The Ruger Redhawk may not be everyone’s favorite 44 Mag, but I find it to be a serious, powerful, accurate (for its class) and fully enjoyable double action revolver!! This high grade blue or stainless steel beast was among the world’s most powerful pistols during its introduction in 1979!
The Ruger Redhawk was first introduced to the world in 1979 by manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company and continues to be in production as of today. Primarily revered for its extended .44 Magnum cartridge, the Redhawk has over the years been designed to handle multiple types of cartridges in its extended six roundcylinder. These have included the .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .44 Special, .45 Colt and .454 Casull.
Their current lineup redefines the Redhawk as the Super Redhawk which includes 2 Alaskan models with a 2.5″ barrel and 2 Standard models with a 7.5″ barrel as well as the 9.5″ – each nearing about $1,000 US dollars. According to their website, the features include Ruger’s triple locking cylinder which is locked to the frame at the front, rear and bottom for a more dependable shot during continuous use, corrosion resistant stainless steel, the integral scope system with mounts machined directly on the frame and free scope rings, a powerful extended frame, RECOIL CUSHIONING HOGUE® TAMER™ MONOGRIP® with an internal recoil cushion positioned under the web of the hand to reduce the impact of powerful loads, dual chambering for .44 Magnum models, which also accept all factory .44 Special cartridges and .454 Casull models, as well as .45 Colt cartridges.
Starting with the Alaskan models, the overall length is 7.62″ and weigh 41 to 44 ounces. The standard models range from 13″ and 53 ounces to 15″ and 58 ounces.
I had the privilege of firing off a 7.5″ barreled .44 Magnum Ruger Redhawk with the adjustable front and rear sights. At 53 ounces, the pistol felt firm and heavy yet manageable and comfortably assuring. I fired this pistol with and without a scope, and have to admit that firing it without the scope gives me better accuracy and makes me feel closely connected with my target. The detonation of each shot feels explosive and exhilarating, the recoil makes me feel alive, and the accuracy of each roundconnecting with its destiny greets me with feelings of mastery and elation.
It is the Ruger Redhawk that epitomizes the .44 Magnum experience for me. I would find it to be an especially interesting lineup in anyone’s firearm collection, which would consist first of a .38 Special then this .44 Magnum.