You get the best Cowboy Action shooters in the world together and tell them to design a Vaquero that will be ready to rock out of the box for SASS shooting? You get the Ruger SASS Vaquero, which is available now from Ruger in 2 pistol sets with consecutive serial numbers. Thanks go to Steve for the tip, because now I’m sitting at my desk wondering exactly how many pints of blood I’d have to sell to come up with the MSRP of $1500 for these guns. Now, they will probably “street” for lower than that, but these guns are definitely loaded out for Cowboy shooting.
Two of the biggest “SASS” features are the reverse indexing pawl, which allows the cylinder to rotate in the opposite direction of a traditional single action revolver, which makes loading and unloading much, much easier. The lower Montado style hammer also helps with your split times between shots – for people with smaller hands it’s a lot easier to get to than a traditional “full size” hammer. The final “neato” feature designed into the SASS guns is that the rear sight notch has been widened to allow for a faster sight picture. With a wider rear sight, it’s much easier to pick up that front post for the ridiculous target transition shots that Cowboy Action requires. Of course, any “hey look at this new gun” thread is worthless without pictures, so here you go.
|From Gun Nuts: The Next Generation|
Makes me want to wear cowboy boots to work…