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Old May 4th, 2013, 06:06 AM   #136
 
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I got a new SuperBlackhawk Hammer from Brownells today: . . . . . . . 10 minute drop in part and I am loving it....
Nice mod ryker. It looks great on your short barrel birdshead. And, I know how functional the SB hammer is. Nice before and after pics too.



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Here's a BirdsHead that I did a few years ago. It started out as a 4 5/8" Single-Six Convertible with the standard plow handle grips. The aftermarket grip frame was fitted then the factory grips were modified to fit the frame. Turned out decent and it shoots great.
You sir, are a master of understatement. It turned out beautifully! Great job of modifying the original plow handle grips to birdsheads. Somehow though, Mr Iowegen, I'm not surprised.
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Quiet 1, When I first bought the birdshead grip frame, I fit it to a 357 BH with a 6 1/2" barrel. It looked like crap ... just the wrong proportions. Further, the ears of the grip frame (where the top two screws go) were too short for the BH cylinder frame so I just wasn't happy with it. I should have taken "before" photos of the used Single-Six .... it looked like it had been drug across the desert behind a camel. After a good cleaning, I put a gray 3-M abrasive pad in my buffer and gave it a onceover. Got all the scratches out and was able to match the factory "brush" finish. It doesn't show up well in the photo but the "color" of the stainless grip frame is not quite the same as the cylinder frame. As the surfaces have been exposed, it looks better now than when I first buffed it.

Here's a photo of the KBN-36 with the birdshead GF. Note the ears are a bit short and the whole gun looks like a misfit.



Here's an overlay of the standard Ruger XR3RED walnut grips on the birdshead grip frame. It was just a matter of shaping the grips on a vertical belt sander then final hand sanding and finish.

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. . . . . . Here's a photo of the KBN-36 with the birdshead GF. Note the ears are a bit short and the whole gun looks like a misfit. . . . . . . .
I agree with your description. It does look unbalanced and the longer barrel looks out of proportion with the BH grips.. As for the "donor" Single Six, I assumed it was brand new. If it indeed looked like it was "dragged across the desert behind a camel", the satin finish turned out beautifully. It looks like a new revolver. And, I'll bet you've got it all slicked up inside too and shooting as good as it looks.

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Here's an overlay of the standard Ruger XR3RED walnut grips on the birdshead grip frame. It was just a matter of shaping the grips on a vertical belt sander then final hand sanding and finish.
On the photo it appears the very bottom front tip of the BH grip frame is protruding beyond the walnut grip. Did you have to remove and reshape any metal at that point or is the angle of the photo deceiving?
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First stage of creating the mini-me to my 45c birdshead

Cylinder came back from Clements today. Looks amazing.







Next up is a set of black laminate grips - when I can find someone to make me a set.
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First stage of creating the mini-me to my 45c birdshead

Cylinder came back from Clements today. Looks amazing.

Next up is a set of black laminate grips - when I can find someone to make me a set.
teckhardt - sorry but I forgot the objective of your project. You're going 22Mag with the Shopkeeper, right? Or was it something else?

That is a nice looking cylinder.

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teckhardt - sorry but I forgot the objective of your project. You're going 22Mag with the Shopkeeper, right? Or was it something else?

That is a nice looking cylinder.

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I decided against the 22 mag. Sticking with the 22lr.
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While out taking care of fence and whatnot, I finally remembered to take a photograph. It's one of two alternating EDCs (other is a stainless 1911) so it's not prettied up... went from my holster to the post and back to my holster.

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Great picture! That's a gun that belongs out checking the fences. It may not be "prettied up" but it's still pretty nonetheless.
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Great looking birdshead, great photo. (I may be just a tad biased. I've got it's clone.)
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Thanks for the kind words, fellas. I must say that I'm quite fond of this Vaquero. I've wished for many years that Ruger would make a shorty .45 ACP single action in stainless. Once the smaller New Vaquero frame size came out, my desire for this handgun caliber and size resurfaced. There is only one thing I would ever change about a line of these coming out of Ruger... that the frame and cylinder be cut down for the ACP cartridge length. I know it will probably never happen as the market is extremely small. Still, for me to want to change only one thing speaks to how perfect the sidearm is for my uses.

I think it was Waveform's early postings of his across multiple forums that drove my absolute need to own one as it warmed me up to the birdshead gripframe. I'd now say it's the most useful tool that I take along everyday and if I could own only one, this would be it.
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Quiet 1, The "donor" Single-Six was made in 1979 but looked like an antique before dressing it up. 3-M pads on a buffer work miracles. Yes, I went through the gun and no doubt ... it's now better than when new. I must have placed the grip overlay picture slightly off center or the camera angle was bad. No metal was removed from the grip frame but there sure wasn't any extra wood on the lower front of the panels ... a snug fit.
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I think it was Waveform's early postings of his across multiple forums that drove my absolute need to own one as it warmed me up to the birdshead gripframe. ......
Heheheheheheheh........ seductive little temptress isn't it? But I was just passing it along. There was another long thread before mine that got me hooked.
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Heheheheheheheh........ seductive little temptress isn't it? But I was just passing it along. There was another long thread before mine that got me hooked.
Oops. {embarrassed} I just fact checked and it was apparently Erich's posts that initially hypnotized me. Your posts definitely fed the addiction as well though! Regardless, y'all showing and posting about these darlings hooked me and I'm glad.

I've written enough in a photo thread so I'm back to lurking from the fence lines. Carry on.
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I had to come back for another look. Those are great.
JmE, I really like the composition of your picture.
Rugers are hardy & that's a fitting setting.
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