My Treasure

This Blackhawk’s nothing fancy or out of the ordinary. It has the solid blue finish found on Ruger Blackhawks of that time, the metal-to-metal finish is excellent, and the walnut grips with black eagle medallions are nicely fitted to the frame and also shaped to fit the hand well. Most of my new production guns are matter-of-factly fitted with custom grips, however I have no problem living with these 50-year-old factory grips.

The cylinder in this .30 Carbine Blackhawk is tightly fitted with no side-to-side movement or end shake and the cylinder pin, as on all .30 Carbine Blackhawks, is of the longer style found on the Super Blackhawk. This makes it relatively easy to remove compared to the short stubby pins found on the original Blackhawks. The barrel/cylinder gap is virtually nonexistent. I noticed this early without measuring when I fired the same loads in this .30 Carbine Blackhawk as my two first-year production versions. Muzzle velocity averaged 7 percent to 9.5 percent higher with this one compared to the other two .30 Rugers.