Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by c.dunwoody1234, Jul 8, 2019.
I would get a Varquero if I was you. You can’t really go wrong with a Ruger.
Dumb question- Do the current production blued Blackhawks have a steel or alloy frame?
I am not a real fan of the alloy frame used on the earlier blued guns, and have contemplated grafting an "Old" Vaquero frame onto a full-size Blackhawk to get the best non-stainless combo.
Haha, I guess the general consensus is that I’m not going to wear either one out
They are nice, but they’d be a touch nicer with a smaller front sight and fixed rear sight.
I do have a fixed sight Ruger, a .45 Colt Vaquero:
As long as I've had it, maybe twenty years, I've put less than 3,000 rounds through it. Why? The poor sights don't give me as precise a sight picture as my Blackhawks. With my Blackhawks, I've toppled the rams at 200 meters, dropped groundhogs in excess of 100 yards. I've shot through end-to-end of a 12 ga. empty shotgun shell, even one time shot a .38 bullet into the mouth of an empty .38 special case, and cut playing cards in two shot edgewise. All because of the finer sights of the Blackhawk.
I have adjustable sight Blackhawks and Single Sixes. They are terrific revolvers.
My advice would be a 6.5" Single Six in 22lr AND a 6.5" Blackhawk in 357, but that's just me.
If you don't reload, the 9mm cylinder is well worth it for the Blackhawk. I never seem to use 22 magnum cylinders.
Rugers are classics in their own right. I don't think of them as guns of the old west, but neither do I think of the SAA that way. Rugers, especially three-screws are classics of the 50's. They were inspired by nostalgia and sold to a market driven by the popularity of fictional television westerns. The Single Six or Blackhawk epitomize this era. They make terrific heirlooms that invoke the 1950's, not the 1870's. Yes, they have aluminum.
Colt clones like the Uberti or Pietta more accurately reproduce the original Colt Model 1873 while keeping costs down and making for a gun that can be used and "abused." By abuse, I mean you can use it in a way that most people wouldn't use a first-generation Colt out of concern for preserving the firearm. For example, you could shoot it and leave it uncleaned for a few days. Shoot it with blackpowder and just swab it afterward. Shoot the snot out of it in CAS and save your money for ammo. But in my mind, they're just clones or copies that are practical for use. I have a New Vaquero that I also think of this way. Because I'm a user and not a collector, I prefer them. But they don't really make an ideal heirloom.
It is quite possible to make a new heirloom, but in that case there is no reason to limit oneself to nostalgic guns. Instead, I would focus on quality and materials. I don't think polymer will ever make a great heirloom. VP70's are close to 50 years old, but not highly coveted. On the other hand, I would feel good about handing down a current-production "modern 1911" Dan Wesson to my grandson, or a "modern" S&W 627, a Ruger GP100 revolver, a Kahr T9, a Sig P226, or a CZ SP01. Nothing nostalgic about them yet.
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