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Old 01-19-2017, 04:22 PM   #1
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I tried to love my Sig P220 10mm, camo finish and all, but just couldn't. Great gun, great accuracy, easy to shoot, perfect reliability; the gun had it all. Just not a gun for a cowgirl like me. When I saw this one, though, and picked it up, it was pure love. Traded the Sig and came home with a New Vaquero (as in a gun, not a guy).


It's a blued 4 5/8" VQ and it balances like a dream. Butter smooth action and really, really nice trigger. I do prefer the blued Vaqueros, by the way, because the sights are easier to see than the stainless versions.

Another plus is that it's a 357. That, as always, means cheap and very versatile to shoot. Can never make a mistake with a 357.


Unusually warm day right at 40 degrees for us, so headed to the range and tromped though the snow to put up a target at 16 yards to check POI. Yup, as I expected, I needed to file down the front sight to raise the point of impact. This is actually standard operating procedure for Vaqueros, so I always carry a file in the ammo box.

Once that was done, just shot for fun and, also as expected, my sweet little VQ brought a smile to my face. Very easy gun to shoot.


So, other than my usual 1911 work or some semi-auto rimfire work, back to my revolver roots for this gal. Hope I don't put any of you to sleep with the revolver stuff, but should warn you that I've been busy switching over some of the collection to more revolvers. Will try not to overdo ... too much.

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Old 01-19-2017, 07:01 PM   #2
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I like It!
And great shootin as well.
Looks like it has those coke bottle grips too.
I kind of wish I'd bought my Vaquero in .357, but I didn't have anything in .45 Colt at the time.
Thought Matt might be ashamed of me.
I'll probably get one in .357 somewhere down the road.
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:11 PM   #3
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Very nice NCG! Great target work also. Thanks for the report & this should make it easier to sell me that SS Flattop convertible I've had my eye on.
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:04 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.

Sorry, Moakes. The Flat Top may have the same size frame as this one, but it has different sights and a different barrel length, not to mention the extra 9mm cylinder. No way will I sell it.
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Old 01-20-2017, 02:08 AM   #5
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NO adjustable sights . I can't believe you got a Vaquero . I thought I was the only one here that liked fixed sight guns . Great shooting
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Put me to sleep?
Nope definitely woke me up. That is another beauty.
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:37 AM   #7
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The Vaquero is definitely more "You". I was surprised when you bought the camo Sig. It didn't fit my Annie Oakley image of you NCG. Congrats on another fine gun and great shooting. What will you do to the exposed metal where you filed down the front post?

Check out you tube for the 2017 Shot Show. I think I saw some new Ruger intros in their six shooter line.
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:52 AM   #8
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Here is the link to a brief video on Rugers new revolvers from Lipseys. Start at 14:05
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsTMpVpnvdY
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Old 01-20-2017, 06:51 AM   #9
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I'm old school and love the SA revolvers. My accumulation is so scattered.
The only bottom feeder that I shoot on a regular basis is my old duty weapon.
It's a Sig P226 in 9mm. Just put a new set of night sights as the original have
gone dim. Now back to the revolvers. Oddly enough my favorite SA in 357 is an
old Interarms Virginian Dragoon from the mid 70's. I have several Ruger old three
screw Blackhawks in 357..great guns and sweet shooters but the old Dragoon
is my favorite 357. Now, my favorite SA regardless of caliber is my Ruger Vaquaro
Bisley in 45lc. I like the way the trigger sets back even with the top strap and the
grips just roll with the shot. Here's a pic of the Dragoon and and the Vaquaro.

Rich

VIRGINIAN DRAGOON 357

RUGER VAQUARO BISLEY 45LC
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Thanks, guys.

No denying that the 357 mag is a great cartridge in a single action, GJ, but the 45 Colt has all that wonderful history behind it, so anyone who loves single actions MUST have at least one 45 Colt. Still an amazing round after all these years.

TGR, I've been using fixed sights on handguns from the very start, but, yes, I've actually been warming up to them more on traditional guns like this one, the more I shoot them. As long as I don't have to fight to see the sights and as long as traditional gutter sights like these are at least close to actual POI, I'm good with them. Have to agree, too, that big blocky adjustable sights on a single action do look a bit out of place, not to mention never being 100% sure they haven't worked loose or moved. Very much something to be said on these old fixed sights for a carry gun and I will actually carry this one in the woods, now and then.

Besides, I practice self-defense shooting with just using the front sight as a pointing aid, anyway. Only time I even bother with the rear is for target work. Also, at least for me, no handgun ever made points as well as a single action and that goes double for a Colt sized single action like this one. The way this gun feels in the hand makes me think I don't need sights, anyway.

Ridge, a little touch up blue is all that's needed on a blued gun like this, though I may use some flat black paint or even add a drop of bright paint at some point.

Rich, always nice to have another SA fan around here. Keep those beauties coming.

Yes, I do like Ruger SAs, but I will be moving more in the direction of original Colts and some Colt clones, too, this year. More on that, later.

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Very Nice! Congrats!!
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NCG, I'll happily look at all the revolvers you care to show. Especially fixed sights. Somehow adjustable sights just seem blasphemous on a single action, especially, even though I once owned a Blackhawk. I've thought about an adjustable Bearcat, but I don't think I could do that.
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Glad you guys like fixed sight single actions so much. More to come, I promise you.
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I was looking at Blackhawks because I like the flat top, but I agree the adjustable sights don't look too good.
Y'all have got me interested in SA. I don't know much about them.
Do the Vaqueros come with extra trigger work? What all should I consider before buying a SA pistol? What would you recommend? I like the idea of .357 or would 45 Colt be better?
I'm only considering plinking, no cowboy action for this wore out country boy.

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Old 01-20-2017, 09:21 AM   #15
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NCG ..... like you . I only rear sight for target work . When I made this gun I use a 22 sight off Ruger 22 auto and I open up rear sight opening for more light . I have a ton of work in this gun . Remember Ruger never a 44-40 in a Sheriff model or birdshead grip .






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Old 01-20-2017, 09:26 AM   #16
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tx...please explain the idea of the birdshead. Is it meant to be a smaller gun or what?
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tx...please explain the idea of the birdshead. Is it meant to be a smaller gun or what?
I shoot 2 guns like in video with 1 gun in each hand and The birdshead fits me perfect and I can control the recoil for next shot . Note my little finger is under grip .


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdc_0gbeK1I


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TGR is the expert, here, but I'll add what I can.

The birds head grip goes back to the day when most folks were carrying single actions. It's simply a better grip for concealment purposes. A lot of folks used a smaller bird head grip gun as a backup gun or second gun, too. Same idea as a derringer, which also used a birds head grip. Very effective grip for shooting, too, in the hands of someone like TGR.

Ridge, the Vaqueros receive a better external polishing job on both the blued and stainless versions. Definitely can see the difference between a blued Vaquero and a standard blued Blackhawk or Super Blackhawk. The VQs are a nicely finished gun. You'd have to go back to the days of the Old Model Rugers to find such nice finishes on a Ruger SA.

Now, just that little extra bit of polishing on the cylinder can help make the gun cycle smoother, but, no, I don't think Ruger does anything to the internals different as far as an action job. One plus for the Vaqueros and the Flat Tops, too, is that they are indexed, meaning when the cylinder clicks, the ejector rod is lined up to shuck the empties. More of a convenience factor than a necessity for thr sake of faster unloading and loading for general use, but a definite plus for cowboy action work and truer to the classic Colt SA.

I would only go 45 Colt if you reload, unless you get a 45 Colt/45 Auto Convertible, so you can shoot the much cheaper 45 auto. The 45 Colt, though, is the great classic SA revolver cartridge. If you do reload and if you stick with large frame Blackhawks, the 45 is an amazingly versatile cartridge. Even in a standard Colt framed gun it's still a great cartridge.

Other than a 22 LR, the cheapest SA to shoot if you don't reload is a 357/9mm Convertible, because 9mm is as cheap as it gets in factory centerfire ammo and 38 Special isn't too bad, either. Keep in mind that the 357 didn't come along till well after the old west days, so it's not as traditional as the 45 Colt, 44/40 and others, but it is a great cartridge in a single action.

Me, my first SA for many years was a Single Six. The 22 LR is still going to be the cheapest plinker, by far. Be awfully tough to beat a Single Six or Single Ten or a Uberti single action in a 22 LR to have some cheap single action fun. While I was playing with the New Vaquero, for instance, Bill was having a blast shooting one of our Single Sixes. Once I showed him that the pinky is supposed to be under the grip, he's fallen in love with the Single Sixes. (Unlike me, he is not fond of nasty kickers. A 357 now and then is fine, but no heavy stuff.)

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That's some awesome shootin there tx.

I suspected concealment might be part of the birds head.
I don't want a 22. After what NCG said, I would want a .357.
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Hey NCG, here's one of my old 3 screw Ruger Black Hawk's in .357. It'd be ok with me if they never put any sights on the old SA's....just don't look right and I like to point shoot anyhow. The other pic is of the old Dragoon with a target at 25 yards point shooting 357's as fast as I could pull the trigger, open the loading gate, shuck the empties, and load er up again...lots of fun. Rich
RUGER BLACK HAWK AND DRAGOON / TARGET
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