I was seven years old in Northern Arizona in the summer between the second and third grade. The family friend was a government geologist who had just spent two years living and working in a remote area of the Grand Canyon with his wife. He taught me to shoot his single-action .22 which he said was a Colt. He also made me a slingshot and taught me if you put the empty .22 shell casing in the slingshot and shot it, it whistled. He bought me a subscription to National Geographic magazine for my eighth birthday. My single parent mother continued the subscription until I graduated high school and joined the Navy at seventeen. We moved to Northern New Mexico the following summer and I really missed him and his wife. They had a far greater influence on my life than they probably ever knew.Unless you shot an ultra-rare Single Action Army revolver chambered in .22 caliber, that is quite a feat since the .22 caliber Scout did not come out until 1959!
It couldn't have been a Ruger Single-Six then, because he had owned it for several years. They would show us slide show pictures with their projector of them in the Grand Canyon and he was carrying the gun in a high ride holster with a retention strap in many pictures.Well it must have been a RUGER SINGLE SIX......1953 was the first year of manufacture....but they only shipped 50 that first year.... still a nice story what ever gun it was...RR.