This is a discussion on New model Blackhawk .357 within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; I've had this nagging question pertaining to my Blackhawk since I purchased it over 20 years ago. The pic doesn't show it well, but the ...
I've had this nagging question pertaining to my Blackhawk since I purchased it over 20 years ago. The pic doesn't show it well, but the cylinder and frame are of a bronze finish, barrel is blued, hammer, trigger, trigger guard and ejector are stainless.. Is this factory?
Like Iowegan said, nope. Some people call this a Pinto. Two or three metal parts of the gun with a different finish on them. Someone was doing a little home gunsmithing this is what came out. Nothing wrong with that as long as the gun functions like it's 'posta. Just looks a little different than most. Different strokes for different folks.
Paladin SWS, Thanks for the much better photo. What you are calling a "bronze finish" is what happens when you put a Ruger frame into hot bluing salts without the additive for Ruger's cast alloy. This same effect can be seen to a lesser degree on older Rugers and is called "plum". The previous owner did some unique things such as installing a stainless grip frame and ejector rod housing. A jeweled stainless Super Blackhawk hammer and a stainless jeweled trigger were also installed.
In your PM, you mentioned the serial number was pre-74 but post-73. I have the detailed serial number dates if you want to post the number with the last three digits substituted with an "X".
Thank you all.. Yes it really does get noticed and the trigger work is exceptionally smooth.
I was on the range once on Bragg where we did quals monthly. I'd asked the SgtM if he minded whether I brought my revolver down for target practice while we were there and he said he didn't mind as long as I did my quals first (M9). Well, as much as we shot, it went quickly and when I bellied up to the bench with the 9 others who where qualing their M9s, it was like pow, pow, pow.. Until I lauched one. Everything on the range went quiet for a minute or so until they realized what had just happened... what a hoot.
So I got done with the 6 rds and the SgtM asked to try it out. I said "sure, but watch it because the trigger is light" compared to the Berettas that everyone was shooting. (outdoor range) He does the typical thing.. walks up "ready on the firing line" points the Blackhawk down range and begins bringing it down on target... BOOM.. launches one into the stratusphere... Haa ha ha... He turns his head around and looks at me with this Sh** eating grin on his face..