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Old April 20, 2017, 08:18 PM   #1
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Newest addition..............

I was sort of browsing around the gun shops this morning, just to keep my face known to the folks there, when I stumbled upon this little gem and before I knew it I bought it. Its a Ruger Bearcat:



I don't hunt anymore, so .22s are not much interest to me, but once in awhile I get the itch just for a fun gun, and I reckon this fills the bill for that. Here it is posed with my Ruger Single Six for size comparison:



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Old April 20, 2017, 08:38 PM   #2
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Excellent addition, I had a Super Bearcat years ago and just could not get a good grip on it when shooting so it got moved down the road. I almost got one again when the stainless models came out but fought the urge. They really are sweet guns, I wish they made them in 32cal. for something a little more fun.
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Old April 20, 2017, 08:44 PM   #3
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Excellent tackle box and trapper's pistol!
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Old April 20, 2017, 09:36 PM   #4
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Very nice!!! I would like one in stainless.
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Old April 21, 2017, 05:24 AM   #5
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I have a Bearcat ShopKeeper and it is a handy little pocket gun. Enjoy yours.
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Old April 21, 2017, 06:22 AM   #6
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I've never handled a Bearcat, Bob, how's it feel in the hand? I'm guessing that I'd have to shove my trigger finger too far through the trigger guard to get any accuracy with it. How say you? Rod
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Old April 21, 2017, 10:50 AM   #7
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I've never handled a Bearcat, Bob, how's it feel in the hand? I'm guessing that I'd have to shove my trigger finger too far through the trigger guard to get any accuracy with it. How say you? Rod
Well, it does feel a mite small in my hand, but the trigger position feels O.K. Tomorrow will determine the accuracy.

It does sit nice and low in the hand.

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Old April 21, 2017, 11:43 AM   #8
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Hey Bob

Very nice. How about a photo showing the Bearcat, the Three Screw Single Six, and a Three Screw Blackhawk altogether for a size comparison?

Personally, I was never interested in the Bearcat, but who knows?
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Old April 21, 2017, 04:49 PM   #9
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Very nice. How about a photo showing the Bearcat, the Three Screw Single Six, and a Three Screw Blackhawk altogether for a size comparison?

Personally, I was never interested in the Bearcat, but who knows?
Drift,

I'll have to get on that tomorrow ~ too late in the day for good photos.

I never was interested in the Bearcat, either. But then this just happened. I can't explain it.

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Old April 21, 2017, 04:56 PM   #10
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I wanted a Bearcat after I saw the first one. But I have read a few post saying they were not always accurate or shot close to point of aim. Plus I have a S&W model 34-1 that is about the same size and weight and it does shoot very well. Its an old flat latch model I paid $250 for OTD a few years ago.

So I hope you have a shooter and post some pics of tight groups on the target. Of course if you do you may get me started again. I haven't bought a gun in a few months and I am starting to itch all over. A sure sign a new gun of some sort is in my future.
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Old April 22, 2017, 02:07 AM   #11
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That would be one of the new production Bearcats???

I've been curious about them...

Dad got Mom a Super Bearcat (steel gripframe) around 1970. $56 and he got them to throw in a left handed holster (Mom was left handed). Sweet LITTLE gun, old (colt) style lockwork, and a grip that was too short for my then 15 year old hands. I could, literally curl 2 fingers under the butt. Shot well for me though.

Shot exceptionally well for Mom, who got the local nickname Annie Oakley. She wasn't really as good as that, but her name was Ann, and she was good. It might be the gun fit her so well because she was a small lady, 4'10 (and a HALF! Dammnit! ) and wore a size 3.5 ring. My high school ring was 8.5 and her ring could pass through mine!

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t I have read a few post saying they were not always accurate or shot close to point of aim.
It's quite possible. But remember they are fixed sight .22s, and some of them only shoot well or to point of aim with certain ammo. Changing ammo can turn a poor shooting .22 into a tackdriver. No guarantees, of course, but it can happen...
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Old April 23, 2017, 10:54 AM   #12
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I've only handled one Bearcat and I wasn't impressed with the feel of the action on it. Felt loose and gritty.

How is it on yours Bob?
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Old April 23, 2017, 01:06 PM   #13
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Always liked the look and small size of the Bearcat, but with the new LCRx .22 out, it's a lighter weight, has better sights, has a DA trigger, swing out cylinder, 8 rounds, and is about rustproof.

The Bearcat is inferior to it in every way.
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Old April 23, 2017, 02:16 PM   #14
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Does that mean the Colt SAA is inferior to the Chiappa Rhino?
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Old April 23, 2017, 03:11 PM   #15
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Old April 23, 2017, 03:25 PM   #16
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I reckon it's like saying a 1958 Chevy Pickup is inferior to a 2017 Chevy Pickup.

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Old April 23, 2017, 04:41 PM   #17
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I reckon it's like saying a 1958 Chevy Pickup is inferior to a 2017 Chevy Pickup.
Actually its like saying a Corvette is inferior to a Jeep Wrangler. Two different approaches all together.

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Old April 23, 2017, 08:38 PM   #18
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Bob, some folks just don't appreciate single action revolvers. Gotta go plastic to be hip these days.

Guess we'll just have to be content to sit in our rocking chairs fondlin' our old... Blackhawks & SAA antiques.
That little Bearcat of yours looks pretty neat to me - I'd like to get one of the even smaller Shopkeepers in stainless.



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Old April 23, 2017, 09:42 PM   #19
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Nice find Bob! A little bearcat is a sweetheart of a revolver!
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Old April 25, 2017, 05:36 AM   #20
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I was looking at the bearcats that have the adjustable sights(distributor exclusives). Not sure if I should just get a single-ten instead.
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Old April 26, 2017, 07:47 PM   #21
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Bob, some folks just don't appreciate single action revolvers.
I have 5 of them so I like 'em.

And I'm always willing to buy more if the price is right. And a couple of 5.5" 32 mags are some of my all time favorite handguns.
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