My step-dad left me this & i was wondering if It's something I should just leave it alone in this condition or go ahead & use it
Welcome to a wonderful site. I'm not overly experienced w pistols but shot my buddy's Mark 1 last year. It was pure joy, very smooth.
Iowegan ... the "nifty red box" that you refer to as aftermarket, was it something made specific for the Ruger Standard? The box seems to fit it like a glove ...Christopher joy, What you have is an early Ruger "Standard" with an A-54 grip frame, catalog number RST-4. It came with a 4 3/4" barrel, fixed sights, and one 9 round magazine. The shipping box was cardboard. There were 10's of thousands of A-54 RST-4s made so collector value is not that great. That said, when you find a 50+ year old gun in pristine condition like yours, it will be worth at least $500 (MSRP $39.95 when new). A shooter grade RST-4 is worth about $300 so if you think it is worth $200 to shoot it, it's your choice. The nifty red plastic box is aftermarket and there is an extra magazine. These 9 round chrome base magazines are hard to come by and go for at least $50. Congratulations, you have a very nice example of an early production Ruger!