By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Ruger Blackhawk Convertible single action revolver.
I had one of these many years ago and sold it. I missed it and recently had a chance to buy a good clean used one at a decent price so I took it.
These are interesting in that they come with a second cylinder so they shoot both .45 Colt and .45 ACP cartridges.
The revolver is very similar in appearance to the classic Colt SAA revolver, but there are many differences. For one thing this weapon has modern adjustable sights. Also is uses coiled music wire springs rather than the flat springs found in the Colt revolves, making it rather more reliable. It can be loaded without placing it on half-cock and has a transfer bar ignition system so it can be safely carried with six cartridges in it. It will not fire unless the trigger is actually pulled.
They can be had in 4 ¾, 5 ½ and 7 ½ inch barrel lengths. They weigh 40 ounces unloaded with the medium length barrel. I happen to prefer that length as it points better for me. It has the traditional style grip frame, which I find to be very comfortable and it shoots very nicely for me.
This is a really nice casual plinker. Also, with a good heavy bullet load it would be a very decent anti-bear pistol in areas where such a thing is desirable. The sight picture is excellent and the stock trigger is good. It shoots much better than I can hold.