A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, February 16, 2009

Delusions of Fitzgerald

Ruger Redhawk 3" 3 inch 44mag 44 special
A custom shop conversion of a redhawk #500 251xx. made 1983. 26 years old and very tight. perfect lock up, bore is excellent. has had mild trigger job done right, not overdone (no pushover). grips are real nice. exterior finish is very nice but has been cleaned up at one time. These conversions, sometimes called FitZgerald, named after the colt employee who pioneered them, are designed for people with large fingers and for circumstances where one might want to fire thru a coat pocket without removing the gun from the pocket but yet have quick and easy access to the trigger. A fun gun, gets lots of attention in the gun case or at gun shows which means they are usually easy to sell.
Yeah, I bet they will be standing in line for that.

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8 Comments:

Blogger lee n. field said...

Shouldn't you be saving that for, you know, ugly gun day?

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Grant Cunningham said...

Hey, you didn't look at his other auctions - this one is better:

http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=122603767

I like how the barrel was chopped in the middle of the Lawyer Lettering. Very classy.

Another gun from Bubba's (Dremel) Custom Shop!

5:27 PM  
Blogger nature223 said...

I've handled a true fitz....that??
that is one ugly abortative attempt at attaining greatness,it's tooooo clunky,chunky,and never will have as nice a trigger as that colt new service leaf sprung fitz I handled years back.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Douglas Hester said...

I'm not putting that into my pocket.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Mr.Potato said...

at 44 magnum the exposed point by the trigger could do a nice 'carving' job to your hands.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Do you want to weep?

There was a 5-screw "Outdoorsman" postwar Pre-23 that had been "Fitz-ed" at a pawn shop back in TN. Even though they wanted only(!) four bills for it, it sat for almost three years. Every time I looked at it, I nearly cried: Barrel chopped to 3", trigger guard cut away, the work had been nicely done and the trigger was quite tolerable... all with a square butt and big ol' Sure-Snag sights.

If it had been maybe $50 or $75 cheaper, I'd have tried to rescue it: RB it and put some C&S "Extreme Duty" rears on it... But they never would budge on the sticker. I guess they felt bad when they realized how badly I'd burned them on that Pre-37 with correct box that I bought for $200...

(WV: "resawh" No, they only sawed the trigger guard once, but it was enough...)

11:36 PM  
Blogger Mark Horning said...

Any bets on whether the "Ruger Custom Shop" would take the liability of cutting away a trigger guard?

Didn't think so.

Oh wait, Ruger does not have a "Custom Shop" other than a custom engraving shop. No gunsmithing other than repair and warranty service.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That conversion was reccomended by Captain Fairbairn of the Shanghai police before WWII. State of the art, for 1930. I'll pass.

2:13 PM  

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