We do need a new subject for ponder and post so I'll try one. About 9 months ago I got wind of a new Ruger Blackhawk. This was a flat top frame, like the anniversary editions of 357 and 44 mag except, it was chambered for 44 special. Since Ruger had never made a 44 special and since I like the caliber, I set out to find one. I put my name on a list at GNG in Anchorage and after several months wait I received a phone call to come fetch my pistol. It was shipped to Fairbanks and upon examination found it to be a bucket of rust! Maybe not quite so bad but there was obvious rust on the grip and cylinder frame. A phone call to Ruger got a prepaid mailer to return the gun and in a few days I was called by the customer service dept about my blackhawk. I ask them to replace the gun with a new one and that was forwarded to the supervisor and they agreed to replace the gun. They first refinished the gun and found it unacceptable to their inspectors so they agreed to replace it. I asked when they would have a replacement for this limited run gun. They had no idea!!? A catch 22. The expalined it was a very limited run gun and they didn't know when it would be run again, if ever. In a few months? In a year? They did not know. Ok fine send me the old one back after it is pretty. They refinished it, again(!?) and said the pitting was gone and shipped it back to me. They had it about 6 weeks, mostly this was due to my moving and unable to have contact with them and the back and forth to the supervisor, etc. It is now at my new address and my wife says its fine?? I'll look more closely in a couple of weeks.
I can still retain the replacement card from them (literally, I still have that) but will shoot it and check its sights for my loads and may have them replace the front sight to fit my loads. This may be a collectors gun but a collector I am not. I shoot everything. I have a 4 5/8" gun, they also make this in a 5 1/2" model another first for Ruger. I also have a 4 5/8" 45 Colt new-new Model Blackhawk that is going back for a taller front sight. Turns out I don't have the highest blade available for the gun and I do need to get the gun to shoot about a foot lower. My 280 grains at 900-ish fps shoots too good to change it. I shot some 180 grains at 1300 fps and they still shot high!??! I wonder what it was made to shoot? The loads for the 44 Special will also be about 900-950 fps, sub-sonic, quiet and fast enough and with the bullet weight of about 250 to 265 grains. What a nice packable trail gun.
Anyway the 44 special, the 45 Colt and a 1968 vintage Old Model 41 mag with 4 5/8" barrel will be a matched set. By that I mean they use the same holsters. In one of my gun vaults hanging on the eight door hooks is a gaggle of Ruger Blackhawks. That door is now full. On another identical door is a full array of dash 2 or older S&W revolvers, two of which are 44 specials. I also have a Marlin lever gun that takes the same cartridge, you could say I like the caliber....I do.