Ruger Old Army Black Powder Revolver
This is a fine 1986 example of the Ruger Old Army Black Powder revolver in good condition. It is the satin stainless steel version, a 7.5″ barrell fitted with blade fore sight, rear target sights and wooden grips.
The Ruger Old Army is a black powder percussion revolver which was introduced by Sturm, Ruger in 1972. The revolver design was based upon Rugers Blackhawk model, but it essence, it was actually styled on the Remington 1858 cap and ball revolver. This make the Ruger Old Army unusual in that, unlike most of the modern percussion revolvers from the likes of Uberti and Pietta, it was not a replica based on any particular historical design, but was a modification of the Companys Blackhawk model, which itself was based upon the cartridge firing Colt Peacemaker. The net result of all this is that the Ruger Old Army incorporates many modern design features, yet employs antiquated black powder component loading principles.
As with all Old Army Revolvers, the barrel and cylinders were originally listed as being .44 caliber and later .45 caliber. However, all Old Army revolvers use either .457″ Ball or Conical bullets, made from pure lead. It was also intended for use with FFFG, Pyrodex P, or Triple Seven FFFG powder. On no account should smokeless powder be used.
- Type: Muzzle loading cap & ball six-shot revolver
- Caliber: .45 BP .457″ ball or conical bullet diameter
- Sights: Target sights
- Length: 13.5 ” (with 7.5″ barrel)
- Barrel: 5.5″
- Weight: 2 7/8 lbs.
- Capacity: 6-shot