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Old November 21st, 2019, 12:17 PM   #1
 
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OM Ruger Blackhawk .357/9mm question

I was gifted a Ruger Blackhawk from my father in law that came with a 9mm cylinder as well as the bag and box for the cylinder. I did some research on the Ruger website based on the serial number told me it was an "old Model" that was manufactured sometime in 1970. I contact Ruger Customer Service and I got an email response saying "It is a BKH34X, dual Cylinders chambered in .357 magnum and 9mm, shipped October 1970, model number 00302, blued, 4 5/8" barrel."

Everything is original and have an extra set of oversized grips for it too. I can get a letter of authenticity for it but what all does that entail? Will it give me more detailed information or is it just a letterhead piece of paper saying "yep you have a Ruger"? I also wouldn't mind locating the factory box and paperwork that it would have originally came in if anybody knows a good place to look for that. Obviously I will not get rid of this weapon as it was a gift from somebody I deeply admire, but this thing shoots like a dream. Was thinking about personalizing it too with custom made grips and some engraving work. Thoughts and opinions?



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Old November 21st, 2019, 01:20 PM   #2
 
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Very nice SA and congrats!

Here is my 2 tone short bbl 41mag from 1969 next to 2003ish 41 bought new, both barely shot but hope to shoot more. Bought the short vintage gun 'as is' from someone's shop 20 yrs ago who has helped me a great deal in this hobby over decades and will of course keep it.

Looks like some custom work on my short bbl but don't think it added any collector value at all, may have reduced its value (perhaps someone more knowledgeable can confirm).

For my purpose, I dont mind if reduced 'collector' value, cuz its well built, will keep it and shoot it for sure.

So perhaps it depends on your purpose, IMO. Welcome! to great forum.


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Personally, unless you were planning to sell it, I don't see any reason to hunt for an original box or get the letter of authenticity.

And I think that if you do get it engraved (personalized with your name or initials, etc.), it'll make it harder to sell down the road if you decide to go that way.

If it's a great shooter and helps you recall fond memories of your dad, I say shoot the snot out of it and enjoy.
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Very nice SA and congrats!

Here is my 2 tone short bbl 41mag from 1969 next to 2003ish 41 bought new, both barely shot but hope to shoot more. Bought the short vintage gun 'as is' from someone's shop 20 yrs ago who has helped me a great deal in this hobby over decades and will of course keep it.

Looks like some custom work on my short bbl but don't think it added any collector value at all, may have reduced its value (perhaps someone more knowledgeable can confirm).

For my purpose, I dont mind if reduced 'collector' value, cuz its well built, will keep it and shoot it for sure.

So perhaps it depends on your purpose, IMO. Welcome! to great forum.


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Wow I really like that 2 tone look. That looks real slick. I will take a picture of mine when I get home to upload it. I always liked SSA revolvers and have a couple of Uberti Cattleman .45LCs and an 1858 Remington Cap and Ball replica. I am a huge old west buff haha.
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Personally, unless you were planning to sell it, I don't see any reason to hunt for an original box or get the letter of authenticity.

And I think that if you do get it engraved (personalized with your name or initials, etc.), it'll make it harder to sell down the road if you decide to go that way.

If it's a great shooter and helps you recall fond memories of your dad, I say shoot the snot out of it and enjoy.
The packaging and letter is more of a thought than anything else. As for the engraving I know what I want to do in the wood grips but I am still not sure about the barrel/frame/cylinder. I was thinking something Gaelic on one side since my parents immigrated from Scotland and then something in Spanish on the other side since my father in law is from Peru. But all in all, yes I have absolutely no intention of selling it for any reason at all.
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Priest78, I think a letter of authenticity from Ruger is 10 bucks well spent, especially if you have a gun that is out of ordinary like your OM 357/9mm.

My old 38th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values indicates a 357 Mag OM in 100% condition is worth $550 whereas a convertible 357/9mm is worth $800 …. quite a notable increase. There is an add of $700 for a 4 5/8" with a non-prefix serial number so if your gun was authenticated, it could be worth as much as $1500 but without a letter from Ruger, it's worth about $800 in 100% condition.. Maybe one of our members has a current Blue Book with 2019 values.

Here's my NIB 357/9mm OM convertible valued at $800 a couple years ago. It has the origional box, owner's manual, 9mm cylinder, red felt bag, and cylinder box. Although it letters as a BKH-36X, the end label on the box does not have the X:

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Priest78, I think a letter of authenticity from Ruger is 10 bucks well spent, especially if you have a gun that is out of ordinary like your OM 357/9mm.

My old 38th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values indicates a 357 Mag OM in 100% condition is worth $550 whereas a convertible 357/9mm is worth $800 …. quite a notable increase. There is an add of $700 for a 4 5/8" with a non-prefix serial number so if your gun was authenticated, it could be worth as much as $1500 but without a letter from Ruger, it's worth about $800 in 100% condition.. Maybe one of our members has a current Blue Book with 2019 values.

Here's my NIB 357/9mm OM convertible valued at $800 a couple years ago. It has the origional box, owner's manual, 9mm cylinder, red felt bag, and cylinder box. Although it letters as a BKH-36X, the end label on the box does not have the X:

Very nice 357 OM BH, Iowegan. Great info.

A old friend played ball and have hunted with over many years has had this same convertable since at least 1979, handed down to him by his Sherriff relative before that am sure.... and will pass info on. When I saw it back then, gun looked really good.

My 41mag has prefix of 40- (from 1969), as info. At times, wished it had not been modified but then again I like it and its a great memory that will keep, shoot and maintain. For me, agree with Hig as not seeing any reason to hunt for box.

Priest78, really looking forward to seeing it for sure.
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Very nice using gun or keep as a collectible.
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I think I would go for the letter. I would also type up another letter with any memories you had of the pistol with your Dad. Might be of interest to someone down the road.
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