Originally Posted by bwinters
The new vaquero term is only a description not a formal model designation.
The term "New Vaquero" was indeed a model designation. The old Vaqueros said "Ruger Vaquero" on the cylinder frame. The New Vaqueros say "Ruger New Vaquero" on the cylinder frame.
Guns like the Montado bore a name that was only a description since it did not say "Montado" on the cylinder frame. It still said "Ruger New Vaquero".
I think the problem comes from the fact that Ruger no longer produces the Vaquero and seems to want to get away from the "New Vaquero" since they even just call them Vaqueros in their current catalogs.
There have been different model guns come out on the "New Vaquero" smaller cylinder frame that only say "Vaquero" on them. So it's quite likely that the OP's gun is on the smaller "New Vaquero" cylinder frame and only marked as "Vaquero"
They're just doing away with the "New" the same way they did away with the "S".
They created a real mess when they came out with the "New Vaquero" and now they're creating a bigger mess by labeling them as "Vaquero".