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Powerful Single Action Performance. The New Model Ruger Super Blackhawk is the most advanced single-action revolver ever made. It can be safely carried fully loaded with six cartridges. The original model Super Blackhawk still operated the same way as the Colt in that the hammer was half-cocked to load and unload, and that the firearm was technically not completely safe to carry fully loaded. This was due to the fact that the hammer was actually resting upon the chamber and could easily discharge if the gun was banged or dropped..The "New Model" designation meant that all post 1972 Blackhawk's have a frame mounted firing pin that is protected from accidental discharge by Ruger’s famous and proven transfer bar safety system. This makes it nearly impossible for the gun to "go off" when dropped. When the hammer is fully forward, it rests on the frame and cannot contact the firing pin. The transfer bar itself rises as the trigger is pulled. Then when a cocked hammer falls, it hits the transfer bar (thus "transferring" the energy to the firing pin) which subsequently fires the shot.
Back in 1956, the Ruger Blackhawk was the world's first single action revolver chambered for the (then) new powerful .44 Magnum cartridge. Often referred to as the Flattop due to the “flat” design of the cylinder frame’s top strap, the lighter framed Blackhawk could be brutal when it came to felt recoil. In an effort to make a more user-friendly grip frame, and at the urging of prominent shooters such as the late Elmer Keith, Ruger lengthened the grip frame and squared the back of the trigger guard in the manner of Colt's Dragoon models. In order to add a bit of weight to the new sixgun, he made the entire gun, with the exception of the walnut grips, out of steel. Rugers earlier designs used aluminum for the grip frames. He also eliminated the cylinder flutes, which were a carryover from black powder days, thereby adding more weight to the revolver. These changes produced a heavier sixgun with a grip frame that eliminated the knuckle-busting tendencies of the earlier XR-3 design, at least for some shooters. Ruger added a wider, lower hammer spur and a wider trigger. The top of the frame protected the adjustable rear sight. Ruger called his new gun the Super Blackhawk.
Ruger has incorporated a loading gate interlock system into the Super Blackhawk. In effect, opening the loading gate retracts the cylinder bolt, allowing the cylinder to turn for loading and the hammer is not involved. The Super Blackhawk also has a key actuated action lock. Like many firearm manufacturers, this has become necessary due to idiotic gun laws that are being passed in many parts of our country requiring firearms to have such a device. Unlike those found on most guns, the Ruger system is unnoticed and detracts in no way from the lines or appearance of this revolver. The lock is hidden beneath the grip panels. The key has a built-in screwdriver to remove the right grip panel. Once the grip panel is removed, the key is inserted and rotated to lock the action. This Ruger Blackhawk features a solid stainless steel construction and a 7-1/2" barrel. The sight are fully adjustable and the grips are Ruger's signature hardwood.