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Old 04-09-2010, 11:43 PM   #1
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Default New Ruger Vaquero .45 Colt

Took it out tooling in the desert this morning. Definitely a change from the Blackhawks I'm used to, but I was still impressed. Only 2 beefs with this gun:

1) The grips. Those things just slice into your hand. The thicker grips on the Blackhawks allow the recoil to roll it back, whereas the Vaq tends to just shred strait back into your palm. Must get new grips.
2) The sight is funky. Of course, I'm not used to the fixed front sight and lack of a rear one. Maybe a few more times out will help hone it in, and if needs be I can look into machining.

For performance, it was quite nice. Put about 100 rounds through it, mostly reloads. The 7.5 inch barrel really pulls out an extra few yards without losing too much of your accuracy. Our targets were about 30 yards out, and it didn't disappoint.



Me (being the photographer), I can't rightly shoot and take pictures. But my Dad was happy to oblige an action shot. He's an old style .45 Colt man himself, and he digs it.



And here is why this isn't a typical range report. My style of shooting generally doesn't leave anything left to show. Most people could post shots of targets. I don't have much left but applesauce.



Once I get my eye issue fixed (long story), I do plan to take it to an area where I can get a better picture of it's capability (one that will include target pics).

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Good stuff Jynx. I love Vaquero's. Although the sights aren't comparable to a Blackhawk, I found I could be plenty accurate with them.

Enjoy that rascal.

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Nice new pistol, congrats, and nice range report.
Hope you enjoyed your homemade applesauce

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I don't blame him. LOL! That's a pretty gun and looks like a lot of fun! Enjoy!
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If you can hit an apple at 30 yards with a 45 Colt, I think your sights must not be too bad. There are people with adjustable sights that can't do that. You are standing up after all. These pictures you see of bullet holes touching each other are done from some sort of a rest. It sounds like you can hold your own with that gun.

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Nice new pistol, congrats, and nice range report.
Hope you enjoyed your homemade applesauce
Hey its nice not having to go trudge out to pick up targets. There's a produce for every kind of shooting
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Good times! The new model Blackhawks also come with those terrible grips. I had to get a set made for my .44 mag. It's a different gun now, much more enjoyable to shoot. PM me if you want a link to some custom woodworkers.

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Thanks Jynx!! What a beautiful area you live in! And a nicce looking Vaquero, too!

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cool...looks like a lot of fun....i was just out in Apache junction visiting my folks by that superstitous mountain....

aren't you shooting a little close to that jumping choya?

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If you can hit an apple at 30 yards with a 45 Colt, I think your sights must not be too bad. There are people with adjustable sights that can't do that. You are standing up after all. These pictures you see of bullet holes touching each other are done from some sort of a rest. It sounds like you can hold your own with that gun.
+1 on that!
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