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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-tinkerer Elmer Keith collected Ruger serial number 15.

-- "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.

Do you have a gun that you do not want any more? Maybe you inherited it, or it was abandoned in your house, or some other way... Please e-mail me to discuss your alternatives. I am not a lawyer and am not engaged in legal advice. To send me a message, use the LEAVE A COMMENT button below any link on this blog!!


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jon Afs
Mar. 27th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Wish I was there
Man, wish I could have been there talking with you guys. It would have been cool getting a chance to chat with Radical Rod on that beast.

Also, quick question. I came across a few broken links, and I couldn't find an email anywhere, so if you let me know what yours is, I'll be happy to send you the details of them (I didn't want to post them here since it's a comment; it'd get the discussion off topic).
Apr. 23rd, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Wish I was there
I took care of the broken photo issue; see my new Flickr photo set via the embedded link above.
Apr. 18th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hey from radical Rod
Hi it was a fun show and I can talk about old RUGERS all day every day.....if you have any RUGER questions I hang out on the rugerforum.com all the time along with a lot of other very informed Ruger collectors.....thanks for giving the show some press...see ya RR.
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