I was told that because of the vintage it may have higher value to a collector. Sorry to tell you its not a first year produced rifle.According to Ruger your gun was manufactured in 1965, but don't feel bad as Ruger only shows 452 guns being manufactured the first year in 1964. History/RI-10-22With it being a second year gun, and the condition it is in, I would still suspect that a collector might be interested in it. So when I say that the value would be in the 0 - 0 range (to a collector) that is only a best guess on my part. I saw the S/N listing for Ruger which suggested that the gun was manufactured in 1965.Offered in a variety of configurations and finishes, and with more than 6 million sold since production began in 1964, there’s little wonder why the Ruger 10/22 is America’s favorite semi-automatic rimfire rifle.The Ruger 10/22 was the result of a collaboration between Bill Ruger, Harry Sefried and Doug Mc Clenahan.
When I picked up my new one last year, I'd spent some time in the local shops looking for an older model with no luck before going with the current production.
It would also make some collectors happy as it would mean a lot more guns are first year production than currently shown.
Remember back in the 60's no one used (had) computers and inventory control was done the old fashioned way via type written reports. Although the production of 10/22 rifles has been fairly well documented.
It is very popular for small-game hunters and those who want an inexpensive rifle firing inexpensive ammunition for target and plinking use.
This popularity has led to many after-market modifications being available to improve performance, augment the rifle's looks, or increase its magazine capacity, leading the 10/22 to be one of the most customizable firearms made.