Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt accuracy testing

225 grain pdx

Last week, I took the Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt to the range for accuracy testing. I worked with three different loads, Hornady 185 grain Critical Defense, Winchester 225 grain PDX, and Fiocchi 250 grain LRN cowboy ammo. The above group is from the Winchester PDX, and it shot into a hair over 2 inches at 50 feet from a standing freestyle position.

Revolver Tour #16: Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt

Ruger Blackhawk .45 Colt with Galco Holster

The phrase “handle with kid gloves” comes from the type of leather used, traditionally goatskin, specifically from a young goat or “kid.” Kidskin was valued for gloves because it was strong and resilient without being rough. In this photo are actual kid gloves designed for rope work, along with a Ruger Blackhawk in .45 Colt and a Galco holster. I’ve had my kid gloves for years, and they’ve developed that perfect, hard-use look, because that’s exactly what I’ve used them for. My goal with the Blackhawk is much the same – wear that nice blue in by carrying it, shooting it, and having it live a real six-gun’s life.

Revolver Tour #15: Ruger SP101 Wiley Clapp

Ruger SP101 Wiley Clapp

True statement: the Ruger SP101 is the only small frame revolver that I’ll voluntarily shoot any volume of heavy magnum ammo out of. Like all Ruger revolvers, it embraces over-engineering as a good thing, and while I wouldn’t call it “pleasant” to shoot with hot ammo, it’s certainly more fun to shoot than anything else in its size class.

Practical Pistol Show Podcast

Language warning: I say the f-word a lot.

Watch me discuss the finer points of dry fire, being a gamer, and burnout with the USPSA Production Champion Ben Stoeger and his producer Candice who seems like a very nice lady. I should also point out that Candice is (I think) the only female 5 gun master. So that’s pretty rad.

Here’s a link to the post of mine we discuss: Winning is the only thing

And a link to Jeff Gonzalez’s post: Dry Fire, the Big Lie