I purchased this (very early production) deluxe, or "Dragoon", model new in the early 1970s, I believe, and it's in the same condition as when it left the factory. Only at the factory for testing purposes, has the hammer been cocked, trigger been pulled, cylinder been rotated, and loaded/fired.
Factory box and (outer) sleeve/box are in new condition. Includes factory-enveloped "Ruger Old Army Part # CB-73 Nipple Wrench" and factory papers which are titled: "Instructions and Parts List for Ruger Old Army Percussion Revolver" and "One Year Guarantee Card" that has an attached NRA membership application card. I will include an article, titled "The Black Powder Blackhawk (Field Test)", that I kept from the June 1972 issue of "Guns & Ammo" magazine, which I thought you might like to read.
This Ruger Old Army .44 (.457" ball; can also shoot conical bullets) 6-shot, 7 1/2" barrel, single-action, black powder percussion ("cap and ball") revolver has a 1-piece BRASS grip frame/square back trigger guard. Production of brass grip frame models was VERY limited, making them extremely desirable collectibles (and, thus, are higher-priced than the standard, non-brass grip frame/trigger guard versions). Manufacturer model number: BP-7-B. Serial number: 140-12380.
Because the new design was based on modification of the Ruger Blackhawk model (which was based on the Colt Peacemaker), it is not a replica of any antique revolver, though it has features similar to pre-1898 percussion revolvers. Consequently, it is classified by the BATFE as a "modern" (not a "legacy", or antique) firearm, thus making it subject to federal requirements, e.g., Form 4473 to be completed by purchaser, FBI NCIC background check, interstate shipping/delivery between FFL dealers for transfer to buyer (except intrastate transfers which may be made by seller to buyer if the buyer and seller reside in the same state, unless otherwise prohibited by local, city, or state laws/regulations/ordinances).
Has walnut grip panels (with inset Ruger black/silver medallions) on long Ruger Super Blackhawk-type grip (compared to the shorter Blackhawk grip), "Black Powder Only" warning roll-engraved on the cylinder, stainless steel nipples, serrated hammer, wide/grooved trigger, 3-screw frame, serrated ramp front sight, windage/elevation-adjustable square notched blade rear sight, very nice metal polishing and bluing, cylindrically-grooved/ram lever spring-loaded latch release, and cylinder safety notches (the Old Army did not make use of Ruger's transfer-bar safety and, instead, it relied upon hammer-rest safety notches between each cylinder chamber, as had the original black powder revolvers of the mid-19th century).
PAYMENT; SHIPPING; FFL: Guns usually ship within 1 business day after payment posts to bank acct. Credit card payment necessitates an additional 3.5% convenience fee, the cost I am charged by the credit card charge processor. I will need a copy of your dealer's Federal Firearms License (FFL) emailed to me or included with your mailed payment because I will need to provide the copy to my FFL dealer for shipping to your dealer for transfer to you. My FFL dealer will charge me $55 for transfer paperwork, record keeping, gun packaging, and postal shipping charge, plus an additional $21 (@ $1.50/$100 valuation) for insurance, or a grand total of $76.
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