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Old March 1st, 2017, 12:27 PM   #1
 
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Well howdy out there to my new friends.

It's been a very long time since I've owned any Ruger Blackhawks (circa 1973) but I just brought home an OM 3-Screw Flattop Blackhawk in .44 Magnum without the transfer bar conversion.

I'd like some expert information about this revolver so since I can't post photos yet I'll describe her as best as I can. Here goes:

On the left side of frame below the cylinder:
RUGER BLACKHAWK
.44 MAGNUM CAL.
(the Ruger "Hawk" symbol is to the right of the above words along with the "circle R" registration symbol)

On the left side of the barrel:
STURM, RUGER & CO.
SOUTHPORT, CONN. USA
(there is no "warning message" on the barrel or elsewhere on this firearm)

On the right side of the frame below the cylinder:
17861 (serial number)

The cylinder is fluted and has countersunk chambers. The front circumference is beveled.

The top strap is flat with no "ears" for protecting the rear sight.

The front sight is the standard ramp with serrated top.

The barrel length is 6-1/2".

It is a blued firearm.

The grips are standard wood (dark walnut???) with the Hawk emblem on each. No nicks or chips in them.

The inside of the grip frame is cast "XR3". It is NOT steel - must be aluminum as it has no magnetic properties.

The bluing is still deep and shiny with minimal holster wear at the normal palaces and a very light cylinder drag mark. I would easily call this firearm 90%.

So I plan on hunting with this revolver and I am not looking for a monetary worth here. I'd just like to know when this revolver was made and if the above descriptions of it's parts sound correct for this revolver.

I have no intention of having the New Model Transfer Bar Conversion performed on this fine firearm and YES...I will carry only five rounds in it!

Thank in advance...

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Your basic .44 Flattop likely made in 1959.

Yessir, you have a nice one. The .44 Flattop was made until 1962 when it was discontinued in favor of the Super Blackhawk.

All the features you mention are proper for the gun, and it sounds like it's in pretty nice shape . . . a "keeper" for sure.

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Your basic .44 Flattop likely made in 1959.

Yessir, you have a nice one. The .44 Flattop was made until 1962 when it was discontinued in favor of the Super Blackhawk.

All the features you mention are proper for the gun, and it sounds like it's in pretty nice shape . . . a "keeper" for sure.

Welcome to our madness. You will be assimilated.

Thanks for all the welcomes.

As to the 1959 manufacture date...is there a serial number reference guide somewhere on the WWW?

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old model flat top with a micro sight.
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old model flat top with a micro sight.
Yes sir!

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Can anyone recommend a good set of recoil-absorbing grips for this ole gal?
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Well howdy out there to my new friends.

It's been a very long time since I've owned any Ruger Blackhawks (circa 1973) but I just brought home an OM 3-Screw Flattop Blackhawk in .44 Magnum without the transfer bar conversion.

I'd like some expert information about this revolver so since I can't post photos yet I'll describe her as best as I can. Here goes:

On the left side of frame below the cylinder:
RUGER BLACKHAWK
.44 MAGNUM CAL.
(the Ruger "Hawk" symbol is to the right of the above words along with the "circle R" registration symbol)

On the left side of the barrel:
STURM, RUGER & CO.
SOUTHPORT, CONN. USA
(there is no "warning message" on the barrel or elsewhere on this firearm)

On the right side of the frame below the cylinder:
17861 (serial number)

The cylinder is fluted and has countersunk chambers. The front circumference is beveled.

The top strap is flat with no "ears" for protecting the rear sight.

The front sight is the standard ramp with serrated top.

The barrel length is 6-1/2".

It is a blued firearm.

The grips are standard wood (dark walnut???) with the Hawk emblem on each. No nicks or chips in them.

The inside of the grip frame is cast "XR3". It is NOT steel - must be aluminum as it has no magnetic properties.

The bluing is still deep and shiny with minimal holster wear at the normal palaces and a very light cylinder drag mark. I would easily call this firearm 90%.

So I plan on hunting with this revolver and I am not looking for a monetary worth here. I'd just like to know when this revolver was made and if the above descriptions of it's parts sound correct for this revolver.

I have no intention of having the New Model Transfer Bar Conversion performed on this fine firearm and YES...I will carry only five rounds in it!

Thank in advance...

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Welcome from the Pacific NW, nor much help, but I have one of the first superblackhawks and she is a safe queen now. wish you luck you can pick up some new friends here and a lot of good info too.
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This will give you some help on serial number/date:

Instruction Manuals & Product History


Be aware its not 100% accurate as shipping dates often varied.

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This will give you some help on serial number/date:

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Be aware its not 100% accurate as shipping dates often varied.

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Thank you Bob.

Yep! Looks like she was born in 1959.

I was 6 years old then - LOL.
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Welcome there HossBreed, to a fellow Nevadan, I also am a retired law dog, and shot SASS a few years back. Amazing what a small world it is
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