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Old March 9th, 2020, 09:26 AM   #1
 
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Recently gifted a 3 screw

Was given this 6.5" 3 screw by a family member. Pretty good shape, couple minor blems here and there, not too bad. Serial number puts it at 1963. I have a pair of period correct black eagle medallion walnuts on the way from flea bay - gonna ditch the cheap faux stags. Speaking of grips, which are interchangeable between models? Do Old and New Blackhawk/Vaquero's have the same size? Which are interchangeable to which, which aren't? I ask because I would love to find a pair of Ruger (medallion) ivory-like grips for this gun as well. Thanks for any feedback as I am brand new to this gun and know almost nothing.






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That's a gift I for sure would cherish-I know the grip thing can be a little confusing.
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Very nikce gift. I wish someone would give me a gun.
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Welcome to the forum. Those are great guns. Welcome to the Ruger Single Action revolver fan club. We love them here. I predict that you will really enjoy shooting yours.
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JohnnnieBoy, Ruger started shipping SAs with the XR3-RED grip frame in 1963, the same year your gun was made. So, if it was an early manufacture, it would have an XR3 grip frame and if it were a later year production model, it would have a XR3-RED grip frame. XR3 and XR3-RED grips are shaped a bit different and are not compatible. Your grip frame looks like the older XR3. Grips for New Vaqueros or NM Flattop Blackhawks should fit just fine.
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Great looking revolver for its age. Nice snag.
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If it has a slight ReCurve (which in the bottom photo it appears to) it is an XR3-RED.

Quickest way to know is pop off the Grip Panels and look for the letters cast into the frame.

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Here's a XR3 grip frame:


and here's a XR3-RED …. you be the judge:
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My gun is/has the latter XR3-RED on the grip handle. Sure is hard to see the subtle difference in grips between Ioegan's two pics. I do see the slight "ReCurve" that NitroAcres mentions. Prior to posting here, I bought some grips on ebay (that are on the way) that the seller did not distinguish. He just listed them as "Ruger Factory Grips Single Six Blackhawk Medallions Type W/ Screw." I tried to match up the pics to my stags the best I could and think the medallions are correct for that time period from the little research I did. Of course I pulled the trigger without so much as even an email to him. I guess I'll find out this Thursday.

Here they are...

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*lowegan* Sorry, apparently as a newby, I don't yet have editing privileges.
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Great Gift from the family!!!!!! Gotta love an Old Model 3 Screw!!!! I've got a 3 screw myself, & it , too was a gift. I'll be keeping mine for sure!!!! Very Nice pistol... !!!
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Grips showed up a day early and fit nicely. The patina and the condition of the grips perfectly match the condition of the gun, appearance wise. Mechanically speaking, I don't think this revolver has seen too much use at all, its super tight. Just a skosh dinged up here and there is all. Still in pretty darn good shape over all. Its okay, she's in a good home now. Time to go give her a solid test drive!



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The revolver and grips look nice! Enjoy!
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