Personally, I don’t have the funds or the temperament to be an ardent collector of much of anything, however I can be considered an “accumulator” of various firearms, especially Ruger Single action revolvers. In this classification, I only have one that is not chambered for the .44 magnum caliber, and that one is a .44 Special. I like .44’s! When I got a chance to add this 50th Anniversary Edition to my holdings at what I thought was a very fair price, I grabbed it.
For the 50th anniversary version, Ruger went back to the “original” New Model Blackhawk Flattop, and others have remarked that these revolvers seem to be more precisely fitted than normal factory runs. They have good adjustable rear sights, ramp style front sights, and the Ruger lock system under the grips, which can be ignored. I had read that the grip frame was maybe Ruger’s most comfortable, but it is smaller than the Super Blackhawk or my .45 Colt Blackhawk. The custom Holly grips on my .44 Special Blackhawk fit almost perfect, for a perspective.The seller of mine said the grips hurt his hand – it HAS been fired, but not much. The grips furnished with the gun are the black, hard rubber type with an inset Ruger medallion, and I would have replaced them with something from my collection of custom grips, but none of mine except the Holly mentioned will fit. I’ll either have Zane Thompson make a set for me of some exotic wood, or make a set myself from my left-over Purple Heart. In their favor, though, the black rubber grips are a near perfect fit on this gun.
My anniversary model shows to have been begun in Newport, New Hampshire and final assembly completed in Ruger’s facility in Prescott, Arizona. The legal warning rollmark on such guns was placed under the barrel, and there were supposedly only 1,200 made in this fashion.
The 50th Anniversary model was introduced in 2006, and the last were produced in 2008, so they are not exactly rare as hen’s teeth. Probably of more value as a regular shooter than to be stuffed in a safe as an “investment”, they are still well worth having, and a tribute to a piece of Ruger history.
Note: Ruger also produced a 50th Anniversary SUPER BLACKHAWK!
(Sadly, no special 60th anniversary edition was issued in 2016!)