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New to forum, so be easy on me.

recently acquired an original Flattop .44mag Blackhawk, of note the grip frame is silver/grayish vs. bluing on rest of the frame it is SN# 19586

can anyone provide insight/history as to the variation?

Thanks in advance,
John
 

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The first thing I would do is to contact Ruger's Customer Services and request a "letter of authenticity". This will indicate the configuration of the gun when it was shipped from the factory. Most likely, someone has removed the blued anodized finish from the factory aluminum alloy grip frame and it has since developed a layer of dull corrosion. Try a magnet …. aluminum won't be attracted.
 

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welcome to the forum, there were many old model flatops around that vintage ( era) the the aluminum anodizing of the grip frame became quite lighter, almost grey, some said a reaction to ultraviolet light ( sun light) I say simply "fading" of a so-so anodize job.....nature of the beast.......can always replace with a nicer , same era ,vintage XR-3 aluminum frame........we have NOT seen anyone that can replicate the darker finish of those days, all seem to come out about every shade of DARK grey.....
seen a few recently that were Ceracoated' and looked pretty good BUT remember that makes the gun NOT "Original", so can affect value.......nice gun, would like to see a picture
 

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appreciate the feedback, attempted to share photos and/or links but the forum 'rules' won't let me
 
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