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well i put a .357 blackhawk OM in lay away today. Thing looks new, it's deffinantly been babied. No cylinder ring, or powder burns on the front of the cylinder.

I'm paying 350 total, i don't think it's a bad deal.
 

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Sounds like a great price for an OM. Good score.
 

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Nothing like an old model, load one skip one load the rest and enjoy. Good price. :D
 

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correct me if i'm wrong, but the leaving 1 chamber empty is do to the old model not having the transfer bar saftey, and the possibility of an accidental discharge if dropped or the hammer is hit hard enough?
 

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Correct. No transfer bar equals hammer on empty chamber.
 

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I think that's a great price. What I would expect for a decent NM Blackhawk. Wish I had found it first, I Wanna see pics!
 

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jimbo1096 said:
I think that's a great price. What I would expect for a decent NM Blackhawk. Wish I had found it first, I Wanna see pics!
promise as soon as i get it in my grubby paws, i'll have pictures posted.
 

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Correct. No transfer bar equals hammer on empty chamber.

would it be worth while to send it to ruger to get the transfer bar put in? I'm new to the old model. i read that they include the old parts when they return it.
 

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That would be your call. A lot of guys would cringe at the thought. Me, I like the transfer bar.
 

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personally i like the clicks......sounds neat. course i don't wanna blow my foot off either. This will probably be more of a range gun, i acutally use my Security Six as my hunting back up, unless this one proves to be as accurate.
 

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If it's not a gun you plan on carrying concealed, then I wouldn't worry about it. At the range get into the habit of loading 5 rounds. Even when used as a back up gun for hunting or a hiking/camping gun, 5 rounds is fine. Just remember to put the hammer on the empty chamber, just in case.
 

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thanks, now i can't wait to get this dude out of purgatory.
 

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I've been aware of the "load 5" rule...never noticed it happening on TV till I got to see the end of the Shootist with John Wayne...he actually drew and put the sixth round in his gun---then put the sixth in another and stuck it in his belt..before going to his last gunfight...now, that's detail!!! Love that clickety-click sound!!!
 

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yeah thet clickety click sound will be the main reason for not converting.....something about that sound is soothing.
 

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quick question, will new model blackhawk grips fit the old model?
 

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According to the frame. The older Old Models were XR3 frames. Around 1962 the redesigned grip frame was introduced as the XR3-RED. That frame is the same size as the New Model introduced in 1972 and is marked XRN-3RED.

Refecence here:
http://www.gunblast.com/Hamm_Ruger-SA-GripFrames.htm

There are other grip frames, for the supers, bisley, bearcats and new New Models, etc but this is the part that you are interested in.

OH - And PLEASE don't send the gun back to Ruger for the update. If you didn't want this type mechanism, go buy a new model.
 
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