[Guest Post] Matt’s Ruger Blackhawk .45

[ I am pleased to present this guest post written by Matt Green ]

This Ruger .45 my Dad left me is one of the first weapons I ever fired.

My grandparents had a farm in central Minnesota, near St. Cloud, and we would drive the two hours to visit every month or six weeks or so. Nearby was an old iron bridge, crosshatched with braces, bedded with wood that beginning to rot as the bridge neared the end of its first century of usefulness. The newer highway bridge went over the slow moving creek a couple of hundred yards upstream, so the metal bridge on the dirt road was relegated to cars and small trucks. It was too small for any modern farm machinery to pass across it.

But it was a great place to learn how to shoot. Dad would bring out his Ruger Mk1 .22 and this Blackhawk, and my three brothers and I would take turns shooting pop cans and empty ammo boxes floating in the river, tossed in on the upstream side of the bridge. Dad would occasionally take a turn with the .22, but he mainly used his .45, usually stoked with ACP ammo, since it was less expensive than Long Colt. It was also a way for him to see if we’d been fooling with his pistols in his absence, as he caught my younger brother once when he hadn’t put the ACP cylinder back in. Dad loaded a .45 ACP round, and it dropped deep into the LC cylinder. One look at the bunch of us, and he knew which brother was guilty.

When we exhausted the .22 ammo, we’d each get a cylinder full of .45 to shoot, or most of one, since five rounds each made the box come out even. It was harder to shoot well than the .22, and much louder (I don’t remember that we bothered with ear protection back then), but it was very satisfying to shoot it well and have Dad comment as much.

I miss him, and think of him whenever I shoot the old Ruger, or really, whenever I handle firearms in general. The interest I have in firearms now was sparked long ago by shooting with him.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • John

    That is the kind of gun you never sell and which gets passed on for generations.

  • shoot-ez

    Good blog article.

  • SpudGun

    The .45LC Ruger Blackhawk is just a marvelous pistol in every sense of the word.

    Simple, easy, reliable and great to shoot, it is one of the must have pistols in anyones collection.

    Nice post.

  • Concerned_Soldier

    That was hard to read and not lose it. My father taught me how to shoot almost the same way, but near a hunting camp.

    .22s and then a few bigger rounds like .45 or .38. I take my boys shooting all the time and really enjoy it when I get the chance to shoot with my father and my sons. He bought them a Ruger Bear Cat a few years back that they love to shoot.

    Great post!!



  • Adamsdad

    Great post, Matt…and I’m with you, Concerned Soldier about teaching the boys to shoot and develop a love and respect for firearms. Somehow, I convinced my dad that my first handgun should be a .44Mag Ruger Super Blackhawk! I still own this marvelous gun and whenever I shoot it, I think of those special times with my father. He didn’t live to see his grandsons handle that Ruger but I know he watches over us from another place.

  • I shot rifles and shotguns with my Dad, but handguns were something I only saw on TV. My first experience with a handgun was a cheap .22 revolver belonging to the hired man at my Grandmothers farm. I have forgotten just about everything about it other than the fact no one hit anything with it all day.
    I was about 14 when a friend of my Grandfather let me try his Ruger Black Hawk in .357. What a difference! I will remember that winter afternoon for the rest of my life.
    Unlike my Dad I have a wide selection of handguns but have somehow failed to add a Black Hawk to the family. I need to fix that.

  • Seems like a real nice story and it is sure a nice wheel gun.

  • John K.

    I am not much of a wheel gun man but I really enjoyed reading that. Thanks.

    And remember folks, it’s our responsibility to introduce new generations to our sport/hobby. Not only is it fun but it’s also the best way to ensure that our great-grandchildren won’t view firearms as some ancient, evil relict like the other side makes them out to be.

  • Doug Duncan

    My uncle has an old Ruger Blackhawk .44 Magnum that is in mint condition and probably 35 years old. I think it has a 6″ or 7″ barrel.

    What is that gun worth today?

  • Jay Andre

    I stumbled upon this site by accident and I’m glad I did. That’s a great story. With the exception of 1 gun, all mine have always been Rugers. Up until the early part of 2010 I owned 4. All old model 3 screw. They were the .22 Super Single Six convertible, the .357, the .45 long Colt, and the .44 mag. Super Blackhawk in the mahogony presentation box. The one non Ruger is a Winchester .22 pump model 62A. All the Rugers have long barrels and all were chrome plated. The .357 and .45 were fitted with the Super Blackhawk grip frame and wide hammer and trigger. They are beautiful. The .22 my dad, who worked for Pan Am at the time, extended the grip frame and I made grips for them that looked like factory. I realize this is a long winded intro to what I want to say. In the early part of 2010 I needed money badly, and didn’t have a computer as I do now, so someone I knew said he would buy the .357 and the .44 for $ 450 for both. Now I think he knew exactly what the .44 was worth. When I got my computer a year ago this month I did some research and found that the .44 is worth between $1,000-1,100! Mine was in extremely good condition. The serial # on the .44 is 1904 and the production date was in 1960. I acquired most of the Rugers shortly after they came out, so I’ve had them a very long time. I got the Winchester 62A for my 15th Christmas present. That was 54 years ago. Put a lot of .22’s thru that rifle. When I got the Rugers I got into quick draw and became quite good, even with the 7 1/2″ barrels. I grew up, and still live, in So. Fla. But after about ’92 there was no more places to just go and plink. So the guns really haven’t been shot since then. Hate going to ranges and shooting paper targets. Anyway thanks for everyone’s ear. Sincerely Jay Andre