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    Birds head Vaquero

    I've never shot with a bird's head grip before, and It looks like Ruger has quit making the Vaqueros with these.

    I recently ran across a Ruger Vaquero in .38/.357 in a town a couple of hours north of me for about $100 more than my local shop will sell the standard gripped gun.

    It looks like I'll be heading that direction again soon. Since I'm in the marked for a NMV, I was wondering if the Bird's Head would be worth the extra $100.

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    Thanks.

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    ... Besides the "looks cool" factor.

    Easier to shoot?

    Harder to shoot?

    Best for people with only three fingers?

    WM
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    The birdshead grip doesn't suit my style of shooting, nor does the round butt of a Smith.

    I find that the flare of the grip aids me in supporting the gun's weight much better and provides me with a steadier hold.

    The advantage I've found to the rounded butt is that it does conceal better under a coat or vest, not "printing" as does a squared off butt.

    I've found that without the support of the flared backstrap, I tend to point low in getting off fast shots. My preference has been the Super Blackhawk grip for deliberate, two-hand shots, and the Blackhawk (not the older Colt style) grip better for duellest style shooting.

    This my preferences. You may discover differently.

    Bob Wright

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    Is the one you found like this one except in .357/.38? This one is a hoot to shoot, short barrel and all!
    By the way, the best feeling grip (to me) I've ever found in a single action is the Bisley, hands down!

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    Doc Holiday put Johnny Ringo down with one. (Tombstone) WM you got to have one as they are so cool. I can't beleive that Ruger quit making them. You never see them around here.

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    I had a birdshead Vaquero in .45C when they first came out and traded it off. Last week I found another and grabbed it really quick. When I fired Cowboy Action rounds in it the gun was a dream. It didn't flop around and get hard to control. I carry it in a "Huckleberry rig" as a second CASS revolver and I intend to get a belt holster and carry it there in my "normal" life.

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