The Ruger Blackhawk / Photo by Grace Boatright

If a genie popped out of a bottle and said that I could shoot every day for the rest of my life but could only ever shoot one gun, I would probably take the deal if that one gun was my Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk .44 MAG. 

I love this gun. I love it so much. I’ve had it for five or six years and it’s become my absolute favorite gun of all time – at least of those I’ve owned personally. 

As I’ve probably mentioned once or twenty times, I’m a seventh-generation Texan and consider myself a cowgirl at heart. Maybe that’s why I’m especially fond of revolvers and particularly the Ruger Super Blackhawk. It’s just so…what’s the word…SUPER. 

This classic six-shooter accepts .44 Mag or .44 Special rounds, has a stainless-steel frame, a barrel length of 5.5 inches (also comes in 4.6, 7.5, or 10.5 inches), weighs 45 ounces unloaded, and employs that classic, western-style wooden grip.

Considering the variety of guns that I’ve been blessed to shoot over the years, some find it funny that my favorite is a single-action revolver. What can I say – I’m a Texan. I love westerns. I love cowboys, and I love their guns. 

Just grabbing onto that classic, ultra-comfortable, world-famous hardwood grip summons my inner Clint Eastwood and calls me to make someone’s day. It’s just so…America. 

Single actions are also a great way to improve as a marksman/markswoman. Why? Because it takes so long to load and unload that you’re forced to take your time and make each shot count. 

But whether you like revolvers or not, there’s no denying that Ruger’s Super Blackhawk is just a darn good gun. It’s a noticeably solid 45 ounces, has durable coil springs throughout to ensure long-lasting reliability and the ultra-precise rifling of the cold hammer-forged barrel allows for exceptional accuracy. 

You probably wouldn’t guess that my largest caliber handgun is also one of my most accurate, but the Super Blackhawk would prove you wrong. It’s just a great shooting gun. 

Obviously, the size and weight eliminate it as a great concealed carry weapon but it’s a dream for cowboys, ranchers, farmers, hunters, hikers, campers – anyone outdoorsy who can open carry and might need to shoot a bear in a hurry…or a hog, a big snake, etc. 

If you’re one of those outdoorsy people and looking for a great pistol that can handle whatever creeps up in the field, or just a wannabe cowboy/cowgirl who likes to shoot the heavier stuff, then consider investing in a Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk. I promise it’ll make your day too. 

Grace Boatright is a professional firearms safety instructor and second amendment advocate based in Alexandria, Virginia. A 7th-generation Texan, Grace has over 20 years of firearms experience and over 10 years of experience working in Washington D.C.’s government affairs community. She teaches firearms and range safety, concealed handgun permit, and skill improvement courses on a weekly basis to a diverse group of students, both adult and youth.

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