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Old November 24th, 2019, 09:32 PM   #31
 
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I can make a full day of shooting with just one 50 round box of ammo. The slower pace of loading, unloading, and cocking the hammer gives you time to enjoy each round fired.
Thats what I call both relaxing and exciting all at the same time. 50 round box or testing handloads can take me a long time to enjoy SA shooting.

Heck, 10 rounds of testing rifle loads never takes less than a 3 hour session for me, as long as IF i am outdoors.



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Old November 25th, 2019, 08:12 AM   #32
 
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Old November 26th, 2019, 08:43 PM   #34
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I am a fan of them too. I have a ruger blackhawk in 30 carbine, I have a naa 22lr mini revolver, and Cimarron "man with no name" saa in 45 colt, has the true hammer firing pin and distinct 4 click when cocking it. Come to think of it, I usually shoot all my revolvers single action, the 454 alaskan, 357 gp100, 44mag smith 29 in 8&3/8's.
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Don't own any single actions yet. I would love to get a Ruger model 0320,New Model Blackhawk convertible in 357magnum/9mm.That would be getting 2 guns for the price of one.I am partial to revolvers,semi-autos are great tools but I just like 6 shooters better,just might be from watching western growing up. All that being said I would like to get a good used 1911 in 45cap for the tool box.
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I have heard that 1911s can be as addictive as revolver lust.
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I have heard that 1911s can be as addictive as revolver lust.

This is true, however, 1911's are a passing fad...


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Yes, the fad has been passing for over a century and still going strong!
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My first SA was a Single Six I bought new around 1976/77. I shot thousands of rounds through that thing. The main reason I liked it was because it was a 22. I was a broke Marine Corps PFC and that's about all I could afford to shoot. I also had a Mark I at the same time for the same reason. Inexpensive fun. I have no idea what happened to either of those guns.

I didn't own another single action until about 10 years ago. A friend introduced me to CAS and it seemed like fun so I went out and bought a pair of 357 SASS Vaqueros. After shooting CAS for a bit I decided I wanted to be true to the six gun heritage so I bought a pair of used NMV in 45 Colt. Those are still my CAS pistols today. The SASS 357's are long gone. Somebody got a great deal on a pair of low mileage pistols.

My intro to CAS ignited my passion for single action revolvers and since then a LOT of them have passed through my safe. I still have most of them but more than a few have found new homes. I even replaced my old Single Six. I won't tell you how many I have because it's embarrassing and not smart to announce online. Suffice it to say I have a few.

I got into a big bore phase for a while and owned 44mags, 454C and 480R. That's passed. They're cool guns and I enjoyed them but reality/practicality overruled emotion and I found all of them new homes. I was never going to hunt with them and safe space is always at a premium in my house. I'm not buying another safe. That never ends well.

These days my single action addiction is focused on original Vaqeros and Bisleys. There's a handful of Birdsheads in there too. The one thing almost all of them have in common is caliber. I'm a die hard 45 Colt fan. Besides a handful of Single Sixes all but three of my single actions are 45 Colt.

I'm not averse to buying new guns but I either own or have owned pretty much everything I'm interested in from Ruger's recent catalog. These days I look for older safe queens. Besides not making anything new I'm interested in Ruger's QC has slipped and I prefer the older guns. It's minor but the quality difference is there IMO.

I've also switched my allegiance from stainless to blued guns. I used to expound the low maintenance virtues of stainless but I confess to enjoying the blue steel aesthetic more these days and the large majority of my Rugers are now blued.

Barrel length has morphed too. I was a 5.5" fan but more and more guns in my safe have 7.5" barrels.

A couple of my latest acquisitions are two pair of consecutive serial number sets. One set is a pair of 90's 7.5" Bisley BH 45 Colts. The other is a pair of original Vaquero 7.5" CCH plow handled 45 Colts. Both sets are LNIB. I bought them from a LGS that purchased some guys entire collection.

I'm looking more and more at acquiring some 3 screws and I'm also interested in unusual configurations. Somebody posted a thread recently about a very nice blued 7.5" 357 Bisley they snatched up. Even though it's not a 45 Colt that's the kind of stuff that piques my interest.

I used to have a 'few' semiauto pistols of all brands, calibers and configurations. However, nowadays unless it's a 1911 or 45ACP I've pretty much lost interest in them. They're slowly being found new homes too. Gotta make room for more single actions.

Surprisingly I'm not much a DA revolver fan. I don't dislike them. They just don't interest me much. I'll give you one guess as to what my favorite DA revolver is. Yep, a 7.5" 45 Colt Redhawk. Hey, at least I'm consistent.

So to recap I'm stupidly and hopelessly addicted to Ruger single action revolvers. If it's a Bisley I want it. If it has a 7.5" barrel I want it. If it's an original Vaquero I want it. If it's a 45 Colt I definitely want it. YMMV

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Just a heads up. There is a .41 mag 7 1/2” bisley for sale at a reasonable price on Bobby Tyler’s website. While I have thought about buying it, I have a few I want first.
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Just picked up a new model Blackhawk .44 today, it's a 50th anniversary model in great shape, finally scratched my SA itch!
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Not a big SA guy, but when I started reading a lot about the Wrangler, and its crazy low price, I had to jump in, both feet.. I mean seriously, a Ruger built SA revolver, under $200?
Found mine for $180+ tax, and took it home yesterday.. REALLY nice gun. I had been considering a Heritage for quite a while, which is a few dollars cheaper, but its also not built with the precision of a Ruger. So now i have a SA plinker in .22LR, to go alongside its semi auto brothers at the range, 22/45 and SR22, and 10/22 .
I really look forward to spending some time with it, and attempt to polish up my admittedly weak SA "skills"..

I will say , and no one here will contradict I'm sure, that whatever the platform, Ruger knows how to build a .22 LR firearm.. At a moderate price point, no one does it any better, and their service after sale is legendary. Found that out first hand when I messed up a Ruger with my own clumsiness, and they fixed it 100% like new, totally free, and were perfectly gracious. . Other companies might have stated "not our fault" and charged for the repair.. Ruger engenders brand loyalty.. For me at least.. bob.
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Don't own any single actions yet. I would love to get a Ruger model 0320,New Model Blackhawk convertible in 357magnum/9mm.That would be getting 2 guns for the price of one.I am partial to revolvers,semi-autos are great tools but I just like 6 shooters better,just might be from watching western growing up. All that being said I would like to get a good used 1911 in 45cap for the tool box.
Would be like getting 3 guns in one I own a BlackHawk in 357/9mm and of course 38 spl. I find I like shooting all of the calibers depending like when I hunt I carry it as backup in 357 but often target practice in 9mm or 38spl while my wife prefers the 38 spl (115 grain or 158 is what I typically shoot in them.
Have several rimfire sa Rugers as well including a couple of Wranglers
These are always the guns I use when teaching someone new to firearms, itís rare I pull out any semi autos until I see how well they handle the SAs first.
I rarely shoot my DAs in DA I instinctively thumb the hammer on the draw and shoot in SA...old habit I guess.
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I have a little North American Arms .22LR/.22WMR convertible by swapping cylinders.. Its probably the most finely crafted and beautifully machined gun I own.. Cute as a button too!
Its so tiny though I am wildly inaccurate with it, and really it doesn't have much use as a real CC weapon.. Just loved the look of it.. Hey, it IS a single action revolver... right?... bob
It is wildly accurate at minute of belly range. You can CC that when wearing swimming trunks so whats not to like.
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Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again, nothing better than a single action.
Sure there is..... Two Single Action's !
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