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ROA flat top

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by wap41, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member

    I understand the very first 800 ROA's were flat tops{front sight}some of which were blued and some brass frames.Anybody know how many of each was made.?
  2. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Flat-top??? Don't think I've ever heard that term applied to an Old Army. Please explain.
  3. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member

    I'm told they are the rarest variation that was made.The 1st 800 roa's made had the front sight made with a flat top,They were made in both the blue and brass frame for a total of 800.I'd like to find out how many of them were blued.
  4. bubba15301

    bubba15301 Well-Known Member

    they had a brass grip frame the rest of the frame was steel
  5. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member

    I am aware of that I quess I should have given a more complete discription.The rare feature is the flat top front sight.
  6. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    As far as I know all ROA's have the same main frame and sight. You could order brass grip frames at one time, either round TG or Dragoon style.
  7. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member

    the first 800 were flat top sights,I have one.They are listed as such in the ruger old army info from the factory,I just would like to know how many were brass grip frame and how many were blue.
  8. Rojelio

    Rojelio Well-Known Member

    Can you post a picture?
  9. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    All the adjustable sight guns should have a flat top front sight. If I understand you correctly. Or are you saying they had a post front sight instead of a ramp??? Got a picture?

    I found some information. Apparently the earliest guns used .45 Blackhawk barrels and front sights. The front sight blade proved to be too high so Ruger simply shortened them. So the front sight looks like a standard ramp that has been filed down a bit. No idea how many were made with brass grip frames. Like any other Ruger, if it letters as having been shipped with a brass grip frame, collectors will pay top dollar. Although I don't think the front sight variation carries such a premium.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  10. AbitNutz

    AbitNutz Well-Known Member

    I don't believe the term "flat top" when referring to a Ruger involves the front site. A Ruger "flat top" is a type of frame/receiver.
    I'm not aware that any ROA was made in a "flat top" frame.
  11. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Correct, the term "flat-top" is typically applied to those 1955-1962 .357 and .44Mag Blackhawks with the flat top strap and steel Micro rear sight. As well as the contemporary re-issue 50th anniversary guns, the new .44Spl's and some .45's. Which has nothing to do with the front sight.

    No Old Armies were made with a "flat-top" frame.
  12. wap41

    wap41 Well-Known Member

    roa flat top front sight

    I found the information on ruger forum .com in the ruger & other firearms collecting,roa front sight thread.There is all the info about them and pics showing the difference.First year serial # range with flat top sight is 107-773 only one of which is known to be brass grip frame.Great info for ruger collectors.As far as no roa flat top frames what about 200 year anniversity liberty model?
  13. mykeal

    mykeal Well-Known Member

    What about it?

  14. HUnter58

    HUnter58 Well-Known Member

    Flatt top site on the right.


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