I have a Ruger Mark I .22cal. One side says, "Ruger 22 cal L...

I have a Ruger Mark I .22cal. One side says, "Ruger 22 cal Long Rifle Automatic Pistol." The other side says, "Sturm, Ruger & CO., INC. Southport, Conn. USA" Serial number is 12-59336.

I have the original box and the inspection form inside says January 1973.

I am curious as to the value. It looks to be in good condition. It was my great-grandfather's, so I don't know how many rounds he put through it. If I were to guess, I'd say not many.

Thank you.

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5 years ago #2
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in new shape thay go for 350 in my part of the country dont loos the box or papers if you do -$50

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5 years ago #3
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Per the serial number it was made in 1974.

* What is the barrel length?
* Is the barrel tapered or bull
* What is the color of the eagle on the grips (red, black or silver?
* Blued or stainless steel?

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5 years ago #4
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* What is the barrel length? - - 6''
* Is the barrel tapered or bull - not sure, but it says RST-6
* What is the color of the eagle on the grips (red, black or silver? it is silver
* Blued or stainless steel? it is black in color. I have tried to attach a photo. Hopefully it comes through.

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5 years ago #5
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The Ruger Mark I Standard Model Pistol is valued at;
Exc. Cond: $350.00 USD
V.G. Cond: $275.00 USD
Good Cond: $125.00 USD
Hope this helps you out,
kcbuck

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5 years ago #6
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Thank you

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5 years ago #7
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You are most welcomed.... GRC678

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5 years ago #8
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it is black in color

GRC678
That would mean it has a blued finish. "Blue" here is not so much a color as the name of a process by which carbon steel is preserved from rust.
Nice box! You don't see these early '70s boxes in that kind of shape very often. Seems like most Ruger owners just pitched them when they bought their guns in those days.

red, black or silver?

kcbuck
Just a reminder for future reference: the red eagle went away in 1951 with the death of Alex Sturm. A gun made 20 years later could only have a black or silver eagle. This will save you a few keystrokes!
Cheers.
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5 years ago #9
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KC is right about the "Red Eagle" leaving the scene in 1951. So basically there is only 2 years of production with the Red Eagle and they are extremly valuable and highly collectible. If one can find a 1953 to 1961 at this time frame, they are gaining very fast in value and collectability. I have a 1961 Target Edition with a 6 7/8" bull barrel with slight taper and has the adjustable target sights. It has the original box, papers, and factory clips. The bluing & condition are in very good condition and I would rate it under NRA Condition Standards to be "Excellent", which is one step under "Factory New". Needless to say it will be one firearm that stays in "MY" collection until passed down from Father to Son. The Ruger "Mark I,II,III" series pistols are one of the great American firearms, and worth anyone's glance when they have the chance!

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5 years ago #10
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bluegrasscotty wrote:
KC is right about the "Red Eagle" leaving the scene in 1951.

Well, KC did not say this, I did. KC gave a 1974 date and then asked if the eagle was red. I was reminding him that this would be impossible, since there have been no red eagles since 1950, or January, 1951, at the latest.

I have a 1961 Target Edition with a 6 7/8" bull barrel with slight taper and has the adjustable target sights. It has the original box, papers, and factory clips.

Good for you! Yes, by all means, hang onto that one.

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JP
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