First announced in August 1955, the Ruger Blackhawk single-action revolver in .357 Magnum caliber bears a strong resemblance to the original Colt Single-Action Army and Frontier revolver, Model of 1873. Designwise, however, the Blackhawk is a modernized version of its Colt counterpart. The incorporation of virtually unbreakable coil springs in the lockwork is a significant improvement. The ingenious one-piece grip frame of lightweight alloy, massive flat-top frame, and adjustment rear sight are features to delight any shooter. Simplicity of the original Colt design was a strong selling point with the frontiersman and the same holds true for the modern Blackhawk. Other than the barrel, most parts are readily replaced by the user. Routine maintenance is also a simple matter since the lockwork is readily accessibly for cleaning and oiling...
Ruger Blackhawk Exploded View
Watch this segment of American Rifleman Television "The Men And Guns Of D-Day" to learn more about the men of the 101st Airborne Division, their stories and the firearms they used during "The Great Crusade."
The Colt Single Action Army revolver used by Pat Garrett to kill Billy The Kid sold at auction from Bonhams for more than $6 million dollars, in what is probably the highest price ever paid for a civilian firearm.