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The Ruger Redhawk, and the Ruger Super Redhawk is a double-action, six-round revolver that comes in a variety of magnum loadings.

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Variants

  • The Ruger Redhawk is available in .357 Magnum/.38 Special, .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum/.44 Special and .45 Long Colt. It also comes in various finishes such as either blued or Stainless Steel and barrel lengths.
  • The Ruger Super Redhawk comes in larger .44 Magnum, .454 Casull and .480 Ruger calibers and has integral scope mounts and barrel lengths of 7.5“, 9.5”, and 21“ long.
  • The Super Redhawk Alaskan is meant to be a competitor to the S&W 500ES coming out in the same 3 calibers (plus .45 Long Colt fits in the .454 Casull. It has a 2 1/2” barrel, holds fives shots and lacks a scope mount.

Appeal to Survivalists

Any stout magnum rated revolver is able to handle quite a bit of abuse and still keep functioning. The advantages of dual calibers in the case of .357 Mag/.38 Spec, .44 Mag/.44 Spec, and .454 Casull/.45 Long Colt also means that these pistols can keep on digesting ammunition when those limited to a single caliber run dry. Additionally large calibers work well with handloaded black powder rounds using homemade lead bullets, not significantly reducing their lethality like the smaller calibers do.

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References

Ruger Redhawk

Ruger Redhawk Ruger Redhawk 300gr groups.jpg Redhawk with 5.5 inch barrel

Type Revolver

Place of origin United States

Production history

Manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company

Produced 1979-present

Specifications

Weight 3.0625 lb (1.386 kg)

Length 9.5-13 inches

Barrel length

   4 inch (102 mm)
   5.5 inch
   7.5 inch

Cartridge

   .38 Special
   .357 Magnum
   .41 Magnum
   .44 Special
   .44 Magnum
   .45 Colt

Action Single and Double action

Feed system Six round cylinder

Sights iron sights (adjustable rear)

The Ruger Redhawk is a double action / single action large frame revolver that was first introduced in 1979 by Sturm, Ruger & Company. Made from high grade steel, it is available with either a blued or stainless steel finish. The Redhawk is reinforced to handle extra stress, making it very popular for use by handloaders as it handles the hottest of Magnum loads with ease. In addition, the cylinder, itself, is longer than most competitors', allowing ammunition to be loaded to a longer overall length. This allows for either increased powder capacity, heavier (and therefore longer) bullets without compromising the powder load, or a combination of both. Custom ammunition manufacturers even have loads made specifically for Ruger revolvers that cannot fit in shorter chambers or revolvers of weaker construction (such as the Smith & Wesson). This makes the Redhawk popular as a bear defense gun among hunters and trappers.

Contents

1 Design and construction

2 Success of the Redhawk

3 Problems with the Redhawk

4 References

5 Footnotes

6 External links

Design and construction

The Redhawk was the first large-bore double action revolver made by Ruger. It was designed by Harry Sefried who previously worked for High Standard Manufacturing Company where he designed the High Standard Sentinel revolver. The grip profile of the Sentinel was used on the “Six” line of Ruger .357 double action revolvers, which included the Speed Six, Security Six, and Service Six. These revolvers were produced from 1970 to 1988, and were unlike other double action revolvers in that they used a one piece frame, rather than a removable sideplate, which lent them superior strength. The Redhawk, introduced in 1980, was a scaled up and improved version of the Security Six, the target model, with a square butt grip, adjustable sights, and 5.5 and 7.5 inch barrel lengths. The Redhawk was available in blued or stainless steel, and was primarily used by handgun hunters. The Redhawk, designed for long term use with the heaviest .44 Magnum loads, included a new latch at the crane, to firmly lock the cylinder at front and rear, a feature last seen in the Smith & Wesson triple lock design, discontinued in 1915.[1]

The Ruger Redhawk uses modern coil springs design instead of old fashioned leaf springs that are found in most modern revolvers. The revolvers also used a single spring for both the hammer and the trigger, and this meant that the force required to pull the trigger was higher than similar offerings from other manufacturers, and there was no way to adjust or correct this as it was inherent in the single-spring design.[1]

The revolver has forward ramp sights with four different interchangeable sight inserts. The rear sights are fully adjustable featuring a white outline. The Redhawk is available with scope mounts and rings.[2]

The Redhawk holds six rounds of ammunition in its cylinder and until recently was available with a 4 inch, 5.5 inch, or 7.5 inch barrel. A 4.2 inch barrel was also recently added to accommodate the Canadian rules for minimum barrel length (the same was later done for the GP 100 revolver) When introduced it was only offered in .44 Magnum/.44 Special. Later on .41 Magnum, .357 Magnum/.38 Special, and .45 Colt were added to the lineup. Gradually options in chambering were pared down, and by 2007 the Redhawk was again only offered in .44 Magnum. However, in 2008 Sturm, Ruger & Co. once again began marketing the Redhawk in .45 Colt chambering.[3]

Success of the Redhawk

Despite plans to drop the Redhawk revolver with the introduction of the Super Redhawk, the Redhawk (with the barrel thread lubricant issue corrected) remains in production today.[2] Many shooters prefer the more classic lines of the Redhawk, especially those who do not plan to use a scope.[2]

Adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes carried a Redhawk on the 14 month long Fiennes-Burton Transglobal Expedition and used it to ward off a polar bear.[4]

Problems with the Redhawk

Newer Redhawk.JPG

During the mid-1980s, Ruger began to have reports of failures in the Redhawk revolvers.[2] Some Redhawks were reported to be separating at the junction between barrel and frame. It was not known at the time why this was happening; the Redhawk had been on the market for years with no reported problems, but Ruger decided to address the issue by extending the frame 2.5 inches past the cylinder face, all the way to the end of the ejector rod, to provide a massive surface into which to thread the barrel.[2] The extended frame also provided enough length to allow scope bases to be mounted on the frame, rather than on the barrel as was done on the scoped versions of the Redhawk.[2] It was determined that the barrel separations on the Redhawks were due to a change in the lubricant used when attaching the barrels to the frames, but by that time the new Super Redhawk design was already well underway and the extended frame was kept.[2]

References

Taffin, John (2006). “Ruger's Redhawk and Super Redhawk”. Gun Digest Book of the .44. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. pp. 193–198. ISBN 978-0-89689-416-7.

Wilson, R. L.; G. Allan Brown (2008). Ruger & His Guns: A History of the Man, the Company and Their Firearms. Book Sales, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7858-2103-8.

Footnotes

External links

History and Disassembly instructions of the Ruger Redhawk

http://www.gunblast.com/Ruger-Redhawk4.htm

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The Ruger Redhawk is a DA/SA, large-frame revolver that was first introduced in 1979 by Sturm, Ruger & Company. Made from high-grade steel, it is available in a stainless steel finish. The Redhawk is reinforced to handle extra stress, making it very popular for use by handloaders as it is able to handle both.45 Colt and .44 Magnum loads. In addition, the cylinder itself is longer than most competitors', allowing ammunition to be loaded to a longer overall length. This allows for either increased powder capacity, heavier (and therefore longer) bullets without compromising the powder load, or a combination of both. Custom ammunition manufacturers even have loads made specifically for Ruger revolvers that cannot fit in shorter chambers or revolvers of weaker construction (such as the Smith & Wesson Model 29). This makes the Redhawk popular as a bear defense gun among hunters and trappers.

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