Ruger 357 Blackhawk Serial Number

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RUGER NEW MODEL BLACKHAWK 357 MAG USED GUN INV 234461 GI#: 101563948 A Ruger New Model Blackhawk chambered in 357 mag with a 6 1/2 inch barrel with a bright and shiny bore. This firearm is in excellent condition and is covered by Dury's Lifetime Warranty. Ruger - Blackhawk w/Stainless.357 Remmington Magnum: $580.00: Ruger - Ruger Blackhawk.45 Colt: $500.00: Ruger - GP100 w/Stainless Finish & 4' Heavy Barrel. Ruger old model 357 Blackhawk 4 5/8 in. Description: Ruger old model 357 Blackhawk Revolver 4 5/8 inch barrel in original unconverted condition with original Box, Warranty Card, Instruction Manuel and Parts Brochure. The gun appears unfired and in my opinion it is unfired since it left the factory. Ruger SP101 357 Magnum Double-Action Revolver with 2.5-Inch Barrel.

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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:38 am
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I acquired #1748. According to RL Wilson the last one shipped in 1955 was #1736 ( Info used by RENE )
John Dougan lists #1750 as the last one shipped. Well I had mine lettered and it shipped December of 1955. Oh happy days . Trying to complete my First Year .357 display and this is the bookend. Also 13XX is soon coming my way. Sooo, now just need 11XX, 12XX and 16XX. BTW the display will now include consecutive 10XX's. Life is good


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Gonna shoot it?


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Probably won't shoot it. No need. I have collectors and shooters.


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Kudos Tom!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you happen to know where #1750 is? Does Dougan?
Looking forward to seeing your display!
pruger45, many of us do as Tom does. We buy guns for collecting & others for shooting. THAT'S why we can preserve the history & knowledge of Sturm, Ruger & Co.

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Tom, that is a great find.....isn't chasing numbers fun RR


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When it is stated that a certain serial numbered gun such as 1750 or 1736 is the last gun shipped in 1955. It means that that gun is the last gun shipped on the last day of the year. It is possible that there were higher numbered guns shipped before the last day of the year. such as guns with 100 or 200 higher serial numbers. It is also possible that guns with lower serial numbers will be shipped in 1956. You have to realize that Ruger doesn't manufacture guns in order of serial numbers. They only stamp the frames in order of the serial numbers, low to high. Certain guns may have a problem in manufacturing and it may take a day or longer to get it fixed so that a few hundred guns will be shipped and then this lower serial number will be shipped day or days later. Only a letter from Ruger will give you the actual shipping date.

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You are all on point. RR chasing numbers is addicting but fun! Tyrone well said and I have contacted JD. Waiting on a response and yes Street we know there are few constants with Ruger. JD's ship dates do say
'approximate.' I am thrilled it lettered as a December, 1955 gun. OK RR and back to the addiction/sickness I had bought a back up 1703 that is shooter grade as a back up just in case 1748 it did not letter


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Nice Old Gun!
Great find.

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Way to go, Tommy!
I have added the ship date on Bob's List.


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According to JD, there is no way to know the last one shipped in any given year without a letter. All are approximations.


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That said, it's not likely that a letter would actually say 'last one shipped in (year)'. All the letter will tell us is WHEN it shipped. We have to look at the collected data of those who actually keep track of such stuff to see what APPEARS to be the last one shipped in any given year. At present, Tommy's #1748 shows up on Bob's List as the 'last one shipped in 1955'. That said, there are LOWER numbered guns that show as shipped in 1956. Street's point is well-made . . . they got shipped in somewhat random order and the serial number alone does not pin down the actual ship date of any gun, or even the ship YEAR.
Bob's List includes several guns whose serial numbers would seem to indicate they shipped in December of 1955 or January of 1956, but we don't have ship dates for these and I make no claim for their ship dates. All I'll say is any particular gun falls within a particular range of ship dates and add that a letter is required to pin one down for certain. The List gives a snapshot of what has been observed and noted on a strictly amateur basis and as such is for our consideration and amusement only. Bob was simply trying to make a little sense of what he saw, and I've attempted to keep up with that approach as seen here with my recording of #1748. I am, after all, merely Bob's clerk.


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Based on my limited information, and since Ruger did not ship in serial number order, it is likely a lower serial numbered .357 shipped after a higher numbered gun. If Ruger ever provides complete shipping date information (day, month, and year), perhaps the last .357 shipped in 1955 can actually be determined.
Bill


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Hawkeye

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Historically, Ruger letters only include month and year of shipment. There are exceptions to this, of course . . . as with everything Ruger.
Point is, we'll never know until someone finds, letters, and reports on a gun so lettered. This is why it's important for folks to share their information with us. For what it's worth, Bob's List does NOT record names of gun owners. This is important to some folks, and we respect that.


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I have a question for you 'number guys' and it is actually a serious question. Does anything make the last gun of a certain year or the first gun of a certain year, actually worth any more money than any other gun shipped the same year. Provided there are no changes from year to year, they are identical and only differentiated by when they left the factory, which as pointed out, is NOT in numerical order. So does it matter


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I think the idea of collecting has many facets. Such as the consecutive numbered guns, or in this case, the last gun or first gun shipped as a year changes.
When a company is young & struggling, record keeping, (especially in that era,) wasn't as big a deal as it becomes once the company is successful. But good, solid records of a desirable item & all the changes or whatever is the actual history of the company.
Example, look at Colt.
By having good records, they can show where a gun was shipped & many other details such as who ordered it. Historical figures attached to an object can often be valued much higher, due to the provenience.
With Ruger, those of us deeply interested in the history, by chasing such stuff, we are the ones gathering the history & knowledge that can be preserved for future generations. But, thanks to the way Bill Ruger ran things, we all know how 'anything can happen.'
So, getting the 'last gun shipped,' or the 'first gun shipped' around a year change is but a niche in collecting.
I call it 'Rugeritis.' And, as a collector, I do NOT want a cure.

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Ruger Blackhawk
A .357 Magnum/9mm convertibleRuger Blackhawk in blued finish, with Adjustable Sights, and a 4 5/8' Barrel
TypeRevolver
Place of originUnited States
Production history
ManufacturerSturm, Ruger
Produced1955–Present
No. built2 million[1][2][3][4][5]
Specifications
Mass36–48 oz (1,021–1,361 g)
Length10 1/4–13 1/2 inches (260–343 mm)
Barrel length4 5/8–7 1/2 inches (117–191 mm)
CartridgeVaries, see Calibers
ActionSingle-action revolver
Feed system6-round cylinder

The Ruger Blackhawk is a six-shot, single-actionrevolver manufactured by Sturm, Ruger & Co. It is produced in a variety of finishes, calibers, and barrel lengths.

History[edit]

In the early 1950s, Westerns were popular in movies and television. Colt had discontinued the iconic Single Action Army prior to World War II, and few single-action revolvers were available to meet market demand for cowboy-style revolvers. In 1953, the new firm of Sturm, Ruger & Company introduced the Single-Six, a .22 LRrimfire single-action revolver. The Single-Six proved to be a popular seller, leading Ruger to develop and market a centerfire revolver similar to the Single Action Army: the Ruger Blackhawk.[6][7]

Ruger introduced the Blackhawk in 1955. Chambered for the .357 Magnum, the Blackhawk was a simple and strong design, and it sold well. In 1956, as Smith & Wesson was introducing the new .44 Magnum, Ruger quickly developed a variant of the Blackhawk in the new cartridge. Ruger achieved wide popularity with this firearm in a hotly anticipated new cartridge, which was both cheaper and more readily available than the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver. According to popular legend, Ruger was able to field a .44 Magnum revolver at nearly the same time as Smith & Wesson due to a Ruger employee finding expended .44 Magnum cartridge cases at a scrapyard and deducing that Smith & Wesson was about to launch a new cartridge.[8][9]

Blackhawk

The 1955–1962 Blackhawks are known today as the 'Flattop' models, because their adjustable rear sights were not protected by 'ears' extending up from the frame as later became standard. From 1962 through 1972, Ruger made the 'Three Screw' Blackhawk in various calibers, so called by the number of screws visible on the side of the revolver.

The Flattop and Three Screw Rugers were modernized compared to the Colt Single Action Army, in that they had adjustable sights instead of the Colt's fixed sights, and they used wire coil springs instead of the Colt's flat leaf springs. Bill Ruger chose coil springs due to their greater durability, saying that it solved one of the primary weaknesses of the Colt design.

The early models of the Blackhawk still operated the same way as the Colt, in that the hammer was half-cocked to load and unload and that the firearm was not safe to carry with all six chambers loaded due to the hammer resting upon the sixth chamber.[10] In 1973, in order to eliminate accidents occurring from the hammer jarring against a round loaded in the sixth chamber, Ruger introduced the New Model Blackhawk. The New Model Blackhawk did not require the hammer to be half-cocked for loading and unloading, and it employed a transfer bar mechanism which prevented the cartridge under the hammer from being fired without the trigger being pulled. The New Blackhawk was seen as limiting firearms accidents and legal liability. Ruger then began offering a retrofit program, offering free transfer bar conversions to earlier variants of the Blackhawk.

It is worth noting that the Super Blackhawk is capable of operating with much higher pressure handloads than factory produced ammunition in .44 Magnum. Factory produced loads, such as Federal Champion 240 gr JSP loads are right around 800 ft-lbs muzzle energy. Loads in excess of 1200 ft-lbs muzzle energy are commonly produced by handloaders for this caliber and the Super Blackhawk can, in fact, handle more powerful loads than any .44 Magnum lever action rifle and substantially more powerful rounds than any double action .44 Magnum revolver. Buffalo Bore makes a heavy load that is in excess of 1500 ft-lbs muzzle energy.[11]

These facts make the Ruger Super Blackhawk one of the top choices for handgun hunting. It is capable of reliably taking down deer, elk, caribou, moose, lion, grizzly or brown bear and even cape buffalo.[12] It is commonly used to deliver a coup de grace shot to mortally wounded large game, having the ability to dispatch even an elephant with a conscientiously placed close range shot to the head. The wide availability of .44 Magnum cases and bullets make the .44 Magnum chambering far more practical than .454 Casull or .480 Ruger, while allowing for similar ballistics in custom loadings.[13]

The Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 Magnum is one of the most accurate big bore pistols for target shooting, typically returning 5 shot groups that are one ragged hole from a rest at 25 yards. Work is commonly performed on the action of these revolvers to give a light, crisp trigger pull, thereby contributing to accuracy.[14]

Various models[edit]

Ruger Old Model Super Blackhawk
Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk and Javelina

Ruger Blackhawk Serial #'s

The Ruger Old Army is a 45-caliber percussion revolver based on the Ruger Blackhawk action.
The Blackhawk is a popular base gun for custom work. This one is a cooperative effort by members of the American Pistolsmith's Guild.
Variation of Ruger Blackhawk of all-steel construction and a number of retro features including .357-size frame and steel micro sight. There is a Bisley Grip Variation and a selection of calibers-.44 Special pictured.

Over the years the Blackhawk has appeared in a wide variety of models. These models include:

  • New Model Blackhawk: Produced in blued steel in .30 Carbine, .357 Magnum, .41 Remington Magnum, .44 Special, and .45 Colt; produced in stainless in .327 Federal Magnum with an 8-round cylinder, .357 Magnum, and .45 Colt. Multiple barrel lengths were offered in many of these configurations.
  • New Model Blackhawk Convertible: The cylinder of a Blackhawk is easily removed, and can be replaced with a cylinder for a different cartridge of the same diameter. Ruger has offered 'convertible' cylinder revolvers in .45 Colt/.45 ACP, .38-40/10mm Auto, and .357 Magnum/9×19mm Parabellum. Other than being sold with multiple cylinders, these firearms are identical to the Blackhawk.
  • New Model Super Blackhawk: Produced in blued and stainless, with or without a rib for mounting a scope. The Super Blackhawk is built on the same frame, but with a larger grip (in the 7.5' and 10.5' barrels) and unfluted cylinder (except for 5.5' barrel), in order to more effectively deal with the .44 Magnum's recoil. Also, the grip frames are made of steel, versus aluminium for those same components in the Blackhawk. Ejector rod housings were originally steel on old model Super Blackhawks. The new model stainless steel versions have steel ejector rod housings.
  • Vaquero and New Vaquero: With the popularity of Cowboy Action Shooting came demand for a single-action revolver that was more traditional in appearance. As the standard Ruger Blackhawk departs from the Single Action Army looks due to its adjustable sights, Ruger offered a fixed-sight equivalent to cater to buyers wanting a more traditional appearance. In all other ways, the Vaquero was identical to the Blackhawk, though offered in slightly fewer variants. The original Vaquero was offered in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .45 Colt. After some time, Ruger went with a smaller frame to more closely resemble the actual size of the Colt SAA, changed the name to the New Vaquero, and dropped the powerful .44 Magnum from the lineup. While keeping the smaller size, Ruger later went back to the simple Vaquero name.
  • Bisley: The Bisley grip is a type of angled grip developed by Colt for target shooting at the end of the 19th Century. Ruger's 'Bisley' offerings incorporated a Bisley-style grip, hammer spur, and trigger.
    A limited edition of 1,000 Units from TALO Distributions featuring Turnbull Restorations Case Hardened frame.
  • Old Army: The Old Army is a percussion ('cap and ball') black powder revolver based on the Blackhawk frame.

Ruger Super Blackhawk Serial Number Lookup

Calibers[edit]

  • .32 H&R Magnum/.32-20 Winchester Convertible (Single distributor—discontinued)
  • 9×19mm Parabellum/.357 Magnum Convertible
  • .357 Remington Maximum (Discontinued)
  • 10mm Auto/.38-40 Winchester Convertible (Single distributor—discontinued)
  • .44 Magnum (Super Blackhawk only)
  • .44 Magnum/.44-40 Winchester Convertible (Single distributor—discontinued)
  • .45 ACP/.45 Colt Convertible
  • .454 Casull (Super Blackhawk Distributor Exclusive)
  • .480 Ruger (Super Blackhawk Distributor Exclusive)

Finishes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Ruger New Model Blackhawk .45 Serial Numbers

  1. ^'Ruger Blackhawk: Versatility and Durability in the Spirit of the Old West'.
  2. ^'Ruger Blackhawk Serial Number History'.
  3. ^'Ruger New Blackhawk Serial Number History'.
  4. ^'Ruger Super Blackhawk Serial Number History'.
  5. ^'Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk Serial Number History'.
  6. ^Taffin, John (2005). Single Action Sixguns. Krause Publications. p. 336. ISBN978-0-87349-953-8.
  7. ^Taffin, John (1997). Big Bore Sixguns. Krause Publications. p. 336. ISBN978-0-87341-502-6.
  8. ^Sturm Ruger booklet 'Fifty Years of .44 Magnums'
  9. ^Sixguns.com
  10. ^Larson, Erik (24 June 1993). 'Wild West Legacy: Ruger Gun Often Fires If Dropped, but Firm Sees No Need for Recall'. The Wall Street Journal. ProQuest398344120.
  11. ^'Heavy .44 Magnum +P+ Pistol & Handgun Ammunition'. Buffalo Bore Ammunition Strictly Big Bore - Strictly Business. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  12. ^'Handguns for Dangerous Game'. Shooting Times. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  13. ^'44 Magnum Load Data - Handloads.Com'. www.handloads.com. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  14. ^DIYautotech (22 November 2012), Ruger Single Action Trigger Job Ruger Single Six, Single Ten, Blackhawk, Vaqeuro, retrieved 15 October 2017

External links[edit]

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