New Style Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible

New Style Ruger Blackhawk 45 Convertible

Ruger’s latest “New Style” Blackhawk single action pistol in 45 Convertible is one sweet shooter! Not only is it a very comfortable pistol to shoot with it’s Bisley style grip, but it is one accurate hombre!!

I was lucky to actually score one of these rare finds – rare due to limited manufacturing in a time of Covid-19… Making a two hour drive to a small home owned gun shop in the middle of “Nowhere, Georgia” was what it took to be able to score this puppy along with some very hard to get reloading supplies… According to the shop owner, he’ll be all sold out of stock in a couple months – nothing is being shipped due to Covid…

Anyway, this 45 is chambered for the 45 Colt cartridge, but with a cylinder change, it can also shoot the 45 ACP round.. My stainless steel beauty came with both cylinders, and changing cylinders is no different than any other wheel gun.. A simple process that is pretty much dummy proof.

During my range time I did record shooting both the 45 Colt and the 45 ACP cartridges. After the initial test, I did spend time fine tuning the sights at 15 and 25 yards. The results are very impressive for a first run test, and I can only see this pistol getting more accurate once I start developing hand loads for it.

One of the main reasons I decided to grab this pistol was not only because they are hard to find (backordered from Ruger), but also because I am a fan of the 45 caliber in my 1911’s, and also have a Taurus Judge that shoots the 45 Colt and .410 Defense Shot Shells… I also plan to use up a stockpile of lead that I have accumulated over the years to cast my own 45 caliber rounds. This, and the fact that the original 45 Colt was loaded with 255 grain lead projectiles sitting on top of double F (ff) black powder provides more versatility in my loading – not to mention that black powder can be easily made at home if need be….

This first video shows the very first shots being fired from the Blackhawk..

Shooting the 45 Colt Cartridge

The second video show me shooting the 45 ACP Cartridge after a cylinder swap.

Shooting the 45 ACP Cartridge

This next video is just a “Wrap Up”

Wrapping It Up

And that pretty much sums it all up…. However, for those who know me well, just shooting 12 rounds out of any pistol at 5-6 yards just quite doesn’t do it for me!! So, I did do some shooting and fine tuning of the sights at both 15 and 25 yards. Attached below is the result of my day at my range!! So damn much fun!

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4 thoughts on “New Style Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible

  1. Brian Little says:

    Nice tutorial Bill,
    Your home grown shells seem to have a lot more kick.
    The gun jumps up a lot more from the rest.
    Whatever gets hit from that weapon is gunna stay hit.👍

    1. Bill says:

      Thanks Brian! That’s why I love shooting 45 Caliber so much. Plenty of knock down power behind that 250 grain bullet! I do load my 45 ACP’s to get the velocity and accuracy balanced and they do perform well in all of my 1911’s so it doesn’t surprise me that they perform well in the revolver since all energy is used to push the projectile without any being diverted to cycle another round.

  2. Joe darrigo says:

    You better let a marine teach you how to shoot ,submariners should just keep greasing them there desiel engines ! Buddy your suppose to shoot the red out , not make circles around it , by the way nice pistol!!!

    1. Bill says:

      Joey,…. Everyone knows that the most dangerous person on any battle field is a sailor with a gun!! Hahaha

      Y’all need to get yer ass’s over here to Georgia for a visit!!


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