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Old 03-21-2012, 14:38   #1
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Ruger fans, look what I just found :)

Well, I've never been a huge Ruger revolver fan, yet somehow I just bought my seventh model. Here we have an old three screw 4.5" Blackhawk in none other than 41 Magnum. Though neither were on my "must have" list, I have always wanted an old model Blackhawk and a 41 Magnum. Well, I just now killed two birds with one stone.

It came in on consignment at one of my local shops earlier today that I just happened to visit. When I got there, it was being looked at by another potential buyer. When I saw what it was, I was praying he didn't walk out with it. Anyway, he finally put it down and told the shop he would be back tomorrow to put some money down on it. The rest is history...

As you can see, the gun is in remarkable condition for its age. Other than some extremely light holster wear, its like new. I don't think it was fired much at all. Even the grips are like new. I'm also happy to say that this is the sixth classic handgun I've found in great shape so far this year.

I so much prefer the authentic feel and sound of the action on these old Blackhawks compared to the new model. It just feels so much more precise than my new models with the transfer bar. Here we have no goofy Ruger warning labels, no transfer bar, and real bluing (unlike what Ruger does now). I love it.

I know we have some classic Ruger fans here. What are your thoghts on my latest? I'll have to look it up, but can anyone tell me when it was made by the serial number? I'm thinking mid 1960's. The 45 to 50 year old cardboard box and papers have seen better days, but they're there.


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Old 03-21-2012, 14:39   #2
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Old 03-21-2012, 14:45   #3
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Well, I've never been a huge Ruger revolver fan, yet somehow I just bought my seventh model. Here we have an old three screw 4.5" Blackhawk in none other than 41 Magnum. Though neither were on my "must have" list, I have always wanted an old model Blackhawk and a 41 Magnum. Well, I just now killed two birds with one stone.

It came in on consignment at one of my local shops earlier today that I just happened to visit. When I got there, it was being looked at by another potential buyer. When I saw what it was, I was praying he didn't walk out with it. Anyway, he finally put it down and told the shop he would be back tomorrow to put some money down on it. The rest is history...

As you can see, the gun is in remarkable condition for its age. Other than some extremely light holster wear, its like new. I don't think it was fired much at all. Even the grips are like new. I'm also happy to say that this is the sixth classic handgun I've found in great shape so far this year.

I so much prefer the authentic feel and sound of the action on these old Blackhawks compared to the new model. It just feels so much more precise than my new models with the transfer bar. Here we have no goofy Ruger warning labels, no transfer bar, and real bluing (unlike what Ruger does now). I love it.

I know we have some classic Ruger fans here. What are your thoghts on my latest? I'll have to look it up, but can anyone tell me when it was made by the serial number? I'm thinking mid 1960's. The 45 to 50 year old cardboard box and papers have seen better days, but they're there.


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Sweet, very nice find....look what I picked up today as well...

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.45LC/.45ACP

From what I can find out via a few internet searches it is a Acusoport exclusive, i.e. not a regular Ruger production. I am just happy it is a Bisley because now I can use my thumb to cock the hammer without changing my grip. Thanks to my girl like short thumbs I can not do that on a normal revolver, the Bisley makes it easy.

Paid $565 which I am happy with.

Congrats to both of us I guess!

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Old 03-21-2012, 14:51   #4
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That looks very nice, Ruggles.

A couple years ago, I picked up a 44 Special Blackhawk that was a distributor special.
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Old 03-21-2012, 14:51   #5
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Bac, that is an excellent find!! Good thing I don't live next to you, I would have bought it without hesitation.
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OK, OP...

How much (so I can cry some more)...
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Sweet, very nice find....look what I picked up today as well...

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From what I can find out via a few internet searches it is a Acusoport exclusive, i.e. not a regular Ruger production. I am just happy it is a Bisley because now I can use my thumb to cock the hammer without changing my grip. Thanks to my girl like short thumbs I can not do that on a normal revolver, the Bisley makes it easy.

Paid $565 which I am happy with.

Congrats to both of us I guess!
It looks like the Ruger Bisley 45LC/APC Stainless are back in production again. My LGS has another one NIB.

Here are mine
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I really like the grips. Good luck with it .
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It looks like the Ruger Bisley 45LC/APC Stainless are back in production again. My LGS has another one NIB.

Here are mine
Sweet guns 2 is always better than one, well excepts for wives

I am glad Ruger built a few more so I could get one They are stout guns!
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OK, OP...

How much (so I can cry some more)...
$490 out the door

Considering what they're going for on Gunbroker, I got a nice deal.
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Old 03-21-2012, 16:21   #11
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I just looked up the serial number. It was built in 1967.

The old model 41 mag Blackhawks were produced from 1965-1972.
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Congrats on a beautiful and rare Ruger for a very nice price !
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Nice find Bac. I have one Blackhawk (357/9mm) and really enjoy it. While it's not a collector piece, it sure is fun to shoot. Definitely has great trigger right out of factory.
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Old 03-21-2012, 17:32   #14
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Nice gun BAC. I have one just like it in .45 Colt/.45 ACP. ( a little newer) It is my favorite handgun for hunting. They are great guns IMO, congrats!

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Old 03-21-2012, 17:36   #15
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Sweet BH, I could almost use another myself....
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Great looking gun. I always love your pics too bac.
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Congrats on a beautiful and rare Ruger for a very nice price !
Thanks Hemi.

I definitely felt the price was good.
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Old 03-21-2012, 18:43   #18
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nice piece, I picked a new gun today as well, I was looking at a ruger super blackhawk but ended up getting another glock haha
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Great looking gun. I always love your pics too bac.
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Nice one!


According to Ruger's website the serial number is between 1967-1968.

http://www.ruger.com/service/product...E-Bhawk41.html

ETA: Didn't even faze me how the chart worked, Duh. It should have a manufacture date of 1967

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According to Ruger's website the serial number is between 1967-1968.

http://www.ruger.com/service/product...E-Bhawk41.html
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Old 03-21-2012, 22:27   #24
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Awesome score Bac!!!!!! That is the EXACT handgun that my Grandfather has and every time I shoot it I love it more and more. I hope to own it someday. When we all go shooting at my Grandfathers farm every Labor Day, I always ask him to bust it out and no one likes shooting it because they cannot handle the recoil or hit the broad side of a barn, but I am darn accurate with it--one handed to boot! I don't know what it is, but I shoot that gun like it was made for me. I am a huge fan of the .41 magnum round too. It is a shame it's not more plentiful. Enjoy brother!
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Well, I've never been a huge Ruger revolver fan, yet somehow I just bought my seventh model. Here we have an old three screw 4.5" Blackhawk in none other than 41 Magnum. Though neither were on my "must have" list, I have always wanted an old model Blackhawk and a 41 Magnum. Well, I just now killed two birds with one stone.

It came in on consignment at one of my local shops earlier today that I just happened to visit. When I got there, it was being looked at by another potential buyer. When I saw what it was, I was praying he didn't walk out with it. Anyway, he finally put it down and told the shop he would be back tomorrow to put some money down on it. The rest is history...

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I so much prefer the authentic feel and sound of the action on these old Blackhawks compared to the new model. It just feels so much more precise than my new models with the transfer bar. Here we have no goofy Ruger warning labels, no transfer bar, and real bluing (unlike what Ruger does now). I love it.

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Very cool! I really like the old boxes and manuals that come with old guns for some reason. I have an old S&W model 27-2 .357 mag I inherited from my grandpa and I really enjoyed reading through the old manual. It really adds to the value for me.

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