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Original Old West Single Action Look, Size & Feel. First introduced in 1993, the Ruger Vaquero quickly became one of the most popular handguns in the sport of Cowboy Action shooting. Then, in 2004, the Ruger Vaquero underwent a major design change. The new Vaquero frame is now based on Ruger's beloved original model Blackhawk. On this new sixgun, Ruger has returned to the much adored shape and size of the original XR3 grip, which was first used on the 1851 Colt Navy revolver. While the original Vaquero was certainly stout and easily capable of handling the heaviest magnum loads, it also received many complaints concerning its massive weight and size, which eventually forced Ruger to make extensive design changes.
For starters, the new model Ruger Vaquero's frame has lightened by 20%. A bevel was added to the forward end of the cylinder, and the cylinder itself was shortened. That 20% shrinkage occurs everywhere, except for the bore. Chamber alignment with the loading gate was also improved to prevent over rotation. The hammer spur, which has been swept back, makes the New Vaquero easier to cock. The ejector rod knob is now a crescent shape like the old Colts, and is much easier on both the hand and eye. Both the ejector rod housing and grip frame are made of solid steel, unlike older single action Ruger revolvers that were sometimes made out of aluminum.
Ruger has incorporated a key actuated action lock into the New Vaquero. 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 of the New Vaquero.
This is a convertible series new model Ruger Vaquero and includes two interchangeable cylinders. The first cylinder is chambered in the more traditional .45 Long Colt caliber, while the other is chambered in the more widely available .45ACP. The firing pin 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. Loaded and unloading are easily accomplished through the loading gate, reverse indexing pawl and a very smooth ejector rod assembly. This new Model Ruger Vaquero is chambered in .45 Long Colt and features a solid alloy steel construction, deep blued finish and a 4-5/8" barrel. The sight are traditional single action U- notch pattern and the grips are Ruger's signature black hard rubber.