Gun Report

Ruger New Model Blackhawk No. 5242 45 Colt/45 ACP, $650

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The Lipsey's New Model Blackhawk flattop has a smaller grip frame than typical Ruger Blackhawks, plus the indexing pawl. The transfer-bar safety plus the lower cost gave it an edge.

Ruger New Model Blackhawk No. 5242 45 Colt/45 ACP, $650

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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Like on the Colt, the Ruger's 45 ACP cylinder was stepped to headspace on the case.
The ejector-rod head was small and did not rotate away from the barrel.
The transfer bar of the Ruger is nearly in place; press the trigger fully rearward and it rises as the hammer falls forward.
The cylinder gap between the cylinder and the barrel should be within 0.004 and 0.006 inch for best operation of the handgun.
The adjustable rear sight had precise elevation clicks but did not indicate direction.
The Ruger's large sight offered an excellent sight picture.

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