The adage that “timing is everything” was never truer than with the Ruger Single-Six, a revolver that took inspiration from the Colt Single Action Army—a six gun intrinsically linked with the American West, but which was discontinued by Colt in 1949 as being outdated.
During the first part of the 20th century, when the United States was transitioning from an agricultural to a more urban nation, inexpensive shotguns were the first choice for farmers and city dwellers who needed, respectively, a tool for keeping the fox from the henhouse and the means for an affordable and enjoyable weekend afield.
Lots of folks have old guns hiding in the back of their safe. Whether it's a family heirloom that's been passed down for generations or something they stumbled across at shop a few decades earlier, it inevitably leads to one question: What's it worth? Attendees of the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits had a chance to find out just that, thanks to the National Firearms Museum.