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Is converting a Blackhawk to a Bisley Blackhawk a job for a gunsmith?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Lone_Gunman, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    Or can I just buy the Bisley parts from Brownells and do it myself?

    Is any metal working or fitting required, or is it all drop-in.
  2. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    If you're talking one of the Qualite gripframes, they tend to run a bit oversize. I had a Vaquero reblued and fitted with a brass grip frame and my smith charged me $30 to put it on. He said it wasn't hard, just minor fitting in several places to get it right. I was told by others on this board that, with patience, I could fit this myself, but I was getting the gun refinished anyway, so I killed two birds with one stone.
  3. Jim March

    Jim March Well-Known Member

    So far as I'm aware Qualite/QPR isn't doing Bisleys yet. The Bisley grip frames (and kits) from Brownells are all Ruger parts.

    The stainless is easier to fit as there's no re-bluing needed when done. But yeah, these can be done by hand yourself.
  4. Master Blaster

    Master Blaster Well-Known Member

    I am somewhat interested in this as well. Does anyone know how hard it is to change out the hammer for a bisley hammer, and do you need to replace the trigger as well? does the hammer require any fitting?

  5. JoeHatley

    JoeHatley Well-Known Member

    The grip frame takes a lot of polishing and a bit of fitting, but it's pretty much just a parts swap.


    Fun project...

  6. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member


    I can disassemble and reassemble, but as for fitting and polishing, what is involved exactly with that?
  7. JoeHatley

    JoeHatley Well-Known Member

    Just draw file or sand the sides so they don't stick out from the cylinder frame too far. The openings in the frame for the hammer and trigger needed a little filing to make them square. Total time fitting was only about 15 minutes. I used mostly wet dry sandpaper with a backing board to keep things kinda straight. Very limited use of some small cheap "gunshow" files.

    The Ruger castings are VERY rough. Time spent polishing can be quite a bit.

    Don't forget good screwdrivers, punches and some cold blue.

    Good Luck...

  8. S&WIowegan

    S&WIowegan Well-Known Member

    Conversion to Bisley

    I did this in order to have a Bisley .41 Mag. It works but the grip and frame didn't mate up closely at all. Since it was a blue gun, I was looking at filing, sanding and reblue. My guess is it's a matter of luck whether your parts mate up well or not. The factory just uses the belt sander if they need to.

  9. Koveras

    Koveras Well-Known Member

    The Bisley grip frame will come in looking something like below. Nothing major, but some elbow grease is required.

  10. JoeHatley

    JoeHatley Well-Known Member

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