Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by TXHORNS, Jul 18, 2011.
The grip feels good in my hand ( I don't shoot much more than cowboy loads though ) and it balances nice with that length of barrel.
I need to get some nice grips for it and I think I will replace the stock hammer with a SBH hammer because it has a lower profile than the stock hammer.
Not made anymore but they are available.
Add a low profile hammer and you would have the ultimate pocket SA revolver.
You need a Single Six, might as well get the convertible, and a Blackhawk, pick your favorite caliber.
Make mine "old" models. Unadulterated ones.
If I had the money, though, I would just buy Freedom Arms revolvers.
Save up, they are worth it. It may take awhile (it did for me) but I wouldn't trade this masterpiece for anything:
Whats better about the older models specifically?
That is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen of a pair of Blackhawks. I just can't keep from staring at them.
Nice, very nice.
No frustration on loading and unloading... especially unloading.
With an old model you open the loading gate, place the hammer in half cock and turn the cylinder until it "clicks", pull the ejector rod and the empty cases are ejected.
So it's "click, pull, click, pull, click, pull..."
With the new model it doesn't line up on the click, it's "somewhere" in between.
So it's "click, pull, nope, turn, pull, nope, turn, pull, got it, click, pull, :banghead:, turn, pull, :banghead:, turn, pull, got it, click, pull, , turn, pull, got it..."
Yep, yep, yep. You can operate an Old Model or Colt-style sixgun so much more quickly and easily than a New Model Ruger. Except that the flat-tops and New Vaqueros have the reverse indexing pawl that does solve that problem. Old Models also have much better triggers. A crisp 2-3lb trigger on an unmodified Old Model is common.
That's what the Power Custom kits are for. I have new triggers and hammers in both of my Blackhawks shown above. Actually, when that photo was taken, only one of them had the kit installed. Anyway, they now function in the following way. To load, open the gate and rotate the cylinder to load each chamber. To unload, pull the hammer back to the half cock position, open the gate and eject each round or empty case. All chambers are in perfect alignment with the ejector rod. What I can't do is open the gate first, then pull the hammer back to half cock.
I think it was CraigC who provided details on how to do this to a new model without buying the Power Custom kit. For me, the kits were worth it since they came with nicely polished hammers and triggers and I can uninstall the kit if I wanted to sell the revolvers.
Gary A and bergman, thanks for the nice comments.
Go with the Single Six. My fav single action
I own a 357 Ruger Blackhawk, 44 mag. Super Blackhawk & a 45LC Vaquero, but my favorite and the one I carry while hunting, even when deer and hog hunting as a sidearm is my Single Six 22. It has dispatched countless cottonmouth, copperhead and rattle snakes. Not to mention coons, squirrels, possum and wood rats. Probably the most accurate revolver I own and certainly the most cherished. Thats my 2 cents worth.
I am still hung up on the idea of a "trail gun" for small game hunting and a plinker. I guess its a carry over from all the Guns & Ammo articles by Jan Libourel and others that I used to read back in the early 80s when I first started shooting and buying handguns.
I do handload for the 32 mag and also cast my own bullets. That makes it pretty cheap to shoot. I also have shot loads for snakes. These are my "do all" guns.
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