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Been searching this past year for a Ruger 1953 Standard. I've come across a few, but very poor conditions and excessive asking $$$ drove me away. This "in great overall condition" 1953 4.75" was being offered without the rear dovetail sight, thus believe it kept bidders away. Picked up a rear sight for cheap, then won the Standard bid for under 2 Franklins! It needed a little TLC (touch up bluing areas, deep cleaning, tightening up loose main spring lug fit), but overall the crisp 2.5# pull, easy bolt racking, trouble free feeding and dead accuracy @ 50 yds (w\CCI Mini Mags) means my wait seems to have paid off! (y)

Now when asked my age at the hunting camp, I''ll state, "just as old as she...just check the SN"!! :ROFLMAO:

Ted

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Man Theo98, that is a good looking Standard. Congrats on ending your search with a nice specimen at a nice price. Out of all the Mark configurations, I do like the short barrelled Standards.Enjoy it!
 

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Thanks all for the supportive comments! (y)

Surprisingly, also hitting targets @100 yds...iron sights...hand-held shooting!! o_O

4.75" barrel may not be accurate enough for competition, but what a pliker!!! :cool:

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Great looking standard and a good year! I looked and looked but had to settle for a early 1954 MKI with the factory muzzle brake. No box or papers but did come with the muzzle brake box.
Awesome shooter. Enjoy yours!
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As I stated before these are beautiful and this 53 is a keeper. The wait IS worth it here...
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Theo98, I love the photo's here and really love the Standards. Good to see the collection. A good part of searching for a firearm for me is the "hunt" and research part of the process. One thing I have a hard time with is the wait. You are correct keep looking and sooner or later something will happen.
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Theo98, I love the photo's here and really love the Standards. Good to see the collection. A good part of searching for a firearm for me is the "hunt" and research part of the process. One thing I have a hard time with is the wait. You are correct keep looking and sooner or later something will happen.
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Rick,

Same for me...researching, deciding what I want, then tracking down sources, conditions and pricing is a fun and satisfying challenge! Yes, the Standards and MkIs do present an aura of beauty and nostalgia (as far as pistols go)!

Last night, I Finally procured a Ruger 1953 Black Eagle T514 Target pistol in Excellent condition and what I consider, a great price. Since January, four have slipped through my fingers (high bids, owners changing minds, not in right place at the right time). This offer to buy came 2 weeks ago but till last night, owner was on vacation and couldn't get me a solid price. Believe the Wait and Patience will again be worth the effort...we'll See!! :cool:

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After unsuccessful bids trying to obtain the rare MkI Heavy Taper Target T514 Black Eagle (only 1400 made), I was offered one from a Ruger collector's inventory (finally got to close the deal)! Although arriving in a good 95% condition, after detailed cleaning, fitting the hammer bushing (way too tight in the frame), bluing touch up, polishing the exterior and lubing all the action and bolt assemblies (all part of my new ownership MO), this 1953 5 1\4" MkI (another birth year) is now in overall great condition. The target trigger is very crisp (no creep), has little PT and no OT and a very nice 2.5# pull! Balance is excellent with POA being quick and precise!:D

The offering investment was half of what some have sold for in on-line auction sites, so guess my wait and timing was right! And Yes, will soon see how accurate she is!! :giggle:

Ted

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Awesome pistol. I'm not sure if I own any pistols made in my birth year. Older and newer.
 
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