While doing research on the Ruger website, I found an interesting feature:
Ruger has been auctioning off its factory collection:
“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. All proceeds from this auction are benefiting the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA).”
This time, the auction is for a M77 bolt-action in .308 with a full-length Mannlicher stock:
“We are auctioning off a “Model M77 International” in .308 Win. The serial number is 75-77516 and the rollmark date is May 1982. This rifle had been sold to a distributor in 1982 and then returned to the factory a few months later. The rifle has been kept in storage ever since. There is no paperwork with the gun.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. introduced the International Model M77 rifle as a “New Model” in the 1982 firearms catalog. As quoted from the 1982 catalog, “… the classic Mannlicher-type full-length stock configuration – a premium grade luxury bolt-action rifle. Every detail of the design and construction reflects traditional Ruger quality and attention to detail in manufacture. No effort has been spared to make this rifle the very best of its kind. Careful mating of select wood to steel in the proven M77 action resulted in a classic rifle of exceptional quality and performance.” The rifle has an 18-1/2″ barrel, and weighs approximately 6-1/4 lbs. It will be shipped in its original box. Included in this auction is a poster-style 1982 Ruger firearms catalog as well as a 1982 supplemental firearms catalog.
The rifle is being sold “as is,” and the purchaser assumes all liability for its safe and proper ownership, storage, use, and resale. The rifle is a part of the Ruger factory collection in Southport, Connecticut, and a certificate of Authenticity will be mailed to the winner of the auction.”
I have always been smitten by the looks of a rifle with a Mannlicher-style stock. Makes me think of Hemingway. Yes, I know it isn’t optimal for accuracy. Neither are iron sights, and this gun has those, too; which makes me even more giddy. They made a 10/22 with a Mannlicher stock (called the International) that sorely tempted me.
Anyway, back to the auctions…the last auction was for a Ruger Speed-Six in stainless. .357 Magnum, 3″ barrel, fixed sights, factory-bobbed hammer. The Speed-Six is well-regarded, uncommon, and somewhat sought after, despite a reputation for a heavier trigger pull than a Smith&Wesson. And to find one new-in-box, from the factory, well that is just about the perfect storm.
I don’t know what the next auction will be, but I am making it a habit to check the Ruger auction page every few days just to see what is on the block. If you like rare & unusual guns, you might consider checking regularly as well.