One of Bill Rugers "many" prototypes that he liked to try out, and he did a LOT of them after all he was a designer....pump shotguns, side by side ( they finally came out with the Gold Label, and now are in "limbo"...) of course his Hawkeye 256 single shots, short lived and the 357 maximums..........same went for materials,he made the ;lightweight Single Sixes but they too were gone in a short time...later he even made 'alloy' ( lightweight Blackhawks, and a couple fo them got out of the factory and into the hands of collectors, and he made "castings" state of the art over the years, but there too, back in 2007 they got out of the 'titanium' casting business??? go figure...... fhfjjjj
I must've been asleep at the wheel or at some posting in Germany, otherwise I'd have one or two of those things. Are those tool room samples or production guns? How many were produced? Different calibers? What? What? What? kljng; kljng;
You raise more questions with that one picture than anyone has a right to. oja;n What's the book say about it? Please?
Those were Ruger XP Prototypes and were actually instrumental in the developement of the Single Six. Bill Ruger had already grown to a 25 member company. He was attempting to make a copy of the old Stevens Tip-up. In bring this single shot to a near production stage, he realized that it was not to far of a stretch to tool-up for the Single Action. Afterall, Colt was getting out of the SA market.
Believe it or not, there is one of these Prototype guns circulating up here in Maine. I've been on it's trail for some time...