Bisley Vaquero

Ruger Bisley Vaquero

The Ruger Bisley Vaquero is a large-frame single-action revolver chambered in .357 Mag. and .45 Colt. The Bisley Vaquero shares a similar design with the standard Vaquero revolver, a competitive cowboy gun introduced in 1993 (“vaquero” actually means cowboy in Spanish), but it has a few different features.

Ruger’s Bisley revolvers tend to have longer standard barrel lengths and high-end grips. The Bisley Vaquero’s barrel is 5.5″, about an inch longer than the standard model, and has Ivory grips. The Bisley Vaquero gets its name from the notable Bisley rifle range located in Surrey, England. Surrey is the current home of the UK’s National Rifle Association.

The Vaquero is equipped with features that are supposed to give it an authentic cowboy feel like a notch rear sight that looks like a groove and a fixed front sight, a pre-1962 steel grip frame, and a crescent shaped ejector rod.

Otherwise the Vaquero features high-gloss stainless steel construction. The Vaquero is equipped with an internal lock located beneath the right grip panel. Another up-to-date safety feature is the transfer bar, which allows users to carry the weapon fully loaded because the bar blocks the hammer from striking the firing pin if the weapon is dropped. However, users of the Vaquero have commonly complained of transfer bar failures and breaks.

Ruger recommends the Bisley Vaquero for competitive cowboy shooting.

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