Just hanging out and talking to Ruger Collectors Association (RCA) members on March 17 was highly entertaining and enlightening...
-- Matt told me about how serial numbers were occasionally assigned to different people: The great handgunner/hunter/guide/writer/gun-tinke
-- "Radical Rod" (as he's known on the RCA forums) has personally handled the only existing example of a 15-inch barrel Blackhawk. There were two, but one was cut down to a standard length 10-inch barrel. Imagine hefting and shooting a revolver with a barrel like that!
-- Tom shared the details of his amazing collection that spanned every variation in the .357 Magnum Blackhawk between 1955 and 1973 -- with beautiful walnut, factory stag, and factory ivory grips -- changes in ejector rod button style, changes in rear sights (Flattop versus "protected" rear sights), changes in grip sizes (XR-3, XR-3 Red or redesign), etc. He also told me about how one could once pay only $8.50 for stag or $16.50 for ivory -- added to the $87.50 retail price of the 1955 gun! Now, stag grips can cost as much as $500 per pair, and ivory grips can run as high as $1,200 per pair for a Ruger.
-- Mike collects Ruger boxes: the classic yellow/black/red boxes. Many Ruger owners threw theirs away as unimportant. Collectors will pay big bucks for those boxes, in several barrel lengths: 4-5/8", 5-1/2", 7", or 10" (from most common to least common). So if you have any of those boxes, be sure to use the "Leave a Comment" button below this post to help me put Mike in contact with you!
RCA Show Harrisburg 2012 photo collection by DC Handgun Info on Flickr, here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjz2ZTtd
Next Post: On to the after-show banquet!
Other posts in this series: Introduction, Post 1, Post 2, Post 4.
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