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.
Our auction item this week is a 12 gauge Ruger® Red Label, Over and Under Shotgun. The serial number is 411-38264. The receiver was shipped to Automated Finishing November 12, 1999, and it was returned to the factory November 15, 1999. After the success of the engraved Red Label 50th Anniversary models, the Ruger Sales and Marketing team decided to continue with a line of engraved shotguns for 2000. Red Label shotgun receivers where sent to Automated Finishing in November 1999 to use for engraving sample designs. Both sides of this 12 gauge shotgun have a scroll design with a setter and pheasant engraved and plated in 24 kt. gold in the center of the scroll work. This design was not chosen to be the regular production design for 2000, but rather a simpler design, with just the pheasant in the center of the scroll work, was chosen. The engraved designs were cut into the receiver using a state-of-the-art (for that time period) computer controlled equipment and diamond tip cutting tools. Features include two blued 28" hammer forged chrome-moly steel barrels with a gold bead front sight and 3 inch chambers. The pistol grip stock and semi-beavertail forearm are made from select American walnut with checkering of eighteen lines to the inch on the pistol grip and forearm.
Up for auction is a 308 Win. caliber M77VLE MK II. M77 Mark II rifles were first introduced in 1989. The serial number on this rifle is 783-39421, and the testfire date is August 18, 1995. In August 1995 it was shipped to McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ and returned to the New Hampshire facility in November 1995. There is a customer service tag attached to the outside of the rifle box that states, " w/rings - no info - cust stock". This model rifle with the McMillan Fiberglass stock was not a regular production item. The M77VLE MKII features a black fiberglass stock with a basket weave design on the butt pad and textured areas at the pistol grip and forearm of the stock. The stock has two sling swivel studs located on the forend and a single stud on the buttstock with sling swivels attached.