Unusual NM Blackhawk 45 Colt

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Onty

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I stumbled upon strange looking NM Blackhawk 45 Colt, 7.5" SS. Please take a look at the top of the frame, rear sight area. At the first moment I thought that this is Flattop model, but now I am not sure.Seems to me that revolver was originally large frame NM Blackhawk, with top of the frame ("ears") milled later on:

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More pictures here https://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=14688714

Contrary to revolver above, NM Blackhawk in 357 Magnum has normal looking large frame:

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More here https://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=14738994

I doubt that top revolver left Ruger factory like that.
 
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thats correct, it did not leave the factory like that, nice job and with the stainless guns much easier to do to remove the "ears" ( sight protection) a nice job..looks good with those extended grips, nice touch;)
 

G2

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Made in 1997, apparently someone wanted a flattop.
Keep in mind the NM Flattop was introduced in 2005.
 

Onty

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IMO those "ears" are also reinforcement of the frame, additional metal to compensate for material removed when slot for rears sight was milled. I am certain that "ears" make frame stronger than flattop configuration. And to be frank, I even prefer look of full size NM BH frame.
 

JStacy

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Interesting proof marks on your 357? Was it a test gun for some company? I had a S&W 586 that was a test gun for WW and had like proof marks?
 

Onty

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Revolvers are in Germany, so I am assuming that they were proof tested there, at one of local facilities, before released on market.
 

suren2us

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I stumbled upon strange looking NM Blackhawk 45 Colt, 7.5" SS. Please take a look at the top of the frame, rear sight area. At the first moment I thought that this is Flattop model, but now I am not sure.Seems to me that revolver was originally large frame NM Blackhawk, with top of the frame ("ears") milled later on:

957695f5-6c01-4327-9bee-3de58ceaf745.jpg


More pictures here https://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=14688714

Contrary to revolver above, NM Blackhawk in 357 Magnum has normal looking large frame:

95b932fd-418b-44d5-87de-c0f821542e64.jpg


More here https://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=14738994

I doubt that top revolver left Ruger factory like that.
Very nice pieces
 

Muley Gil

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The ears were added to support the rear sight when elevated, nothing more. There have no complaints about frame strength among those who shot the flat top Old Model .44 magnum Blackhawks.
 
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look carefully at the top, there is a slight "taper" ( rise) to the top edge it is NOT perfectly flat, starts just in front of the sight cross pin hole, decent job , better than average,BUT still can be seen by the naked eye ( are all eyes naked???):confused:
 
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