This week Sturm, Ruger announced that their popular Redhawk line, which from its inception 35 years ago has defined large-bore wheelguns, has resumed production of the popular six shooter in .45 Long Colt-- and it accepts .45ACP as well.
Introduced in 1980, the Redhawk built on Bill Ruger's proven Security Six and Single Six, popular military and police style revolvers with standard 4-inch barrels chambered in .38/.357, but super-sized them to come in .41 and above.
As a one up on the competition, the frame is a one-piece investment casting to which the trigger group, swing out cylinder, and hammer was affixed to. Not only did this simplify production, but also it gave a more solid feel to the gun. A unique single spring mechanism that used a music wire coil spring for both hammer and trigger allowed for a smooth, light trigger pull. The cylinder double locked to the frame at the rear, and bottom at set up to help keep the timing regular shot after shot. A transfer bar safety system kept the gun from going off when the hammer was carried down on a loaded chamber, which is always nice to have. On top of this, a crane latch held the cylinder rock-steady to the frame, giving it a triple-locking cylinder.
Originally just offered in .44 Spl/Magnum, within a few years it was also offered in .41 (1984-91) and .45 LC (98-2005) while the Super Redhawk, introduced later came in bear-busting .454 Casul and .480 Ruger.
However, its been a decade since there has been a .45 caliber Redhawk. Until this weekend, anyway, and this, one is somewhat unique.
Rollout of the .45LC/ACP
"The Redhawk has been one of the flagship revolvers in the Ruger line for 35 years, and this is the first time we have produced a Redhawk capable of shooting both a revolver caliber and pistol caliber from the same cylinder," said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and COO in a statement obtained by Ruger Talk. "Customers will not only find this revolver to be attractive, but also very utilitarian for a number of shooting applications."
The new model, with a distinctive round butt styling, accepts either the traditional .45 Long Colt, which dates back to adoption by the U.S. Army in 1873, as well as the standard .45ACP designed by John Moses Browning to chamber in his Colt 1911-- the standard U.S. military pistol for three-quarters of the 20th Century.
To easily load and carry the latter, the gun comes from the factory with a set of three full-moon clips that hold six rounds at the ready.
This concept dates back to the M1917 .45ACP revolvers of the U.S. Army in World War I and, if you haven't ever used them, they make loading and reloading lighting fast.
Good news for Canadian Ruger fans as the gun comes standard with a 4.2 inch, half-lug barrel that allows importation. The gun comes in just one standard model for now, a full-sized stainless revolver with lasered hardwood grips.
Let's look at those specs:
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Satin Stainless
Front Sight: Ramp
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Barrel Length: 4.2"
Overall Length: 9.50"
Weight: 44.00 oz.
Grips: Lasered Hardwood
Twist: 1:16" RH
MA Approved & Certified: No CA Approved: No
Suggested Retail: $1029.00 (likely less from your local gun shop)
Jeff Quinn over at Gunblast seems to really dig it.