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Old January 5th, 2011, 08:52 PM   #1
 
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44 virginain dragoon

I like to start off the new year like this, there was a gun show this last weekend and I got a deal on this stainless Interarms Virginian Dragoon. The only thing I didn't like about it was the rubber grips so I made some out of some Bocote that I had. This gun locks up tighter than any of my other revolvers and it is built stout. I plan on shooting it this weekend.








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That is very sharp looking!!! Is it .44spl or .44mag? The grips really make it look great!
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It is a 44 mag , but since my dillon 550b is set up for 44 specials I will probably shoot mostly specials. However the way this thing is built and the weight I know mags would not be a problem, when I take it out I will take some of my old 44mag hunting loads with me and try them as well.
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Awesome! That is a fine looking revolver. You know anything about the company that made it?
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There is some great info on these on Lee Martin Custom Sixguns. From what I understand they went out of business in1984 or 85, the gun I bought was made around 1980. The good thing is if you can find one they are not very costly usually around $300.00 or $400.00. I will be keeping my eyes open for more of them in different calibers.
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I will have to do the same... Always looking for another gun to add to the "wish list". lol
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Bocote sure is a beautiful wood. Those are suppose to be solid guns.
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great looking gun and those grips are super. You have a definite talent for grip making.
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Wow! Beautiful gun and beautiful grips!!! Nice workmanship. The grip shape reminds me a bit of the Freedom Arms shape; sort of halfway between the traditional "Plowhandle" of the SAA and the "Bisley". Is that correct?

Let us know how they feel and handle.

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I think their selling price was higher than the Ruger when they came. Supposed to be between Ruger and Colt at the time.
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[QUOTE=Southerngunner;311835]I like to start off the new year like this, there was a gun show this last weekend and I got a deal on this stainless Interarms Virginian Dragoon. The only thing I didn't like about it was the rubber grips so I made some out of some Bocote that I had. This gun locks up tighter than any of my other revolvers and it is built stout. I plan on shooting it this weekend.

Hey "Brother from another mother",thats one impressive looking wheel gun....those new grips look outstanding...you should be making custom grips for a side line ,nice job...make sure to let us know how it shoots on the weekend.
go well brother...Kiwi.
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Southerngunner,
I bought a new 7 1/2" SS Virginian Dragoon when they came out ( or I should say when imported to Alexandria, Va.)Fit and finish was real nice. It was a fantastic shooter. In fact, at the time I had a 10" Ruger Super Blackhawk that I JUST HAD TO HAVE and had traded my 1970 7 1/2" RSB for.I had bought that while in the Navy in Calif in 1970. What a disappointment it was! I could still kick my butt for trading away that 1970 SBH. The beautiful finish on it alone was reason enough after I compaired it to the newer, crappier finish on the 10" model. Anyway, the Virginian Dragoon shot soooooo much better than the new Ruger SBH that I sold it! I had the VD for a few more years, installed brass eagle inserts on the grips ( Mine had wood grips, All I ever saw have). I traded it off, along with an old 50's Ruger MK1 w/muzzle brake that I had factory reblued/polished, on a Stainless Beretta 9mm when they came out in about 1985 after the government deal ( I still have it).
Anyway, just 3 days ago I was up in my storage space looking for some old Colt and Ruger boxes for some guns I have or have sold and with them was a like-new box for the Virginia Dragoon! Did you get a box with yours. it is 7 1/2" SS, its says in the serial number space either 'S' or '5'. I sort of thought it might just have noted it was SS although that was mentioned on the label.

I have seen a stainless one and a blue/cch one lately at gun shows for $450-500

BTW, also in boxes I found was a Redhawk SS 7 1/2" yellow/blackbox for one I traded a year ago. No Ser.# on the box BTW back then when they came out. Also two new Ruger boxes in yellow/black that I got with guns I'd sent to ruger for polishing/reblue many years ago somewhere arund 1980 and they sent back in new boxes with no end labels. I think I'll haul those to a show.

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Southerngunner,

I just checked the box and under the foam I found the booklet w/ parts list, some typical NRA type stff and warnings and my original receipt from 1981 for $231 ( So I guess they've doubled in price in only 30 years! :>)
The owners booklet and box are like new.
Mine looked just like this.
http://www.singleactions.com/files/I...an_Dragoon.JPG

The price of $231 for the stainless model Dragoon with adj. sights was a straight retail price.
What did a blue Ruger .44mag SBH sell for in 1981? and, now I'm curious, when did Ruger first make a SBH in Stainless?
The Ruger I bought in Calif. in 1970 was $125 I remember well as $125 was hard to come by for a newly married recruit back then! My friends on base called it "The Big Iron" :>)

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Southerngunner,
Box, etc. on the way.
BTW, the parts list has a number for the original wood grips so you might be able to track some down through Hammereli, etc. although yours are nicer!

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