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Ruger Single Six / Ruger Vaquero

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Riding the wave of cowboy adventures and shows in the then 'new media' of television in the 1950s, Sturm Ruger Co. introduced a series of Single Action Army revolvers similar to the original Colt series. They initially created the Ruger Single Six which was a single action revolver outwardly similar to the Colts, however, the interiors were built like 20th century revolvers, thus cutting production costs. The later Ruger Single Six Revolvers has adjustable sights and was technically the inspiration for the later Blackhawk revolvers. In the early 1990s, Ruger introduced a fixed sight version of their cowboy style six shooter, called the Vaquero. The primary trait that distinguishes the more modern Vaqueros from the post-1960s Single Six revolvers is the fixed rear sight.

Like other SAA manufacturers, the Ruger revolver is sometimes used as a Colt impersonator in films and television shows. Though it is extremely close to the Colt Single Action Army, the Ruger has slight design elements that distinguish it from the Colt, most obviously the Ruger logo-marked grips. Other notable differences are 2 pins on the frame versus the SAA's 3, and a transfer bar instead of the SAA's hammer-mounted fixed firing pin.

The Ruger Single Six or Ruger Vaquero Single Action Revolver has been seen in the following used by the following actors:

Ruger Single Six

Early Ruger Single Six (known as the "old Model") - .22 LR. This was the first entry by Ruger into the SAA market and was a total success. The flat top/3 screw version was built between 1953-1962.
Ruger Single Six - .32 H&R Magnum


(1953 - present)

Type: Single-action revolver

Barrel Lengths: 4⅝, 5½, 6½, 7½, 9½

Caliber: .22 LR, .22 WMR, .17 HMR

Capacity: 6-round cylinder

Fire Modes: SA Revolver


Title Actor Character Note Date
Dawn of the Dead David Emge Stephen 1978
They Live Bank Guard 1988
Juice Victor Campos Fernando Quiles 1992
Juice Tupac Shakur Roland Bishop 1992
Blue Tiger Dean Hallo Henry Soames 1994

Ruger Vaquero

Ruger Vaquero with blued finish, case hardened frame and 4.62" barrel - .45 Long Colt
Ruger Vaquero with stainless steel finish and 5.5" barrel - .45 Long Colt


(1985 - present)

Type: Revolver

Barrel Lengths: 3 3⁄4 in (95 mm),4 5⁄8 in (120 mm),4 3⁄4 in (120 mm), 5 1⁄2 in (140 mm) and 7 1⁄2 in (190 mm)

Caliber: .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .44WCF, .44 Magnum, .45 Colt

Capacity: 6-round cylinder

Fire Modes: SA Revolver


Title Actor Character Note Date
Held Up Barry Corbin Pembry 4.625" barrel, nickel finish 1999
3000 Miles to Graceland Alex Green police officer 2001
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) R. Lee Ermey Sheriff Hoyt 2003
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Lew Temple Sheriff Hoyt 2005
R. Lee Ermey Sheriff Hoyt
Steve Niles' Remains Rouge Army soldier 2011
Mad Max: Fury Road Hugh Keays-Byrne Immortan Joe 2015
Nathan Jones Rictus Erectus
Nicholas Hoult Nux


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Top Shot - Season 4 / "Sweating Bullets" (S4E1) Various Various 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Fallout: New Vegas ".357 Revolver" & "Lucky" 2010
Payday 2 "Peacemaker .45" 7.5" barrel, options of 4.62" or 12" barrel and stock New Vaquero, added with 2015 DLC 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Ruger New Vaquero wood grips New Vaquero 2014

See Also

  • Ruger - A list of all firearms manufactured by Ruger.

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