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I got my very first Ruger .22 pistol at age 19. My Dad needed to sign the paperwork 'cause I was not old enough at that time. I still have that pistol:



It has had a few modifications over the years, like a steel trigger, new sear, custom grips that I make and an adjustable rear sight so I can shoot various different brands of .22 rimfire. Also, the extended magazine latch/release works much better with the Ruger Mark II magazines than the original does. I use the Ruger Mark II magazines in this pistol because of the 10-round provision and .22 rounds just feed much better through these style magazines.
 

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You are lucky to still have your first one! I sold mine about 6 years ago, that, I regret to this day. It was a Standard model with the silver mag base. I'm guessing it was an early one-pre 1971 that was leftover on the shelf. I bought it when I was around 22, now I am 70. I never thought I'd get back into shooting again, but I did.
And now have a great collection of firearms, mostly .22s with some 9mm.

I got my very first Ruger .22 pistol at age 19. My Dad needed to sign the paperwork 'cause I was not old enough at that time. I still have that pistol:



It has had a few modifications over the years, like a steel trigger, new sear, custom grips that I make and an adjustable rear sight so I can shoot various different brands of .22 rimfire. Also, the extended magazine latch/release works much better with the Ruger Mark II magazines than the original does. I use the Ruger Mark II magazines in this pistol because of the 10-round provision and .22 rounds just feed much better through these style magazines.
 

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My first, early 70's model. Bought after I came back from overseas.


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My first, early 70's model. Bought after I came back from overseas.


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Very NICE! There's just something really neat about Mr. Ruger's first introduction pistol and how now, in 2019, Ruger is bringing out a 70th year anniversary pistol.
 
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