The very early serial number, the flat loading gate (which was only produced for four years) and the condition of this gun all intrigued me.
If you have one of these firearms with the flat loading gate, you have a collectible handgun because they were only produced four years(1953-1956) with the flat gate. Adding to their appeal is the fact that many gun enthusiasts are still alive today that learned to shoot with one of these. When I can locate a club or association that deals with a particular group of guns I will provide a little information and link. I found such an organization for Ruger (see below).