SOLD FOR: $2500
LSB#: 220304GW001 and 220304GW002
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: Vaquero (Model #05130)
Serial Numbers: 510-86617 and 510-86618
Year of Manufacture (Both): 2010 (RUGER Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber (Both): .357 Magnum
Action Type (Both): Single Action Side-Gate Loaded Revolver Revolvers
Markings (GW001): The underside of the barrel has a warning over “RUGER, NEWPORT, NH USA”. The left side of the frame under the cylinder is marked “RUGER NEW VAQUERO® / .357 MAG. CAL.”. The right side of the frame under the cylinder is marked with the serial number, “510-86617”. The back of the cylinder is marked “S” and is serial-matching, marked on the front “6 1 7”.
Markings (GW002): The underside of the barrel has a warning over “RUGER, NEWPORT, NH USA”. The left side of the frame under the cylinder is marked “RUGER NEW VAQUERO® / .357 MAG. CAL.”. The right side of the frame under the cylinder is marked with the serial number, “510-86618”. The back of the cylinder is marked “S” and is serial-matching, marked on the front “6 1 8”.
Barrel Length (Both): 5 1/2”
Sights/Optics (Both): The front sight is a steel blade set into the barrel. The rear sight is a square-notch integral to the top strap.
Stock Configuration and Condition (Both): The grips are two-piece checkered white composite set on a Bisley grip frame. Both panels have minor handling wear, with darker residue at corners. The lower left panel of GW002 has a series of light dings. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Type of Finish (Both): Stainless
Finish Originality (Both): Original
Bore Condition (Both): The bores are bright, the rifling is sharp, there is no erosion, but some minor stubborn fouling is apparent in both.
Overall Condition (GW001): The metal has light nicks scattered throughout along with a few light scuffs on the top of the barrel. Minor hairline nicks can be seen in most places. The top strap has a few more notable, longer nicks in the metal. The cylinder has minor nicks and scuffs throughout as well as a distinct turn line. Pins are unmarred, and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Overall Condition (GW002): The metal has scattered light nicks most notable in the forward portions of the barrel. The bottom of the grip frame has light nicks throughout. The recoil shield has several minor nicks deeper into the finish. The cylinder has a distinct turn line. Pins are unmarred, and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Mechanics (Both): The actions function correctly. Cylinders lock with minor play at each stop. Both revolvers had action jobs performed by Lassiter, a famous SASS member. We did not fire these revolvers. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories (Both): None.
Our Assessment: The Ruger Vaquero is a fascinating revolver. In all ways that matter it is a timeless single-action revolver that evokes all manner of nostalgia for the old west, perhaps for more wild and dangerous times. But like always, Sturm, Ruger & Co. has a keen ability to recognize gaps in the market and fashion truly fine, long-lasting products to fill those gaps. Timeless though the Vaquero may appear, it dates back only to 1993, and was brought to market as the popularity of the Single Action Shooting Society grew and grew. This pair of New Vaquero’s were manufactured in 2010. Both revolvers are in very good shape with clean bores and strong mechanics. Any collector would do well to scoop these up as they’ll make a great start for anyone interested in trying SASS out. Good luck and happy bidding on these Fine revolvers!