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Old November 26th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #1
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Flat top blackhawk .44 mag.

I purchased the pistol new in 1960 and have the box, original sales slip and paperwork. I have not had it modified. It is in NRA Very Good condition. It is a remarkably accurate pistol and enjoyable to shoot. I would like a shorter barrel, however and would like to be able to use all six chambers.

What are your opinions on having the safety modifications done and then reducing the barrel length or should I just leave it alone and find another shorter barrel pistol. In that case should I have the safety modifications done or leave it alone completely?

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Old November 26th, 2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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Alot of people love the old three screw the way it was without the safty modifications. I bought one for that reason.

I do not think shortening the barrel will be an issue, they are collctables, but not huge value.

Check for others. You may want to just sell it and buy one in the lengthyou want. Also you may want a different caliber.

I just bought a 41 Magnum Blackhawk. Its a great round, 4 5/8 barrel. Its a great gun for hunting or hiking when you want a good round but not too much recoil.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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I have a beater version of your pistol. It will be re-built sometime in the future. I'll offer some suggestions.

1. Don't get the safety conversion.

2. Get a take-off barrel from a pistolsmith in the length you want and switch them. Save your for re-installation...collector value is rising with box, etc.

3. Get a trigger/action job by a name pistolsmith. Jim Stroh (ALPHA PRECISION) is my choice.

4. Cosmetics such as new grips, etc. Save the originals.

Your gun with the box and condition you describe is worth at least $700 if it is un-altered...more to the right person.
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Ditto with EDK, I would add try out one of the new models before you sell or modify your 3-screw. I found them to be a PITA with the way they index for un and reloading, but then I have been useing the old ones since 65. Good luck on what you decide.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 05:04 PM   #5
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What barrel length is your revolver? In 1959 Ruger introduced the 44 mag Blackhawk in additional barrel lengths of 7 1/2 and 10 inches. There were fewer produced of the revolvers of these barrel lengths and they are very desirable to collectors and of higher value than most of the earlier 6 1/2 barreled versions. Keep in mind also that if you have the factory safety modification done, Ruger will stamp the frame with an R to indicate the modification was made. The value of the revolver in the eyes of serious collectors would probably decrease even if you re-installed the original parts to return it to its initial configuration because of the "scarlet" R.

If I owned your revolver with its original box and papers I would definately put it away "unmolested" or sell it even if it is one of the more common 6 1/2 inch barreled units and buy a new model to shoot . Unaltered old model Ruger Single Actions in practically any decent condition are becoming increasingly harder to find.
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DITTO to blackhawkfan's suggestions. Please don't send it to Ruger! If you want to carry 6 in a SA revolver, buy a new model, don't destroy the best feature of an old model, and in this case a Flat-top. Save it or sell it but don't ruin it.

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