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Ruger
Model: Birds Head Vaquero
Gun Dimensions Width:No Data
Length:10-in Height:No Data
Barrel:4.625-in Weight:44-oz
Variant 3 of 4
Gun Rankings
  • IDPA Power Factor197483
  • Recoil Factor8.38 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity6 rounds
  • ConcealibilityPoor
  • Defense Factor66%
Gun Specifications
Type:Revolver
Produced:1997 - 2004
Caliber:.357 Magnum
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:single-action (SA)
Safety:trigger activated transfer bar
Cylinder:6-round
Frame:stainless steel
Grip:black micarta
Sights:blade front, fixed rear
Notes:
Manufacturer
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
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Gun Value
MSRP:$595.00Used Est:$550.00
Last Update:11/5/2017
About the Gun

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.

Cartridge Specifications
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Alias: .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum
MV: From 1145 to 1542 ft/sec
ME: From 397 to 834 ft-lb
WT: From 110 to 180 grains
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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