Ruger is excited to offer you an opportunity to bid on and acquire rare, unusual, discontinued, or one-of-a-kind Ruger® firearms and accessories. All items are available to qualified buyers as part of a "no reserve" auction, subject to applicable laws.
This week's auction is a Ruger® Mark II™ .22 LR caliber pistol manufactured on September 21, 1990. The serial number of this pistol is 217-02443. It was originally shipped to "JT Ruger" with a note on the invoice stating, "Must have scope mounts for: JTR, Steve Sanetti, Please ship ASAP." A scope mount base was installed on the pistol. A little background information on "JT Ruger": JT Ruger was William B. Ruger's son, (also known as Tom). Tom Ruger passed away in 1993 at the age of 48. In 1983, Ruger was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army, Rock Island Arsenal for a .22 caliber target and training pistol for the U.S. armed forces. A new model was established to meet the U.S. Army's requirements (catalog no. MK678G), and this was the first time Ruger Mark II pistols were equipped with 6 7/8" bull barrels. The duration of the contract lasted until 1986. No "U.S." marked pistols were shipped commercially during the period of the government contract. In 1987, the MK678G model was introduced into the commercial market.
Our latest auction item is a Bisley™ Ruger Vaquero® .44 Magnum single-action revolver. The serial number 57-20992 tells us this revolver was rollmarked August 14, 1998. This revolver was returned to Newport, NH from Automated Finishing in August 1999. Automated Finishing uses "automated engraving machinery that duplicates the hand engraving process." This Bisley Vaquero has scrollwork designs engraved all around the cylinder and on both sides of the front sight. This revolver has a blued steel grip frame, barrel and cylinder. The Vaquero is equipped with a rounded blade front sight with no ramp and a fixed notch rear sight in a groove on the topstrap. It features a 4-5/8 inch barrel, a 6-round 44 Magnum cylinder, and rosewood grip panels with silver and black Ruger Eagle medallions inserted in the grips. Other features include the Bisley style hammer, grip frame, and trigger. This Vaquero revolver had been stored in a brown cardboard box along with a lock and instruction manual. None of these items are original.