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I have inherited a Ruger "Blackhawk" BKH36 .357 Magnum and am curious as to what it may be worth to a collector or whomever. The gun has never been fired and is still in the box it was purchased in. The S/N appears to be 65XXX so I am not certain on how old the gun is, but once again, it has never been fired. I am NOT currently looking to sell this gun, just want to know what its worth may be. if anyone can offer up some advice for me it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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According to the serial number and model number, it is a 1965 Old Model Blackhawk, 6 1/2" barrel. The Old Model refers to the fact that it does not have a transfer bar safety, which was introduced on the New Model in 1974. The Old Model is also referred to as a Three Screw Model because of the three screw heads visible on the right side of the frame. Those disappeared on the New Model.

Old Models are definitely collectible. Keep in mind that, over the years, Ruger offered to "update" Old Models with a transfer bar safety conversion. An Old Model that has had this conversion will not bring as much money as one that hasn't, unless the old parts have been kept and provided with the gun at the time of the sale.

If the gun is truly unfired with box and papers and it was my gun, I'd certainly take no less than $700 -750. Could certainly be worth more to the right buyer, too. Have seen used models, no box, go for as much as $600.
 

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PKWIL22- I have a chrome plated Blackhawk 44 mag revolver with John Wayne graphic on the grips. It was one of the last "early Flattop" models of that type produced (1962). I paid for a formal appraisal that told me the value was between $1200 and $1800 depending on how "Excellent" the gun actually turned out to be when sold.

I have been working at selling that gun for several months and the price now sits at $700 and only a few inquiries have been received.

I make these remarks, not to discourage you, but to let you look at the current going rate for your gun. In addition to the Blue Book value, check some of the on-line gun dealers like Guns America, GunBrokers and Armslist where you will find a multitude of those Blackhawks for sale. Make a list of the prices for about 25-30 of them , toss out the top 5 prices and the bottom five prices then average the middle 20 or so and you will have a reasonable idea of what to expect for your gun, if you decide to sell it.

You may want to keep it for awhile, prices for these guns, like everything else seem to be on the rise.
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Thanks for the tip. I was more interested in the value versus the thought of selling it. Fortunately I am not at a point where selling this one is necessary. I may just hang on to it for a while and pass it on to one of my boys. The major decession is do I shot it or not???:confused:
 

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Thanks for the tip. I was more interested in the value versus the thought of selling it. Fortunately I am not at a point where selling this one is necessary. I may just hang on to it for a while and pass it on to one of my boys. The major decession is do I shot it or not???:confused:
Sounds like a great handgun.
If you don't get the enjoyment of shooting it, someone else will..... :confused:
 

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The major {sp}decision is do I shoot it or not?
If it fell into my lap, I'd find that a golden opportunity to shoot it and enjoy a fine revolver in my lifetime. Give it some 'history', so when it is passed on, it 'means' something. I can't image why it wasn't shot to begin with.... Mind blowing :) . However it is your choice. Don't let me talk you into something that you don't want to do! But you did ask for opinions! :D Oh, and seeing your are from Texas, I bet you do a lot of shooting.
 

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Someone thought enough of you to leave it to you. Hang on to it...shoot it...enjoy it.
 

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Never good find an old model 357, should have bought one new when I could have. Raising a son and daughter kinda curtailed it then. Had several new model Blackhawks in 357, but still liked the older grip. Along came the 50th Aniversery model and I was in hog heaven, sol the other ones and never looked back.
 

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The Red Eagle News Exchange Price Guide has the Old Model .357 Blackhawk of the 1965 vintage at $440 in unaltered "collector condition". A proper box is listed at $150.

As mentioned, these packages occasionally go for more than this, however, as the package can bring more than the "sum of the parts".

And bear in mind that the "prices" you see on the auction sites are for UNSOLD guns. If you watch these sites, you will notice that many, if not most of the "high-priced" stuff goes unsold.

You have a nice gun with collector interest. If it's truly unfired, I'd be reluctant to shoot it. If you want a "shooter" you can very likely sell this one and buy a less pristine example and come out money ahead.

Since you inherited it, it may have more sentimental value than some others. It's "worth" whatever someone will give you for it.

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I've got a 357 Flat Top, 6 & 1/2", that I found in a small town pawnshop. The blue is still very good, but there is some slight rust on the ejector tube. It had aftermarket fake pearl grips (one was broken). It serials to 1959 per the Ruger website.
I paid $300 for it and put on a pair of Ajax faux ivory stocks.
It's nothing special, just a shooter, but it does make me smile.:D
 

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My Old Model 357 Mag "Flattop" Blackhawk shooters:



None of them have the safety converson and I have a 9mm cylinder for the Type 3 . . .
 

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If the gun is truly unfired with box and papers and it was my gun, I'd certainly take no less than $700 -750. Could certainly be worth more to the right buyer, too. Have seen used models, no box, go for as much as $600.
Sounds about right to me. And I'd bet a big box of bullets there be many a fan out there that would double that number in a heartbeat. Cash in the hand.

Even if you have never handled firearms, you can instantly feel the difference between an old three screw, and any newer BH revolver. Once converted, it will never be the same. Or worth half as much.
 

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Thank you so much for the knowledge. I thought I might have lucked into something special.
Anytime someone gives you a Ruger revolver you can consider yourself lucky. I have an early 60's 4-5/8 BH .357 If I were you, I'd shoot it, enjoy it for your lifetime and then pass it on down. One of my boys will get my 357 to enjoy when I've moved on.
 
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