SOLD FOR: $1176
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: Vaquero (Model #10522, Catalog #KBNV-324X)
Serial Number: 58-90894
Year of Manufacture: 2004 (RUGER Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .32-20 Winchester and .32 Harrington & Richardson Magnum
Action Type: Single Action Side-Gate Loaded Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked with a Ruger warning over “STURM RUGER & CO. INC. SOUTHPORT. CONN. U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is marked “RUGER VAQUERO® / .32 CAL.”. The right side of the frame under the cylinder is marked with the serial number “58-90894”.
Barrel Length: 4 5/8”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a steel blade set into the barrel. The rear sight is a square-notch integral to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece blacl laminate wood with inset Ruger phoenix medallions. The grips have light handling marks with the left having a few minor nicks along the lower edge. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Gloss Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright, and the rifling is well-defined. There is no erosion, but there is scattered light stubborn fouling most notable at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 91% of its metal finish. There are minor scuffs and minor nicks across the metal surfaces. Most notably there are light nicks clustered along the left side of the barrel and a larger scuff on the right side of the frame. Each cylinder has a distinct turn-line. The screws are sharp, the pins are unmarred, and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. Each cylinder locks with light play at each stop. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: This Vaquero includes the following:
—a serial-matching black plastic Ruger factory snap case, minor wear
—the secondary cylinder described above
Our Assessment: The Ruger Vaquero is a fascinating revolver. In all ways that matter it seems to be a classic single-action revolver that evokes all manner of nostalgia for the old west, for more wild and dangerous times. But like always, Bill Ruger had a keen ability to find gaps in the market and target fine products to fill that gap. As classic as the Vaquero looks, it dates back only to 1993, and this example dates back to 2004, immediately prior to the 2005 re-tooling. Ruger brought the Vaquero to market to meet the demands of Cowboy Action Shooters as the popularity of the sport grew. This revolver is fairly unique among Vaqueros, as it is chambered for both .32-20 Winchester and .32 Harrington & Richardson, both of which are accurate, powerful cartridges for their relatively small size. This Vaquero is in good shape with a bright bore, strong mechanics, and wear that is purely aesthetic. Good luck and happy bidding on this fine revolver!