Have both; the Convertible Blackhawk is definitely more practical as a field gun--and a bit lighter. I bought the SS NM Vaq because it was purty. Adjustable sights are awfully useful, and there's not much downside to them.
If the NM Flattop, now a limited production Lipsey's item, becomes a regular production gun, that would be my new pick. As it is I have just about enough guns.
July 18, 2011, 05:47 AM
"Which revolver to buy"
nyc71, it depends on what it will be used for. The adjustable sights on the Blackhawk make it a preferred hunting weapon, but the Vaquero is a more period correct gun for CAS. Be advised though, the new model Vaquero is not rated for hot ammo like the old model and Blackhawk are!
July 18, 2011, 09:05 AM
It for range fun only.
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety"- Benjamin Franklin
July 18, 2011, 09:18 AM
Range fun= Vaquero for me. I much prefer an old style single action for plinking.
July 18, 2011, 01:22 PM
July 18, 2011, 01:31 PM
Given that the new Vaq can't take hot loads, I'd have to go for the Blackhawk. The new Vaquero does nothing for me. Without the ability to handle heavy loads, I'd rather have a Uberti than a Vaquero. Much nicer gun, IMO.
They're both Rugers
Smokey in PHX
July 20, 2011, 01:58 PM
July 20, 2011, 04:38 PM
The great advantage of the Blackhawk is adjustable sights. You will find if you switch ammo, your revolver will shot to a different point of impact. So with non-adjustable sights, you need to try different brands and loads and when you find one that shoots to the sights, stick with it.
With adjustable sights, a couple of clicks on the sight will put you on for any ammo your revolver can digest.
July 20, 2011, 04:41 PM
Older sixguns did not have adjustable sights.
If you are going for the retro experience, the adjustable sights don't belong.
I have several of each format.
July 21, 2011, 12:27 AM
The new model Vaquero has a smaller frame than the new model Blackhawk.
I have short fingers & found the Blackhawk was just a bit too big for me to comfortably handle one-handed.
So if you have small hands or short fingers a Vaquero may be the better choice for you.
And +1 to what W.E.G. said - older sixguns did not have adjustable sights.
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