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Old March 13th, 2020, 02:45 PM   #1
 
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Hello all new to forum trying to find out more about this gun I recently picked up the grips in particular seem interesting.
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wabo100, You have a nifty Old Model "flatgate". The grips are aftermarket but do look nice on the gun. The holster looks good too!

Here' a picture of my OM Flatgate with the factory original hard rubber black grips:

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I like those grips ! In fact I like the whole package, including the price.
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I have the original grips as well anyone know where I can pick up original medallions for them
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The Old Model, or 3 screw, Ruger single actions were not safe to carry with all 6 chambers full. Striking the hammer accidentally could cause a round to discharge. Ruger will upgrade the old models for free to eliminate this safety issue.

3 screw guns that have not had this conversion done command a slight premium over those that have been sent back to the factory.
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henry0reilly, If you follow the loading instructions in Ruger's owner's manual, you can safely load and carry an Old Model SA with all 6 rounds loaded. If you look closely, you will see there is a groove cut in the rear face of the cylinder, known as a "firing pin groove". Here's how it works. The gun is loaded with the hammer at half cock. When all 6 chambers have been loaded, you ease the hammer down from the half cock (not full cock) position until the hammer rests on the firing pin, which will push the firing pin forward into the firing pin groove. Sometimes you have jiggle the cylinder a little to get the firing pin to click in-between the case rims, but once this is done, the cylinder can't rotate and the firing pin is safely in a position where the gun can't fire.

Most people don't know about this loading technique or are just too lazy to use it so a transfer bar conversion is the best thing they can do.
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