Old school Ruger Blackhawk

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  1. Winchester 1886

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    Will be picking this up in a week (can't wait!)

    Ruger Blackhawk 3 screw .357 Mag Flattop 4 5/8 inch barrel..... not sent back for the transfer bar.

    Made the year I was born 1957

    Aways wanted a 3 screw with a 4 5/8 barrel but could never afford to pay the prices they were asking, this one was in my price range I feel I did good for the condition it's in,if I didn't do good I really don't care I wanted it.....LOL

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    Nice find!
     
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    No idea if you "did good" or not... but if it makes you feel good, I say you did good.

    Looks good from here
     
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    Congratulations. That is a beauty.
     
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    That's a shooter! Good grab.
     
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    congratulations to o.p.! a ruger blackhawk is a man’s handgun: single action, steel, old school, off hand shooting.
     
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    That’s a gem! I had one in The 70’s when they were about $100 new. I loved it!
     
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    Great pistol. Mid 1970s I was looking at one for about 100 dollars, the gunshop owner showed me a brand new Colt Python for 185 dollars, I bought the python. It was 20 years later I got a 3 screw Ruger Blackhawk.
     
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    That is the one I long after as well. Little jelly over here. Nice find. Congrats
     
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    That's awesome. Please tell me you're going to drop that in a holster and ride the river with it, instead of leave it in a safe.
     
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    Oh that baby is going Bear and Deer hunting with me !
    Already have the holster on it's way had to order it I'm a lefty.
    I don't own any safe queens been down that road it's no fun.
     
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    The click click clack sound that hammer makes is one of the finest sounds thats ever been made or ever will be made by a firearm. Congrats.
     
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    Congrats on a great handgun, I've enjoyed my Ruger BH in 357/9 mm I got back in the early 80s it my favorite gun hands down. Mine has been fed a steady diet of cast lead ever since I've owned it.
     
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    Here come ol' Flat Top
    He come groovin' up slowly...
     
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    Very, very nice! Good score!
     
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    He got joo joo eyeballs
    He one holy roller
    He got hair down to his knee
    Got to be a joker
    He just do what he please ;)
     
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    I had a two tone(stripped grip frame), that I traded for a stainless Old army, which was a dumb move. Then I sold the old army, which was an even dumber move.
    Nice score!
     
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    Yeah,you guys are old too....LOL
     
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    Great score! I have one in 6-1/2 bbl and the length of yours just seems much more packable & point-able. I’m sure you will have a blast - they are pretty much bombproof.
     
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    I got the 3 screw 44mag, new back in 1980. Loved that gun. Sold it in 2000, sorry I did. You have a great shooter.
     
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    Congratulations .
    I have the same thing in .44 mag.
    Not terribly accurate but livable .
    Mine I think had been used on a movie set having been dropped several times .
    Since it had already taken a beating I made a few modifications. and gave it a beaver tail on the hammer and checkered it and made a new set of grips with a right hand thumb rest and checkered it as well . No transfer bar either , not necessary I drop the hammer/firing pin between rounds, plenty safe enough.
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    Not my choice for hunting side arm though I have.
    I much prefer DA as a self defense weapon.
     
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    That's a handful right there.
     
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    My 1958 44. I could be wrong but I want to say 1957 was the year they were introduced or sometime around there.
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    I much prefer the original unmodified Blackhawks over the newer guns. They always have to mess with things and rarely for the better. Certainly just one opinion but the grip design and feel of these was one of the strong points.
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    Nice 44 you have there.
    According to Ruger's web site Starting with serial #1 for the Blackhawk in .44 mag started in 1959 ser.# 1 to 1520 is a 1959 Blackhawk Starting with # 1521 starts the 1960 year.

    I didn't think my wood grips were origenal but I spoke to a Ruger expert and he said they were.
    This is what he told me:
    The walnut grip panels on your Flat Top appear to be original...…Nice find ! . [​IMG]

    FYI, it's been documented that:

    * XR-3 black rubber grip panels were standard issue from 1953-1960.

    * Also starting in 1953, at additional cost, "genuine" American Walnut, Stag (1953-61 ), or Ivory (1954-57) grip panels could be ordered from Ruger.

    (Ruger never offered Mother-of-Pearl grip panels)

    * Starting in 1960, Ruger started shipping SOME (not all) guns with the walnut grip panels - these were the RSS5W, RSSMW, etc .

    * The price for the optional walnut grip panels was an additional $5 until they became standard.

    (guns with black rubber grip panels were sold for $1 less at that time)

    * The stag grip panels were an additional $8.50/pair.

    * The Ivory grip panels were an additional $16.50.

    *The early (pre-1959) walnut grip panels can be identified by a special contour that matches the grip frame, above the medallions.

    *After 1959, the walnut panels were not contoured above the medallions, and were much thicker in the medallion area.
     
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    That 1959 date isn’t correct. 1959 may have been the start of the production for the Super Blackhawks but not the original Blackhawk. The advertisement above is from December of 1956. The article below says 1956-1962 for the .44 Blackhawk with production in full swing by 1957.

    The serial numbers for the 44 Blackhawks are:

    Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production:
    1 1956
    741 1957
    5996 1958
    14258 1959
    22232 1960
    26680 1961
    28515 1962

    My Blackhawk 44 having a serial number in the 8000-9000 range is why I figure it’s 1958.

    This article summarizes the history and includes some info on the various types and changes through the years.
    https://gunblast.com/Hamm_44-Flattop.htm

    One day I wouldn't mind having matching years in a Blackhawk 357 and Single Six .22 but they have become quite pricey. Your 357 looks like a gem, enjoy it!
     
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    While not as old as the others pictured, I inherited my dads three screw SBH when he passed. This gun started my fascination with big bore single action revolvers when I was a kid. Its never been sent to Ruger for a transfer bar. In my dads later years he stopped deer hunting and only pursued grouse. I thought it was fitting that the first thing I took with it after he passed was a grouse.

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    I have a 7 1/2” Ruger .44 Magnum in the 7### SN range; it has the modification parts in the gun but also came with all the original parts still in the box.
     
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    As my as I love those Ruger single actions, (only have 3 right now.. dang it) ...I do enjoy those old ads. Most ferocious looking bears and mt lions you'll ever see! Alot of old Remington and Winchester ads like that too. I think there are really cool. Lot better than some dude with face paint looking all mean and pissed off hunting or something...ugh...I don't get it. Kinda reminds me of a certain sports store...all the folks in the ads seem like they are in pain or something!!..ha!
     
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    BTW, congratulations on that new hog leg..she really is a beauty...
     
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