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Ruger Vaquero chambered in 40 S&W and .38-40

Ruger Vaquero chambered in 40 S&W and .38-40

What's wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

I went shooting with friend and fellow gun writer William yesterday afternoon and he brought along the un-possible.

Here’s a Ruger Vaquero. No big deal, they’re pretty common. If you haven’t seen one, they’re beautiful single action pistols. I was a little surprised as Williams is a complete and total .40 S&W caliber nut. He doesn’t own anything that’s not chambered in .40 S&W. While he won’t admit it, I think his trap shotgun is secretly chambered in .40 S&W.

Anyway, after pulling this beauty out of its case, he proceeded to open a box of Winchester .40 S&W practice rounds. Huh? Usually he knows his way around a handgun, but today maybe not.

With all the unusual things manufacturers stamp on their guns these days, here's one you don't see often.

With all the unusual things manufacturers stamp on their guns these days, here’s one you don’t see often.

Turns out he got his hands on a special edition model chambered in .38-40 and .40 S&W. Like the Ruger Single Six .22LR / .22 Magnum conversion, this one comes with two cylinders for those respective calibers.

Fun? Yep.

Why? Why not?

Cabelas has one in their Wisconsin store


  1. Good cool find. A few months ago, I bought a used (hardly) Vaquero Convertible (not the “New”) with the .45 Long Colt and .45 ACP cylinders. Love the .45LC, and all I need to do now is bring a few boxes of reasonably plentiful .45ACPs and shoot my 1911 and the Vaquero and have a Fun day ay the range. I also have a Blackhawk Convertible with .38/.357 and 9mm cylinders….Inexpensive shooting with the 9mm option.

  2. Don’t forget the venerable Blackhawk in 9mm / .38 spec -. 357 magnum for a ‘multi-caliber’ revolver.

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