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Ruger New Vaquero NV-34 No. 5107 357 Magnum, $719

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The New Vaquero is a modernized single-action revolver. The bluing on the gun is almost black, while the trigger, grip screws, and sides of the hammer are polished steel. We like the overall look of the gun, but the cosmetics were cheapened by the grips, we thought.

Ruger New Vaquero NV-34 No. 5107 357 Magnum, $719

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Finish on the Vaquero was an even, gloss black striking and well done, our testers said. They very much liked the feature that allowed the cylinder to turn freely when the gate was opened, rather than depending on a half-cock position of the hammer. That's one of the features that make it a New Model.
How high the hand rides up the grip determines how much bite the Vaquero puts on the web of the hand. This was also a problem with the Rough Rider, but not with the Evil Roy. A small change in the hammer geometry would fix this.
The hard-rubber grips offered good control, but don't look cowboy.

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