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While this gun is familiar, I truthfully couldn't tell you much about it other than it seems to have been well cared-for. There is some unusual wear (damage?) on the end of the barrel that I tried to illustrate - it looks more like friction wear than "scratching" per se, but it's very noticeable. I did find grips in his house that look like they [might] be for this gun, but I did not yet take them so I can't be sure.

I dated this as 1970 based on the Ruger website. Unfortunately, that's about all I've got regarding its history...

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A nice older 3 screw Model. The newer guns have 2 pins as opposed to the 3 screws on this gun. Ruger did a recall on these and offered to convert them to a safer transfer bar firing system but it looks like this one is still as manufactured. It may be your pictures but all the guns have a sort of hazy look to them. I think these may be Herrett target stocks on the gun. They offered a more substantial grip then the factory stocks did. They were a common replacement at the time. While it is a nice a desirable gun Rugers have not increased in price at the same rate as other well known brands. I would estimte the value to be in the 300 to 400 dollar range depending on the actual condition.
 

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Don't look like those Herretts fit, to me. Like maybe they're XR3 grips, on an XR3-RED frame.

The damage you're talking about is "holster wear". You were right - friction - sliding in and out of a holster. rubbing on the leather. You wear the finish off the end of the barrel, the front sight, and the front of the cylinder.

It appears (when I blew the picture up it pixilated and I couldn't tell) that there is more damage on the ejector rod shroud. But the shroud is aluminum, and scratches easy.
 
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