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by chet15
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

Somewhere between these serial numbers is when the serial number heads switched. If anybody can improve these, please let us know!! Old sn head - New sn head .22 pistols 10-65159 - 10- ??? Single Sixes 20-34677 - 20-75487 .357 Blackhawks 30-63969 - 30-71141 .41 Blackhawks 40-05249 - 40-13359 .30 Bla...
by chet15
Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

Hmmm.. Another thought.... two stamping heads in May 1970. One for Newport and one for Southport.
Evidently, Ruger did not start serial numbering at Newport until at least the middle of 1970?
Chet15
by chet15
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

Aha! So May 15, 1970 is the absolute earliest that Ruger had a one step process for marking the prefix serial number with the new serial numbering heads! That makes sense because Ruger dates of manufacture for 1970 is 10-38890 to 10-75015, so somewhere in there is where the change was made where the...
by chet15
Thu Jan 02, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

Though no dates are given as to when Ruger modified the yoke, the only other thing I see there would be a correction to the 4th paragraph and the 2nd from the last paragraph, where Ruger had to add three number wheels for the prefix system instead of two, to accommodate the immediate needs for the 1...
by chet15
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Memorabilia
Topic: Ruger Hot Wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Ruger Hot Wheels

Hmmm... checked ebay and don't see another Urban Outlaw #136 with the Ruger eagle logo on it. In fact, they all look like what is on the picture on the card, and came in blue or white. I suppose there's a story as to why that one says Ruger on it. Oh yes... I own one of the wings off the Ruger titan...
by chet15
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

Notice how close the dash is to the 0 in the prefix on the two autos. All the early autos are identical, until the "0" font changed in the prefix to be like that of the other five digits.
Chet15
by chet15
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

To me it is because they hadn't truly modified the serial numbering head to include 8 digits plus the hyphen. Look at the sn head pictured in JD's book, you'll see what I mean. Doesn't matter what time period that sn head is from, they all look the same, except for how many wheels they will accept. ...
by chet15
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

Nope... not hand added. If it was hand added it would have been right up next to the other five digits. Discrepencies are seen all the time with individual digits rolled higher or lower than level, but they should NEVER be seen with spacing differences between digits. The serial numbering head has s...
by chet15
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Ruger Questions
Topic: Odd Serial Numbering
Replies: 16
Views: 522

Re: Odd Serial Numbering

Thanks Donnie! For all of you who's thinking was that the early 1969 prefixed guns were serial numbered in a one-step process, this pistol proves it didn't happen that way! For years we have noted guns with the prefix and dash separated a little from the other five digits, or the dash even running s...
by chet15
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Auto Pistols
Topic: RST4 #0660
Replies: 13
Views: 287

Re: RST4 #0660

Have known about that one for a long time. Zero info about its originality.
Chet15