New Model Super Blackhawk Revolver
(Includes Bisley Models and 50th Anniversary Model)
Caliber: 44 Magnum
Beginning Serial Number: Years of Production:
81-12401 1974
81-32451 1975
81-61051 1976
81-93201 1977
82-27551 1978
82-82146 1979
83-41251 1980
83-90986 1981
84-43801 1982
84-77993 1983
84-98349 1984
85-03813 1985
85-43060 1986
85-65531 1987
85-85102 1988
85-92143 1989
86-15257 1990
86-35272 1991
86-42411 1992
86-51210 1993
86-64126 1994
86-70153 1995
86-77973 1996
86-95500 1997
87-09291 1998
87-18051 1999
87-29057 2000
87-37797 2001
87-46479 2002
87-54202 2003
87-57021 2004
87-60801 2005
87-64181 2006
87-69092 2007
87-72368 2008
87-76669 and SB-00001* 2009
87-81642 2010
87-87786 2011
88-38281 ** 2012
88-43016 2013
88-60000 2014

* 50th Anniversary Model

** New Model Super Blackhawk revolvers rollmarked with New Model Super Blackhawk Hunter revolvers beginning in 2012.

The above chart shows the approximate first serial number shipped for the indicated year. This number should be used as a point of reference only. It is not necessarily the very first serial number shipped, but it can be used to determine the approximate year your Ruger firearm was shipped.

Ruger does not produce firearms in serial number order. There are occasions when blocks of serial numbers have been manufactured out of sequence, sometimes years later. Also, within a model family the same serial number prefix may be used to produce a variety of different models, all in the same block of serial numbers. And in some cases, models may be stored for a length of time before they are shipped.

For details on your specific serial number you may contact our Service Departments:
• Rifles, Shotguns, Revolvers: 603-865-2442
• Pistols: 928-541-8892

For serial numbers manufactured prior to our electronic records, or for an official letter confirming the details on your firearm please download and mail in the Request for Letter of Authenticity form.