Gun Report

Ruger Blackhawk Model BN-44X

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We thought the Ruger convertible was useful, sturdy, and well made, but we didn't like its now-antiquated loading system. We expect Ruger will upgrade its entire line of single actions shortly, but this older system does work.

Ruger Blackhawk Model BN-44X

Gun Details

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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Your choice of .45 LC or .45 ACP in a well-made and attractive revolver that let you sight it in for the load used makes this Ruger convertible Blackhawk a handy and useful gun. The grip straps and ejector rod were aluminum; the stocks, rosewood.
If you need a stout gun to handle the hottest .45 LC loads, this might be the one for you. The Blackhawk will take it if the shooter is up to it, but we found its grip design not too friendly with heavy loads.

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