My first non-stainless firearm


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PlayboyPenguin
March 10, 2006, 01:21 AM
I broke down and actually bought a non-stainless firearm. I was buying the Ruger for my FIL and I saw this one and it haunted me until I went back and got it. I justified it by saying it will be my "gold panning firearm". It is a .45 Colt Ruger Bird's Head Vaquero w/3.75" barrel. I am a completely stainless gun guy. Everything I own including my rifles are all in stainless. This gun just seemed perfect in it case hardened finish (I believe that is the correct term). The stainless one did not have the same feel to it. I am even thinking of pimping it out with the faux-pearl handles (it came with the faux-ebony). :) Will this be a lot harder to care for if it gets wet??? I had an old blued Taurus once that seemed to rust if it rained within 15 miles of it. What special precautions should I take?

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middy
March 10, 2006, 11:44 AM
I like the black grips. Ivory would look good, too. Pearl? Meh. If you like it...

A thin coat of car wax works great on rust-prone metal.

nucstl1
March 10, 2006, 12:05 PM
Is that the 40 Year Old Virgin?

trickyasafox
March 10, 2006, 12:35 PM
nice i've been dreaming of a 45lc:)

Stainless Chili
March 10, 2006, 12:42 PM
It was bound to happen.
I fell off the wagon over an M1A Scout.

JAG2955
March 10, 2006, 01:42 PM
"Only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse would have pearl-handled revolvers."

Quiz time, who said it?

middy
March 10, 2006, 02:24 PM
That SOB Georgie Patton, that's who. :D

ABTOMAT
March 10, 2006, 02:26 PM
Hey, it's Comic Book Guy come to life! "First. ferrous. gun. ever." :neener:

Lobotomy Boy
March 10, 2006, 03:13 PM
We gave him so much crap about his figurine (pardon me, make that "action figure") collection last time that our merciless taunting about Comic Book Guy will flow off of him like water off a duck.

Nice gun. I really like the case-hardened look. I'm a huge fan of the Ruger single actions. Right now I only have a Blackhawk Convertible (.357-9mm), which is my hunting side arm, but I've had a number of other Rugers in the past and will probably have one just like that pictured someday.

As for the comic books, my assistant is a comic geek, and I used to be. I had a terrific comic collection spanning the years 1969-1983, but gave it to my son when he started collecting comics in the late 1980s. He still has them. My assistant and I are in publishing and we often go to a newstand to check out the latest magazines. I look at car, motorcycle, and gun mags while he browses comic books. More and more I find myself tempted to pick up an issue of something or other, but I just don't have time for another hobby.

bruss01
March 10, 2006, 03:18 PM
So let me get this straight...

You bought your first NON stainless gun... to take in the WATER? (gold panning doesn't take place on dry land) For ESTHETIC reasons?

I thought that was why they INVENTED stainless guns? Am I missing something?

PlayboyPenguin
March 10, 2006, 05:19 PM
You bought your first NON stainless gun... to take in the WATER? (gold panning doesn't take place on dry land) For ESTHETIC reasons?
Hey, I didn't say it made sense. I just fell in love with it. :)
I am sure we have all bought something impractical. Everyone I know carries a blued finish when we go. I was using a stainless Ruger GP100 but I felt out of place with the other more cowboyish revolvers. They all say they have little issue with rust and that as long as you keep it clean and oiled it is okay. My main concern is I am not experienced in the proper care of this finish.

PlayboyPenguin
March 10, 2006, 05:21 PM
We gave him so much crap about his figurine (pardon me, make that "action figure") collection last time that our merciless taunting about Comic Book Guy will flow off of him like water off a duck.
Hey, what can I say. I am a man of many interests. Some more or less mature than others and some more or less masculine than others. :D

ball3006
March 10, 2006, 05:58 PM
it is a milspec rust preventative and lube. Use it as your wipe down fluid and spray it where you can't reach. It dries after application. It is in a turquois and white spray can. I got my last can at Tru Value hardware......chris3

Lonestar.45
March 10, 2006, 06:01 PM
I'm still waiting to fall off the wagon and get my first stainless gun.

Good choice, I have always liked the feel of those bird's head gripped Vaquero's.

dispatch
March 10, 2006, 10:30 PM
Oil, Oil, Oil- just keep it oiled with whatever you have. Sewing machine oil, 10W30, 3-in1, whatever. Just oil it when you feel like it. Enjoy the beauty of the gun while your doing it- if you pay attention you will notice things about about the gun you never paid attention to before. Consider it fun, not a chore- enjoy the scent of oil and the steel, and leather if you have real holster
If you have to store it- wrap it in a well oiled t-shirt in a paper bag.

phoglund
March 10, 2006, 10:44 PM
You have purchased a gun I've been lusting after for some time. I have purchased others instead because I can envision specific uses for them. I cannot envision a specific use for a Bird's Head Vaquero...I just want one! :p

Those guns are just sweet and seem a perfect sidearm for a gold panner.

f4t9r
March 10, 2006, 11:09 PM
nice gun , good first non stainless selection

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