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2/4/2011

Ruger New Vaquero 44 Special 3-3/4" Blue "Sheriff's Model"

The Lipsey's Exclusive 44 Special Vaqueros were the first fixed sight single action revolvers chambered in this caliber by Ruger. 

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Ruger MFG Model #: 5146
Lipsey's Model #: RUNV443 UPC #: 736676051465
Caliber: 44 Special Quantity Produced: 510
Production Year: 2010-2011 Production Status: Out of Production
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DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS
Revolver Single Action
3-3/4" Barrel Black Plastic Grips
Blue Finish Fluted Cylinder
Fixed Sights XR3 Gripframe
New Vaquero Frame Weight: 39 oz.

With the tremendous success of the Flattop 44 Special, we had a large amount of feedback on what customers wanted next.  The Ruger Vaquero chambered in 44 Special was repeatedly asked for.  In 2010, we were able to bring four models to market.

This is the blue 3-3/4" Sheriff's Model.  This barrel length makes for a nice packing gun and I know more than a few guys who carry them daily as a CCW piece. For those who like the rugged reliability of the Ruger single action along with the classic styling of the Colt Single Action Army, this is a tough combination to beat.  For those who know and appreciate the virtues of the 44 Special, little explanation in necessary.

There is a little confusion on the markings on the 44 Special Vaqueros.  In 2005, Ruger introduced the New Vaquero which incorporated a mid size frame similar in size to the Colt Single Action Army.  Pre-2005 Vaqueros were built on the larger "44 Magnum" size frame.  For whatever reason, Ruger marked the 44 Special models as Vaqueros not New Vaqueros.  These are built on the smaller mid size, post 2005 frame size.  Since these are the first 44 Special Vaqueros there is no worries of confusing strength levels of the different frame sizes like the 45 Colt might encounter.  In all, its not a big deal, but we wanted to make sure everyone knows what they are getting.  Whether you like Cowboy Action Shooting or just a stone reliable fixed sight field revolver, the 44 Special Vaquero is good to ride the river with. 

Jason Cloessner

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