RUGER Old Army

PRICE: R 10,000.00 Incl. VAT


MAKE Ruger
MODEL Old Army
ACTION Single Action - Black Powder
CONDITION Excellent used condition

Item Description


The Ruger Old Army is a black-powder, percussion revolver introduced in 1972 by the Sturm, Ruger company and manufactured through 2008.
It is unusual in that, unlike most “modern” percussion revolvers on the market, it was not based on a historical design but was a modification of the Ruger Blackhawk, which was itself based upon the cartridge-firing Colt 1873 Peacemaker.
It therefore incorporates many modern design features while still employing antiquated black-powder component loading.

While being built around the Blackhawk, it takes its styling cues from the Remington Model 1858 cap and ball pistol.
This is due to the frame being longer in front to accommodate the loading lever and pivot pin.
Also unlike the Blackhawk, the Old Army does not use a transfer bar safety.
Instead it relies upon a series of safety notches between each chamber of the cylinder, similar to some other black powder revolvers of the mid-19th century.

These revolvers were tested by loading each chamber to capacity with modern, smokeless powder and a lead ball.
While this might result in catastrophic failure in other firearms, the Old Army proved to be strong enough to handle the high pressure.
The Old Army was available in blued steel and stainless steel, with a 7.5″ or a 5.5″ barrel.
Earlier models were listed as .44 caliber, and later as .45, but all use a .457” round ball or .454” conical bullet.


This gun is in excellent, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
There are only some extremely light, small scratches in places over the stainless steel finish (nothing significant at all) which can be easily polished out.
The original, Ruger wooden grips are still in excellent condition.
It includes 2 non-fluted cylinders (both chambered in .45 Cal)
Note: Even though this is a black-powder revolver, it is listed on the CFR’s system and therefore requires a license.


The firearm is suitable to be used for:

  • Target shooting
  • Plinking

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