The Ruger Blackhawk is a 6-shot, single-action revolver manufactured by Ruger. It is produced in a variety of finishes, calibers, in the early 1950s, Westerns were popular in movies and television. Colt had discontinued the iconic Single Action Army prior to World War II, in 1953, the new firm of Sturm, Ruger & Company introduced the Single-Six, a.22 LR rimfire single-action revolver. The Single-Six proved to be a seller, leading Ruger to develop and market a centerfire revolver similar to the Single Action Army. Ruger introduced the Blackhawk in 1955, chambered for the.357 Magnum, the Blackhawk was a simple and strong design, and it sold well. In 1956, as Smith & Wesson was introducing the new.44 Magnum, Ruger achieved wide popularity with this firearm in a hotly anticipated new cartridge, which was both cheaper and more readily available than the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver. The 1955–1962 Blackhawks are known today as the Flattop models, because their rear sights were not protected by ears extending up from the frame as later became standard. From 1962 through 1972, Ruger made the Three Screw Blackhawk in various calibers, bill Ruger chose coil springs due to their greater durability, saying that it solved one of the primary weaknesses of the Colt design. In 1973, in order to eliminate accidents occurring from the hammer jarring against a round loaded in the chamber, Ruger introduced the New Model Blackhawk. The New Blackhawk was seen as limiting firearms accidents and legal liability, Ruger then began offering a retrofit program, offering free transfer bar conversions to earlier variants of the Blackhawk. Over the years the Blackhawk has appeared in a variety of models. Multiple barrel lengths were offered in many of these configurations, New Model Blackhawk Convertible, The cylinder of a Blackhawk is easily removed, and can be replaced with a cylinder for a different cartridge of the same diameter. Ruger has offered convertible cylinder revolvers in.45 ACP/.45 Colt. 38-40/.40 S&W/10mm Auto, other than being sold with multiple cylinders, these firearms are identical to the Blackhawk. New Model Super Blackhawk, Produced in blued and stainless, with or without a rib for mounting a scope. The Super Blackhawk is built on the frame, but with a larger grip and unfluted cylinder. Also, the rod housings and grip frames are made of steel. Vaquero and New Vaquero, With the popularity of Cowboy Action Shooting came demand for a revolver that was more traditional in appearance. In all other ways, the Vaquero was identical to the Blackhawk, the original Vaquero was offered in.357 Magnum.44 Magnum, and.45 Colt
A .357 Magnum/9mm convertible
Ruger Old Model Super Blackhawk
Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk and Javalina
The Ruger Old Army is a 45-caliber percussion revolver based on the Ruger Blackhawk action.