Ruger Grip Frame Removal
"I Want To Be A Gunsmith" - Part 1
By: Chris Whisler
This tutorial is for the folks that haven't a clue about gunsmithing but need to get their grip frame off of their Ruger because being the artistic nut that I am, I won't fit your new custom grips without it.
Do this over a table with good lighting. Kitchen tables make great workshop areas as they have handy access to refrigerators, comfy chairs and even a sink to clean dirty gun and car parts in. Married guys might want to wait and do this when the wife isn't at home.
The instructions and photos below are for a New Model Ruger but the procedure is basically the same for other Ruger single actions. Photos are of a 50th Anniversary Ruger with NEW XR3 grip frame.
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Ruger Grip Frames
Over the years Ruger has used different grip frames for their single actions. Below you will find information for some of the more popular Ruger grip frames that Chris makes grips for. You can contact us if you need further assistance identifying your Ruger grip frame type.
Year Grip Frame Gun
1953 to 1962 XR3 Single Six, Flattop Blackhawks
1962 to 1973 XR3-RED Single Six, Super Single Six, Old Army
1972 to Present XRN-3RED Single Six, Blackhawk, Vaquero
2004 to Present NEW XR3 New Vaquero, Anniversary Blackhawks