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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:47 pm 
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In 1992 I wrote a short article for the RENE, Vol. 9 Number 3 page 739, called the "Trade Back". It was about my search for a matching pair of two digit Buckeye Specials.

During that time I learned that Jerry's Sports Center in Forest City Pa. had beat Buckeye to the punch and had Ruger make them a special run of Super Blackhawk Convertibles in .44 Mag. / .44/40 the S4440. I picked up the 1st one I was able to get and ask my dealer to see if Jerry's had #87-00057 in stock and committed to buy it. After checking with the salesman we learned that the gun I sought was not part of the 1st shipment but a second shipment was due. After waiting months and calling and bugging the salesman I learned that the gun was not in the second shipment either. A couple months later I wrote a letter to Jerry's and inquired about the gun in question,,the reply was short and sweet and to the point,,,,"Sir, The revolver in question Super Blackhawk #87-00057 has never been recieved, and no more shipments of that model are expected"

I knew that other two digit guns of this model WERE shipped to Jerry's so I presumed that either the gun had been given to someone (a friend) by Bill or that the gun was still at Ruger. I knew that trying to get that info from Ruger would be fruitless.

So over these many years I have searched high and low,,Shotgun News, all the Internet Auction site's and gun forums to no avail. When I joined the Ruger Forum I learned that resident Ruger Guru, Weaselmeatgravey had quite a stash of these guns as well as a few two digits but not the gun I was after. :( :(

On October 24, 2012 while doing my mourning gun search's on the computer I pulled up the Ruger Auction site and about fell out of my chair,, :shock: ,, there before me was the gun I sought for over 20 years,, S4440 #87-00057!!
Waiting those two weeks for the auction to end were the most gut twisting I've had for awhile,, :) :)

I would like to Thank the very pleasant lady, Mrs. Elaine Sandberg from Ruger Auctions for her help and a very nice conversation during a "Noreaster", and to Ruger for supporting a very worthy cause, Soldiers Angels Project Valour It, Money well spent.

Yesterday was the day,,went to my dealers and picked her up and brought her home to meet her cousins,, :wink:

S4440 #87-00057

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Note, The guns are Super Blachawks,,,but the frames are rollmarked Blackhawk,,

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Note; The original guns were made before Rugers "Fired Case" in the little brown envelope started. However you will note that this gun was
not test fired until September 5, 2006, :wink: :wink: the guns were produced in 1990 - 1991.

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The Trifecta, S32X - 610-00057 - S3840 - 611-00057 & S4440 - 87-00057

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:59 pm 
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WOW :!: :!: great guns and for new model grips ALL those are really nice.....fine photos too..... Great that you got the gun,LONG WAIT............. but the good ones are :arrow: most of the time :)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:03 pm 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: I HATE that feeling TA.....been there a time or two myself.....once again just days ago :lol: :lol: :lol: congrats on your patience....that might have weakened a lesser man :wink: :wink: :wink: RR.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:12 pm 
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Great Story with an even better ending. Congrats.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:18 pm 
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Man, that's a great story with a happy ending.

Congrats, Terry.

Keep 'em all away from Jug . . . he'd probably cut 'em all down to 4-5/8" for concealed carry and have 'em plated by Bubba's Bumper Chrome Shop.

;) ;) ;)

Ooops, looks like jussbad beat me to it. Oh, well . . .

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:00 pm 
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americal wrote:
WOW :!: :!: great guns and for new model grips ALL those are really nice.....fine photos too..... Great that you got the gun,LONG WAIT............. but the good ones are :arrow: most of the time :)


Wayne,
I forgot to mention that the grip panels were Goncalo Alves for these models.

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:lol: :lol: :lol: I HATE that feeling TA.....been there a time or two myself.....once again just days ago :lol: :lol: :lol: congrats on your patience....that might have weakened a lesser man :wink: :wink: :wink: RR.


Radical ole Buddy,,,,I owe you a BIG THANKS,,,after you let me hold the Old Man's (Bill) lighter and pens Ive had nothing but good luck!!

1st I find a NM .357 50TH Annie,,two digit #520-00030 that I needed,, :D :D

2nd I snagged another Rare Lighter in the Box,,, :D 8) (no pics yet it has not arrived)

3rd S4440 #87-00057,,,, :D :) :wink:

You Sir are a walking "Four Leaf Clover" :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:15 pm 
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Actually, it's the "Moe effect" . . .

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:06 pm 
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A great set of guns. Persistence pays off.....you deserve this fitting reward!! Way to go!!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:11 pm 
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LONG TIME PATIENCE AND A "PLAN" USUALLY WORK OUT.... IT IS THE DPTH OF TIME THAT FRAZZLES A MAN..........GOOD JOB! :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:21 pm 
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Simply outstanding. Congrats are in order!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:15 pm 
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Wow! That's incredible! Congratulations on a fantastic "score"!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:37 pm 
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Nice. Bet that was a rough 2 weeks.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:26 pm 
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Way to go for the #1 Ruger New Model Collector. :P :P :P


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:41 pm 
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Nice going T.A. glad you were able to pull it off..........I'd buy a lottery ticket or two, and hang in there my buddy finally hit $10,000...some things ,take TIME !! 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:53 pm 
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Hey TA, go ahead and buy that lottery ticket......just remember who's your "LUCKY CHARM" :lol: :lol: :lol: and thank him/me accordingly :roll: :roll: :roll: RR.


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