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Ruger Bisley .22 (RB22AW)

Well, I picked this Ruger Bisley .22 in a trade a few years back. It's in great
shape, and although I cannot find any such designation on it anywhere, it
appears to be a RB22AW with adjustable sight and rollmarked cylinder.
According to sources, this model was common with many produced. This
one has the imitation ivory grips, which I don't know if they came with it
originally or were added later. Based on its serial number, it appears to
have been produced in 1997.

Is this assessment correct? If anyone can shed anymore light on it, it would
be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Apologies for the glare in the pictures. Also, what appears to be scratches
on the frame are actually oil smudges.
 

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The gun the in photographs appears to have an adjustable rear sight. I can see the adjustment screw. I have a Bisley single six just like that one, and they are not rare.
 

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The gun the in photographs appears to have an adjustable rear sight. I can see the adjustment screw. I have a Bisley single six just like that one, and they are not rare.
Thanks! You are correct about the adjustment screw. After your response, I
looked into drift adjustable sights. Originally, I was thinking it was just a
reference to windage adjustment, and didn't consider it also referred to
adjustment via drift and not screw. Appreciate the heads up! With that said,
it would appear this is a RB22AW (w/ adjustable sight & rollmarked cylinder),
and as you said is common with many produced.
 

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Guess it's all in how you define rare or common. Common in terms of other Bisley Single Six versions, yes, but not at all common compared to most other Single Six models. If you're thinking of buying one, better grab it.
 

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Ruger Bisley .22 (RB22AW)

Priceless.....
 

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Guess it's all in how you define rare or common. Common in terms of other Bisley Single Six versions, yes, but not at all common compared to most other Single Six models. If you're thinking of buying one, better grab it.
Agreed. It's a matter of perspective. I picked this one up as part of a trade,
and like it, but I don't really shoot much .22. Thought that might change
when I decided to accept this one as part of a trade, but it didn't. It's been
sitting in my safe since. I don't make it to the range as much as I would like,
and when I do, I like to enjoy my larger calibers (.357 mag, .45 acp, etc). I'll
most likely sell this one, and pickup a Bisley .357 mag. Once I can post to the
classifieds, I'll post it for anyone here that might be interested.
 

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Does anyone know if some of the Bisley Single-Six originally came with bonded ivory grips,
or were they most likely add-ons? So far, all the ones I've seen online have wood grips.
 

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Betting not factory grips. By '97 it woulda had medallions, and I haven't seen any of the Ruger grips with brand or model labeling on the inside.
 

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Don't recall ever seeing one come from the factory with other than wood grips, though it is possible there were distributor exclusives, commemoratives and so on. Never say never with Ruger.
 

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Don't recall ever seeing one come from the factory with other than wood grips, though it is possible there were distributor exclusives, commemoratives and so on. Never say never with Ruger.
I don't recall any exclusives or specials coming without medallions ever, let alone in the last 20yrs. I agree, never say never, but I'm betting they're aftermarket.

The checkering pattern and the ferrules look like Altamont.
 

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Mine was called a New Model Single Six Bisley and I wish it had adjustable sights. I bought it new in 2003 and it had model 659 on the end of the box. It is pictured here with my Single six convertible I bought new in 77. The interesting thing is the 22 Mag. cylinder out of the 77 fits in the Bisley and every measurement I have done on it looks good to go but have not shot it with the mag cylinder. Probably won't as 22 mag is so hard to find these days.

 
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