SOLD FOR: $1725
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: Super Blackhawk
Serial Number: 80-08566
Year of Manufacture: 1969 (RUGER Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action Side-Gate Loaded Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked with “STURM, RUGER & CO. / SOUTHPORT. CONN. U.S.A.”, a Ruger logo, and “®”. The left side of the frame under the cylinder is marked “RUGER SUPER BLACKHAWK / .44 MAGNUM CAL.”. The right side of the frame under the cylinder is marked with the serial number “80-08566”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “S”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade integral to a base fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a square-notch leaf pinned to the topstrap that is adjustable for elevation and windage.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood panels. There are light handling marks, but otherwise the grips are free of any notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine-plus condition, as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued Barrel Assembly, Grip Frame, and Trigger Assembly with a Case Color Frame and Hammer
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but minor stubborn fouling can be seen on the lands.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The backstrap has a few minor nicks. The screws show light toolmarks with sharp slots and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. A transfer bar has NOT been installed. This revolver has a half-cock. The cylinder locks with light play on each chamber. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Super Blackhawk includes the following:
—a Ruger factory box with outer box
—the original grips
Our Assessment: Sturm, Ruger & Company is fast becoming a storied US firearms manufacturer. Its history is now so long and varied that certain firearms are creeping into collectibility, and the .44 Magnum Super Blackhawk on offer here is one of them. This example was made in 1969 and is interesting, among other reasons, for the fact that it does not feature the transfer-bar offered by Ruger as a free upgrade in the wake of people handling firearms inappropriately. From a Ruger letter sent to customers during that time period: “[P]eople who should know better are acting as though guns, like electric toasters, are meant to be foolproof. There is no such thing as a foolproof gun”. Truly. The aforementioned other reasons here is the handsome case color frame, and rich blue barrel. Good luck and happy bidding!