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Old January 10th, 2017, 08:55 PM   #1
 
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Finally got one of the NM BlackHawk Flat Top 45 ACP/45 LC Convertibles

After several months of trying to decide on a 45ACP/45LC RedHawk or NM BlackHawk Flat Top, I finally decided on the Lipsey's Convertible single action SS 5-1/2" NM BH FT. Then I ran into an issue with 3 of 4 local gun shops saying they couldn't get one, or it would cost an arm and a leg to reallocate one. Fortunately the last shop I went to was wanting my business because they busted their hump to find one for me, and didn't gouge me (least I didn't think so) to get one.

In any case I have only fondled and fiddled with it the last few days, and won't get out to shoot it for a while, but still I have some first impressions that I'll just toss out here with some obligatory pics.

First and foremost I could only think and say 'wow' when I opened the box at the lgs. It was of course doused with shipping/protective lube all over, but I have to say it was a beauty from the first time I looked at it. After getting it home and wiping it down, running some swabs down the barrel and cyl chambers, nooks and crannies, I could see the the really nice fit and finish of it. It's been a while since I actually purchased a new revolver, and especially a single action one, but it's a nice feeling cocking back that hammer and feeling and hearing the action locking and cocking back.

Other than the action feeling new and a little stiff, it was nice and smooth through out. I can only compare to my 40 year old NM BH .357 Mag which is so smooth it almost cocks itself. Speaking of which, the only mechanical 'con' I can think of at this point is the actual trigger pull. With my orig NM BH .357 the trigger pull has no discernible creep, and breaks at about 3 lbs. Whereas this new .45 BH FT has a fair amount of creep and feels closer to 4-5 lbs. Not griping, but just stating a noticeable difference right up front. It won't bother me, and I suspect that'll smooth out in time.

The only other noticeable thing was the new super slender grips. When I first saw them I kinda winced thinking I might not like the feel, but after playing with it a bit, they have really come to grow on me. I like them on this gun.

Anyway, I have to get out and shoot it I know, but until then I can just fondle and dry fire it in anticipation. It's a really nice looking and feeling piece that's for sure, and I was lucky to get a hold of it.

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Old January 10th, 2017, 09:11 PM   #2
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WOW.. SWEET.

I like. Thats a purty revolver.

Congrats. That was worth the wait.
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Congrats,
Looks like you have one with a nice finish on it. Sometimes they show up with a few inconsistencies, or rough edges, yours looks great.
Nice pics as well!!
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Nice, I like it a lot
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I bought the same gun except with the 4.62" barrel last year. Mine came with a rough edge or two. I fixed it with a tiny file and being very careful.
With these Blackhawks you get a lot of gun for a decent price. Yours is very nice and thanks for the photos.
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Looks good, I enjoy mine. Fun to work up loads in both calibers that shoot to the same point of aim.

Take Care

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SWEET !

I saw my first convertible 45 Blackhawk around 1970 , always thought it was an excellent combo , 45 acp for target and the 45 Colt for hunting .
The great thing about SA revolvers is the grips can be changed so easily, if too thin , find some nice stag , wood or whatever that fit and problem solved. I swapped out the wood ones on my 1971 BH because they were too thin.
Nice score , Enjoy.
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Nice! You'll enjoy shoot'n it .

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Whereas this new .45 BH FT has a fair amount of creep and feels closer to 4-5 lbs. Not griping, but just stating a noticeable difference right up front. It won't bother me, and I suspect that'll smooth out in time.
Just lift off one of the trigger spring legs and that will help having to have hydraulics to help you pull the trigger back. That said, all the guns I normally shoot have went to a gunsmith to have trigger pull set to 2# and take out the creep. No other way for me now!

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Sweet!!! Now go shoot and lets us know what you think.
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Very very nice. Just can't beat a Blackhawk.
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The difference in strength is most obvious when looking at the rear if the cylinders. The large frame cylinder is visibly bigger and has considerable steel between chambers. The mid-frame cylinder is smaller and rather thin between chambers. The "weakness" is less in the frame than in the cylinders.
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Fine looking sixgun Viper, did you ever get to shoot it?! Tell us!!!
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YEs, my NIB Black conveetible in .357/9mm shold be here soon.

I'm wondering if anyone prefers their .45/45 over their .357
convertible?

I want to get a .45/45 next, but don't know if it will be 4 5/8 or
a longer barrel.

As I did have a .45 COLT old model Vaquero a few year back..
I could never get any decent accuracy out of it.

I'd use mostly .45 ACP in the .45 covertible.
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