Re: Information Needed
After further research I discovered mine is one of the earliest of the New Model Blackhawks. It is likely to have been produced before the official release date so Ruger would have inventory. It is much like an auto manufacturer producing cars in August 2012 and releasing the model line in September, yet be able to state it is the 2013 model. I hope that is more clear than mud.
What I still am trying to decode is the cylinder number etching. If it were a convertible model, which I suspect a real possibility, it should have only the last three digits etched, not stamped, onto the cylinder. Stamping seems to have distorted the throats of the cylinders. Mine not only has the last three digits of the serial number etched onto the cylinder, but those digits are definitely followed by the letter D. And, having been a machinist, I can tell for certain it was not added later.
I am not saying I have a rare bird, but should it be, it should belong to someone who would appreciate that value. Any ideas?