Ruger internal key safety


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Arkansas Paul
March 22, 2010, 10:40 PM
Is there any way to have the internal key safety removed on a New Model Blackhawk? I ordered some Hogue monogrips from Midway and got them in today, only to find they won't work. Because of the internal safety, there's nowhere to attach the little doodad that the grip screws to. A call to Hogue confirms this.
Can a gunsmith convert it to the way they were before they came up with this lame brained idea? If not, where can I get a nice set of padded rubber grips that will fit?
I love this gun, but this is really pissing me off. I'll NEVER use the stupid thing, and it's causing problems. I'm done venting now. Please help.

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Seedtick
March 23, 2010, 01:41 AM
Hey Paul,

Me too. I emailed Hogue and haven't gotten a reply back yet. You would think they would have a stirrup that would fit. :banghead:

I went ahead and picked up some Pachmayr Presentation Grips (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=297021). And while they aren't as long as the hogue mono they are longer that the factory grips. The Pach's made a lot of difference for my big paw.

ST

:)

BlkHawk73
March 23, 2010, 10:23 AM
You'd need to have a new assembly to fit where the mechanism is. Likely a new spring and hammer strut would be needed too. It has been done. Having a gunsmith do it is questionable as it would be messing with and disabling a safety. Opens up a whole book on liability.
Easy option, find and fit a pre-lock grip frame to the gun. Best option, don't ruin the classic lines of a nice SA with rubber baby bumpers. :)

Arkansas Paul
March 23, 2010, 11:50 AM
^ Well it's gonna get some rubber baby bumpers. lol
Kidding aside, after about thirty or so target loads, it starts to get uncomfortable with the factory black checkered grips. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when I load up some to around 1200-1300 fps. I'll be able to switch them on and off though. If I find some to fit that is.

jimbeam
March 23, 2010, 09:14 PM
Just happened to catch this, bought a New Vaquero Bisley, and it has no internal lock. I do not care for the white grips that came with it, after some research found out that all Ruger Bisleys take the same grip. Not utilizing the internal lock makes finding grips easier, I would hope.

BlkHawk73
March 24, 2010, 07:31 PM
Re: Bisley grips... While the grips are all the same, the grip frames do differ verrry slightly. Stainless ones are usually just verrrry slightly larger than the blued steel ones.
The internal locks are not used on the Bisley models.

rmfnla
March 24, 2010, 07:36 PM
Best option, don't ruin the classic lines of a nice SA with rubber baby bumpers. :)


It's a New Model Blackhawk, not a Colt SAA!

Arkansas Paul
March 24, 2010, 11:52 PM
^ Precisely.

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