Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR), is proud to announce a cased set of .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum "Flat Tops" with matching serial numbers.
In 2005, Sturm, Ruger celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its first centerfire revolver, the legendary Ruger Blackhawk® in .357 Magnum, by announcing a 50th Anniversary model. Produced only in 2005, the original Blackhawk-size "Flat Top" frame featured an original "micro"-style click adjustable rear sight, and a smaller pre-1962 "XR-3" grip frame with checkered "hard rubber" grips bearing original-style black Ruger medallions. This unique blued single-action revolver sported a 4-5/8-inch barrel and a special commemorative gold colored rollmark.
The .357 Magnum 50th Anniversary New Model Blackhawk benefited from 50 years of continuous refinements, including a unique reverse-indexing pawl for easy loading and unloading, a new hammer spring to make cocking easier than ever, and of course Sturm, Ruger's patented transfer bar ignition system.
2006 is the 50th anniversary of one of the most popular handgun cartridges ever produced: the venerable .44 Magnum. To commemorate this milestone, Ruger offered the 50th Anniversary .44 Magnum "Flat Top." The .44 has many of the same features as the .357 50th Anniversary model, but with a 6-1/2" barrel and unique gold color-filled rollmark.
At the end of the 2005, Ruger tucked away a number of the .357 Anniversary models with an eye toward combining them with the .44 Anniversary model for a once-in-a-lifetime offer. Now, for the first time ever, Sturm, Ruger is making available a Matched Set of these two very popular revolvers. Each set will have two Anniversary revolvers - a .357 and a .44 - with matching serial numbers. They will be sold with a dark wood presentation case featuring a glass top with a "Ruger Red" silk-screened logo and a dark green padded liner. The Matched Set will be available beginning December 2006 and only while supplies last.