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Old August 10th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #1
 
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50th Aniversary 44 mag Blackhawk

I saw a "new in box" 50th Anniversary 44 mag Blackhawk in my local shop. It has the flat top frame. It really looks "new in box". Likely never fired.

I have 2 questions;

Is the frame/grip same size the same as the regular new model blackhawk, the new flat top frame or the super blackhawk frame?

How's the price of $479.00?



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Old August 10th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #2
 
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That's a good price!... I seen one for sale as low as $430

XR-3 grip frame... longer Magnum cylinder frame... I really like that gun but I favor Stainless Steel, still... I think it's the Bomb!


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Is the frame/grip same size the same as the regular new model blackhawk, the new flat top frame or the super blackhawk frame?
The cylinder frame is the same as the BHs, Bisley, and SBH (all have the large frame). In this case it just has a flat top . The 'grip' frame, as said above, is XR-3 which the original grip frame back in the 50s ... much closer to the colt SAA grip. The grip frame is steel as is the ejector housing.

Price seems reasonable.
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Hmmm.....thanks for the replies.

Steel grip and ejector rod housing huh? Nice. Part of the reason I like my 44 spl flat tops.

Are these strictly "collector" safe queens or are you guys with one shooting them? Do you like em? Any idea how many were made and when?

I'm a shooter. So should I go for it? Would be a complete impulse buy. Frankly, I have been wanting/looking for the 357 Anniversary flat top but haven't seen one of those at all since they came out a few years ago.
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I've shot mine since the day I brought it home...a very accurate piece too. Some collect, others are shooters...for me, if it's too good to go bang in my hand, I'd rather not have one around. This particular gun will shoot six shot groups with a deer killing load into just over an inch at 25 yds. Rod
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I shoot mine.... No safe queens here. Not as much as my .44Spec flattops ... but still get it out once in awhile .

The call is all yours . Buy or not to buy. All I can say it is a good shooter. Note I did have a problem with the ejector housing on mine... But I seem to be the exception rather than the rule.... I replaced mine with another one and all is well now.

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and when?
Well, this is easy as it is an anniversary model (1956 to 2006) . Same with the .357 (1955 to 2005) . Don't have a clue how many, but they were still selling them just a couple years ago (I am sure they were only manufactured for one year though).

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The 50th Anniversary .44 magnum is a truly fine revolver. It will benefit from a trigger job but other than that it is "Ready to go".

I bought one and it would easily shoot under 1" at 25 yards. All of the important dimensions are correct. I presented it to my Son-in-Law. He lives in Utah in the midst of big game country, is an excellent shot and didn't have a hunting handgun. He'll make good use of it.

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I have both Lipsey's flat tops (44 & 45). I am told they are collectors but I don't care. I shoot them and love every moment doing it.
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I collect shooters lol. My anniversary 44 mag is a great shooter.
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Never understood those fellas that want to buy a "50th Anniversary Flattop" and then get the anniversary data removed from the barrel. Hope you keep yours on--part of what makes them go up in value as the years go by.
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and then get the anniversary data removed from the barrel
They don't remove the data from the barrel, they just remove the gold paint. I left mine to wear off normally. As for value ... well, I'd just keep it unfired in the safe if that was of any interest.... And it isn't. When I die, all my guns will have been 'shot' as much as I had time to enjoy shooting them . Let someone else 'worry' and 'wring hands' about value after I am gone...

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I have a Lipsey's 44 special flat top...shoot it a lot and love it..my avitar gun....I got lots of "special" Rugers and my goal is to shoot, shoot, shoot them till I'm not able to shoot any more...Got several unfired(till now) old models....when someone tells me they want $160 for the cardboard box to make my SBH "original"...it becomes a shooter...I think there were so many Lipsey's, 50th anniv. models, Talo's, etc that none of them will go up in value in my lifetime...so they get shot. Guess I'm just not "collector material".
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I have both the 50th .357M and the 50th .44M, both are 'Flattops' and I shoot the heck out of them.
I have two Lipsey's .44 Spl, one blued and one stainless, so I shoot a lot of .44 specials out of my .44M. Once you pop a couple of .44 Mags out of the 50th, you will understand why Ruger made the grip frame larger and I shoot specials!
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Just picked up a safe queen and can not wait to shoot her. Very clean, never fired ftat top 50th, NIB.

Since it has been a safe queen since 2006 is there anything I should do like clean or oil before popping her cherry?
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