RUGER NEW VAQUERO INSTRUCTION MANUAL

RUGER NEW VAQUERO INSTRUCTION MANUAL
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INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
FOR
BLUED &
STAINLESS
STEEL
CALIBERS
.357 Magnum
& .45 Colt
RUGER®
NEW VAQUERO®
SINGLE ACTION REVOLVERS
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AND
WARNINGS IN THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY
BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM
For Product Service on this Model Please Call:
(603) 865-2442 (See p. 26)
STURM, RUGER & Company, Inc.
Southport, Connecticut 06890 U.S.A.
THIS INSTRUCTION MANUAL SHOULD ALWAYS ACCOMPANY THIS FIREARM AND BE
TRANSFERRED WITH IT UPON CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP, OR WHEN THE FIREARM IS LOANED OR
PRESENTED TO ANOTHER PERSON.
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State-By-State Warnings
Certain states require by law that their own specified warning
notices in larger-than-normal type be conspicuously included
by the manufacturer, distributor, or retail dealer with firearms
sold in that state. Sturm, Ruger sells its products in
compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Because our
products may be sold in these states, we include the following:
California:
WARNING
ADVERTENCIA
“A los niños los atraen las armas
de fuego y las pueden hacer
funcionar. Ellos pueden causarses
lesions graves y la muerte. Evite
que los niños tengan accesso a las
armas de fuego guardándolas
siempre con llave y descargadas
cuando no las esté utilizando. Si
usted tiene un arma de fuego
cargada en un lugar en que un
niño tiene acceso a ella y la usa
indebidamente, le pueden dar una
multa o enviarlo a la carcel.”
“Children are attracted to and can
operate firearms that can cause
severe injuries or death. Prevent
child access by always keeping
guns locked away and unloaded
when not in use. If you keep a
loaded firearm where a child
obtains and improperly uses it,
you may be fined or sent to
prison.”
Connecticut:
“UNLAWFUL STORAGE OF A LOADED FIREARM MAY
RESULT IN IMPRISONMENT OR FINE.”
Florida:
“IT IS UNLAWFUL, AND PUNISHABLE BY
IMPRISONMENT AND FINE, FOR ANY ADULT TO
STORE OR LEAVE A FIREARM IN ANY PLACE WITHIN
THE REACH OR EASY ACCESS OF A MINOR UNDER 18
YEARS OF AGE OR TO KNOWINGLY SELL OR
OTHERWISE TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OR POSSESSION
OF A FIREARM TO A MINOR OR A PERSON OF
UNSOUND MIND.”
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Maine:
“ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD IS A
CRIME. IF YOU LEAVE A FIREARM AND AMMUNITION
WITHIN EASY ACCESS OF A CHILD, YOU MAY BE
SUBJECT TO FINE, IMPRISONMENT OR BOTH. KEEP
FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION SEPARATE. KEEP
FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION LOCKED UP. USE
TRIGGER LOCKS.”
Maryland:
“WARNING: Children can operate firearms which may cause
death or serious injury. It is a crime to store or leave a loaded
firearm in any location where an individual knew or should
have known that an unsupervised minor would gain access to
the firearm. Store your firearm responsibly!”
Massachusetts:
“WARNING FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS ATTORNEY
GENERAL: This handgun is not equipped with a device that
fully blocks use by unauthorized users. More than 200,000
firearms like this one are stolen from their owners every year
in the United States. In addition, there are more than a
thousand suicides each year by younger children and
teenagers who get access to firearms. Hundreds more die from
accidental discharge. It is likely that many more children
sustain serious wounds, or inflict such wounds accidentally on
others. In order to limit the chance of such misuse, it is
imperative that you keep this weapon locked in a secure place
and take other steps necessary to limit the possibility of theft
or accident. Failure to take reasonable preventive steps may
result in innocent lives being lost, and in some circumstances
may result in your liability for these deaths.”
“IT IS UNLAWFUL TO STORE OR KEEP A FIREARM,
RIFLE, SHOTGUN OR MACHINE GUN IN ANY PLACE
UNLESS THAT WEAPON IS EQUIPPED WITH A
TAMPER-RESISTANT SAFETY DEVICE OR IS STORED
OR KEPT IN A SECURELY LOCKED CONTAINER.”
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New Jersey:
“IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE TO LEAVE A LOADED
FIREARM WITHIN EASY ACCESS OF A MINOR.”
New York City:
“THE USE OF A LOCKING DEVICE OR SAFETY LOCK
IS ONLY ONE ASPECT OF RESPONSIBLE FIREARMS
STORAGE. FIREARMS SHOULD BE STORED
UNLOADED AND LOCKED IN A LOCATION THAT IS
BOTH SEPARATE FROM THEIR AMMUNITION AND
INACCESSIBLE TO CHILDREN AND OTHER
UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS.”
North Carolina:
“IT IS UNLAWFUL TO STORE OR LEAVE A FIREARM
THAT CAN BE DISCHARGED IN A MANNER THAT A
REASONABLE PERSON SHOULD KNOW IS
ACCESSIBLE TO A MINOR.”
Texas:
“IT IS UNLAWFUL TO STORE, TRANSPORT, OR
ABANDON AN UNSECURED FIREARM IN A PLACE
WHERE CHILDREN ARE LIKELY TO BE AND CAN
OBTAIN ACCESS TO THE FIREARM.”
Wisconsin:
“IF YOU LEAVE A LOADED FIREARM WITHIN THE
REACH OR EASY ACCESS OF A CHILD YOU MAY BE
FINED OR IMPRISONED OR BOTH IF THE CHILD
IMPROPERLY DISCHARGES, POSSESSES, OR EXHIBITS
THE FIREARM.”
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Please check with your licensed retailer or state police for
additional warnings which may be required by local law or
regulation. Such regulations change constantly, and local
authorities are in the best position to advise you on such legal
matters.
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WHY ARE WE INCLUDING A FIRED CARTRIDGE CASE
WITH EVERY RUGER PISTOL AND REVOLVER?
Certain states and jurisdictions now require that all newly manufactured pistols
and revolvers must be accompanied by a cartridge case, which has been test fired
from that gun at the factory. The case must be placed in a sealed container
bearing certain information concerning this test cartridge.
At the time of retail sale in those jurisdictions, firearms dealers must forward
such test cartridge to a designated destination such as their State Police
Laboratory. As independent Ruger Distributors have nationwide markets without
territorial restrictions, we have decided to include a fired cartridge case with all
new Ruger pistols and revolvers, to minimize the possibility of inadvertent noncompliance with these laws.
Retail customers located in other states, where laws or regulations do not require
the dealer to so act, may be assured that the fired cartridge case they receive with
the firearm at the time of retail purchase is proof that your new Ruger firearm
has undergone our normal test firing procedures during manufacture.
EXTERNAL LOCKING DEVICE
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING – USE OF LOCKING DEVICES
• Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction,
including when you are installing or removing your
locking device.
• Always verify that your firearm is completely unloaded
before installing your locking device.
• Do not install locking devices in the trigger guard;
always keep your fingers and locking device outside the
trigger guard during device installation and removal.
• Store firearms, ammunition and keys separately and
securely, away from children and careless adults; do not
store your firearm with the keys in the locking device.
• Do not attempt to work the action of your firearm with
the locking device in place; this may damage your
firearm.
• While locking devices are an important aid to security
measures, they are not a substitute for safe firearm
handling and proper storage. Remember that any
mechanical device can be bypassed with enough time,
knowledge, determination and equipment.
LOCKING DEVICES MUST BE USED
SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY
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Use the Correct Lock: While the basic locking device is substantially similar
for all Ruger® firearms, due to the different shapes of the many Ruger®
firearms, some firearms utilize different locking devices. NEW VAQUERO®
revolvers utilize a 2 1/2” lock. It is very important to use the correct locking
device!
To Install the Factory-Supplied External Locking Device:
1. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and your fingers outside the
trigger guard at all times!
2. Be sure the firearm and its cylinder are completely unloaded and contain no
cartridges or cartridge casings!
3. Completely remove the cylinder by opening the loading gate, pressing the
basepin latch, pulling the basepin fully forward, and rotating the cylinder out
of the frame.
4. Loop the shackle through the cylinder window in the frame. Next slip the
cylinder onto the shackle of the lock as shown in Figure 1.
5. Close the lock by pressing the shackle into the body of the lock (the part that
receives the key) as tightly together as possible. The lock has bumpers and
the shackle is coated with a non-marring material that will not harm the
metal finish of your firearm; be careful not to dent the frame or grip panels
of the revolver.
6. Once the lock is securely closed, remove the key and pull firmly on the lock
to test the connection and be sure it is locked. Do not leave or store your
firearm with the key in the lock! Store your locked, unloaded firearm and the
key in secure, separate locations, away from ammunition, children, or
unauthorized adults.
Figure 1
Correct Installation of Lock For
Ruger® New Vaquero Revolvers
(New Model Blackhawk Shown)
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OPERATION OF INTERNAL LOCK
Never rely upon any safety mechanism or mechanical device to justify unsafe or
careless handling of a firearm. When securing your revolver or to prevent
unauthorized access, you should rely first and foremost on the key-operated locking
device supplied with your pistol. (See Page 6.) However, for added security, and to
comply with certain state and local laws, your RUGER® NEW VAQUERO®
revolver also is equipped with a manually operated internal lock. When actuated,
this internal lock will secure the hammer in the uncocked or “full down” position.
Before activating the internal lock on your revolver, first visually inspect the
chambers to verify that they are empty and do not contain any cartridges.
To activate the internal lock, make sure that the revolver is pointed in a safe
direction and that the hammer is in the full down position. Using a small
scewdriver, remove the screw securing the grip panels and remove the right grip
panel to expose the internal lock. (See “Internal Lock,” p. 11.) Insert the key into
the keyway and rotate the key fully clockwise (about 180º from the fully unlocked
position) until it stops. (See Figure 2.) After you have fully rotated the key 180º
clockwise until it stops, remove the key and verify that the internal lock is engaged
by attempting to cock the hammer. If the internal lock is engaged, you will not be
able to cock the hammer.
To deactivate the internal lock, place the internal lock key into the internal lock
keyway (see “Internal Lock,” p. 11) and rotate the key counter-clockwise (about
180º from the fully locked position) until it stops. (See Figure 2.)
Be sure to store the internal lock key in a secure location, away from children and
careless adults. Do not store your firearm with the key in the internal lock keyway.
Never lock a loaded gun – always unload the gun before locking.
OPERATION OF INTERNAL LOCK
Place Hammer
in “Full Down”
Position
Figure 2
Lock “On”
180º
Always Rotate the Key
Fully Until it Stops!
Lock “Off”
REMOVE KEY AFTER LOCKING OR UNLOCKING
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING
INTERNAL LOCK THROUGH RIGHT GRIP PANEL
If you would like to access the internal lock on your NEW VAQUERO®
without removing the grips, you can drill a small hole through the right grip
panel as follows:
1. Remove the right grip panel by unscrewing the grip panel screw.
2. On the inside of the right grip panel is a drill point (see Figure 3, below). On
the inside of the grip panel, drill a 1/8” hole starting at the drill point.
3. Turn the grip panel over and, using the 1/8” hole you just drilled as a guide
hole, enlarge the hole using a 3/16” bit, this time drilling from the outside of
the panel inward.
4. Reattach the right grip panel and tighten the grip panel screw. The 3/16” hole
will allow key access to the internal lock without removing the grip panel.
INSIDE OF RIGHT GRIP PANEL SHOWN
DRILL POINT AS
STARTING POINT FOR
KEY HOLE
Figure 3
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FIREARMS SAFETY-YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
SAFETY MUST BE THE FIRST AND CONSTANT
CONSIDERATION OF EVERY PERSON WHO HANDLES
FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION.
This Instruction Manual is designed to assist you in learning how to use and care
for your RUGER® NEW VAQUERO® revolver properly. Please contact us if
you have any questions about it.
Only when you are certain you fully understand the Manual and can properly
carry out its instructions should you practice loading, unloading, etc. with live
ammunition. If you have any doubts about your ability to handle or use a
particular type of gun safely, then you should seek supervised instruction.
Such personalized instruction is often available from gun dealers, gun clubs or
police departments. If none of these sources can help you, write to the National
Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-7400. They will
assist you.
The person with a gun in their possession has a full-time job. You cannot guess;
you cannot forget. You must know how to use your firearm safely. Do not use
any firearm without having a complete understanding of its particular
characteristics and safe use.
Remember: There is no such thing as a foolproof gun.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page
External Locking Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 - 6
Operation of Internal Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 - 8
General Information and Mechanical Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Nomenclature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Ammunition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
To Load and Fire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
To Uncock (Decock) The Revolver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
To Unload or Eject Cartridge Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
To Remove or Replace Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Disassembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Reassembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Care and Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Care of Stainless Steel Revolvers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Care of “Color Case Finished” Frames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Fixed Sights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Service and Parts Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Shipping Firearms for Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Ordering Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Parts List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 - 33
Parts Drawing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
The Basic Rules of Safe Firearms Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 - 38
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
“Ruger,” “Blackhawk” and “Vaquero” are registered U.S. trademarks.
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WARNINGS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE ARE
FOUND ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES:
Locking Devices
Alterations
Lead Exposure
Ammunition
Handling
Firing
Safe Carrying Position
5
10
13
13
14
15
16
Disassembly
Lubrication
Storage
Shipping Firearms
Parts Purchasers
Malfunctioning Parts
20
24
25
27
28
29
OTHER CAUTIONS AND WARNINGS APPEAR
THROUGHOUT THE MANUAL.
FIREARMS ARE DANGEROUS WEAPONS–
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS IN THIS
MANUAL THOROUGHLY AND CAREFULLY BEFORE USING.
WARNING–ALTERATIONS
This product was designed to
function properly in its original
condition. Alterations can make it
unsafe. Do not alter any part or add
or substitute parts or accessories
not made by Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc.
DO NOT ALTER ANY GUN
GENERAL INFORMATION
AND MECHANICAL CHARACTERISTICS
The mechanism of the RUGER® NEW VAQUERO®, like the other Ruger
New Model single action revolvers, differs significantly from that of any other
single action revolver. The information and instructions which follow apply only to
the NEW VAQUERO® revolver.
The RUGER® NEW VAQUERO® has fixed sights and either a “color case
hardened” or polished stainless steel finish which evokes the classic single actions
of yesteryear. Its frame is slightly smaller than the original Ruger Vaqueros.
The NEW VAQUERO® is a New Model single action revolver, which means it
utilizes the same mechanism as the Ruger New Model Blackhawk® revolver. It
incorporates an additional new “reverse indexing cylinder mechanism” for ease of
loading and reloading.
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The patented Ruger New Model single action revolver mechanism incorporates a
transfer bar. The transfer bar – which is raised into firing position as the trigger
is pulled to the rear – transmits the energy of the hammer blow to the firing pin.
This transfer bar mechanism makes a “safety” notch unnecessary.
The gate (loading gate) can be opened only when the hammer and trigger are
fully forward. Opening the gate immobilizes the trigger, hammer, and transfer
bar. When the gate is opened the cylinder is unlatched and can be turned for
loading or ejection. When the gate is closed, the cylinder latch functions in the
normal manner. The loading notch is therefore unnecessary in the New Model
design.
Unlike the earlier single action revolvers which have four hammer positions –
“cocked,” “loading,” “safety” and “all the way forward” – the New Model has only
two hammer positions – “cocked” and “all the way forward.”
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE
OWNERS OF ALL “OLD MODEL” (PRE-1973) RUGER SINGLE ACTION
REVOLVERS, INCLUDING BEARCATS WITH SERIAL NUMBERS BELOW
93-00000, SHOULD WRITE FOR DETAILS CONCERNING OUR FREE
SAFETY CONVERSION, WHICH CAN HELP PREVENT ACCIDENTS
CAUSED BY A BLOW TO THE HAMMER IF THE USER HAS FAILED TO
TAKE THE BASIC SAFETY PRECAUTION OF KEEPING AN EMPTY
CHAMBER UNDER THE HAMMER. See Page 29.
NOMENCLATURE
NEW VAQUERO®
Barrel
Hammer
Frame
Basepin Latch
Hammer Pivot
Ejector
Basepin
Trigger
Pivot
Trigger
Grip Panel
Screw
Chamber
Gate (Loading Gate)
Cylinder Frame
Grip Frame
Parts referred to frequently are indicated by arrows.
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INTERNAL LOCK
Internal Lock
Internal Lock Keyway
(shown with right grip panel removed)
The mechanism of the RUGER® NEW VAQUERO provides maximum
security against accidental discharge. As with any other firearm, however, the New
Model must be used with strict attention to correct safety practices. In addition,
the revolver should be inspected frequently to assure that it is working properly.
The Ruger New Model revolver mechanism is illustrated below. The same basic
mechanism is found in the entire line of Ruger New Model single action
revolvers – Single-Six, Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, Bisley, Vaquero, Bisley
Vaquero, and New Vaquero Models.
Mechanism shown at rest. Transfer bar is not in line between hammer and firing pin. This
is the carrying position.
Mechanism shown with trigger pulled and hammer beginning to fall. Transfer bar is in
firing position, between hammer and firing pin.
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WARNING - LEAD EXPOSURE
Discharging firearms in poorly
ventilated areas, cleaning
firearms, or handling
ammunition may result in
exposure to lead and other
substances known to the state of
California to cause birth defects,
reproductive harm, and other
serious physical injury. Have
adequate ventilation at all times.
Wash hands thoroughly after
exposure.
SHOOTING OR CLEANING GUNS
MAY EXPOSE YOU TO LEAD
AMMUNITION
The table below shows the correct type of ammunition for use in each of the
revolvers listed.
Model
Caliber
Ammunition
New Vaquero
.357 Magnum
.357 Mag and .38 SPL
New Vaquero
.45 Colt
.45 Colt
Notes on Cartridges listed in the table above: .357 Mag is 357 Magnum. .45 Colt
is also called .45 Long Colt. .38 SPL is .38 Special.
WARNING – AMMUNITION
Death, serious injury, and damage
can result from the use of wrong
ammunition, bore obstructions,
powder overloads, or incorrect
cartridge components. Always wear
shooting glasses and hearing
protectors.
IMPROPER AMMUNITION
DESTROYS GUNS
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AMMUNITION (CARTRIDGES) NOTICE
WE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE
OR INJURY WHATSOEVER OCCURRING IN CONNECTION WITH, OR
AS THE RESULT OF, THE USE IN RUGER REVOLVERS OF FAULTY, OR
NONSTANDARD, OR “REMANUFACTURED” OR HANDLOADED
(RELOADED) AMMUNITION, OR OF CARTRIDGES OTHER THAN
THOSE FOR WHICH THE FIREARM WAS ORIGINALLY CHAMBERED.
HANDLING
CARRYING: Unlike “old model” single action revolvers, which should always be
carried with the hammer down on an empty chamber to prevent accidental
discharges caused by a blow to the hammer, the Ruger New Vaquero may be
carried with all chambers loaded. When the hammer and trigger are fully forward
at the same time, the transfer bar is lowered out of firing position and the
hammer rests directly on the frame, not on the firing pin.
WARNING – HANDLING
Any time the revolver is loaded, the hammer is
cocked and the trigger is pulled and held to the
rear, it will fire. Cocking the gun or pulling the
trigger should only be done when you are ready
to fire immediately.
NEVER DROP OR STRIKE ANY REVOLVER –
COCKED OR UNCOCKED. CARRY AND HANDLE
THE REVOLVER IN SUCH A MANNER THAT
THE HAMMER WILL NOT BE STRUCK.
NEVER CARRY ANY REVOLVER
WITH THE HAMMER COCKED.
TO LOAD AND FIRE
1. Do not load the revolver until you are ready to use it.
2. Note – The loading gate cannot be opened unless the hammer and trigger are
fully forward, and the hammer cannot be cocked once the gate is opened.
3. Open the gate. This permits the cylinder to rotate.
4. Turn cylinder clockwise, by hand, and insert cartridges in chambers.
5. Align a chamber with the barrel and close the gate. The revolver is now in its
normal carrying condition – hammer and trigger fully forward and transfer
bar lowered out of firing position.
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6. NOTE – To help prevent scoring of the cylinder, when closing the loading gate
be sure that a chamber is directly aligned with the barrel. This can be achieved
by rotating the cylinder so that a cylinder flute is equally spaced on either side
of the topstrap, closing the loading gate, and then verifying that the cylinder is
locked in place.
7. Cocking – To fire the revolver, the hammer must first be manually cocked.
When cocking the hammer, have a firm hold on the grip with the shooting
hand, and DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER WHILE COCKING THE HAMMER.
TOUCH THE TRIGGER ONLY WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FIRE. With the fore
portion of your thumb firmly on the hammer spur, draw the hammer fully to
the rear until it stops. Then permit the hammer to move forward (it will only
move slightly) until the trigger engages in the hammer at full cock.
8. Firing – Once the hammer has been cocked, a light pressure on the trigger
will disengage the trigger from the hammer. The hammer will fall forward
striking the transfer bar and the revolver will fire.
CAUTION: The recoil of any centerfire caliber causes the
muzzle of the gun to flip upward with substantial force. The
shooter need not be apprehensive, but be prepared. Keep a firm grip
on the revolver and hold it away from your face when firing.
9. After firing, the hammer will remain down. To fire subsequent shots, fully
release the trigger and repeat steps 7 & 8 above for each shot.
WARNING – FIRING
When firing any revolver, be sure all persons are
a safe distance to the rear of the shooter. When
fired, all revolvers discharge gas and particles
through the clearance gap between the cylinder
and the rear of the barrel. These particles of
lead, powder grains or lubricant are projected
broadly sideways at high speed and thus can
injure a person who is standing too close to the
revolver. When firing any revolver, always be
certain that nothing – including either of your
hands – is in the path of the hot gas and
particles which are discharged from the front
and sides of the cylinder. When shooting,
adequate eye protection is essential. Shooters
and bystanders must wear shooting glasses.
Hearing protection must also be worn. Exposure
to shooting noise can damage hearing.
HOT GASES EXIT
BARREL/CYLINDER GAP
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DRY-FIRING: Going through the actions of cocking, aiming, and pulling the
trigger of an unloaded gun is known as “Dry Firing.” It can be useful to learn the
“feel” of your revolver. Be certain the revolver is unloaded and that the gun is
pointing in a safe direction even when practicing by dry-firing. The Ruger New
Model revolvers can be dry-fired without damage to the firing pin or other
components.
“FANNING”: NEVER fan any revolver. Fanning is an unsafe way to fire a gun and
it is abusive to the revolver mechanism.
WARNING –SAFE CARRYING POSITION
Never carry revolvers cocked!
The safe carrying position for the
New Vaquero Revolver is with the
hammer fully down and the
trigger forward. In this position
the hammer does not contact the
firing pin. See page 10. In older
(1953-1972) single action
revolvers, the hammer, when in
the full forward position, does rest
against the firing pin.
Accordingly, never carry an “old
model” revolver with the hammer
fully forward and the cartridge in
line with the firing pin because a
light blow to the hammer can
readily cause discharge. It is
always safest to carry the hammer
down over an empty chamber
regardless of the revolver type. See
page 29 for details about our free
safety conversion offer for “old
model” Ruger Single Action
Revolvers.
ALWAYS CARRY
NEW MODEL SINGLE ACTIONS
WITH HAMMER DOWN.
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TO ‘UNCOCK’ (DECOCK) THE REVOLVER
If your revolver is cocked, and you wish to let the hammer down to its forward
position (against the frame), proceed as follows: USE EXTREME CARE WHEN
ATTEMPTING TO DECOCK THE REVOLVER, AS THE THUMB SLIPPING DURING
THIS PROCESS CAN RESULT IN AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE IF THE TRIGGER
IS HELD TO THE REAR.
1. Make certain that the revolver is pointing in a safe direction (see Rule 2, Page 35).
2. Make certain both hands are dry and not impeded in any way – gloves, bandages,
cold, etc.
3. Grasp the revolver (if right-handed) so that the thumb and forefinger of your left
hand are firmly holding the frame, forward of the trigger guard. Thus, your left
hand is in full control of the revolver (See Figure a, below).
4. Place your right thumb firmly on the hammer spur and, with your thumb
securely in control of the hammer, squeeze the trigger only enough to permit the
hammer to ‘break free’ of the trigger. At that instant, IMMEDIATELY RELEASE
THE TRIGGER and then slowly permit the hammer, STILL SECURE UNDER
YOUR THUMB, to move fully forward to its resting position against the frame.
NOTE: It is imperative that finger pressure be removed from the trigger just as
soon as it is free of the hammer. Then, properly, the trigger and hammer will
move towards their fully forward rest positions together (See Figure b, below).
Practice this important gun handling skill with an unloaded revolver until you have
developed the proper control and ‘touch’ to decock your revolver safely. The key to
safe decocking is having the weight of the revolver controlled with one hand, while
the thumb and forefinger of the ‘shooting hand’ control the hammer and trigger.
DECOCKING (UNCOCKING) THE REVOLVER
a.
b.
a. With the thumb controlling the hammer as shown above (1), squeeze trigger
to permit hammer to ‘break free’ (2).
b. When hammer is free, IMMEDIATELY release trigger (3). Then lower hammer
slowly to its resting position completely down against frame (4).
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The revolver is now in its normal carrying condition -- hammer and trigger fully
forward and transfer bar lowered out of firing position.
CAUTION: The hammer must be carefully eased fully forward before the
hammer is drawn back to the full-cock position for the first shot. The
hammer should be drawn with a firm positive motion to the full-cock
position for each shot, thus actuating the working parts for complete
indexing. Unless this procedure is followed in any single-action revolver, the
cylinder is apt to be out of index when fired.
TO UNLOAD OR EJECT CARTRIDGE CASES
Keep revolver pointed in a safe direction!
Do not attempt to unload when the hammer is cocked.
If the hammer is cocked, it must first be decocked. (See “To Uncock The Revolver”,
p. 17.)
Then:
1. Open the gate. This permits the cylinder to rotate.
2. Turn cylinder clockwise, by hand, to align a chamber with the ejector rod. Your
RUGER® NEW VAQUERO is equipped with a specially designed reverse
indexing cylinder mechanism (patent pending). This unique device will ease and
hasten unloading by allowing you to reverse rotation of the cylinder (counterclockwise until it stops) and automatically align a chamber with the ejector rod
and loading gate cutout in the frame. See “Correct Unloading Sequence,” below.
3. Push the ejector rod rearward, by means of the thumb-piece on its forward end,
so that it slides through the chamber to push out the cartridge or fired case.
Release the spring-loaded ejector rod. Repeat until all chambers are empty.
4. Check to be certain that all cartridges have been removed, then close the gate.
CORRECT UNLOADING SEQUENCE
3
5
1
2
4
Do not eject unfired cartridges onto any surface where the cartridge primer might
strike a solid object and discharge the cartridge.
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WARNING: Never remove, replace or carry a loaded cylinder.
The cartridges can fire if their primers are struck.
TO REMOVE OR REPLACE CYLINDER
1. Open the gate. This lowers the cylinder latch into the frame.
2. Press base pin latch (on left side) and withdraw base pin fully forward.
3. Remove cylinder from loading gate side of frame.
To replace cylinder, simply reverse the above procedure. Before replacing base
pin, holding the gun with the barrel pointed away from you and in a safe
direction, rotate the cylinder 1/4 turns in a clockwise direction to ensure that
pawl is correctly positioned on cylinder ratchet. Finally, close the gate.
DISASSEMBLY
(Make Sure Revolver is Unloaded!)
The user of a RUGER® NEW VAQUERO revolver should carefully read all
disassembly directions and study all the illustrations and the Parts List in this
manual before attempting to take the gun apart. Know the names and location of
the parts before removing any of them. Although the Ruger New Model single
action revolver mechanism is composed of only a few parts, it is essential that
the disassembly and reassembly operations be carried out with knowledge and
care.
Only a few tools are required: A screwdriver or two to remove the grip panel and
grip frame screws, and a drift punch to remove the hammer and trigger pivots
(pins). A small plastic-faced hammer can be useful in drifting the trigger pivot
out and in.
The tip of the screwdriver blade should perfectly fit the grip frame screw slots. A
tip too large will scrape away metal, while too small a tip will damage the screw
slots.
Before taking the gun apart, set up to do it properly. Cover the work surface with
a soft cloth so that the gun finish (and sights) will not be damaged, and provide a
tray into which the parts can be put as they are removed from the gun.
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WARNING – DISASSEMBLY
Never clean, lubricate, disassemble
or work on a revolver while it is
loaded. Never install or remove a
loaded cylinder. A loaded cylinder
can discharge if dropped or struck.
Read instructions before
disassembling gun.
3
5
1
2
4
UNLOAD BEFORE CLEANING
1. With the revolver pointed in a safe direction, open the gate and rotate the
cylinder. Examine every chamber in the cylinder to be certain the revolver is
unloaded. Leave the gate open.
2. Press in fully on the left side of the base pin latch, and while holding it in
that position, withdraw the base pin. Remove the cylinder and close the gate.
This is as far as you need to go for routine cleaning.
DETAILED DISASSEMBLY:
1. Remove grip panel screw and remove grip panels. Unlock the internal lock.
(See page 7 & 8 for instructions regarding internal lock usage.)
2. Draw the hammer rearward to full cock position. Insert a short length (about
1”) of nail or pin into the small hole at the lower end of the hammer strut.
the hole is visible between the mainspring and the top of the internal lock
assembly. (See Figure 4, below.) The purpose of inserting the pin or nail is to
confine the mainspring when the hammer is released.
3. While maintaining thumb pressure on the hammer spur, squeeze the trigger
and ease hammer down to full forward position.
4. Remove the five (5) screws that fasten the grip frame to the cylinder frame.
Figure 4
Insert Pin or
Nail Here
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5. Pull the grip frame rearward and downward to separate it from the cylinder
frame. (If the grip frame does not readily separate from the cylinder frame,
draw the hammer rearward a short distance.) Remove the mainspring
assembly and internal lock assembly from the grip frame, but do not remove
the small pin that is confining the mainspring. (The mainspring assembly
will later be reassembled into the frame as it is.) The internal lock assembly is
removed from the grip frame by lifting it up and then out.
Do not ‘lose’ the pawl spring and plunger (located in a hole in the
rear of the left side of the cylinder frame, just above the grip frame
screw hole) or the cylinder latch spring and plunger (located in
the hole above front of the trigger guard bow in the grip frame).
6. Remove the trigger pivot (pin) as follows: using a screwdriver as shown in
Figure 5, below, depress the gate detent spring so that the end of the spring
which rests in one groove of the trigger pivot is free of the groove. Then, use
a drift and hammer to push the pivot completely out of the frame.
CAUTION: Press the screwdriver blade tip against the spring
carefully and be certain the blade does not slip off the spring
and damage the frame or injure the person holding the gun.
7. Remove cylinder latch, gate detent spring, and gate.
8. Remove hammer pivot. Then remove the hammer/pawl assembly and the
trigger/transfer bar assembly. (Note that the hammer is attached to the pawl
and the transfer bar is attached to the trigger. See Figure 6).
Figure 5
Figure 6
ALTHOUGH THE FOREGOING OUTLINES THE CORRECT
PROCEDURE, WE WISH TO EMPHASIZE THAT SUCH DETAILED
DISMANTLING IS SELDOM IF EVER NECESSARY.
The revolver is, at this stage, disassembled as far as it needs to be for major
cleaning and maintenance. However, if it is necessary to go beyond the above
steps, the following cautions and suggestions should be useful:
CAUTION: The preload on the cylinder rotation stop is factory set. do not alter
the position of the cylinder rotation stop screw (part no. KMVQ04501).
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Ejector/Ejector Housing: Wrap one hand firmly around barrel and
housing when loosening the screw. Remove screw, then carefully lift
housing (which contains compressed spring and ejector rod) away from
the barrel.
Base Pin Latch/Nut and Spring: The nut must be held firmly (with jaw-protected
pliers) while the latch is being unscrewed. Don’t lose the spring. When
reassembling, be certain the nut and spring are on the left side of the frame. (See
Parts Drawing, p. 34 ).
REASSEMBLY
(Make Sure Revolver is Unloaded!)
1. Assemble pawl to hammer and transfer bar to trigger as shown in Figure 5,
p. 21. Partially insert hammer/pawl assembly in its recess in the frame. Insert
trigger/transfer bar assembly in its slot in the frame. Then simultaneously
complete insertion of the two assemblies into the frame.
2. (Refer to Figure 5, p. 21.) Align hammer in frame and insert hammer pivot
with the grooved end of the pivot opposite the gate side of the frame. The
long screw, XR01901, when also inserted opposite the gate side, will intersect
the groove and lock the pivot in place. (See step number 11, p. 23.)
3. Replace cylinder latch and gate detent spring as shown in Figure 7. Note that
the lug on the cylinder latch fits between the arms of the gate detent spring
and that the end of one of the arms of the spring is formed at a 90 degree
angle. The projection thus formed, is designed to fit through the square hole
in the bottom of the frame and to ride on the cam surface of the gate pivot.
Note also that this projection holds the loading gate back and in place.
4. (Refer to Figure 5, p. 21.) Depress the upper arm of the gate detent spring
with tip of screwdriver blade and install trigger pivot. Pivot should be
inserted from the gate side of the frame. The non-grooved end of the pivot
should be inserted first. (It may be necessary to manipulate the trigger, the
gate detent spring, and the cylinder latch to align them to receive the trigger
pivot.)
Figure 7
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5. Insert the base pin. The base pin must be fully inserted and locked in
position by the base pin latch. If the base pin is not fully inserted and locked,
the transfer bar may catch under the firing pin when the hammer is being
cocked.
6. (Refer to Figure 8, below.) Unhook the ends of the trigger spring
(KMVQ03700) from the grooved retaining pin on both sides of the grip frame.
7. Insert cylinder latch spring and plunger in hole in grip frame. (The spring
goes in first so that the plunger is on top.)
8. Insert pawl spring and plunger (plunger goes in the hole first) in the hole in
the left side of the cylinder frame just above the left rear grip screw hole.
9. Install mainspring assembly and internal lock assembly which should be
visible when viewing the right side of the grip frame. Be certain the strut is
positioned properly. See the Parts Drawing for correct strut positioning.
10. (Refer to Figure 8, below). Draw hammer to the rear slightly and place the
grip frame loosely on the cylinder frame. Before pushing the grip frame
forward to mate with the cylinder frame, be certain that:
(a) the cylinder latch spring plunger (XR07700) is positioned so that is will
contact the bottom of the cylinder latch (rather than either side of the
latch),
(b) the pawl spring is aligned to contact the left ‘ear’ of the grip frame (and
not be bent as the ear contacts it).
11. See Figure 8, and note the end of the
trigger spring (the arrow marked “A”).
This end of the spring must be
depressed so that it slides under the
rear portion of the trigger when the
grip frame is forward. With all the
above springs and plungers aligned,
fully mate the grip frame and cylinder
frame and install the five grip frame
screws. Note that the long screw
(XR01901) should go in the grip frame
hole opposite the gate side (Figure 8-B)
of the revolver.
Figure 8
12. Hook the two ends of the trigger spring over the trigger spring retaining pin
(KMVQ06300) as shown in Figure 8-C.
13. Be certain the internal lock is correctly positioned on its step in the grip
frame. Then, draw the hammer back to the full cock position and remove the
small pin from the mainspring strut. Pull trigger and allow hammer to fall.
14. Open the gate, withdraw base pin and install the cylinder. Reinsert the base
pin and be certain it is fully seated and locked in position.
15. Before loading cartridges into the chamber, cycle the revolver several times.
Check to be sure that cylinder rotates and locks correctly, that trigger returns
in a positive manner when released, and that loading gate opens and closes
normally.
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CARE AND CLEANING
MAKE SURE GUN IS UNLOADED!
Always be certain the revolver is completely unloaded before cleaning. At regular
intervals or when the revolver has been exposed to sand, water or other adverse
conditions, disassemble, clean and oil it.
To clean the revolver after firing:
1. Remove the cylinder as described on p. 19.
2. Clean the barrel from the muzzle by running a cleaning rod with a solvent
coated patch through the bore several times. A bronze wire brush, of a size
appropriate to the bore size, attached to the cleaning rod should then be
pushed the full length of the bore several times.
3. Again swab the bore with a solvent coated patch. Then wipe the rod clean
and, using a dry patch, swab the bore until it is clean.
4. Repeat the above procedure for each of the six chambers.
5. Run a lightly oiled patch through the bore and each chamber.
Some cartridges with lead bullets deposit metal fouling in the chamber throats,
in the forcing cone of the barrel, and in the bore. If ‘leading’ is noted in your
revolver, clean it out before it builds up and interferes with reliable functioning
and accuracy. A special ‘lead removing’ cleaning tool (for bore and chambers) is
available from gun stores.
The revolver’s internal mechanism can be lubricated without disassembly. A few
drops of light oil recommended as suitable for firearms, applied periodically
about the various frame openings, will work its way into the mechanism parts.
The exterior of the revolver should be cleaned with a solvent and then wiped with
an oily cloth.
WARNING – LUBRICATION
Firing a revolver with oil, grease, or any
other material even partially obstructing the
bore may result in damage to the revolver
and serious injury to the shooter and those
nearby.
Do not spray or apply lubricants directly on
ammunition. If the powder charge of a
cartridge is affected by the lubricant, it may
not be ignited, but the energy from the
primer may be sufficient to push the bullet
into the bore where it may become lodged.
Firing a subsequent bullet onto the
obstructed bore may damage the revolver
and cause serious injury or death to the
shooter and those nearby. Use lubricants
properly. You are responsible for the proper
care and maintenance of your firearms.
IMPROPER LUBRICATION
DESTROYS GUNS
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STORAGE
GUNS SHOULD NOT BE STORED LOADED!
USE THE LOCKING DEVICE SUPPLIED WITH THE REVOLVER FOR STORAGE.
(SEE PAGE 5)
Do not keep the revolver in a leather, fabric or canvas holster when it is stored.
These materials attract moisture, even though the holster may appear to be
perfectly dry.
TO RENDER THE REVOLVER INOPERATIVE FOR SAFE STORAGE
With the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, open the loading gate and check all
chambers of the cylinder to be sure the revolver is completely unloaded! Depress
the basepin latch on the side of the frame and remove the basepin by pulling it
toward the muzzle and out of the frame. Next, remove the cylinder from the
frame.
Store the cylinder and frame in different locations. When disassembled in this
manner, this revolver is inoperable. It is impossible to fire the revolver until the
cylinder and basepin have been correctly replaced.To reassemble the revolver for
firing, open the loading gate and reinsert the cylinder. Next, press the basepin
latch on the frame and fully reinsert the basepin. Check to be sure the cylinder
rotates freely in a clockwise direction. With the muzzle pointed in a safe
direction, close the loading gate. The revolver is now reassembled and can be
loaded and fired.
While the revolver is less likely to be used by unauthorized persons when
disassembled in the above manner, it is always safest to store any firearm with
the supplied locking device correctly installed, or to store the firearm in a gun
safe or other secure location away from children and unauthorized adults.
Guns should always be stored securely, unloaded and separate from their
ammunition.
WARNING – STORAGE
Never place or store any firearm in such a
manner that it may be dislodged. Firearms
should always be stored securely and
unloaded, away from children and careless
adults. Use the locking device originally
supplied with this firearm for storage.
The use of a locking device or safety lock is
only one aspect of responsible firearms
storage. For increased safety, firearms
should be stored unloaded and locked in a
location that is both separate from their
ammunition and inaccessible to children
and any other unauthorized person.
STORE SECURELY & UNLOADED
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CARE OF STAINLESS STEEL REVOLVERS
Firearms made of stainless steel are relatively more resistant to corrosion than
blued steel firearms. However, you should still inspect it frequently and clean,
lubricate and apply an appropriate rust preventative as required.
Sometimes surface discoloration may be noted, particularly in the grip area of
stainless steel handguns, resulting from perspiration. Contact with some types of
holsters can also cause stains or rusting. Rusting may also occur as a result of
the handgun being exposed to moisture, humidity, salt air or chemicals.
Minor discoloration can usually be removed by rubbing the stained area with an
abrasive ink eraser, crocus cloth, or a “metal polishing” compound. When using
any of these abrasives, proceed with care and use light pressure to achieve a
blending of ‘color’ with those areas that are not discolored.
Exposed surfaces on the firearm should be cleaned and wiped dry after use or
after exposure to adverse conditions. If the firearm is to be stored, coat it with a
light film of oil or preservative. Where the firearm is in continuing use, and the
presence of oil or grease would be objectionable, then the external surfaces can
be coated (after cleaning and drying) with a paste wax formulated for use on
metals. Apply the wax sparingly, allow time for it to dry hard, then buff lightly
with a soft cloth. When applying the wax take care that it does not get into the
mechanism or on the functioning parts such as the cylinder latch, trigger or
cylinder locking notches. A properly applied hard wax coating will not interfere
with comfortable gun handling and it will provide a measure of protection
against the formation of rust.
CARE OF “COLOR CASE FINISHED” FRAMES
The special finish process used to simulate the old-time “color case hardened”
frames of antique revolvers is quite durable, but not as wear-resistant as a
conventional blued steel finish. DO NOT USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS ON ANY
“COLOR CASE FINISHED” FRAMES. This finish is provided for those who prefer
its mottled “old west” appearance.
FIXED SIGHTS
RUGER NEW VAQUERO revolvers feature a blade front sight and a fixed
rear sight. They are factory set to be on target at 15 yards.
®
SERVICE AND PARTS POLICY
If you have any questions with regard to the performance of your RUGER®
NEW VAQUERO revolver, please write or call (603-865-2442) our Newport,
New Hampshire Product Service Department, fully describing all circumstances.
If you should return your revolver to the factory for repair, or order parts for it,
please comply with the following suggestions for prompt service:
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WARNING: BEFORE SHIPPING ANY
FIREARM, BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT IT
AND ITS CYLINDER OR MAGAZINE ARE
UNLOADED. DO NOT SHIP CARTRIDGES
WITH A FIREARM.
SHIPPING FIREARMS FOR REPAIR
RUGER® NEW VAQUERO revolvers returned to the factory for repair
should be sent to: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., Product Service Department,
411 Sunapee Street, Newport, New Hampshire 03773. Telephone (603) 865-2442.
The complete revolver should be shipped. Please do not send your holster,
custom grip panels or other accessories with any revolver being shipped to us.
Guns should be sent prepaid;. We will not accept collect shipments.
The Federal Gun Control Act, as well as the laws of most States and localities, do
not prohibit an individual (who is not otherwise barred from purchasing or
possessing a firearm) from shipping a firearm directly to the manufacturer for
repair. However, before shipping your firearm to us, be certain that your State or
locality does not have a law or regulation which will prohibit you from receiving
it from us after it has been repaired. If such receiving is prohibited, then please
have a Federally Licensed Firearms dealer ship the gun to us. If your gun is sent
to us by a dealer, it will be returned to him after being repaired. If a handgun
(pistol or revolver) is shipped by an individual who does not hold a Federal
Firearms License, it must be shipped for overnight delivery via U.P.S., Federal
Express, or other similar private overnight service. NOTE: Firearms may not be
shipped via U.S. Mail. Persons who do not hold a Federal Firearms License are
prohibited by Federal law from shipping a handgun by mail. Handguns mailed in
violation of the law are impounded by the Post Office.
Please do not include revolver case, sling, telescopic sights or custom accessories
with a firearm being shipped to the factory for service. DO NOT SEND GUN
BOXES OR LITERATURE THAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE COLLECTOR’S ITEMS
– THESE ARE INVARIABLY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED IN SHIPMENT. Always
insure your shipment.
Enclose a letter which includes your name, address, telephone number, serial
number and model of the firearm. Describe in detail the trouble you have
experienced with your firearm, or the work you wish to have done. Merely stating
that the firearm “needs repair” is inadequate information.
Work performed will bear a net minimum labor charge of $20.00 plus a $20.00
shipping and handling charge. The charge for rebluing the RUGER® NEW
VAQUERO revolvers is $50.00 plus a $20.00 shipping and handling charge. We
cannot apply the “color case finish” of the Ruger Vaquero to any other single
action revolver. Custom gunsmithing service or nonstandard alterations are NOT
AVAILABLE from Ruger Service Departments.
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WARNING –PARTS PURCHASERS
It is the purchaser’s responsibility to be
absolutely certain that any parts ordered from
the factory are correctly fitted and installed.
Firearms are complicated mechanisms and
IMPROPER FITTING OF PARTS MAY RESULT
IN A DANGEROUS MALFUNCTION, DAMAGE
TO THE FIREARM, AND SERIOUS INJURY TO
THE SHOOTER AND OTHER PERSONS. The
purchaser and installer of parts must accept
full responsibility for the correct adjustment
and functioning of the revolver after such
installation.
PARTS MUST FIT CORRECTLY
ORDERING PARTS
Please contact the New Hampshire Product Service Department for parts
availability and current prices. All parts orders for the RUGER® NEW
VAQUERO revolvers should be sent to : Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., Product
Service Department, 411 Sunapee Street, Newport, New Hampshire, 03773, 603865-2442.
We cannot comply with open account or C.O.D. orders. Payment in the form of a
check, money order, Visa or Mastercard must accompany your order. Credit Card
orders must include the account number, expiration date and whether it is a Visa
or Mastercard account. Minimum parts order is $1.00 plus $3.50 shipping and
handling charge. Order parts by Part Name and Part Number and include the
entire serial number of the firearm for which the parts are being ordered.There is
a minimum net labor charge of $20.00 plus $20.00 shipping and handling charge
if the parts are factory fitted. All factory fitted parts are fit on an exchange basis
only. We will not return the replaced parts.
Barrels, cylinders and a number of other component parts must be fitted at the
factory. Company policy is to proof-test and/or function fire all barrels after
fitting to the receivers in which they are to be used. This procedure ensures
maximum protection to our customers. The special proof-test ammunition used
in this testing is sold only to bonafide firearms manufacturers and is not
available to gun shops, gunsmiths, or individuals.
Because it is a serial numbered part, the cylinder frame of RUGER® NEW
VAQUERO revolvers is defined as a ‘firearm’ by Federal Law and is not offered
for sale as a component part.
Parts designated by an (*) must be factory fitted. These parts are fitted on an
exchange basis only. We will not return the replaced parts. We will not return
any part that is broken, malfunctioning, badly worn or has been modified. See
“Warning – Parts Purchasers” above.
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IMPORTANT – REGARDING PARTS ORDERING. Ruger New Vaquero
and Bisley Vaquero Single Action revolvers are manufactured in Blued
steel and Stainless steel versions. WHEN ORDERING PARTS BE SURE
TO STATE WHETHER YOUR REVOLVER IS BLUED OR STAINLESS.
ALSO, INCLUDE THE COMPLETE SERIAL NUMBER AND SPECIFY
THE CALIBER AND BARREL LENGTH.
CYLINDER NOTE: Cylinders are only available for installation in the model in
which they were manufactured and fitted.
BARREL NOTE: All barrels are marked with a safety message, (“Before using
gun, read warnings in Instruction Manual available free from Sturm, Ruger &
Co. Inc., Southport, CT, USA”).
CAUTION: A gun containing modified, broken, malfunctioning,
or badly worn parts should not be fired.
SHIPPING REVOLVERS FOR
INSTALLATION OF A SAFETY CONVERSION KIT:
If you would like to have any “old model” (pre-1973) Bearcat, Single-Six,
Blackhawk, or Super Blackhawk revolver factory fitted with a free Conversion Kit
(to help prevent accidents caused by a blow to the hammer if the user has failed
to keep an empty chamber under the hammer) please write to Sturm, Ruger &
Co., Dept. KC, 1 Lacey Place, Southport, CT 06890 for a box and shipping
instructions. Be sure to include information as to model, caliber, and serial
number. Please do not send your old model single action revolver until you
receive shipping instructions and a box from us. Please note that the Kit will be
fitted at our Newport, New Hampshire facility. All other servicing of “old model”
single actions will also be performed at our Newport facility, but only after a
Conversion Kit is first installed.
This safety conversion does not apply if the revolver is marked “Vaquero,” “New
Vaquero,” “Bisley,” or “New Bearcat” on the frame.
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RUGER® NEW VAQUERO®
PARTS LIST
Design, prices and specifications subject to change without notice.
SPECIFY MODEL AND CALIBER WHEN ORDERING
(See Exploded Views on Page 34)
Key No.
* 1
3
Cylinder Frame
4
Front Sight Blade – .45LC (except 7 1/2” bbl.)
Front Sight Blade – .45LC (except 7 1/2” bbl.)
Front Sight Blade – .45LC (7 1/2” bbl.)
Front Sight Blade – .45LC (7 1/2” bbl.)
Front Sight Blade – .357 cal.
Front Sight Blade – .357 cal.
Loading Gate
30
2
Part Name
Barrel – 4 5/8”, .45LC
Barrel – 4 5/8”, .45LC
Barrel – 5 1/2”, .45LC
Barrel – 5 1/2”, .45LC
Barrel – 7 1/2”, .45LC
Barrel – 4 5/8”, .357 cal.
Barrel – 4 5/8”, .357 cal.
Barrel – 5 1/2”, .357 cal.
Barrel – 5 1/2”, .357 cal.
Grip Frame
5
Part No.
MVQ00600
KMVQ00600
MVQ00601
KMVQ00601
KMVQ00602
MVQ00603
KMVQ00603
MVQ00604
KMVQ00604
MVQ00301
KMVQ00301
MVQ00201
KMVQ00201
MVQ03601
KMVQ03601
MVQ03603
KMVQ03603
MVQ03601
KMVQ03601
MVQ02401
KMVQ02401
Model
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
Key No.
6
Part Name
Recoil Plate
7
Firing Pin
8
9
Firing Pin Rebound Spring
Recoil Plate Cross Pin
31
10
Base Pin Assembly
11
Base Pin Latch Nut
12
Base Pin Latch Body
13
14
15
Trigger Spring Retaining Pin
Trigger Spring Pivot Pin
Base Pin Latch Spring
16
17
Trigger Spring
Cylinder – .45LC
Cylinder – .45LC
Cylinder – .357 cal.
Cylinder – .357 cal.
Internal Lock Assembly
Hammer Assembly (Includes Key Nos. 19 - 22)
18
19
Hammer, only
Part No.
MR02000
KMR02000
MR02100
KMR02100
KE-48
XR04900
KXR04900
TBMR02901
KTBMR02901
XR02800
KXR02801
XR02700
KXR02700
KMVQ06300
KMVQ02800
MVQ04700
KMVQ04700
KMVQ03700
MVQ00101
KMVQ00101
MVQ00105
KMVQ00105
MVQ20900
MVQ14001-1
KMVQ14001-1
MVQ04001
KMVQ04001
Model
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Key No.
20
21
22
23
Part Name
Hammer Plunger Cross Pin
Hammer Plunger
Hammer Plunger Spring
Pawl Spring Plunger
32
24
Pawl Spring
25
Cylinder Latch Spring Plunger
26
Cylinder Latch Spring
27
Trigger Pivot Pin
28
Grip Frame Screw - A - Front
29
Hammer Pivot Pin
30
Hammer Strut
31
32
33
34
35
Mainspring
Ejector Alignment Pawl
Cylinder Rotation Stop Spring
Cylinder Rotation Stop Screw
Trigger
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Grip Frame Screw & Pivot Lock
Part No.
KXR04200
KXR04100
KXR04300
XR05100
KXR05100
XR05000
KXR05000
XR07700
KXR07700
XR04600
KXR04600
XR03400
KXR03400
XR01700
KXR01700
XR01601S
KXR01601S
MVQ01500
KMVQ01500
MVQ00400
KMVQ04502
KMVQ04500
KMVQ04501
XR03901
KXR03901
XR01901
KXR01901
Model
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Key No.
37
Part Name
Grip Frames Screw - C - Bottom
33
38
Grip Frame Screw - B - Back (2 req’d)
39
Gate Detent Spring
40
41
42
43
Cylinder Latch Assembly
Transfer Bar
Pawl
Ejector Rod Assembly
44
Ejector Housing
45
Ejector Housing Screw
46
Ejector Housing Spring
47
Grip Panel Ferrule, right
Grip Panel Ferrule, left, Not Illustrated
Grip Panels, Hard Rubber, Sold in Pairs Only
Grip Panel Screw
Grip Panel Dowel
Internal Lock Key
Also Available, but Not Illustrated
Case Only – 4 5/8” & 5 1/2” barrels
Case Only – 7 1/2” barrels
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49
50
51
* PARTS SO MARKED MUST BE FACTORY FITTED
Part No.
XR01900
KXR01900
XR01800
KXR01800
MR07300
KMR07300
KXR04500
KMVQ07201
KMVQ00701
MVQ10800
KMVQ10800
MVQ02200
KMVQ02200
XR03300
KXR03301
XR04400
KXR04400
XR01300
XR01200
MVQ11000
KMVQ01300
KXR01400
KMVQ00908
Model
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
All New Vaquero Models
All New Vaquero Models
All New Vaquero Models
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New Vaquero - stainless models
New Vaquero - blued models
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New Vaquero - blued models
New Vaquero - stainless models
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All New Vaquero Models
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RGC-M
RGC-L
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RUGER® NEW VAQUERO®
EXPLODED VIEW
34
THE BASIC RULES OF SAFE FIREARMS HANDLING
We believe that Americans have a right to purchase and use firearms for
lawful purposes. The private ownership of firearms in America is traditional,
but that ownership imposes the responsibility on the gun owner to use his
firearms in a way which will ensure his own safety and that of others. When
firearms are used in a safe and responsible manner, they are a great source of
pleasure and satisfaction, and represent a fundamental part of our personal
liberty.
Firearms do not cause accidents! Firearms accidents are almost always found
to have been the result of carelessness or ignorance on the part of the
shooter of the basic rules of safe gun handling.
The following rules must be observed by gun users at all times. Safe gun
handling is not just desirable, it is absolutely essential to your safety, the
safety of others, and the continuation of gun ownership and sport shooting
as we know it today.
1. LEARN THE MECHANICAL AND HANDLING
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FIREARM YOU ARE USING.
Not all firearms are the same. The
method of carrying and handling
firearms varies in accordance with the
mechanical provisions for avoiding
accidental discharge and the various
proper procedures for loading and
unloading. No person should handle
any firearm without first having
thoroughly familiarized himself with
the particular type of firearm he is
using, and with safe gun handling in
general.
2. ALWAYS KEEP THE
MUZZLE POINTED IN A
SAFE DIRECTION.
Be sure of the bullet stop behind your
target, even when dry-firing. Never let
the muzzle of a firearm point at any
part of your body or at another person.
This is particularly important when
loading or unloading a firearm. In the
event of an accidental discharge, no
injury can occur as long as the muzzle
is pointing in a safe direction. A safe
direction means a direction which will
not permit a discharged bullet to strike
a person, or to strike an object from
which the bullet may ricochet.
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A safe direction must take into account the fact that a bullet may
penetrate a wall, ceiling, floor, window, etc., and strike a person or
damage property. Make it a habit to know exactly where the muzzle of
your gun is pointing whenever you handle it, and be sure that you are
always in control of the direction in which the muzzle is pointing, even
if you fall or stumble. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are
ready to shoot!
3. FIREARMS SHOULD BE UNLOADED WHEN NOT IN
USE.
Firearms should be loaded only
when you are in the field or on the
target range or shooting area,
ready to shoot. Firearms and
ammunition should be securely
locked in safes, racks or cabinets,
3
1
5
or by using the locking device
4
2
supplied with the firearm, when
not in use. Ammunition should be
safely stored separate from
firearms. Store your firearms out
of sight of visitors and children. It
is the gun owner’s responsibility to
be certain that children and
persons unfamiliar with firearms cannot gain access to firearms,
ammunition, or components.
4. BE SURE THE BARREL IS CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS
BEFORE SHOOTING.
Even a bit of mud, snow or excess
lubricating oil or grease in the
bore may cause the barrel to
bulge, or even burst on firing, and
can cause serious injury to the
shooter and bystanders. Be sure
that you are using ammunition of
the proper caliber and loading for
the gun you are using. If the
report or recoil on firing seems
weak, or doesn’t seem quite right,
CEASE FIRING IMMEDIATELY,
unload your firearm, and check to
be sure that no obstruction has
become lodged in the barrel.
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5. BE SURE OF YOUR
TARGET BEFORE YOU
SHOOT.
Don’t shoot unless you know
exactly where your bullet is going
to strike. Be sure of the bullet
stop behind your target, even
when dry-firing with an unloaded
gun. If you are in the field
hunting, do not fire at a
movement or noise. Take the time
to be absolutely certain of your
target before you pull the trigger.
6. WEAR SHOOTING
GLASSES AND HEARING
PROTECTORS WHEN
YOU SHOOT.
All shooters should wear
protective shooting glasses and
adequate hearing protectors when
shooting. Exposure to shooting
noise can damage hearing, and
adequate eye protection when
shooting is essential.
7. NEVER CLIMB A TREE
OR FENCE WITH A
LOADED FIREARM.
Put the firearm down carefully
before climbing a fence, and
unload it before climbing or
descending a tree or jumping over
a ditch or other obstruction. Never
pull or push a loaded firearm
toward yourself or another person.
When in doubt, or whenever you
are about to do anything awkward,
unload your gun!
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8. DON’T SHOOT AT A
HARD SURFACE, OR AT
WATER.
Bullets can glance off many
surfaces like rocks or the surface
of water and travel in
unpredictable directions with
considerable velocity.
9. NEVER TRANSPORT A
LOADED FIREARM.
Firearms should always be
unloaded before being placed in a
vehicle. A suitable carrying case
or scabbard should by used to
carry an unloaded firearm to and
from the shooting area.
10. AVOID ALCOHOLIC
BEVERAGES WHEN
SHOOTING.
Don’t drink until the day’s
shooting is over. Handling
firearms while under the
influence of alcohol in any form,
or medications that could affect
your judgment or coordination,
constitutes a criminal disregard
for the safety of others.
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A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF AN EXTRAORDINARY
ACHIEVEMENT: RUGER FIREARMS
One of the few American firearms manufacturers whose management
has remained in the same family since starting in business, Sturm,
Ruger & Company, Inc., had its beginning in a small machine shop
occupying a rented frame building in Southport, Connecticut. In
January, 1949, with an initial investment of only $50,000 and an idea,
William B. Ruger and Alexander M. Sturm started production of a 22
caliber autoloading pistol–a design which was so successful that it
became the cornerstone upon which one of the most comprehensive
lines of sporting firearms ever made in America was established. After
Alex Sturm’s death in 1951, William B. Ruger continued to direct the
Company until his death in 2003. Today, William B. Ruger, Jr. continues
to provide guidance which has made this Company a sound and
successful enterprise.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, in this relatively short time, has established
itself as a leading small arms design organization, developing a unique
and broad line of fine quality sporting, military and police firearms to
become one of the world’s most famous producers of revolvers, pistols,
rifles and shotguns. Since 1949 Ruger craftsmen have built many
millions of firearms.
During its five decades of growth and progress under the leadership of
William B. Ruger, the Company developed a business philosophy and
implemented policies which represent a constructive influence in the life
of modern America. From the beginning, Sturm, Ruger & Company
played a positive role in conservation efforts and has supported the
interests of shooters through such groups as the National Rifle
Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and many regional
sportsmen’s organizations.
The Company has always endeavored to market its firearms for
constructive and recreational purposes, to emphasize the traditional
aspects of shooting, to render meaningful public services and to
encourage shooters in constructive, responsible, and safe participation in
the shooting sports. Its motto is “Arms Makers For Responsible
Citizens.”
Today, Sturm, Ruger & Company is particularly mindful of those
elements which have contributed to the creation of its success, and
extends heartfelt thanks to its many loyal employees and customers.
A current catalog of Ruger firearms is available free upon request to
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., Southport, CT 06890
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WHY NO WARRANTY CARD HAS BEEN
PACKED WITH THIS NEW RUGER FIREARM
The Magnuson-Moss Act (Public Law 93-637) does not require any
seller or manufacturer of a consumer product to give a written
warranty. It does provide that if a written warranty is given, it must be
designated as “limited” or as “full” and sets minimum standards for a
“full” warranty. Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has elected not to
provide any written warranty, either “limited” or “full”, rather than to
attempt to comply with the provisions of the Magnuson-Moss Act and
the regulations issued thereunder. There are certain implied warranties
under state law with respect to sales of consumer goods. As the extent
and interpretation of these implied warranties varies from state to
state, you should refer to your state statutes. Sturm, Ruger &
Company wishes to assure its customers of its continued interest in
providing service to owners of Ruger firearms.
STURM, RUGER & Company, Inc.
Southport, Connecticut 06890 U.S.A.
www.ruger.com
Arms Makers For Responsible Citizens®
A COPY OF THE INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR ANY RUGER
FIREARM IS AVAILABLE FROM THE FACTORY FREE ON REQUEST, OR IT MAY
BE DOWNLOADED FROM OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.RUGER.COM.
THESE INSTRUCTION MANUALS CONTAIN IMPORTANT
WARNINGS WHICH MUST BE UNDERSTOOD
BEFORE USING THESE FIREARMS.
“10/17,” “22/45,” “Model 96,” “Gold Label,” ”P90,” “P91,” “P93,” “P94,” “P95,” “P97,” “P345,” and
“Target Grey” are RUGER TRADEMARKS. “RUGER,” THE STURM, RUGER LOGO, “Arms Makers For
Responsible Citizens,” “10/22,” “All-Weather,” “Bearcat,” “Blackhawk,” “GP-100,” “M77,” “Mini Thirty,”
“Mini-14,” “Old Army,” “P85,” “Redhawk,” “77/17,” “77/22,” “77/44,” “77/50,” “SP101,” “Vaquero,”
“Single Six,” “Security-Six,” “Service-Six,” and “Speed-Six,” are REGISTERED U.S. TRADEMARKS.
“DEERFIELD” is a registered trademark of Blount, Inc.
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