I finally found an old model Super Blackhawk in pristine condition. It was built in 1972, which isn't long before the new models were introduced with the transfer bar. To me, the old model SBH may be the nicest of the Blackhawk series. The finish was really stepped up over the standard Blackhawk back then. Its a beautiful polished blue. Only the original Super Blackhawks and the very early New Model SBHs wore this finish. I don't believe it was ever offered on the standard Blackhawk or any other Ruger for that matter. The Super Blackhawk in 44mag was introduced in 1959, which was about four years after the original Blackhawk was introduced and three years after the 44magnum version of the Blackhawk was introduced. The smaller and lighter Blackhawk was a beast to shoot with the heaviest 44mag loads. After listening to their customers (including Elmer Keith), Ruger designed a larger, heavier Blackhawk with a larger frame, a heavier, unfluted cylinder, and a redesigned grip/trigger guard. They labeled this new gun the Super Blackhawk and it proved to be a huge success for Ruger. So much so, that they decided to completely drop the original 44mag Blackhawk in 1962 (Ruger actually offered both for a few years). At any rate, this example is absolutely mint. I don't think it saw much use whatsoever. The action is incredibly nice. As many know, I much prefer the action on the 3 screw models and this is one of the nicest I've felt on one. The grips are nearly perfect, though the very bottom of the grip frame is scraped slightly. People like to rest these revolvers on something when they shoot them, which causes this sort of thing. That's pretty much the only mark on the gun. I love the wide trigger. I also own a New Model SBH of the same barrel length, but it does not have the wide trigger. Does anyone have an opinion on my latest revolver? Who has one? Any thoughts on the Super Blackhawk in general (new or old)? As always, please enjoy the pics and share you thoughts. Thanks! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!