View Full Version : Vaquero vs. Blackhawk Bisley
02-17-2012, 8:10 PM
I'm getting the itch for a Ruger revolver, and have been looking at the Vaquero and the Blackhawk Bisley-both are currently available in a convertible 45LC/45acp version (2 cylinders).
Problem is I have no experience with the Bisley grip style, and can't find one locally I can get my hands on.
Anyone have firsthand experience with the Bisley?
Which would you choose?
02-17-2012, 8:20 PM
I don't like the bisley grip feel or look.
I prefer the Vaquero and your caliber choice is perfect IMO. The Vaquero balances and feels really nice in 45 cal.
Smitty's right, the Bisley comes in handy with Monster loads but the "feel" is off for just plinking.
I have three Ruger Bisleys, the Colts and Berettas are a little different and the Freedom Arms grips (similar but not quite) are pretty well out of my price range but I like them.
02-17-2012, 9:07 PM
You really need to handle examples of each grip to know for sure which you prefer. I have a pair of New Vaqueros in 357/38 with the Bisley grips and they feel and shoot great for me. My wife has a gorgeous pair of Taylors 1873 clones, also 357/38, and they are perfect for her I just don't get a good feel with them. The Vaquero Bisley is a larger grip which I like, but the angle seems more natural in my hand, too. I found grip surface texture, smooth vs. checkered, made a surprisingly big difference in the feel of these revolvers as well.
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