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GUNS Magazine October 2010 - Page 82
a whole lot when I was a kid. Today we would be classified as working poor. If there was such a thing as welfare or food stamps my folks would have refused them anyhow, and mom managed to keep a clean, dry, foodhe year was 1953. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, known to filled, loving home while my step-dad, who never made much money, made up everyone as Ike, is inaugurated president on Jan. 20; Stalin for it by working two jobs most of the our enemy, then our “friend” in World War II, and then our enemy time. I doubt kids today, who have so again as the Cold War unveiled, dies in Russia; and a very young much of everything, could even begin Queen Elizabeth II ascends to the British throne. The use of monthly to appreciate how I felt with that first payments for car purchasing increases dramatically; the average .22 single action. I shot it every week, car sells for $1,650, gas is 20¢ a gallon, a color TV is $1,175 and a then religiously cleaned it afterward new house is just less than $10,000. The Yankees beat the Dodgers and to this day the smell of Hoppe’s No. 9 still brings back many pleasant in the World Series and one of the all-time great Western movies memories. I’ve since learned, at least in arrives with Alan Ladd as Shane. I am a freshman in high school, the climate I live in, guns do not need and Bill Ruger modernizes the single action. to be cleaned every time they’re shot anymore than my pickup truck Before Colt resurrected the needs to have the oil changed Single Action Army in 1956, every time I drive. Maybe if I even before Great Western began cleaned my guns more often replicating the Colt in 1954, Ruger I could bring back a lot more was ready to take advantage of the pleasant memories. demand for single actions brought Shortly after buying the .22 about mainly by the showing of Ruger, I found my first .357 old “B” Westerns on the relatively Blackhawk. Bullets were cast new medium of television. People from a single-cavity Lyman wanted Colts, but they were mold and loaded in .38 Special expensive so was the ammunition. brass which was a whole lot Ruger wisely brought out a single cheaper and definitely easier to action with a grip frame identical find than .357 Magnum brass. to that of the Colt Peacemaker, In those days there were no gun however, the rest of the gun was shops, at least not in my area, down-sized to be more in line with with large reloading sections, no the .22 it was chambered in. Ruger Taffin’s oldest big-bore sixgun, his Ruger Flat-Top .44, is still catalogs to order from as far as not only provided a modern single his No. 1 favorite. I knew and definitely no Internet action with coil spring operation, where virtually anything could but he also chambered a cartridge of all the provinces in Canada and be found. We made do with what we everyone could afford to shoot. all the Cleveland Indians players. The had and the Keith 358429 bullet over In 1955, Ruger used the same grip top half of the sidewalls of my room 13.5 grains of 2400 in .38 Special cases frame and coil spring action, found tapered toward the center, so I could was a load to be reckoned with. In fact, on his .22 Single-Six to build a Colt- easily see anything on the wall while it is actually more powerful than many sized single action not only with lying in bed. That Blackhawk was of the .357 Magnum loads available adjustable sights, but a massive flat- strategically placed to be the last thing today. topped mainframe as well. He called seen at night and the first thing seen in Just as with the .22 Ruger it is it the Blackhawk and it first arrived the morning. I dreamed of the day I impossible to explain how much I chambered in .357 Magnum. Outdoor would have one. enjoyed that first Blackhawk. Things Life featured a full-sized picture of Three years after Ruger introduced like this can only be experienced, not the .357 Blackhawk and it went up his .22 Single-Six I was in a position on my wall, which also had pictures to purchase my own. We didn’t have continued on page 81 A hAlF centuRy with SiXgunS Ruger Single Actions T 82 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • OCTOBER 2010