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Old February 6, 2007, 03:08 PM   #1
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Ruger Standard 22 Auto, Red Eagle

I had been keeping my eye open for an older model Ruger Standard Auto or Mark 1 auto .22 pistol for a while at the local markets etc.

I just bought one, a Standard model, 4 3/4"bbl with the fixed rear sight. Very nice condition blue with no wear or marks and guess I paid the average price for such a gun.

However, this has the red red eagle emblem on a silver background on the left grip and also a very low 5-digit ser. # 1xxxx. Maybe meaning it was made between '49-51 before Sturm's death.

I was under the impression that these 'Red Eagle' models commanded a premium. Am I wrong, or is it possible that the dealer wasn't aware of this, due to the average asking price. I'm real happy with it in any case. Unfortunately, no box, just the gun.

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Old February 6, 2007, 04:03 PM   #2
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Old February 6, 2007, 06:06 PM   #3
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Thanks for that. So it's '51. Seems a shame to even use this one because it's so nice.

Maybe I have to look for another to actually use.

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Old February 7, 2007, 11:12 PM   #4
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The red eagle Rugers are very collectible. Have it appraised before using it.
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Old February 8, 2007, 01:16 PM   #5
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You lucked out, big time. That is a very collectible gun.

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Old February 8, 2007, 06:26 PM   #6
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Well, I do collect guns. Dunno about 'lucked out'. I knew what it was -but I guess the dealer didn't.

Here's a pic, anyway. Blue is 100%, nice for a 50+ year old gun and the only mark is the slight chequering scuff near the safety. I imagine the bright plating and the red emblem paint will always suffer somewhat with age.

Lucky to get a bargain for once, right!

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Old March 12, 2007, 11:47 AM   #7
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In outstanding, like new condition with the cod wood box, I believe it would fetch about $575 in a well advertised sale. Yes, the red logo commands a premium.

Without the box, I believe the pistol might be worth about $400.
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