I hope these articles will be interesting for the readers and especially the beginning Ruger collectors — and hopefully they will influence some of you to begin to collect Rugers. The cylinder spinning freely when the loading gate is opened is the way it is supposed to work. By reading on your own and then handling examples of these fine guns you will learn faster and have a much clearer understanding of these guns and their many variations. First let me say that these are safer in that you can carry 6 rounds in the cylinder with out fear of hitting the hammer and it going off. Click Here for Ruger's 'Caliber and Serial Number History' Page! Bill Hamm Got something to say about this article? These numbers should be used as a point of reference only.
Sturm, 16 sep 2013 ruger blackhawk revolver, up-to-date single-action revolver - 25 of your ruger blackhawk 45 colt. Fine mint condition gun with its original box. It still has the checkered hard black rubber grips but has the straight slot ejector rod housing. I have never seen an original front sight with a hi-vis insert. This gun led me to several.
This is 69, manufactured October 1955 and shipped September 1957. Ruger is still advertising they will convert the old models to the new transfer bar system. As you can see, when it comes to collecting Rugers you can go in several directions or as deep into the variations as you like. And in some cases, models may be stored for a length of time before they are shipped. This Blackhawk will shoot tighter than I can. This is the first conversion I have ever had made and will do it again just to have another 41 Magnum.
It is not necessarily the very first serial number shipped, but it can be used to determine the approximate year your Ruger firearm was shipped. Ruger offered these Blackhawks in a number of calibers and barrel lengths. Click the following link to go to the. But it is still one of the best shooting single actions I have ever pulled the trigger on. About 10,000 guns were produced in 1954 and about 20,000 guns produced 1955, and production steadily increased thereafter.
Also, within a model family the same serial number prefix may be used to produce a variety of different models, all in the same block of serial numbers. For details on your specific serial number you may contact our Service Department: 336-949-5200 For serial numbers manufactured prior to our electronic records, or for an official letter confirming the details on your firearm please download and mail in the form. Sturm, Ruger and Company started production on the single action Blackhawk revolver in 1955. Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This can lead to confusion if you come into possession of a Ruger firearm and wish to know the date of its production. It's not a three screw - pins. I'm not sure about the value of it compared to the newer models.
The New Models feels a lot better than the conversions. It is a great shooting gun and it has many many rounds through it with never a malfunction. This will require considerable study by the beginning collector to understand the make up of these guns and what to look for. With its four click hammer, it sounds and functions like a Colt except the Ruger has more reliable coil springs. I need the dough for a new electric guitar I wish to buy. If I had one negative thing to say it would be about the rear sight.
Ruger Old Army Serial Numbers Beginning Serial Number Years of Production 140-00001 1972 140-04259 1973 140-13723 1974 140-20404 1975 140-26251 1976 140-30204 1977 140-34506 1978 140-39651 1979 140-44201 1980 140-46573 1981 145-33428 1982 145-46522 1983 145-50008 1984 145-51681 1985 145-52645 1986 145-55577 1987 145-57569 1988 145-60386 1989 145-63537 1990 145-65870 1991 145-66177 1992 145-66292 1993 145-70614 and 148-00504 1994 145-74645 and 148-01310 1995 145-80534 and 148-03084 1996 145-87525 and 148-04467 1997 145-88998 and 148-06385 1998 145-90793 and 148-06823 1999 145-92200 and 148-07285 2000 145-92762 and 148-07895 2001 145-93406 and 148-08025 2002 145-94109 and 148-08404 2003 145-94812 and 148-09305 2004 145-95380 and 148-10546 2005 145-95673 and 148-11409 2006 145-96199 and 148-11785 2007 145-96352 and 148-12112 2008 Ruger does not necessarily produce firearms in serial number order. The serial number is 5 digits with no prefix as shown in the photo of your gun. Its a point of the serial. The leaf springs are the most common place to have a breakage on a Colt. What is a pair with stag.
But Ruger stopped making them in 1973 and they have become more and more collectable and valuable. Today these complete pristine packages will bring a premium from the discriminating collector. Ruger manufacture dates keyword after analyzing the system lists the list of keywords related and the list of websites with related content,. Framed advertisement from the March 1957 issue of the American Rifleman magazine. This number should be used as a point of reference only. Also, within a model family the same serial number prefix may be used to produce a variety of different models, all in the same block of serial numbers. It appears to be a factory magna-port with slots along each side of the front sight? Released the manufacture for ruger's caliber: 357 with a ruger super blackhawk was shipped on new model super blackhawk 45 colt.
Tip Firearm manufacturers usually etch the serial number on the top of the barrel near the bolt handle on a rifle or on the side of the frame on a pistol. Near mint condition, purchased from its original owner. Now it has the feel of a full blown custom gun. Looking for which the value of production by serial. While I loved the original, smoother trigger pull, I did send it back to the factory for the safety conversion to add the transfer bar.