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  1. santa klawz

    santa klawz Member

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    Hello from northern MN!
    Does anybody here shoot an old Army Ruger? I want to get one and am looking at one now but it seems pricey. Local gun guy has it on consignment for $650.00.Blued 7 1/2" adjustable sites great shape with Ruger flap holster. I put some down and am going to pull the trigger so to speak as these are no longer made and will only appreciate. Any thoughts would be mucho appreciated.
    Santa Klawz :cool::cool:
     
  2. Patocazador

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    You can get a used one that's a shooter for about $200 less without the holster if you search awhile.

    See PM.
     
  3. Noz

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    Gun Broker has several for sale for less.
    Stainless, 5.5" barrel, fixed sights and you can pretty much name your price. $1000 is considered a cheap price.
     
  4. PapaG

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    Have a stainless one from 77 along with a 45 Colt cylinder. Wouldn't take $700 for it (not for sale). Fun to shoot and accurate either smokeless or smoky.
     
  5. Pokajabba

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    ROA's are easily the best mass produced percussion revolvers ever made and are worth a high price, but as they are no longer made, the prices have gone up and will continue to go up. If you're looking for an investment gun, think the next Colt Python, get an ROA. If you're looking for something to shoot black powder, they're great for that, but you can just as easily get a good quality Uberti or Pietta for less.
     
  6. Malachi Leviticus Blue

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    If it is a Bianchi Ruger flap holster in like new condition, marked and molded for an Old Army, and not for a Blackhawk it can easily fetch $100 or significantly more by itself and would make your package price a bit more palatable.

    You could find a lower price for the revolver, especially online but that can be a bit of a gamble with what exactly you are going to end up with. Since you get to see the item first hand in a local gun shop that adds a bit of value as well since you are not risking ending up with shipping damage or hidden faults.

    If I had to sell off my BP revolvers, an ROA would be the last one standing
     
  7. 4v50 Gary

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    $100 for the Ruger flap holster by Bianchi? Geez, I got mine for a steal (it and BP revolvers are not in demand in my area).
     
  8. jdh

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    Gary,

    There is one locally with wear marks for $150.
     
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    Without a doubt the best cap and ball revolver available. You did right to get one for $650 in today's market.
     
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    Buy it. I'll give you your money back and pay for shipping to me.
     
  12. jdh

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    Not like I needed an excuse to go to a gun shop, I'll see what I can do.
     
  13. Noz

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    I am assuming the gun for $150 not the holster.
     
  14. jdh

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    Holster, and surprisingly enough it sold. If it was for the pistol it would have been gone long ago. Shooter grade used samples start at $450 without box or papers.
     
  15. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    I remember when that holster first came out and the one feature I disliked was the twist snap. I bought a Bianchi made flap holster with the older style brass stud instead. It's still a bit shocking to see how much that Ruger marked holster goes for.

    A couple of years back I asked Ruger to make a black powder cylinder for their Super Blackhawks. As you can tell, they didn't listen to me.
     
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    I have the Taylors/R&D/Howell cylinder for mine, but prefer it as a cap and ball pistol. There is no better BP revolver made. That being said, I dislike the odd loading lever, but I'm willing to put up with it. Paid $600.00 for mine, then bought the cylinder and some really nice Hogue rosewood checkered grips, and a nice two loop holster. I figure I've got about a grand into it.
     
  17. Zeke/PA

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    I own a treasured Old Army that I acquired some years ago.
    In my arsenal of handguns, the ROA is the most accurate handgun that I own.
    Go for it!
     
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    You are talking about ROA?

    Ok this one is the best handgun I never had.

    My old one that I bought in 1976 is the best I have in all my handguns..

    What can I say more otherwise that it was a U.F.O among all the other cap and ball.

    Only cap and ball for me because we can't have a cartridge conversion cylinder where I live without an other license, the cylinder (Kirst or other) is considered like an other weapon and then it needs an new licence...
     
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    BS. I'll admit it's the strongest but the best? - i say no. An 1858 has the super-easy cylinder swap and the ROA doesn't. I think bill ruger messed up when he made it so you have to remove the loading lever (and it's in 3 pieces) to remove the cylinder from an ROA..
     
  20. piettakid

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    It has the best adjustable sights of any BP handgun.
     
  21. piettakid

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    Santa, you seem to be buying it as an investment and that makes sense. As a shooting gun it's not so hot since it's an orphan and parts will only get scarcer.

    I seldom shoot my ROA since i worry about something breaking.
     
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    If he wants one there is a bunch of them on Gunbroker for less than $650.00.
     
  23. Rex B

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    Gee, you guys are making me feel good about the SS ROA I picked up a couple years ago for $350. I still need to shoot it though.
    BTW, I sure would like a bigger - longer - grip. Does anyone make an oversize grip set.?
     
  24. Patocazador

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    "I think bill ruger messed up when he made it so you have to remove the loading lever (and it's in 3 pieces) to remove the cylinder from an ROA.."

    That is a PIA but the ROA IS a very accurate pistol once you replace the front sight with a taller blade. Maybe for you it's not but hundreds of target shooters and hunters think so.
     
  25. Dframe

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    A very good revolver with occasional nipple problems which are usually easily solved. the loading lever is a pain in the butt and falls apart every time you take the cylinder out. Accuracy is excellent and the gun is very durable though heavy like most Rugers.
     
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