Anyone seen a Ruger .22 like this

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It’s from the mid 50’s. chrome looks original but never seen any western grips like this so I’m sure they’re aftermarket. Any ideas information? Haven’t fired it in a decade but it shoots fine.
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Wow! That is a classic and I have not seen one in ages. If I remember correctly that is the first model, and you are right, the grips are aftermarket. At least I have never seen a factory set.
 

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Thanks Rick, I believe it 1954 IIRC. It the first model as the mag has the loading button on the wrong side. You must change the button on a new magazine. I traded a luger .22 for it at the gun show in the early 80’s, wish I had both now🤔. Never knew they made this in chrome. It’s fixed sights standard model. That’s about all I know.
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Thanks Rick, I believe it 1954 IIRC. It the first model as the mag has the loading button on the wrong side. You must change the button on a new magazine. I traded a luger .22 for it at the gun show in the early 80’s, wish I had both now🤔. Never knew they made this in chrome. It’s fixed sights standard model. That’s about all I know.View attachment 236314
I think they call that the Pre-Mark 1. Price depends on condition and the 4 inch slim barrel is the most common. No idea how common nickle plate was but it might add some to the value.
 

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