Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk Hunter 00863 .41 Magnum Stainless Revolver
SOLD FOR: $1725
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: New Model Super Blackhawk Hunter (Model #00863)
Serial Number: 88-40741
Year of Manufacture: 2003 (RUGER Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .41 Remington Magnum
Action Type: Single Action Side-Gate Loaded Revolver
Markings: Barrel left side marked with a warning over “—STURM, RUGER, NEWPORT, NH USA—”. Frame left side marked “RUGER® .41 MAGNUM CAL. / NEW MODEL SUPER BLACKHAWK®”. Frame right side marked with serial number, “88-14467”. Top strap marked “RUGER® / HUNTER / SUPER BLACKHAWK®”. Cylinder marked twice “.41 REMINGTON MAGNUM”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2” with a serrated, notched barrel rib.
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a serrated blade with orange aiming reference integral to base that is dovetailed into the barrel rib. The rear sight is an adjustable square-notch leaf in a base pinned to a channel in the top strap. The barrel rib is notched for the included Ruger rings.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth gray laminate wood panels, each with inset Ruger phoenix logo medallions at the top. The panels are free of any notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Satin Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, but a very minor amount of stubborn fouling is dotted throughout.
Overall Condition: There are very minor hairline nicks/scuffs scattered across the stainless steel. There are a few more notable nicks/scuffs that can be seen on the recoil shield. The grip frame has more notable wear with light scuffs and nicks on the bottom of the grip frame. The cylinder has a faint turn line. The screws have light toolmarks with strong slots, pins are unmarred, and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks with minor play. 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 revolver includes a serial-matching black plastic Ruger snap-case, a test-fire casing in an envelope, the manual, a lock, and the two Ruger rings mentioned above.
Our Assessment: Ruger introduced the Blackhawk in 1955 with the ‘Flat Top’ and ‘Pre-Warning’ versions, paving the way to an inevitable evolution in the design; the New Model revolvers were designed with a Transfer Bar Safety, a measure taken to compensate for that pesky tendency for human beings to err. This example is from 2003 and is notable for being ready for sidearm hunting. The included Ruger rings make the work of equipping the gun with an optic (which is, sadly, not included). The bore is bright and with a 7 1/2″ barrel, you add a little bit of energy and direction to the .41 Remington Magnum cartridge. Good luck and happy bidding!