Ruger is excited to offer you an opportunity to bid on and acquire rare, unusual, discontinued, or one-of-a-kind Ruger firearms and accessories. All items are available to qualified buyers as part of a "no reserve" auction subject, of course, to applicable laws.
We have for auction a Ruger No. 3, .45-70 Gov’t caliber, single-shot rifle. The serial number, 130-51440, tells us this rifle was produced some time in 1973. The No. 3 rifles were first introduced in 1973 and were in production through 1986. The serial numbers ranged from 130-50000 to -70344, making this one of the earlier .45-70 Gov’t caliber models produced. These early production models were not drilled or tapped for scope mountings. It has a round top buttstock and curved aluminum alloy buttplate. The later production No. 3 rifles had plastic buttplates. Another unique feature of this rifle is the absence of the manual warning normally found on the top of the barrel. Other features include: a 22 inch barrel; American walnut stock; barrel band forend attachment; sliding tang safety; gold bead front sight and folding leaf adjustable rear sight. The Ruger No. 3 Carbine will be shipped in its original box it had been stored in.
We have for auction a "U.S." marked Mark II .22 LR caliber pistol with a rollmark date of November 3, 1983. The serial number of this pistol is 19-79747. It is likely a proto-type of the MK678G training pistols manufactured for the U.S. Army from 1984 – 1986. This pistol has a heavy tapered 6-7/8 inch barrel. The "U.S." stamp is larger than the contracted models, and the front sight is a higher Patridge-type fixed front sight. Additionally, the U.S. Army pistols' serial numbers began with prefix 210-. There is some bluing wear on the left side of the barrel. Please see additional photos on the Ruger website. In 1983, Ruger was awarded a contract from the U.S. Army, Rock Island Arsenal for a .22 caliber target and training pistol for the U.S. armed forces. A new model was established to meet the U.S. Army's requirements (catalog no. MK678G), and this was the first time Ruger Mark II pistols were equipped with 6 7/8" bull barrels. The MK678G pistols were rollmarked "U.S." on the right side of the barrel/receiver assembly, had finer sights, a roller-burnished chamber, and enhanced accuracy. Special targeting methods were developed using a (then) new laser sighting system, which was later granted a U.S. patent.