Blackhawk grip frame to a single-six ?

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brushunter

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The other day I was rooting around in my box of manuals and come across the manual for my Ruger single-six. It was purchased in the mid eighties for use on my trapline. I never did care for the grip ... small , didn't fit my hand. But on the trapline with most dispatches being at 6 to 8 feet , it didn't matter. The price was right and it got the job done. Back to the manual ... according to the manual , I could have sent it back to Ruger ( shipping was 4 bucks :shock: ) and they would have installed a Blackhawk grip frame ... They gave prices , can't remember them all now. I didn't realize a blackhawk grip frame would fit the single six cylinder frame. They also said if you order the grip frame only and elect to do the fitting... the blackhawk grip frames are sent to you in the white allowing for the finishes to be blended. Now remember this is from the mid eighties ...not sure if they would do it now. Has anyone fitted a blackhawk grip frame to the single six ? I would think it would really help.

regards , brushunter
 

CraigC

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Blackhawk and Single Six grip frames of similar vintage have always been the same, more or less.

Your hand is not too big and the grip frame is not too small, just tuck that pinky under the bottom of the grip frame. :wink:

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SATCOM

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brushunter,

For decades starting in 1955 the Single Six and the Blackhawk had the same aluminum grip frames; first XR3 and latter the XR3-RED. What you describe, "in the white" indicates steel. Many models of Rugers had steel grip frames in many shapes and sizes. One that had steel from the start is the Super Blackhawk. It is sometimes described as dragoon with square trigger guard and could be purchased from Ruger, blued and unblued. It is bigger and that also fits your description.

Yes a Super Blackhawk grip frame can be installed on a Single Six. Especially easy if you keep Old Models to Old Model swaps and New Model to New Model swaps.

That's my guess as to what you are remembering.

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As SATCOM mentions, the swap is easy if you stay with Old-to-Old or New-to-New.

It is possible to install a New Model grip frame on an Old Model gun, but it involves making an adapter to allow the use of the Old Model trigger-return spring/plunger with the New Model grip frame.

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tonto

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If the grip frames are the same, what would be the advantage size wise of putting a Blackhawk grip frame on a Single Six?
 
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None.

As mentioned, the Blackhawks and Single-Sixes use the same grip frames. It's the use of the larger Super Blackhawk grip frame that gets you "more to hang onto".

See jpdesign's photo, above.

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Joe S.

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I have big hands but prefer the single six grip frame. I put one on my Vaquero. Here are the frames swapped out. SS on Vaq and Vaq on SS, albeit crappy pic.

Fit great and really made that Vaquero lighter.
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brushunter

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Being at home now ... I dug out that manual again , and yes ... it does specify the New Model "steel" Super Blackhawk grip frame can be fitted to the New Model single-six cylinder frame and New Model Blackhawk frame. I tried too scan the page in ...couldn't get it ... Thanks for the input.

regards , brushunter
 
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yessir, they were steel, and came "in the white" for a final fit and finish...we used to stock them in the shop years ago, and when the Vaqueros came out we got the smaller sizes in both 4140 chrome moly as well as stainless steel.......main objective was to add weight when needed/wanted ...of course, these were all "new model" configuration, and you'd have to make a spring ,plunger "thingy" like mr. Flatgate does all the time to be able to use them on an "old model".......it works!! :wink:
 

Mohillbilly

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If his single six is a .32 he could have the special short grip on it . Some had birds head grips . If he likes a longer grip , maybe a super hunter/44 grip would be a little longer yet . Bisley grips are long too, and for a trap line tool , stainless would work well in the weather an he would not have a worry about a bluing match ........
 

Hondo44

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Old model single six with old model Super BH grip, wide spur hammer and wide trigger:

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The Super BH Hunter Model has the same size grip but with round trigger guard . As was said above it only comes in stainless steel but can be blued.

Check this out for comparisons of all Ruger grip frames: http://www.gunblast.com/Hamm_Ruger-SA-GripFrames.htm
 
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