This one shipped in March, 1965. I can't figure out why, but someone polished and blued the hammer. Hopefully they didn't take the casehardening off the notches. It shoots the mid-range stuff well, but it's been a quite a few years since I've shot it, now it's just sits sad and alone in the safe. These grips came on the gun when I bought it, but they're not original.
I can't find it online, but remember a picture of Bill Jordan holding a 57 or 58 high on the grip. It looked like my hands holding on to a Model 10.
I think the main problem, besides the whole "police load vs. hunting load" issue that also reared its head during the 10mm days, was the size of the gun. From what I understand, those departments that already had big frame .357s weren't the ones moving to 58s --- it was those with .38s. Now you had a much heavier service weapon that, even with the police load, kicked harder.
There was a local guy selling a nickel 58 that I probably should have bought. Can't get 'em all
Yes, I believe you are right about the SF PD; also either the Dallas or San Antonio PD.
The .41 was authorized by Police Commissioner Orlando Wilson in Chicago and a number of
patrolmen carried them. One told me how his comrades, who didn't look close, just assumed
it was a standard Model 10.
I bought the first Ruger Blackhawk I seen in .41 mag. (about 1971??). My buddy had a .44 mag super blackhawk. We shot them side by side. Mine kicked harder and recoiled higher than his. That was almost fifty years ago and I cant remember what loads we both had so that could have been the difference.
Decades ago, a friend of mine told me about bear hunting in Alaska. He said that after shooting a charging bear (I think a Grizzly) three times with his high power rifle before it jammed, he dropped the rifle and shot the bear with his 41 mag when it was within a few feet of him. He lived to tell about it.
Nice find! I've had both the 57 and 58, both were blued guns with 4" barrels. The 58's are hard to come by in Canada. I let mine go to buy Colt's! Lol, I do miss the 58 for sure. Cozmo started the .41 Special discussion the other day and it reminded me that I had planned to load and run .41 Specials in that 58 before I foolishly let it go. It wasn't two days after that .41 Special thread went up that I missed a 58 for cheap! I guess I'm back on the hunt for one.