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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
old model blackhawk with brass handle frame
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tootall
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17 Dec 2012 06:44 AM
    i have an old model .357 blackhawk with brass handle frame and 7 1/2 in barrel. gun is in great condition. it has not had conversion.sn#31-35457 looking for the value.....
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    flattop44
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    17 Dec 2012 05:42 PM
    The Old Model revolvers that had brass grip frames installed at the factory are very desirable to collectors. Whether it came from the factory that way or someone added the frame later affects the value considerably. Couple of questions.....do you have a Ruger factory letter saying that it is a model BKH36B or stating it left the factory with its brass frame? This particular serial number is not on the list of known brass frame .357s but could have been missed in the research. I had one that was not on the list with a s/n close to yours that lettered. If you do not have a letter I suggest you try to get one. Send me a PM if interested and I'll tell you how to go about it.

    Also, you may want to measure the barrel again (from face of cylinder to end of barrel), the .357s normally had 6-1/2"" barrels.

    Regards, Bill
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    tootall
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    17 Dec 2012 06:27 PM
    sorry my mistake it is a 6 1/2 in barrel. i have printed out the form to sent to ruger for the authentication.
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    flattop44
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    17 Dec 2012 08:46 PM
    Yep, send in the form and ask to have the brass frame validated. Let us know what you find out.
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    SATCOM
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    15 Jul 2013 03:50 PM
    tootall,

    Please check your original post for accuracy. The list that flattop44 refers to does NOT list 31-35457 but it DOES list 31-34557. If first 5 was transposed with next digit (4) it would make quite a difference.

    Flattop44's advice for letter is still a good idea as 31-35423 is also on the list and only 23 guns away from your original posted serial number.

    Difference between OM Blackhawk .357 with anodized aluminum gripframe and added MR-DB3 brass one +$250 and authenticated BKH36-B +$700. (flattop44 your opinion needed here.)

    Yes, let us know.

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    SATCOM
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    19 Jul 2013 07:44 PM
    tootall,

    Maybe just a coincidence of numbers. Please look at the serial number you posted for this gun (possibleBKH36B) to make sure you posted the correct #. Why? I looked at John Dougan's list of BKH34/36Bs and no 35457 is not there. However 34557 is on the list but as a BKH34B. And that is your posted serial number with the 4 and first 5 transposed.

    Another number coincidence is a BKH34B serial # 31-35423, only 34 away from your posted serial, is on the list.

    Only the letter from Ruger will tell but sure as heck your gun was laying on a bench close to some other Blackhawks that got a MRDB3 brass grip frames.

    Good luck.

    SATCOM
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    flattop44
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    20 Jul 2013 01:04 AM
    SATCOM sounds about right on the value of a lettered brass grip frame installed at the factory.
    FT44
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