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inherited a 1956 Blackhawk .357 Flat-top

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by GoodCookie, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. GoodCookie

    GoodCookie New Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    What's an educated guesstimation of what I ought to ask for this gun?
    A friend wants to buy it from me. I have no real use for this beautiful
    five-shooter (I wouldn't put six rounds in this gun, unless I was already
    standing on the firing line and pointing downrange.) I'm guessing it's
    worth $400 to $500, but need a second opinion. It appears new, unless
    you look really close, then you can see a few light handling scratches
    in the finish. The frame has the desired black-cherry coloration. It is
    not a "high-gloss" gun, but standard polish. Original hard rubber grips.
    Serial number is 3,XXX. Barrel same length as ejector rod housing. Small
    rectangular serrated ejector rod button. Wavy serrated front sight and
    front sight pedestal. The barrel was heavily leaded when I got it and took
    quite a bit of cleaning to reveal a few corrosion pits in the barrel, maybe
    ten tiny pits total in the lands, mostly about an inch downstream from the
    forcing cone. Six groove rifiling. Skinny trigger. No box, no papers, but it
    came with a few boxes of ancient Remington .357 magnum solid lead 158
    grain SWC "high speed" that I would hesitate to shoot without miking the

    I believe this gun hasn't been shot in decades. It would be a good gun for
    someone to take out and rub lovingly with felt now and then.

    What do you Ruger folks think? Just a ballpark figure. I'd hate to find out
    after-the-fact that it's worth over a thousand bucks to collectors.
  2. Gator

    Gator Senior Member

    Jul 23, 2003
    Stuck in Crook Co., IL
    You should really ask on the Ruger forum, there were a couple different variations to the flat-top .357s and some are worth over $1000. The wavy serrated front sight makes me wonder if you might have a type one variation.

    However any flat-top .357 in good condition will bring at least $600.
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    The new 50th Anniversary Flattop Blackhawks are worth over $500. An original 1956 Flattop is worth considerable more.

    If your "friend" offered you $400/$500 he's no friend at all. I'm no expert but I think your revolver is worth well over $800 even without the paperwork or box. (but as usual, I can be wrong)

    May I suggest you ask around and see if anyone else in your family would like to purchase that revolver before you sell it to someone. Those are not top end collectibles but really not that common. You might want to keep it in the family if you don't want it yourself.
  4. GP100man

    GP100man Participating Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Tabor City, NC.
    sign up on the RUGER FORUM .com & post some pics .
    id rather talk you into keeping & shooting it !!!
    flat tops never die !!!

  5. Markbo

    Markbo member

    Nov 20, 2007
    Package it up to send it to me immediately so I can give it a first class cleaning and appraisal. I will send it back to you immediately.



    No kiddin'

    I really mean it this time!


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