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Old January 16th, 2013, 02:57 PM   #1
 
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New Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper

I want one....it even has a stainless steel ERH.

Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper Stainless 22 LR





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Old January 16th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #2
 
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I saw that last night. Figures, I just got a SS bearcat to do a birds head conversion on.

Oh well, I got a really good deal so I bet I can still get a smith to shorten the barrel and round the butt for less than the cost of this special. Will also have the barrel billboard removed at the same time.

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Old January 16th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #3
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It looks great. It's not on Ruger's site yet, and the Lipsey's ad gives no price.

I like the standard stainless Bearcats, with EWK's stainless ejector rod housings. An inch less barrel and a rounded butt make little difference on an already small gun. Even with the button head center pin, it'll still have a shorter ejection stroke.

Plus, Lett Custom is no longer around to make round butt grips to match the ones I have now.
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I must have this. I hope they make enough and I can find one.
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That is pretty! My list of I want one guns just got longer.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #6
 
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Very nice.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 04:54 PM   #7
 
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Even with the button head center pin, it'll still have a shorter ejection stroke.
It has a strange little sickle ejector rod head. Don't really care for that.

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Yeah. Looks like it would snag on eveything.

But other than that . . . LIKE!!!!

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Old January 16th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #9
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That's called a "crescent head". It fits around the button head cylinder pin so the ejector moves farther. The cylinder pin has a shortened "button head" to let you move the ejector farther. When you move ejector all the way, the crescent and button heads would be side by side, against your finger.

For all this work, the ejector is still going to move 1/2 inch or so less than a regular Bearcat. Something like ejecting empty .357 out of a J-frame.
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Yeah. Probably a functional necessity, but UGLY.

Wonder if it would be possible to "reverse" that head so it sorta wraps around the rod housing instead of sticking out there like a sore thumb?
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Most "shopkeeper" SAs haven't had an ejector. You pull the cylinder base pin and cylinder, and poke the empties out with the pin.
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My LGS is one of the largest retailers in the Southeast. I told him today to get me one of these little jewels as soon as possible. He said he would be calling Lipsey's today. He got me a Birdshead .45ACP Vaquero and a 4 3/4 inch .357 frame Flattop .45/45ACP in short order last year. I look to have a Birdshead BC about as soon as they start shipping.
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It has a strange little sickle ejector rod head. Don't really care for that.

Looks to me like that odd ejector rod head is designed to clear the cylinder pin and push back all the way to the frame.

Maybe due to the short barrel length it's necessary in order to get a full stroke of the ejector rod?
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Nice, but not legal in AU.
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Looks like a cool little kit gun.
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