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Title: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 03, 2008, 02:46:41 am

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Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: RRio on January 03, 2008, 02:00:53 pm
For years, I shot CAS using Colt, Ubertis, and USFA single actions, but always respected the ruggedness and reliability of the Rugers. 
However, the Ruger Vaquero was a little on the large size to feel truly comfortable in my hands. I had always said that if Ruger would scale the Vaqueros down to Colt-size, that I'd buy one.
Last winter a couple of my shootin' pards bought new sets of the New Vaqueros and let me try them out. To make a long story short, I bought a brace of consec. serial numbered, short .45s in SS the following week. While it has taken some getting use to not having the 4 clicks, I really like these a lot and are my primary match guns now. So, I joined the ranks of cowboy shooters using Rugers. For a tough reliable sixgun for CAS, they are hard to beat.

I respect the fact that Ruger has about the best customer service I have ever heard of, and listens to the needs of Cowboy Action Shooters. The Ruger Vaquero is evidence of that, and the New Vaquero is even more evidence.

Yeah, I'd say I'm happy being a Ruger shooter. :)

(http://vaquerotown.com/moonfiles/June%20005.jpg)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Doc Burns on January 04, 2008, 01:18:50 pm
When I started out with CAS I had a 58 army c&b which I had converted over to cartridge. My first shoot I did not know and did not bring enough ammo. When we got to the last stage I told every one that they would have to count me out because I didn't have enough ammo. One man told "no, I would shoot his guns" So he handed me two Ruger Blackhawks. After I shot that stage I made the decision to get me these to shoot. I found my Blackhawks and have been shooting them ever since ( about a year) Couldn't ask for a better gun to shoot. My thoughts are now to get me a pair of vaqueros asap :D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Filthy Harry on January 05, 2008, 11:28:51 pm
          OK, started out with an OM Vaquero, worked fine, but didn't really fit a small hand. Went to a Navy and Army conversion till they started wearing out. Decided I wanted either New Vaqueros or GW lls. Couldn't find New Vaqueros in the area, so I ordered Custom stainless GW ll in .38 with Nate Kiowa Jones actions. Shot them part of the year and at the end of the year drawing at Bristol Wisconsin, I won a pair of blued 4 3/4" .357/.38 New Vaqueros. Starte shooting them the next Spring and really liked them. I'd shoot them a couple matches and then go back to the GWs. I kept thinking I was shooting the stock Vaqueros better. Naw, that doesn't make sense. finally shot the Wisconsin State match with the Vaqueros and shot it clean, cept for the rifle round I ejected!!!! I've been dragged kicking and screaming into the Ruger camp, cause I just keep shooting the Rugers better. My Grandson, Darn Near shot the State Match this year and got second in Buckaroo with the Rugers. I just ordered Eagle Rosewood Gunfighter grips for them and can't wait for Spring.  Just  something about those Ruger that makes them shoot better, cause it can't be me.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Dick Dastardly on January 06, 2008, 12:15:03 pm
Back before there was a SASS I bought a Ruger.  It is the Ruger Old Army.  I've shot deer with it, rabbits, heads off partridge and uncountable former receptacles of fermented malt beverages.  I shot round balls and conicals but was never impressed with the accuracy of the second cylinder full without cleaning.  But, that's another story.  I'm getting ahead of myself here.

One sunny summer afternoon I decided that I wanted more power from the ROA.  I'd tried putting all the FFFg under a conical that would still allow the cylinder to turn.  Pretty impressive, but I  wanted more.  I had a can of pan priming powder from a pard that quit shooting his flint lock front stuffer rifle.  The can was worn, but I knew what it held.  So, I charged up the ROA with a good compressed charge of FFFFg under conical bullets.

Then, I put up some of them empty beverage cans and had at it.  First shot had impressive roar and recoil.  The can took a dead center hit.  And, the hammer was OPEN on the ROA.  The blowback had blown the cap off and the hammer open.  I  pulled the trigger again and BOOM.  Same thing.  Second can suffered a fatal wound.  Then, I noticed blood dripping off my glasses.  The caps had hit me in the forehead and blood was running.

I  didn't empty the last four chambers by shooting them.  I pulled the bullets, scooped out the powder and cleaned the gun.

That's one strong gun.  Also, one dumb but learning shooter.  I never repeated that experiment and never will.  Thanks to the glasses I didn't loose my eyes.  Things could have been worse.

So, now you know the story of the semi-auto ROA.  I wonder if I'd held the trigger back if it might not have gone full auto???

That same gun is in the photo below, along with a matching companion.  It now goes to SASS matches with either a Kirst Konverter cylinder or the original C&B cylinder, depending on my mood.  These ROAs have a balance and feel that my big hands love.  The brass backstraps and squareback trigger guards are a joy to the eye.

I have other Ruger guns, but this is my first one.  All are good, but the original ROA has a special place in my heart.

DD-DLoS


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Ten Wolves Fiveshooter on January 06, 2008, 03:12:30 pm
Howdy all

          I bought my first Ruger back in 1966, it was a Single Six Convertable, that gun has had thousands of rounds thru it and put lots of meat on the table. I've bought several Rugers since then, I guess, or should I say I know I can depend on them to come thru when needed, I've always had a big love for the Colt 1873 , this gun  just fit my hand right , and felt like it was part of my arm, so to speak, back in the day of quick draw , this is what I used the most. When Ruger came out with there Ruger Vaquero, I thought this was a big Plus for Ruger , but I still found the OMV didn't quit feel as good in the hand as my Colts , and then a few years ago, Ruger came out with the New Model Vaquero, and SHA-ZAM, they got it RIGHT, it FEELS like my Colts and I love the new hammer, my thumb picks it up every time or the hammer picks up my thumb , just know I REALLY LIKE IT , They also did a bang up job on fit and finish , I got the stainless steel Vaquero's, and they shine like the nickel, the lock up and timming is right on ,and they point and shoot like the left and right arms of God, an this is right out of the box. The only thing I've done to them is to add Eagle Gunfighter Grips, in the Ultra Ivory. You just Gotta Love These Guns.


                              I call these Vaquero's my BIONIC  Colts, You just can't beat them, here's a picture of them.

                                                    Ten Wolves Five Shooter


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Forty Rod on January 06, 2008, 06:18:44 pm
I gave my wife a Bearcat on July 16, 1965, the day we got married.  A couple of years later I had it engraved...about 75% coverage not counting the cylinder which wasn't touched...by a Okinawan craftsman who did a very acceptable job.  Over the years it has had some parts plated, the hammer jewelled, and my son had it for several years.  He recently returned it with the frame, trigger gueard, and ejector housing "painted" black with a "touch up pen" he got at a gun store.  The barrel and cylinder have been polished bright.

No pictures because it's being professionally stripped of the black stuff before being sent to Ruger for factory refinishing.  Once I get it back it will get "ivory" grips with gold-colored Ruger medallions.

Over 42 years old and probably  less than two boxes of ammo through it.  Still mechanically tight as a new gun.



Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: slick vic on January 06, 2008, 07:54:34 pm
I was searching on the web to cowboy releated things in 2006 when i came accross SASS and this thing called EOT. So i read it over and over not really believing what i was seeing. As i come from Northern Ireland its not quite the thing you come accross over here. So i made the decision i am going to this. I joined SASS, paid entry fee as a conventioner allowing me to gain access to all nightly venues, booked my flights and accommodation and headed west to EOT 2006 the Silver anniversary. When i got there it blew my mind this was what i had been looking for all my life. I asked many questions from both the vendors and the competitors mostly about the equipment and guns and nearly all said for revolvers choose Rugers. So i went along to thr Ruger stand and made some enquiries. One on the guys on the stand on hearing my accent asked me where i was from and then told me while he had been in the US army had been on an officer exchange to Northern Ireland and been attached to the Royal marine comandoes, small world.
Anyways i came home all ready to go and found a local shooting club 17 miles from me who where just starting CAS so i joined that night and ordered a pair of New Vaqueros in 38/357 blued and case hardened now get this at 500.00 each thats $1000.00 each in US dollars but you only get what you pay for.
I went back to EOT in 2007 with all the gear and competed man it was fun and while i was there i got action jobs done on my Vaqueros by Bob Mundon.  My wife Tart N Terror has now caught the bug and is going with me to EOT 08 so looks like another pair of Vaqueros on the way.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e253/scotty350/P1010248.jpg



Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on January 06, 2008, 11:40:09 pm
Howdy!

My third gun was a Ruger, back in 1976.  It was in a rack with 10 other rifles, all model 10-22s.  However, one drew my eyes right to it.  The walnut was just prettier; the metal seemed a bit shinier and it had "Made In The 200th Year Of American Liberty" written on the side of the barrel.  I had to have it!  A few years later I heard about a new snubbie that Ruger was making, the Speed Six.  They were available with a short barrel (long, too) and available in Stainless Steel.  I paid 50% MORE than suggested retail and got one of the first ones in Indiana or Kentucky.  (I was living in Indiana and stationed at Ft. Knox, KY. at the time.)  During these years, the 80s, I bought another 10-22. 

Well, fast forward to the mid 90s.  I always wanted a single action sixgun and the news was out about the Vaquero.  I also heard about the "new" shooting sport, CAS - including SASS and NCOWS, to name 2 organizations.  Well, 5 Vaqueros in 2 different calibers later, here we are in 2008. 

I still have most of those Rugers.  ;)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Travis Morgan on January 08, 2008, 12:08:56 am
Bring back the Vaquero!  :(


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 09, 2008, 01:16:15 pm
Today is the day !  :D

... Names with numbers are downloaded...


(http://www.downrange.tv/images/Roulette_wheel.jpg)

Round and round it goes... where it stops nobody knows.


**This is so much fun**
And to think I get to give these away for a few weeks..
Yeeesss!
  ;D
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Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Camille Eonich on January 09, 2008, 03:18:01 pm
Dern!  I was too late. 



Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 09, 2008, 11:19:06 pm


 ;D

We have this week's winner:


http://www.downrange.tv/mp3s/cascityrugershirt1.mp3



Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Dalton Masterson on January 10, 2008, 01:08:02 am
I got my first Ruger for Christmas when I was 16. It was a used 10/22. I had no idea what a 10/22 was, as I had always used my old Rossi 62 pump. Well, we have had a long history together now, with numerous stocks, different scopes, bipods, and muzzle brakes. Now its back to its original stock, with a nice 3x9 Simmons on it for the occasional prairie dog or rabbit trip.

The next Rugers to bless my hands were my CAS revolvers. I was using a Uberti Millenium and borrowing another one from my dad to shoot CAS with. My wife, Freeda Bee Mee, did a sneaky trick, and got me out to the gun dealer on false pretense. See, she knew I wanted a new set of revolvers, and preferred the bulletproof Rugers over the clones.
Well, as we were sitting in the shop, she just grabbed a pair of gray Ruger boxes, popped them open and started looking. I glanced at her very, VERY, nervously as she RIPPED open the bags inside. I mean, these are somebody else's pistols she is tearing into. She kept shoving them towards me, then finally said Happy Birthday! Boy, was I dumbfounded. Here was a pair of Stainless Steel Birdshead Vaquero's, consecutive numbered, in 45LC. It was a dream come true.
I have since worked on them a little, as far as lighter springs and polishing, and have added Gunfighter grips of rosewood. They are still a ball to shoot, and can be pretty quick shootin 45s. Thanks Freeda!

My next Ruger is hopefully going to be an SP-101 in 357 for concealed carry. That, or a Ruger Old Army. Always did want one of those! Thanks Ruger, and thanks Freeda!


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 15, 2008, 09:16:43 pm
Are you telling me that that isn't anyone else out there in this town that has a Ruger and wants to talk about it?
 I can't believe it!  :o

Maybe you just don't like the  shirts.. :-\

I'm picking another number tomorrow.. better get your posts in ... :)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Major E A Sterner on January 15, 2008, 09:56:36 pm
Marshal'ette, I'd tell you a story, But I already won a shirt on Downrange.tv . ;D ;D But if You want, I'll repeat it here... ;)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 15, 2008, 10:19:48 pm
Ha Ha  ;D  no that's ok Major.
Hey by the way.. have you got your shirt yet? I sent it Friday..


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Major E A Sterner on January 15, 2008, 11:01:15 pm
Not yet, I'm hoping it comes soon   ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on January 15, 2008, 11:11:17 pm
OK here is one that will knock yer socks off. Well, maybe.

It's about Ruger Old Army pistols. I have 3 pair and one pair happens to be stainless steel 5 1/2" barreled smoke throwing,
flame belching shooting irons that like the Energizer bunny, just keep going.
I take these wascally wascals whenever I travel to larger matches. Not long ago I shot the Gunfight Behind the Jersey Lilly
with this pair of Old Armys. I showed up with clean as a whistle pistols and commenced to start in on main match. Shot six stages and then had a bite to eat. Then I shot the night BP shoot and that was four stages. I was tired, but the Ruger Old Armies never knew the difference. The next morning I gave them a treat and gave them a little oil on the pins and hands. I then shot six more stages. That is eighty shots from each pistol and I am proud to say I had no pistol misses for the match. To me that is what it takes to shoot cap and ball and be in the running. Total reliability. No cap jams, no indexing issues, no fouling out, nothing. The ROAs can be shot right out of the box. Their nipples accept #10 caps and the hammer springs are totally reliable. That is what it takes. By the way, I should mention I was shooting true blackpowder and not a sub. However, I was shooting a big lubed El Paso Pete bullet and that provided the necessary lube to keep accuracy and performance the same the entire match. I gave the Old Armys a good cleaning upon getting home on Monday. They did their thing.
Just in case you think this is a load of road apples, it so happens that our own Marshal Halloway documented my shooting the night shoot and the final twelveth stage with his trusty video camera. That video can be seen here on CAS City. As for no maintence, trust me, it is true.
That is the reason I shoot Ruger Old Army pistols. Not quite in a nutshell, but that is my story.
 :)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 16, 2008, 10:40:36 pm
Ok.. It's  Wednesday Night and it's Pick the Shirt Winner" time.
(http://www.cascity.com/howard/animations/bravo.gif)
 The names have been put into the virtual rotating drum and they have been swirling around for the past few minutes.

And since I am the female ringmaster of this event, I decided to pick 2 winners tonight.  ;D

 And the winners are.................................


(http://www.cascity.com/howard/forum/pointfinger.gif)

Rawhide Rio

dalton masterson


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** If you would send me a pm with your real name, address and shirt size I will pkg up your shirts and get them on the pony express by sundown tomorrow.  :D **



Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Ten Wolves Fiveshooter on January 17, 2008, 06:39:45 pm
Howdy Gents  :D

       I just wanted to thank Marshal'ette Holloway, for this Great SHIRT, I just got it to day , and it's even nicer than I thought it would be. :o 8)
       The rest of you Pards that haven't posted your thoughts on your Rugers need to get them in , or you're going to miss out on a Great looking SHIRT. ??? ::) :o

                                            Thanks again Teresa   :-* :-* :-*  Don't tell the big guy

                                               Ten Wolves  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Major E A Sterner on January 17, 2008, 08:29:11 pm
Howdy Marshal'ette, The shirt arrived today, Thanks again... ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on January 21, 2008, 05:35:44 pm
I'm sure I missed out on the shirts, but here's my story...
I "rented" an OMV at the range.  I held it, loaded it, shot it. and then repeated said process several times.  I still have that first target, best shootin I've ever done with a pistol and I also have that very gun even though it was "not for sale".

Oh, I also used it to shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die...

(hopin the Marshal'ette is a Johnny Cash fan in case there is an extra shirt layin around)


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 23, 2008, 11:41:48 pm
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It's Wednesday night !
 That means it's "Shirt Pickin' Time".


My 6 yr old Granddaughter, Ashley, is staying all night with me tonight and I told her that we needed to go in and start the program to pick the winners. She got all excited and ask if she could pick.
 So since there wasn't a whole lot of names in the computer.. I took all the names that haven't won yet..
wrote them on piece's  of paper.. we folded them up each one exactly the same.. and then we put them in a bowl and she stirred and she stirred and she stirred.
Finally she was ready ..
so I held the bowl up and she picked 2 names out of the blue popcorn bowl. ( Hey... nothing less then high class in OUR 'pick the winner' booth. LOL)

The 2 names she picked  ::::::::::::


Forty Rod
Howdy Doody


Congratulations  (http://www.cascity.com/howard/animations/85.gif)

 and like always... send me your real name and address and the size of shirt you need.




Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: GunClick Rick on January 23, 2008, 11:56:35 pm
tells it's own story. ;DJust got a 9 1/2 inch 22 to partner up with it.
http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y283/gunclickrick/?action=view&current=FATMANLITTLEBOY001.jpg


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on January 24, 2008, 04:35:42 am
I just checked in before hitting the old bedroll. It is 1:30 am here and I find I have actually won something.

Thank You Ashley and Marshal'ette. Thanks to Ruger. Thanks so much.

WOOHOO is right. 

Now me and that crusty ol' Forty Rod can look like the Bobbsy Twins next time we meet up.  ;D

Marshal'ette, I will send you a PM with the info.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on January 24, 2008, 04:41:59 am
Wait a minute! How could you have a 6 year old grandaughter?  :)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 24, 2008, 05:21:28 pm
Maybe cause I have a 35 yr old son?? LOL


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Dalton Masterson on January 24, 2008, 09:08:50 pm
I got my shirt yesterday! Wow, that isnt a shirt, its a jacket! Very very heavy denim, Ruger labels and all!
Thanks a lot Marshalette!!!
Thanks Cas City!!!
And thanks Ruger!!!
than............ (music playing louder now, DM being shuffled off the stage) ;D
DM


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on January 25, 2008, 08:41:19 pm
Ok.. I have a small announcement to make.. Forty Rod just sent me a note and explained in very funny detail why he can't wear pre-made and pre-sized shirts. he had to decline on taking it and ask that I pick another name..
So I just did.. I did just like Ashley did.. I stirred and I stirred those folded up names...   and I picked.

The winner of the Ruger shirt is :

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Gun Click Rick

(http://www.cascity.com/howard/animations/congra.gif)

Send me a pm and give me the scoop on your real name, address, and shirt size.

 ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Forty Rod on January 26, 2008, 01:42:31 am
Congratulations Rick.

Since I retired I almost never wear a shirt.  Hell, I don't even wear pants unless I'm goin' to town.

(Let's see you get that image out of your mind.  ;D)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on January 26, 2008, 02:38:43 am
Congratulations Rick.

Since I retired I almost never wear a shirt.  Hell, I don't even wear pants unless I'm goin' to town.

(Let's see you get that image out of your mind.  ;D)

Oh my, did you have to paint that image? I'll have trouble sleeping, keeping my food down and my
general health is now failing.
What you really don't want to mention is wearing that yellow moo moo around the house with the
bunny slippers   ;D ;D ;D
Seriously, though. That is so cowboy of you to give up for someone else a shirt you could have easily
made some kind of use of. You are a gentleman sir, I mean it.  :)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on January 26, 2008, 10:32:25 am
Congratulations Rick.

Since I retired I almost never wear a shirt.  Hell, I don't even wear pants unless I'm goin' to town.

(Let's see you get that image out of your mind.  ;D)

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

AAAARRGH!

Oh my, did you have to paint that image? I'll have trouble sleeping, keeping my food down and my
general health is now failing.
What you really don't want to mention is wearing that yellow moo moo around the house with the
bunny slippers
   ;D ;D ;D
Seriously, though. That is so cowboy of you to give up for someone else a shirt you could have easily
made some kind of use of. You are a gentleman sir, I mean it.  :)



Yep!





Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Champagne Charlie on January 27, 2008, 03:06:41 pm
Bring back the Old Army!!  I have coveted a pair of them short barreled Ruger Old Armies in SS ever since I saw Howdy's. Beautiful and reliable revolvers, iff'n you remember to put bullets in them.  ;D

In 1993, when CAS and I were younger than we are now, and the Vaquero had just showed up on the market, I decided that it was the game for me, so my dear old dad, rest his soul, and I went out to the local gun store, and I bought myself a Vaquero. It was a polished stainless beauty with a 7 1/2" barrel, and I decided that I was most likely the fastest gun alive! I bought a cheesy rig, and went plinking a couple of times. Then, sadly, life got in the way, the Vaquero went in the drawer, and didn't think much about it for most of the rest of the decade.

In 2001 the time had finally come for me to start shooting some steel with that dear old revolver, so I hauled her out of the drawer again. By this time I had bought a companion for her and my father-in-law, Martin Riley, leatherworker extraordinaire, had provided me with a gorgeous, silver mounted, two-gun rig. I looked good. No one knew then that I was about as slow as molasses in the winter. I approached the line and when the buzzer sounded, I drew. Every single time I cocked that first Vaquero, the timing missed and the cylinder ended up halfway between the next two chambers! It was a nightmare. The revolver would cycle adequately when plinking, and taking my time to cycle it successfully, but, when cocked aggressively, it would absolutely not work.

So, nine years after I bought the original revolver, I packed it up and shipped it back to Ruger. Within a week and a half, they shipped it back to me, and it was pristine! The put a new cylinder in it, marked with compatible numbers and sent it back. Best customer service EVER!


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: RRio on January 27, 2008, 03:40:49 pm
My shirt arrived Friday afternoon, after I had left for work. It's great! ;D

Many thanks to you, Marshal'ette, CAS City, and last, but definitely not least, Ruger!!  ;)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on January 27, 2008, 09:32:37 pm
Bring back the Old Army!!  I have coveted a pair of them short barreled Ruger Old Armies in SS ever since I saw Howdy's. Beautiful and reliable revolvers, iff'n you remember to put bullets in them.  ;D



I guess you must have been there that day, Charlie! 
LOL, Will  ever live that one down?  ;D ;D ;D

Hey, I miss you and Twinkletoes Katy a bunch, pard.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Champagne Charlie on January 27, 2008, 11:38:35 pm
I guess you must have been there that day, Charlie! 
LOL, Will  ever live that one down?  ;D ;D ;D

Hey, I miss you and Twinkletoes Katy a bunch, pard.

We miss you too, HD! We are just talking about getting out shooting again. I hope we see you soon!


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Forty Rod on January 28, 2008, 01:55:01 am
Whajoodoo, Howdy?  Share with us, man.  We want to laugh at you and point like everyone else.  ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on January 28, 2008, 01:10:53 pm
Whajoodoo, Howdy?  Share with us, man.  We want to laugh at you and point like everyone else.  ;D

I know you do  ;D

OK, I had Heidi's digital camera and trying to take pictures at a monthly up north at Murrieta Posse shoot. I wanted to get as many shooters as I could, since a pard called Sauerkraut had a website and could post pics on it. I was roaming around to the other posses and got back to mine and someone, probably Champaign Charlie, tells me it is my time to shoot. I grab my shotgun and rifle and head for the loading table, where with all the confidence in the world, I load my rifle and cap my Ruger Old Armies. I am gonna blaze this stage, if I can only remember the scenario. My turn to shoot and I remember it was Black Jack Traven timing. Shooter ready? Yup answers I. Standby! Beep! I yank my first hogleg and it goes poof, piff, piff. I yank number two and again, poof, piff, piff. Yup, I had forgotten something. Like to put some powder and ball in the chambers of both guns. DUH! Well, I slunk over to the unloading table and luckily no one got hurt. I say that because, the whole danged posse was in contortions and holding their sides from laughing so much. Some where even rolling in the dirt. Now you can laugh too. If you laugh too much, then I will have to give you a payback though. So, don't tell anyone about this or I will be the laughing stock at every match I go to from now on. Whats that you say? I already am the laughing stock anyway. ;D ;D ;D
BJT gave me a reshoot, since nothing went down range except my pride and dignity.  ;D
Happy Now?


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on January 28, 2008, 01:56:06 pm
Not to poke fun, but I guess there is a lot to be said for conversions.   ;)  At least it was just a match and not a intruder standing over your bed at 3 in the AM!


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Champagne Charlie on January 28, 2008, 02:55:53 pm
The best part of the whole thing was that Howdy cycled through all ten shots, just like he was blastin' away at steel. It sort of reminded me of that scene at the end of The Outlaw Josie Wales when he is finaly face to face with Red Legs and he is going through all his revolvers to find one that is loaded, only a bit different. Nonetheless, when the stage was finished, he holstered up, turned to the onlooking posse and said, "I am soooooo embarrassed!"

Truly, a classic in the annals of CAS.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Forty Rod on January 28, 2008, 03:30:43 pm
Well, if it's any consolation I'd like to tell you that I once screwed up just as bad...but I can't!!!

Nobody ever, ever, ever screwed up like that before... NOT EVER!!!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D



(I know I'm gonna pay for this, but it will be worth it.  ;D)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on January 28, 2008, 03:50:30 pm



(I know I'm gonna pay for this, but it will be worth it.  ;D)

Yes you are!  ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on January 28, 2008, 04:52:35 pm
It's OK Howdy.  My wife, Lilly, inherited an old Mouser .30-06 that was equiped with a scope.  We finaly picked up a box of ammo for it and headed to the free outdoor range.  Me being an open sight guy and liking the feel of bolt action, cracked off three shots before realizing that there was a large amount of blood spouting from my forehead.  Just as Lil informed me that I had brained myself with the scope, I heard someone say that I'd be the laughing stock of any hunting party.  I looked his way and it was an old fella in a wheel chair with one of them pee bags attatched to himself.  Needless to say, I swallowed that one and still proudly carry a decent scar above my left eye. 


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: GunClick Rick on January 28, 2008, 08:15:40 pm
I just woke up,i passed out when i read this.I ACTUALLY WON SOMETHING!!!?Don't know if i am deserving of it,but i will say one thing,you guys have done somethin else with this forum.Radio,cowboy tv,informaion and education,great videos,classifieds.What a hang out!!! ;D I know it has to take ALOT of work.Thank you for such an enjoyable place.And thank you very much for the RUGER shirt.
 :D I promise to never blow my nose on it,i will wear it proudly. ;)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: GunClick Rick on January 28, 2008, 08:29:03 pm
Congratulations Rick.

Since I retired I almost never wear a shirt.  Hell, I don't even wear pants unless I'm goin' to town.

(Let's see you get that image out of your mind.  ;D)

By golly Forty Rod,i'll play wipeout any time on yer belly,now ther's an image fer ya :D Thank for the shirt ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: GunClick Rick on January 28, 2008, 09:38:18 pm
I mean shirt and i will learn how to spell someday.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on January 29, 2008, 12:18:07 pm
I mean shirt and i will learn how to spell someday.

What?  And ruin the fun?  ;) ;)

Just kiddin', pard.  Yours is no worse than MANY others.  And don't EVEN ask a typical teenager to spell something!


Remember:  "A Rose by any other name will smell as sweet, but a Chrysanthemum by any other name will probably be easier to spell!"

Sicks munce ugo I kudent even spell Liberrien:  now I are wun.  ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: GunClick Rick on January 29, 2008, 12:23:20 pm
 :D :D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on January 30, 2008, 06:13:23 pm
Just realized what day it was.  Had my mind on that magic bowl ever since.  If it means anything of a difference, I lost all my shirts in a terrible fire cause I was busy saving my Ruger (her name is Daisy).  It's snowing here and awfull cold--sure could use something to keep the ice sickles off my chest.

All of the above is complete BS, but I figgured I'd keep tryin. 


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Forty Rod on January 30, 2008, 07:24:07 pm
By golly Forty Rod,i'll play wipeout any time on yer belly,now ther's an image fer ya :D Thank for the shirt ;D

Son, you get anywhere near my belly and I sure fill out all the blank spots in that collection of bullet holes you been puttin' together.

Yer welcome.  Wish I had more to not accept.  A fella could get famous not acceptin' stuff.

How about if I drop out of the Democratic race for president?  Naw!  Everybody else has done that already.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on January 30, 2008, 09:16:34 pm
Was gonna save this one for next week, but just can't resist.
My favorite part of this thread is the first picture on the first page  ;D  .  Not to offend the Marshall (it's rather a compliment) but I ain't believin any stories about 6 year old grankids or 30 sumthin sons.   :P

Oh, an did I mention, them shirts look mighty nice--wouldn't mind havin one for myself...


Leo (attempting to be a silver tongue devil and most likely fallin on his haggard face)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: No Buk Chuck on February 05, 2008, 02:35:21 pm
I stated out with an Old Army many years ago. It was fun taking it muzzleloading for whitetails. Than I bought a auto 22 for rabbit hunting.I have shot thousands of rounds threw that gun without problems. Well Cowboy Action came to me in 1998 and Ruger was a natural choice for me and my son. We shot Cowboy Action for some time before my wife Elsie Rose wanted to give the shooting a try. She dressed the part and helped with scoreing an such before. We were at a local shoot and a fellow Cowboy asked her if she had shoot the New Ruger Single Six 32's yet. Well she said no and he put a set in her holsters and ammo and stated go have fun. After the match we hunted him down and he was laughing at me. His statement was I guess I'll have to order you a set hay?? Two weeks later we had a set of 32's and shes had a smile ever since. We know have about eight rugers and are looking for a couple of more sets in the future. Great guns for a fair price.   NBC


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 05, 2008, 04:08:43 pm
Great story Chuck.  My wife's been lookin around awhile for just the right gun.  I mentioned .32's to her in the past but she's been more interested in .38's lately after accidentaly shootin .357's through mine and realizin she could handle it.  She's a small gal, and I still think a .32 would give her the bang she likes but with better accuracy (less kick).  Any further opinion on these pistols, that you obviously love, would be great.


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: No Buk Chuck on February 05, 2008, 05:34:57 pm
Leo  You need to get her to a shoot and ask some pard to let her shoot a set. Elsie my BETTER half has Aurthor real bad and these were perect for her. Elsie has the birdsheads. I'm loading her a mild load with 110 bullets. Recoil isn't a problem and at our distances there very accurate. Shes even let me shoot them let me see if I can remember OH yes maybe a couple times. And by the prices I see the used ones selling for you won't loose any money in the future. I did buy her a set if gunfighter grips so they are quit thin and a very easy grip to hang on to. I would certainly recomend them for a lady with small hands.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 05, 2008, 11:08:57 pm
Thanks Chuck, she loves the birdshead frames.  I'll get her hands on one for a trial run, but the gut tells me we have a winner here.  She has some health issues as well (enough to keep her away from the .30-30) so for the long term, it seems like the perfect caliber.


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on February 06, 2008, 04:35:12 am
Thanks Chuck, she loves the birdshead frames.  I'll get her hands on one for a trial run, but the gut tells me we have a winner here.  She has some health issues as well (enough to keep her away from the .30-30) so for the long term, it seems like the perfect caliber.
Leo


I have kinda small hands, and I like the Birdhead grip, too.  When I bought my last Vaquero, it was still back when they were all the bigger versions.  Mine was a special run from the factory (of 5000 if I recall) that was a kind of test version with a 3 3/4" (3.75") short barrel that had the standard grip - they called it a Sheriff's Model.  The gun is polished Stainless, 45 Colt and the white factory grip had no Ruger Medallion, rather the Ruger symbol was "scrimshawed" (laser etched) on it and pretty large.  VERY handsome.  At this time, there were NO Birdhead Vaqueros released - perhaps rumored, but not yet released.  Anyhoo, I found a company called Qualite' that had a DIY (do-it-yerself) brass B-head grip conversion, made of brass.  I chose brass over the stainless they offered and with a set of white Hogue grips.  Lemme tell you - that gun - when polished up and gleaming, is REAL purdy! (IMHO, of course.  ;) )  This grip has a slightly different contour than what Ruger eventually released, about 1-2 years later.

Here it is with an 1890s Iver Johnson topbreak in 38 S&W.  (Yes, the one piece grip on the Iver J IS a factory "target" grip and is VERY comfortable to hold and shoot! And no - it has snap caps in it, not loaded rounds.  :D )

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b70/m1a1mstrgn/Reenactment%20Weapons%20and%20Tools/dcp_1566.jpg)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: No Buk Chuck on February 06, 2008, 11:09:15 am
Steel Horse those are some nice looking shooters. The birdsheads are definitly a if it feels good thing. You see alot of folks wanting slimer or birdsheads grips. For me I like the standard size. For the wife birdsheads are the pick. I guess its something we figure out as we go down the trail. What fun Hay!!!   


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on February 06, 2008, 12:23:16 pm
Thankee!

Tons-O-fun!


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 06, 2008, 01:18:18 pm
Nice hardware! Thanks for the pics and info.
     I prefer the big OMV grips, but I seem to be a minority in the shooting world.


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on February 06, 2008, 04:34:44 pm
Marshal'ette, I received my shirt today. Thank you to you, your grandaughter and Ruger. It looks great. Formal wear for me actually. Sort of a redneck tux if you will.  ;D

I love it. bumpity bump.  :)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 06, 2008, 04:42:42 pm
I can almost catch a whiff of that "new shirt smell".


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on February 20, 2008, 09:06:40 pm
Sorry I am late with this.. I won't bore you all with the long dreary details of all the excuses..( even if they are legitimate.. )  :)

BUT~~~
The winner of the Ruger shirt is:

Leo Tanner.


So Leo.. you will get to "whiff" the new shirt all you want as soon as you send me your real name and address and shirt size..
Then I'll do the rest.  ;D

Congratulations!


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 20, 2008, 09:23:19 pm
Marshal'ette,
     It is with deep gratitude that I accept this prize ;D  I will get the personal info to you post haste!

MMMMMMMMMM....Ruger Shirt....


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Howdy Doody on February 21, 2008, 02:38:42 am
I love my shirt Marshalette.  :)

I wore it to a formal affair. A sort of rally of tree huggin' PETA folks. I got lots of comments on the shirt.

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Nawwww, just funnin' ya a mite is all. It is a great shirt, but I wore a beaver coat instead  ;D ;D ;D








Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Steel Horse Bailey on February 21, 2008, 03:26:44 am
I love my shirt Marshalette.  :)

I wore it to a formal affair. A sort of rally of tree huggin' PETA folks. I got lots of comments on the shirt.

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Nawwww, just funnin' ya a mite is all. It is a great shirt, but I wore a beaver coat instead  ;D ;D ;D




I'm proud of ya!  Savin' rain forests and American woodlands and swamps and critters are (is) important.  But NOT at the expense of common sense!  The PETA folks need to learn how the food chain really works ... as God intended.  (NOT that I   have an exclusive line on what the Big Guy means, don't ya know.  ;) )  They seem to forget that people are actually part of nature and that we're omnivores, NOT strictly herbivores, like some of God's critters!



Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 25, 2008, 07:43:14 pm
M'ette
     I just got home from a long day on a job site an guess what was waitin for me on the door step? 8)
     The quality of this shirt is incredible, but what else could we expect from anything with the Ruger monicker on it!  As stated by one of the other lucky winners it is dang near a jacket.  The recoil pad on the right shoulder is a very nice touch.  Thanks for the rush mail service, it really made my day.

     
Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on February 26, 2008, 12:52:07 pm
Cool~~  ;D
Glad you like it.. They are great shirts.

Unfortunately I am now down to just the Large and Medium sizes... so some of you fellers might want to enter for your wives.
  ;) I wear the medium and it looks mighty purty on us gals.  :)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 26, 2008, 01:10:08 pm


Unfortunately I am now down to just the Large and Medium sizes... so some of you fellers might want to enter for your wives.
  ;) I wear the medium and it looks mighty purty on us gals.  :)

Guess I'm just lucky to have avoided those X's all these years.  People by me XL shirts as gifts and it's all I can do not to say, "thanks for the nightshirt".   :-\

Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Filthy Harry on February 27, 2008, 02:35:58 pm
      OK, M'ette, my wife is too busy showing dogs to shoot, but I'll enter my Grandson "Darn Near" for one of those shirts. He does like my Rugers better than the .22s he just graduated from last year. Now I have to reload twice as much.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 27, 2008, 02:57:47 pm
F.H.
     My daughter, Litlle Miss, is now hooked on centerfire as well.  She looks at the old .22 like it's a BB gun-wants nothin to do with it anymore.  I'm proud but I sure miss those cheap 525 round boxes!


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Amargosa Al on February 29, 2008, 05:31:26 pm
Okay,

I'll bite. My son would love a shirt. He is currently shooting a red pad M77 in .243 and took his first deer this last October. "I DROPPED him!" is still echoing through the mountains. (http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc273/Conditionyellow/JoshsDeer002.jpg)

I have an OA stainless & NRV 5.5" blue that I love.

Amargosa Al


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on February 29, 2008, 05:39:08 pm
AA
    I imagine that was a prouder moment for you than him  ;)  no matter how happy he was!  Bein a Dad can be a sheer joy.  Nice buck!


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Hank Rugerman on February 29, 2008, 11:29:31 pm
Decided I was going to get into the SASS/CAS arena a while back...Those that know me, will tell you, that if I'm gonna do it, I'll go all the way without hesitation...

Now mind you, I have a gun safe with multiple "other" Ruger items.

Went to a gun show here in East Texas..Started looking at the pistolas. I bet I passed up a dozen Rugers cause I was lookin for that click,click,click,click that pertains to other shootin irons.

Anyway, walked up and laid my hands on a case hardened, blue/black AWA. It was everything that a cowboy gun should be...

I played with. I loved on it, gave it all kinds of special attention....

Now remember I'm no stranger to Rugers....I took the AWA out to shoot and within minutes of firing shots out of it, I knew instantly that I had picked up the wrong gun...kinda like pickin the wrong woman...but that's another story.. ;)

The gun show came back to town...I took the AWA to the show...made an outright sale of the AWA and turned the cash into a brand new RNV 5.5 SS....it was love at first shot....

Well now that there are two pistols required for SASS/CAS I was left with a dilema..I had to find me another one...I did just that

now I'm sporting (in place of courting) twin sisters..and boy are they sweet..

Now there is one part of this story, that I haven't told...The AWA was bought for me, by my wife as birthday present.

When I made the call to buy the Ruger..I called her from the Gun show...and told her that I just couldn't see me not shooting the Ruger....she understood, and she understands me... ;)

so Marshall'ette..if'n there's a shirt somewhere there available, I'll be asking you to send one not to me, but to my loving and most graciously understanding wife...she deserves it. :)

and thanks for the opportunity... 8)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Ten Wolves Fiveshooter on March 01, 2008, 11:04:22 am
Howdy Hank :D ;D ;D

            Hank , I like you Pard, I just caught your post , and I'll say ifen you you want to keep them guns a come'en, ya got to know how to butter both sides of the bread, and you do, JOB WELL DONE  ;D ;D ;D ::) 8)



                                               tEN wOLVES  ;) :D ;D


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Hank Rugerman on March 01, 2008, 08:05:59 pm
Well..I mighta fell off the haywagon a couple o' times...just never on my head... ;) ;D

I have a darlin for a wife, and I'm a lucky fella.... :-*


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Amargosa Al on March 03, 2008, 10:32:20 pm
Leo,

Yep. I filled my first elk tag the week before, and I was not as pleased as when my son dropped this first deer. :D It's all about the memories.

Amargosa


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on March 07, 2008, 07:17:54 pm
Definatly Al.
     An when he moves on to elk it'll be another wonderful experience for the both of you.  Teachin him the difference in tracking an learning the patience that can last seasons rather than days due to the brains them things have.  The boys got the bug fer sure now an I think you have a hunting pard for life ;D


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Charlie Foxtrot on March 21, 2008, 03:55:49 pm
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I own lotsa Rugers.  Love them for their performance, reliability, and value.  A Ruger was my first rifle (a 10-22 - still a favorite) and my first handgun (a 6" RSP.)  I currently own just one Ruger Single Action: a 7.5" Super Blackhawk in 44 Mag.  But, the Vaqueros in .357 are coming! 


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on March 21, 2008, 04:18:37 pm
CF, you will not regret the purchase of those guns.  They shoot the .38s well so long as you adjust yer aim but there's jus somthin special about those three five sevens  8)
     Enjoy!


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Carolina Lead Foot on March 22, 2008, 07:16:27 am
OK here it is after much delay, by the way if I do get a shirt it is super huge in size  ;D.

Back in 68 I decided to grow up (18 year old) and moved to Alaska.  Got a job working forthe Air Force and bought a 12 ga single shot to do some rabbit hunting.  Well it did not take to long before I realized I needed to get something for the bears and being 18 I decided I needed a magnum handgun to carry.  Bought a Ruger 357, western belt and holster and was ready when I went out hunting with my 12 ga.  It was not until much later that I learned how much trouble I would have been in with that 357 if I ever sis run into one.  Ended up buying 2 more Rugers in Alaska and all together in my years I must have bought close to a hundred of different calibers, rifles and revolvers.  Currently have 15 in my safe all revolvers except for a 96/44 lever.  Put a peep sight on it and it makes a good close deer rifle.  I went through 14 pairs ov different RVs until I ended up with the three pair I am keeping.  May add a set of 45 7.5s in the future.  DO I like Ruger?  Sure do, just wish I had the dollars to by one of the SxS and cut it down, but can not do that.

Lead Foot, by the way, thanks for having me look over my past ownership by asking this question


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Charlie Foxtrot on March 23, 2008, 01:05:40 pm
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Marshal'ette;

Two things:

1st Finger:  Congrats on ropin' your feller.  Your life together is just beginning.  His is finished.  ;-)'

2nd Toe:  You've got to tell Ruger to put those shirts on their website store.  I went there with a credit card all ready to be melted.  I was going to buy two: his and Her Majesty's.  But -- NOTHING.  Just some cheesy t-shirts.  Ruger is missing a HUGE bet by not allowing their faithful to show their Ruger Pride! 


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on March 23, 2008, 01:29:03 pm
Yer right CF.
     We were cleanin the boy's 10/22 this mornin an I started diggin thru all the paper that came with gun lookin for the manual.  I expected to see my shirt in all the catalogs that were in the box an there was nothin but a bunch of tee shirts.  I don know how M'ette swung this, but the drawing is DEFINATELY worth entering.


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Major E A Sterner on March 23, 2008, 04:53:24 pm
I think I can explain, Ruger has discontinued this shirt and gave DRTV a bunch to give away. I sure do like mine

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d19/Majer357/DSC02798.jpg)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on March 23, 2008, 09:30:16 pm
I'm sorry. We have been gone all weekend, and just now checking things out.
Yes, you are right.. They did discontinue that line of shirt,
so we made a deal with them and they let us have some to give away.


M'Ette


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Sidewinder Sills on March 27, 2008, 03:09:17 pm
My Ruger beginnings are going to have to be neccessarily cryptic, the reasons which should be obvious. Don't need the mob or some hit man looking for me. Or whoever it was that buried that gun :'(

It was the mid 70's and as boys are wont to do, I was playing in a dirt lot just diggin up ground to make BMX jumps. I found an old cigar box in the ground that turned out to have a Ruger Single Six .22 in it. (I have since dated it to 1958 by the serial number) One of the old black plastic grip panels had a chip in it, and at some point someone had put an XR3-Red grip frame on it (DAMN them!) and sanded it down to the aluminum. Other than that, it was pretty tight.

I had been growning up firing guns and had a .22LR bolt rifle and an old single-shot .410ga back at the house, so I kept this little beauty hidden for quite some time until my ol' grandpap caught me with it. True to his rascally self, he kept my secret but sent it off to Ruger for that dreaded conversion to the transfer bar system.

Since then I have purchased 2 more 3-screw Singel Six .22's, neither older than 1962, as well as 5 more OM Vaqueros all in .45 (2 7 1/2" stainless, 2  5 1/2" CC'd and 1  4 5/8's stainless) Also have a blued GP-100 in .357mag

For rifles I have an older 10/22 and 2 Mini-14's. One standard rifle blued with the Rosewood stock and one stainless ranch rifle, with the factory folder.

Dont have access to pic's of all of them at the time of this posting, but these I do have and have been seen on the RATS site.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/cksills/SASS023.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/cksills/SASS024.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/cksills/SASS014.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/cksills/SASS018.jpg


5 1/2" CC'd .45's, Eagle gunfighter grips, leather by M. Shelhart, knife tweaked by Longline Charlie

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/cksills/SASS026.jpg

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/cksills/SASS004.jpg

as original, prior to grip swaps:

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g79/cksills/SASS006.jpg


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Leo Tanner on March 27, 2008, 03:59:17 pm
Beeyoutyfull!!!

     Nice collection.  Not even a trace of a drag line on any of the blued cylinders.  I bet they all shoot as good as they look.


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Deadguy on April 12, 2008, 10:48:48 am
My Ruger story goes as follows.  My first pistol was a Ruger Single Six in .22 which I bought the day I turned 21.  It was followed in turn over the years by a Blackhawk in .357 mag, a Mk III in .22, and the most recent, a Blackhawk in .45 Colt.


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Post by: fasteddie on April 17, 2008, 03:52:55 pm
Back before there was a SASS I bought a Ruger.  It is the Ruger Old Army.  I've shot deer with it, rabbits, heads off partridge and uncountable former receptacles of fermented malt beverages.  I shot round balls and conicals but was never impressed with the accuracy of the second cylinder full without cleaning.  But, that's another story.  I'm getting ahead of myself here.

One sunny summer afternoon I decided that I wanted more power from the ROA.  I'd tried putting all the FFFg under a conical that would still allow the cylinder to turn.  Pretty impressive, but I  wanted more.  I had a can of pan priming powder from a pard that quit shooting his flint lock front stuffer rifle.  The can was worn, but I knew what it held.  So, I charged up the ROA with a good compressed charge of FFFFg under conical bullets.

Then, I put up some of them empty beverage cans and had at it.  First shot had impressive roar and recoil.  The can took a dead center hit.  And, the hammer was OPEN on the ROA.  The blowback had blown the cap off and the hammer open.  I  pulled the trigger again and BOOM.  Same thing.  Second can suffered a fatal wound.  Then, I noticed blood dripping off my glasses.  The caps had hit me in the forehead and blood was running.

I  didn't empty the last four chambers by shooting them.  I pulled the bullets, scooped out the powder and cleaned the gun.

That's one strong gun.  Also, one dumb but learning shooter.  I never repeated that experiment and never will.  Thanks to the glasses I didn't loose my eyes.  Things could have been worse.

So, now you know the story of the semi-auto ROA.  I wonder if I'd held the trigger back if it might not have gone full auto???

That same gun is in the photo below, along with a matching companion.  It now goes to SASS matches with either a Kirst Konverter cylinder or the original C&B cylinder, depending on my mood.  These ROAs have a balance and feel that my big hands love.  The brass backstraps and squareback trigger guards are a joy to the eye.

I have other Ruger guns, but this is my first one.  All are good, but the original ROA has a special place in my heart.

DD-DLoS
what did you have in that can ? I have shot ffffg 40 grains with both conical and round in my ROA for years with no problems just a lot of smoke and a lot of bang. you had better check your can!

fasteddie


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Lucky Irish Tom on April 17, 2008, 05:46:55 pm
Around 2000 several people I knew talked me into coming out to watch a CAS match.  It seemed like fun so I decided to get involved, I hadn't really touched a firearm in 30 years, the last time was in the service.  I was introduced to a gentleman who was leaving CAS because he didn't have the time.  I purchased 2 Ruger Blackhawks from him in .357 as my first two pistols for SASS.  As people have said they were tanks shot match after match and they kept coming back for more.

Once I had been shooting for a couple of years I started doing my own reloading and switched to .45 caliber.  My first purchase for the transition was to purchase 2 Ruger Bisley Vaqueros in Stainless.  They have been my main match pistols ever since, even when I switched to shooting Black Powder those guns have never failed me.

Hopefully this Christmas I will add a pair of the New Vaqueros to my collection.  Ruger will always be a mainstay for me and the conerstone of my main match firearms.


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Marshal'ette Halloway on April 26, 2008, 10:30:27 am
I am just dropping in to let everyone know that I am out of all shirts other than a few Mediums and X Larges. I will make one more draw on these this next week and then it will be done for now. I have appreciated so much all the stories and participation. What a great group of people Cowboy Action Shooters are.  They just don't get any better than you all.   :-*


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Post by: slick vic on May 11, 2008, 04:52:18 pm
Hey if you have any med to give away why not send one to me here in Northern Ireland ::)


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Mahpila on May 23, 2008, 03:42:02 am
well the contest is over for Me snice I am a 2X guy   but here is My Ruger storey   back in 1979 I was going to College for agri busness  and had a hog raiseing operation    I was out on a 950 acere  spread I had rented just the barns   lived out in one that had been convereted to houseing   semi wild dogs  and the nebhors dogs started comeing and Killing My babypigs the land lord loaned Me a browning Hi power in 9 mickey mouse I thought is was hot sheet snice it held 13 rounds and he gave a box of hollow points   well a couple nights later  the pigs were raiseing a ruckus   and I grabs the HP and My ruger 45  Old model  3 screw loaded with SWC 250's saw a pit bull  killing a baby pig  and shoot him with the  HP the Hollow point went in one side and out the other  the HP jammed  and the dog started avanceing on Me  I droped the Hi-power in the mud  and grabed the ruger  and shoot the dog again this time from cheast to tail  he didn't get up from that monent on I have been a true bleaver in rugers and big soild bullets
that same ruger  later on that summer proved how tough it was  when I accedently loaded a hot 44 mag in the 45 and fired it well it was loud  and part of a nice group I was shooting soon as I emptered the chambers I saw what had happened   the 44 case was spilt  from case mouth   down to just above the web and rim after I stoped shacking   I checke dthe gun  out just to make sure I took to local gun smith told Him what had happened  and he gave a quick look over and handed it back to Me say "don't worry its a Ruger  they can take it "  well from that night I have been a huge Ruger fan
I still have that old model   and have added a couple 10-22's one is fully tricked out a  Butler heavy barrel houge rubber stock  big mag release  worquaertson trigger and sear  and a simmons 4-12 X scope  and I have a Ruger #3 in 22 hornet   the local ground squierrls hate them  and a Mini 14 ranch with peep sight and on my wish list is a   45  bisely  4 5/8 stainless  in a matt finish for packing  I also have a MK II G model blued  and her name is Sara Lee  cause nobody doesn't like sara Lee   she shoots strait every time  I use that gun for training new shooter   a girl freind  who was a anti gun person   I took her out shooting   gave her sara lee set up a bulls eyes target at 15 yards   first shot she every fired she hit the X not just the X ring   the knocked the center out the  X printed on the target   she went through a brick of ammo that day it was so fun for her   by end of the day she was hitting  12 ga hulls at 25 yards about 60 % the time     she is a gun nut now


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Texas Lawdog on May 29, 2008, 12:49:09 pm
I started carrying a Ruger P85 as a Law officer in 1985. I later bought a P90, a P91, a P93, aP95, and a P97. I have carried these pistols on duty at one time or another. I got interested in CAS and purchased 2 Blackhawks in 357 Mag. I later purchased 2 Blackhawks in 45 Colt.  I later purchased my first Vaquero which was blued 45 Colt.  I later purchased two SS Vaqueros in 45 Colt. I still have all of these revolvers. I also have a Ruger 10/22 rifle.


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Post by: Leo Tanner on May 29, 2008, 01:22:24 pm
That 10/22 is a great rifle.  The most customizable firearm in history.  I bought one for my son and I always ask for a turn with it after I've spent all my centerfire ammo.  You can shoot one of them all day for 10 bucks and get great hits.


Leo


Title: Re: Give us your Ruger story - win a shirt!
Post by: Angel_Eyes on August 19, 2008, 06:21:25 am
Hi from a restricted UK shooter. Since the enlightened UK government took our cartridge pistols away from us in '97, we are left with C&B for our enjoyment. When the MuzzleLoaders of GB resurrected their version of our annual Pistol Fest I decided to enter the precision B/P revolver competition with my ROA. When I arrived at the comp. check-in I was told in no uncertain terms that as my ROA was not in the "spirit of the original" I would have to compete in the Precision Free Pistol event instead. I shot my comp. on the Friday and come Sunday afternoon I was still in 1st place. I then heard that the organizers had brought in one of their top GB shooters who then beat me by 1 point. Just goes to show how good a standard, "out of the box" ROA can be!
Keep the faith, fellow Cowboy shooters,(I now shoot British Western SS comps with a pair of ROA's)