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Posted: 12/16/2005 9:32:09 AM EST
Is the 50th anniversary Ruger Blackhawk's frame the old or new frame size? My local dealer has one in .357 and I like it but I want to know if it is the old strong frame or lighter new frame?
Link Posted: 12/19/2005 10:46:13 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 9:41:47 AM EST
Smaller frame size I believe. I don't believe the new frame is significantly weaker. I don't think there is anything a sane person shouldn't do to the new frame that he could do with the old frame.

Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:03:58 AM EST
Mid-size Flat Top and XR-3 grip frame

"Like the 1955 Ruger Blackhawk, the 50th Anniversary New Model Blackhawk is chambered in .357 Magnum with a 4-5/8” barrel. It offers many original features including a blued, mid-size “Flat Top” frame with a micro-adjustable rear sight, and a smaller, pre-1962 “XR-3” grip frame with checkered “hard rubber” grips bearing original-style black Ruger medallions. The distinctive “Flat Top” frame disappeared from the Ruger product line in 1962 with the introduction of a new design featuring patented integral frame ribs in the area of the rear sight."
Link Posted: 12/23/2005 8:04:50 PM EST
Don't worry, it's plenty strong enough for the .357Mag.
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