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Old December 11, 2012, 07:29 PM   #6
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Back in '55 Ruger came out with the .357 BH. This is on what we call the medium cylinder frame today. In '56 Ruger came out with the .44Mag BH on the 'large' frame. In '59, Ruger introduced the .44Mag on the large frame but with 'ears' around the sights (as we have today) and the Dragoon style grip. This was called the SBH (why? who knows! Marketing I suppose) ! So up until '73 we had the medium and large frame revolvers. Now, in '73 the 'New Model' was introduced and the .357, .45 Colt, and .44Mag were all put on the same 'large' frame. Yep, BH is same as SBH except for grip frame. Pre-73 three screw revolvers become known as the 'Old Model'. Then along comes the medium frame back from the dead in 2005 with the .357 Anniversary flattop BH. Then the .44Spec flattop BH, and now the .45 Colt flattop BHs from Lipseys. All on the medium frame! Gets a bit confusing again! Not even talking about the Vaquero and New Vaquero .... but that is a different subject. Also there was an 50th Anniversary 44mag flattop on the large frame in 2006. There was a SBH 50th anniversary in 2009 (same as any other SBH except finish was a really nice). Anyway ... that should give you some idea of Ruger nomenclature.... or not...

Then there is grip styles .... other story ...
A clinger. When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Single Action .45 Colt (Sometimes improperly referred to by its alias as the .45 'Long' Colt or .45LC). Don't leave home without it. Ok.... the .44Spec is growing on me ... but the .45 Colt is still king.
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