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Old March 2nd, 2017, 02:17 PM   #1
 
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Hey all I'm new to the whole revolver world. I happen to be working out of town and ran in to and older women who's husband recently passed and she was selling a bunch of guns. I have always wanted to own a 44 magnum and she has a super clean Super Blackhawk for sale. I'm going to buy it regardless of what I find out here but I was trying to age the gun by the serial number. From what I found on Rugers website the serial numbers are usually 7 digits long with the first 2 numbers giving you a guesstimate of what year it was made. This gun only has a 5 digit serial number. Was wondering if I could get some insight on what that means.
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 02:42 PM   #2
 
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From what I know................and I may be WRONG.......5 digit serial # SB 44 mags were made between 1963 and 1968.

Hopefully there is someone else out there that can confirm or negate the years that I 've listed.

Its a nice looking SB...........don't let it get away from ya!


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Awesome thanks for the info. Is that a pretty good year to have? Common or a little more uncommon.
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Nice!

What you have is an Old Model Super Blackhawk that was produced from 1959 to around 1973. The Old Model flattop .44 Mag was produced from 1956 to around 1962. Old Models have a different action that the New Models (1973 to present). The New Models have two pins and a transfer bar, no half cock. The Old Model requires you to open the loading gate, pull the hammer back to half cock. Then load 5, by loading 1, skip 1, and load 4 more, so that the empty chamber will be under the hammer when pull the hammer back and let it down on the frame. Hope that helps.

Now as for desirability, yes, they certainly are more than New Models as they don't make them anymore. But they are not that rare either.

You must have been looking under the wrong SBH history link. Here is the link to the Old Models

Old Model Ruger Super Blackhawk Serial Number History

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Welcome Hunter.

That Ruger pictured is what's known as an "Old Model 3 Screw" Super Blackhawk. (three screw on the side of the frame by the cylinder) It looks pretty nice, but more clear closeups will help the other members here with their assessment.

Mark is correct about the dates of manufacture for the 5 digit serial numbered guns, except some were made in late 1963 according to the manufacturer's website.

Hopefully it is an "unaltered" 3 screw - meaning that after 1973 the lock work was changed to the transfer bar safety system on the New Model Blackhawks (and Single Six .22s), and a free conversion was offered to anyone who who sent in their Old Model (made prior to 1974).

The vast majority of the Old Model owners here (including me) prefer their Old Model Ruger single actions to be unconverted. A converted Old Model is generally not as desirable and is valued less.

I think I got those dates correct, but the experts who post here should be along in a little while to confirm or correct me. And they can offer more information.

Edited to add: rclark beat me to it.

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definetly old model and traditional colt style lockwork as mentioned leave an empty chamber under the hammerl load 1 skip one load 4 and lower the hammer onto an empty chamber
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3 screw Ruger Super Blackhawk

Yup that's what you have if you bought it. One way to check out that it wasn't upgraded look for the transfer bar upgrade that was part of the lawsuit for the upgrade and check the cylinder for the latch ring drag marks on the cylinder. It has some good collectors value with an original unaltered Ruger BlackHawk or Super Blackhawk. They had excellent cylinder latch timing and the latch didn't score the cylinder and they locked very well for strength and safety. If you have an original 3 screw Super Blackhawk then carry it with 5 rounds and on an empty cylinder. I do it with all of my single actions like my Uberti .357. Be safe, Eagle.

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It does not have the retrofit bump behind the trigger for the return spring plunger, therefore it has not had the transfer safety retrofit kit installed.
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Based on the link provided it looks like the gun was made in 1964. Based on what you can see as far as condition what is the value typically at on SBH made in 1964? I know a exact price is out of the question just looking for ballpark. The lady is selling it for $205 which seems like a steal to me. Thanks for all the help so far! Really appreciate all the knowledge!
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Twice that price would still be a good deal for that particular example.
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Based on the link provided it looks like the gun was made in 1964. Based on what you can see as far as condition what is the value typically at on SBH made in 1964? I know a exact price is out of the question just looking for ballpark. The lady is selling it for $205 which seems like a steal to me. Thanks for all the help so far! Really appreciate all the knowledge!
I can beat that..............I bought a newer model SB stainless 7 1/2" circa 1982 in '88 for $200.

I purchased it from a private individual.

After the sale I RAN before they could change their mind.

As I said earlier, don't let that one get away from ya.



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Dude, I wouldn't be hanging around here asking questions, I'd be seeing that lady buying that gun!!!
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I'd drive to MO for that price!
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If you haven't bought it yet,tell me where she live.
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If it were me (and I wish it was me!!) I would run to get that gun, but I would also give her more for it. I wouldn't want to have trouble sleeping at night with a guilty conscience!!
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