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Ruger Model Birds Head Vaquero

Variant 3 of 4

Produced:1997 - 2004
Caliber:.357 Mag
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:single-action (SA)
Safety:trigger activated transfer bar
Frame:stainless steel
Grips:black micarta
Sights:blade front, fixed rear
Barrel Length:4.625 in.
Overall Length:10 in.
Height:No Data
Width:No Data
Weight:44 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.603-863-3300
411 Sunapee StreetWebsite:
Newport NH 03773www.ruger-firearms.com
Importer:Phone Number:
Used Est.:$550
Last Update: 8/30/2016

Caliber:.357 Magnum
Alias:.357 Smith & Wesson Magnum
Muzzle Velocities - from1145to1542ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from397to834ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from110to180gr

Ranking Factors
Power Factor:197483- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:8.38 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:6 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Defense Factor:66%

About the Handgun:
Patterned after the Colt Single Action Army, this is one of the 'New Model' revolvers manufactured since 1973.New Model revolvers have 2 pins through the frame and cock without the clicks associated with Ruger's Old Model mechanism. Steel ejector housing became standard in 2000. Transfer bar hammer safety is similar to modern double-action revolvers.
About the Manufacturer:
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is the leading independent producer of firearms in the United States. Sturm, Ruger designs, manufactures, and markets a full line of pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns, primarily for sporting purposes, but also for law enforcement and military agencies. Formed in 1949 by Alexander Sturm and Bill Ruger the company has had long and continued success, taking its place among the classic names of U.S. gunmakers.
About the Cartridge:
Smith & Wesson introduced this cartridge for its heavy-frame revolver. Ammunition was developed by Winchester in cooperation with Smith & Wesson. Using a lengthened and strengthened version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was rapidly accepted by hunters and law enforcement. At the time of its introduction, it was claimed to easily pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. While it has less power than the .44 Magnum, it compares favorably to the 10mm Norma and .45 ACP, but with better armor penetration. Today factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber.
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