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Old April 18, 2012, 12:36 AM   #1
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Bearcat cylinder base pin interchangeability?

Few years back I picked up an early 60's vintage Bearcat. The little revolver has NOT been back to Ruger for the 6 shot "upgrade", and I simply load it w/ 5 when I carry it. The revolver lacks the factory cylinder base pin, a homemade "field expedient" pin has been crafted from a screwdriver shaft!

It actually works OK and the fit is good, but its Bubba'd obviously.

The questions: I've located a new base pin on line. (Ruger will not sell the base pins, they apparently want the old models back for the 6 shot refit) Are new model, and old model base pins the same part, ie are they interchangeable? Are the base pins a "fitted" part?
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Old April 18, 2012, 11:46 AM   #2
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I'D have a BELT MOUNTAIN base pin in that pistol so fast it'd make it and your head swim. BY 400PM today would make the deadline !!
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Old April 20, 2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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maybe not

I have not checked deeply, but what research I've done indicates Belt Mountain does not make base pins for the Bearcat. Somebody tell me I'm wrong.
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Old April 20, 2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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google is your friend - not really, but here is the link...

http://www.beltmountain.com/ruger.htm
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Old April 20, 2012, 10:28 AM   #5
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YOUR wrong. I designed the first one for him and it is in my NM BEARCAT, and has been for going on ten years[?]....maybe seven or eight....
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Old April 20, 2012, 04:14 PM   #6
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Wow! $25 for a base pin for a .22. I'm sure it's a nice part, but can we spell "overkill"?

A standard base pin from Numrich is $6.05. Unfortunately, they're sold out.
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Old April 20, 2012, 11:56 PM   #7
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great

I'm glad to be wrong. I'd only looked in Brownells and Bob's Gun Parts in AR.
I'll pay $25. Ruger won't sell me one at any price.

So, the question remains (I think) will a current pin, either Belt Mtn or Ruger, fit my vintage revolver?
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Old April 21, 2012, 12:01 AM   #8
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self help

Checked for myself. Belt Mountain lists "old model" and "new model" so now I know. NOtice its listed as "NEW" offering. Wonder if it was available on my first research?

Anyhow.....WIL TERRY, you the man!
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Old October 26, 2012, 02:43 AM   #9
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bagged one

Thought I'd revive this thread to advise that I found an original old model basepin last week, (online) in excellent shape and bought /installed same in the little 'cat.

It looks a world better. I paid maybe a bit too much, for the part, but the revolver is now correct and unmodified.

Dang internet is a userful gadget sometimes.
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