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Hello,

New to the forum, looking for some information on a Ruger Blackhawk that was recently acquired, The revolver is a 3 screw and has a four digit serial number on the right side of the receiver, 32XX, I also noticed a set of numbers on the butt of the revolver 94XXX in rather large numbers, can anyone provide info on what the numbers on the bottom of the butt are? Revolver is all original and does not have the transfer bar. Curious to average pricing, has some holster wear, but has a nice finish that is turning purple. This came from an old retired cop and I am trying to sell it for him. Any responses would be greatly appreciated.

Terry
 

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Sorry, posted in the wrong forum, just noticed, if a admin can move this question to the appropriate forum I would appreciate it.
 

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Numbers on the bottom of grip frame are NOT factory. Somebody stamped those in there. As to worth........it is a shooter grade 3 screw, so not a whole lot. It has a low serial, but again it's just a shooter grade, with a stamped grip frame
 

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Thanks for the quick reply Top, why would someone stamp the grip frame? that's what kind of got me curious. It's a nice old shooter, the old timer brought in 18 pistols and revolvers for me to sell for him, down to 5 left, the other Ruger is a old single six 22/22mag, and a older standard MK, that he decided he wanted to hold onto.
 

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Pappy1600, I wouldn't advertise being a gun "seller" unless you have an FFL???

As for your question .... people do strange things with their guns. I had many guns come into my shop with a drivers license number or other numbers significant to the owner, marked on the gun. I would guess the number "94120" stamped on the grip frame butt has a significance to a previous owner.
 

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With that 4 digit Ser# shouldn't it be a FlatTop?? or is there a digit missing between the 3 and the 2 ?? I am not even sure that could explain it.

Something definitely funny about that...or am I missing something obvious>?
 

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NitroAcres, I agree ... something funny about this whole thing ... a person that claims to have been a dealer for the past 16 years and asks question about value and "numbers". Throw in the "4 digit S/N should be a flattop" and this is getting pretty wormy.
 

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NitroAcres, I agree ... something funny about this whole thing ... a person that claims to have been a dealer for the past 16 years and asks question about value and "numbers". Throw in the "4 digit S/N should be a flattop" and this is getting pretty wormy.
Please explain wormy? I posted pictures to look at, some people specialize in certain firearms, I am no Ruger specialist or collector hence that is why I bring this question to you folks, Yes I know what the Blue book value is, not very difficult obtaining that information, but I am trying to gather information on this revolver that was left for me to sell for an older gentleman , excuse me for asking a question so that I may be an informed seller and pass on the correct information to a potential buyer.
 

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Serial number 3290 should be a 1956 flattop....but that's not a flattop frame. So something seems bonky with the serial number. Overall condition isn't great and then there's the big honkin' "zip code" stamped on the grip frame. Looks like a weird beater to me and I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. Value to me $0......
 

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Do you have that gun in your possession?? or is it just photos...

When I blow up the photos you posted I can see other numbers...that look to be photo shopped over.

The 4 digits in the pictures are not correct for the revolver in question...wrong style for the Ser#. It should be a 1956'ish Flattop and it clearly is not.
 

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I have the gun here in my possession, that's why I am asking you folks, I don't want to misrepresent this revolver to someone, if it's worth nothing , I'm good with that, I will just relay the information to the original owner and will not worry about it, just trying to gain some knowledge as to what this is, if it's a pieced together gun then that's what it is. I don't want to mislead anyone as to what it is. If you guys want more pictures, I will be happy to take any photos you want.
 

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Serial number looks funky to me, but I'll not judge from a not-too-clear photo.

The number on the bottom of the grip frame detracts from the "collectibility" of the gun, but the grip frame could be replaced with a "not messed with" one and clear up that difficulty.

The grip panels are from a New Model and incorrect for a "three-screw" but like the grip frame could be replaced with the proper ones.
 

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Give us a good Clear photo of the Ser #....

As we are saying, it does not match up to what it should look like...and the reason I say this, is because this is what I see in the photo.



There are numbers to the left of the "3" and "something" between the 3 and the 2.
 

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Two other things that stick out to me:

Ser# Placement is completely wrong in my opinion for what it is, to far to the left.

The pushed up material around the numbers does not look like any of the Ruger 3 Screws I own.

In total it suggests to me that the number is a "Re Stamp" at some point in the guns life.
 

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Brings up an interesting question. Let's say Ruger was contacted and they confirmed that the serial number is not one they ever issued to any OM Blackhawk in 357. So there's a "bogus serial number" on the gun. Is the gun scrap metal at that point? Is it any different than a gun where the serial number was removed? Or does it matter? It's something I've never encountered or even thought about.

I agree - it looks like a hand stamped numbering unlike anything the factory would do. They may not have stamped serial numbers perfectly every time but I've never seen one that sloppy or that hard impressed.
 
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