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Ruger® Single Action Revolvers


Ruger® Single Action Revolvers

Bob Dunlap takes you through the design, function, and repair of Bill Ruger®s wildly popular revolver, using a cut-a way gun so that you can actually see the parts function and interaction. Included are tips on how to spot and correct common problems. If you want the quick course on how to get the worlds most popular Single Action Revolver apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the long course, look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)

Among the items covered are:


  • History and origins of Sturm, Ruger® Firearms Co. in 1949
  • The Ruger® Standard Auto, the gun that made the company into a successful business
  • 1953, their first revolver, the Single Six, flat loading gate and all
  • 1955 saw the first center fire, the Blackhawk®, and the small .22 Rim fire Bearcat®
  • Super Blackhawk®, large frame .44 Remington Magnum, debuts in 1959
  • 1960 sees debut of .44 Mag Deer slayer semi-auto carbine
  • In 1963 the Hawkeye® single shot on a Blackhawk® frame arrives in .256 Winchester Magnum
  • Ruger®s most successful design, the 10/22® hits the market
  • In 1973 the famous new model Blackhawk®s arrived, the first six guns safe to carry with 6 rounds
  • Various kinds of firearms follow
  • 1992 the Ruger Vaquero® arrives
  • Various Blackhawk® and Single Six models shown

Safety Conversion Unit

  • Differences between the old & new models
  • How the transfer bar works
  • Weaknesses of the original Colt design
  • A cautionary tale
  • Ruger® brings out a conversion unit for the old model single actions
  • Who originally invented the transfer bar
  • Ruger® wants all old models sent to them for conversion at no charge
  • Original parts will be returned to you
  • Loading gate and loading notch on hammer work as originally designed

Design & Function

  • Visual demonstration of the interaction of all parts during the firing cycle
  • How opening the loading gate releases the cylinder stop
  • Explanation and demonstration of how the base pin plunger allows the transfer bar to work
  • See how the hand does its job, the two stage operation
  • A clear explanation and demonstration of how the hammer and trigger interact with the transfer bar
  • Why the hand spring is a much superior design than that of the Colt


  • Extensive disassembly, parts not removed have removal described, including firing pin

Cleaning & Lubrication

  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use


  • Making sure you have no parts left over
  • Disassembly and reassembly of an old model with the conversion unit
  • Repairing an over-tightened grip panel

Common Problems/Repairs

  • Subject revolver has rotational play, end shake, and times up slow (what these mean, and how to correct them)
  • Correcting the end shake, it is not easy, but this is how you do it
  • How to correct the rotational slop
  • Ruger® springs are designed for Ruger®s, stay away from aftermarket springs other than Wolfe
  • Be careful of trigger jobs, since most Ruger® hammer/sear engagement are negative. They must be positive if you do a trigger job. If you do not understand positive and negative engagement angles, get the Trigger Course
  • Correcting the timing issue, stretching the point

If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Ruger® single action revolver owner, or someone who intends to be.

How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.

Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.

Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.

Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.

What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more! 

Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"

Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.

What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.  

What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!    

Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.