Originally Posted by Alpo
Ruger's making of Single Actions is not a testament to Sam Colt's genius. It is a testament to the thousands of fools (and I'm one of them) that enjoy playing with this type gun. I say "fools" and I say "playing", because, for a working gun, you do not want a single action revolver that you have to load one round at a time. If it was not for the invention of Cowboy Action Shooting, Ruger would never had made the Vaquero.
The Vaquero, no. But the Blackhawk and Single Six were already around when cowboy shooting became popular.
The fact that Ruger is trying to do things exactly the same way regarding the guns internals
means that there really isn't much improvment possible.
You can say it's because shooters want authenticity, but I don't think that's really it. I mean, look at all the changes to the 1911. It's had a ton of things done, but it's "still a 1911." The single-action revolvers, though, are still almost identical.
By the time Sam Colt got done with it, it was done right! (It wasn't all his doing, but it was done right.)