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Post by Peteyj1948 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:02 pm

Pete Johnson Hayward Ca. Trying to find information about Ruger .357 flat top. Where they ever produced in a 12 " barrel version ?

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Post by John C. Dougan » Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:42 am

Hello Pete,

Welcome to the forum. The .357 Blackhawk (flat top) was introduced in 1955 fitted with a 4 5/8" barrel only. In mid 1959 Ruger began to offer it with a 6 1/2" and 10" barrel. 12" guns were not offered and there are no known factory produced examples.

The 6 1/2" flat top (BKH36) is regarded as scarce and the 10" (BKH30) is rare. Total production of all lengths was around 42,700 guns. This model was redesigned in mid 1962 and by 1963 all flat top production ceased. The redesigned Blackhawks feature a reconfigured grip frame and integral rear sight protective ribs on the cylinder frame, these are referred to by collectors as Old Models.

However, as a matter of interest, there is a pair of 12" flat tops on display at the J.M. Davis Gun Museum in Claremore, OK. They are fairly early guns with no markings on the barrels.

I trust this answers your inquiry, John

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