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Ruger classics old and new

#1 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:44 pm

I thought I'd show off two of my recent acquisitions--a flat-top Ruger Blackhawk and a new Mark IV Target .22. I highly recommend the Mark IV, the ease of disassembly is mind-boggling compared to the earlier Marks. I'm a traditionalist and usually eschew the "latest and greatest" innovations, but this is one upgrade of a classic design I can endorse without hesitation!
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#2 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:46 pm

The Blackhawk is an early one with a four-digit serial number. I wasn't a fan of the stag grips at first, but they have grown on me!
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#3 Post by indy1919a4 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:06 pm

PennsylvaniaRifleman wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:44 pm
I highly recommend the Mark IV, the ease of disassembly is mind-boggling compared to the earlier Marks.
Both pistol look very nice... But please elaborate on what makes it easier...???

I like the stag grips also..

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#4 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:30 pm

indy1919a4 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:06 pm
PennsylvaniaRifleman wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:44 pm
I highly recommend the Mark IV, the ease of disassembly is mind-boggling compared to the earlier Marks.
Both pistol look very nice... But please elaborate on what makes it easier...???

I like the stag grips also..
Thanks. The Mark IV has a disasssembly button at the rear, that when pressed, allows the upper receiver to rotate up and off of the lower frame. The earlier Marks needed the mainspring to be removed at the rear of the grip to allow the bolt assembly to be removed. Reassembly of the mainspring assembly required careful alignment of the mating parts between the bolt assembly and the fire control group, complicated because you had to sort of go by feel.

It's easier now than separating the upper and lower receivers of an AR-15.
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#5 Post by indy1919a4 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:46 pm

Many many thanks for sharing that.. I tend to hate all change.. but in this case it is good.. Thanks again

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#6 Post by steamer » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:21 pm

Nice looking pistols - now I'm itching to take my Blackhawks out for a spin.

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#7 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:34 am

For Christmas this year I picked-up a 1973 vintage Ruger Security Six. I suppose I'm officially collecting Rugers now, and have a line on a couple more. One of the "six series" .357s has been on my list of "would like to have" guns for a very long time, and a friend recently asked me if I would like to buy this one. I think Ruger handguns appeal to me due to their workmanlike sensibilities. Pictured with my Security Six are a couple of other Christmas gifts--the book "Ruger and His Guns," and a 1971 Guns & Ammo magazine touting the "soon to be released double action from Ruger." (sorry, not sure why I can't replace/edit the upside down photo)
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#8 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Mon Apr 13, 2020 3:52 pm

I'm now the proud owner of four Ruger revolvers--from left to right: A first-year SP101 in .38 special, a 3" barreled GP100 .357 magnum, a four-inch early "low-back" Security-Six .357 magnum, and an early Blackhawk .357 magnum. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the GP100, with the Security-Six a close second place...
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#9 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:10 pm

If there's ever a revolver that cries out for a Tyler T-Grip, it's one of these early "low back" Security Sixes. Ruger re-designed the backstrap area to make it higher and more vertical after the first couple years of production, in response to critics who claimed this design is less than optimal for rapid double action firing. As a child of the 70's, I like the look of the Tyler T-Grip on an old-school revolver, and usually prefer them over any other grip style. With the T-Grip installed, any perceived shortcomings of the low-back Ruger are eliminated...
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#10 Post by volkswaffen » Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:52 am

Love old Rugers. My 1974 Single six is nothing special, but holds a lot of sentimental value to me. It belonged to a very good friend of mine who bought it new. He ended up passing away a year ago and I bought it from his dad to help pay for his headstone.
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