN DIGEST collection. Bill Ruger sure knew how to promote and advertise his production guns! Thank you for sharing. Brass Frame/Lee E
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The late Jerry Wilson owned that "Dragon" gun. Last time I talked to his son-in-law they still had it. It was not for sale.
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d findley wrote: Fri Sep 02, 2022 12:25 pm The late Jerry Wilson owned that "Dragon" gun. Last time I talked to his son-in-law they still had it. It was not for sale.
Great info! Thanks for sharing that, often wondered who had it.
Bennett and I were discussing Trigg's last night and he shared a few of his sketch's that you gave him.
The man had an amazing talent for sure.
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James Triggs was a outstanding artist, he was one of the very best at trompe l'oeil art. If I'm not mistaken there where 15 years of Gun Digest that had his Ruger artwork on the covers. Don, thanks for the work that you've done to document and preserve the history of him, it needs to be remembered.
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I ended up with an entire box of old Gun Digest annual catalogs many years ago. I have most editions from the 1940's thru the early 2000's with very few missing years. I was just looking at this very same edition earlier in the week and admiring many Rugers. They are a wealth of information and great reading.
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Here's the story for those who do not visit the Ruger Forum.

https://www.rugerforum.com/threads/the- ... st.302160/
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