My new 4-inch Ruger Redhawk !!!


April 8, 2007, 02:39 PM
Finally after all this time searching for a Ruger revolver,... any Ruger revolver, and I finally paid out my balance on this one yesterday. Once I got the chance to actually fiddle around with it for a bit I realized something,.... it is absolutely the best made revolver I have owned, or probably will own!!! I compared the cylinder lock-up to my Raging Bull. The Taurus lock-up is pathetically sloppy by comparison :barf: . I finally realize how Ruger got their reputation. The Raging Bull is in great danger of being sold. My .500 isn't going anywhere though ;) . Anybody in the market for a slightly used Tauri ???

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April 8, 2007, 02:51 PM
I've enjoyed Redhawks for years and just saw the 4" last week, I think I'll be buying one soon. You got a nice revolver, enjoy.

April 8, 2007, 02:51 PM
Where are the pics????? That is a sweet wheelgun! Yesterday I was torn between the 4'' redhawk or a 329pd. I'm a fan of having one's hand blown off, so I went the S&W route. Although next month I think I'll have to grab a 4'' hawk!!!!
Happy Blasting!

April 8, 2007, 03:05 PM
I'll post them when I go back and get my camera tomorrow. I don't want to post crappy cell phone pics, they don't do it justice.

April 8, 2007, 04:30 PM
What is the price range for the new 4-inch Redhawk? Here in Maryland prices tend to be higher than norm, but the local store is having a "sale" coming up. If their price is too high, I'll get one elsewhere in the state. I'm interested in a .44 mag.


April 8, 2007, 04:36 PM
Is it a .44 / 454 or both ??

April 8, 2007, 04:39 PM
I have a Smith & Wesson 686-1 in .357 w/ a 4 inch barrel full lug. One of my favorite/best shooter's in my collection.

April 8, 2007, 04:48 PM
44 mag/spl

April 8, 2007, 05:10 PM
It's a .44 magnum. Cost about $629 locally.

Jim March
April 8, 2007, 08:35 PM
Here's an interesting comparison:

Your Raging Bull has two cylinder lockup points, one at the crane and one behind the cylinder at the normal location for an S&W or similar. Controlled by two different switches.

Now open the cylinder of your Redhawk and look at the crane and the frame where it goes into, and hit the cylinder release button a couple times.

Spot it yet?

Your Ruger also has double lockup, but by way of a linkage running right through the cylinder, the ONE lockup release button controls both lockup points.

What Taurus needed two switches to accomplish, the Ruger pulls off with one. And they do it on the SP101, GP100, Redhawk and SuperRedHawk.

(I'm not certain about the older Service/Security series DA wheelguns...probably though, as the Redhawk is basically the old Service/Security gun "supersized".)


I also believe Ruger is simply making better guns lately. QC at Ruger has at times varied; somebody has decided to get this literally under control. They're still not at Freedom Arm's level but if they keep this up a while, I might be inclined to buy one new through one of the distributor programs sight-unseen. Right now I would only do that for an FA or Korth, and am still recommending personal pre-purchase inspection of any new Ruger, S&W, Taurus or lower grade.

When I bought my New Vaquero, I was only able to find blue specimens in the caliber I wanted (357). I settled for a blue gun I could hand-inspect versus special-order a stainless I couldn't.

That's still my recommendation for anybody. You can live with a gun that's a bit off from your first choice better than you can live with a gun that's mechanically "a bit off".

April 8, 2007, 08:56 PM
I have wondered about QC on Ruger lately. Looking at some recent vintage Vaqueros and Blackhawks and other SA revolvers, I was noticing a less than satisfactory fit of the grips to the gun, with daylight showing through between the back of the frame and the grips. I figured that would be a great way for dirt and gunk to get through into the internal works.

Have they addressed that problem yet?

The Doc is out now. :cool:

Jim March
April 8, 2007, 11:43 PM
Haven't seen that myself, and the grip panel fit on my New Vaq is impeccable.

April 8, 2007, 11:57 PM
just for clarification....redhawks, gp100's, and sp101's have three lock-up points, not two.

Jim March
April 9, 2007, 12:50 AM
Right, when you count the cylinder latch. But that's not something the user disengages to release the cylinder :).

But yeah, all revolvers halt the cylinder spin via the latch underneath.

April 20, 2007, 03:58 AM
Well here it is,....... now all I need is the .454 Alaskan :) .

April 20, 2007, 10:42 PM
That brings back memories. I sold a customized 4" Redhawk about 10 years ago when I went through a lay off. Sold some of my best arms then: the RH, an AR15, a SIG P229 and M1A. That really hurt.

After i get a couple more Glocks then the Redhawk 4" is on my to buy list along with another GP100.

As a side note I was handling a new S&W 329 4" and a used 629 classic 6". Both had excellent triggers. And WOW! is that 329 light! That is pretty nice. It would be a joy to pack around in the mountains, but for overall durability and banging around I will go with the 4" RH.

Congrats on a fine workhorse of a handdgun!

April 20, 2007, 11:48 PM
Ruger used to ahve a small pic of a blued 4" with Ivory grips in the custom grip section of their catalogue. Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!, always wanted one of those!

April 21, 2007, 06:35 PM
You tell me what kinda Taurus it is, and what price, and maybe. NICE Ruger! A little small-ish for the round it shoots for my tastes, but mmmmm.....looks nice! Good find.

P. Plainsman
April 22, 2007, 12:30 AM
Yeah, that's a mean looking hunk of (BOOOOM!) sixgun. Good stuff. Let us know how it shoots.

Big Mike
April 22, 2007, 02:57 AM
I just read about them in the latest Combat Handguns. I would like one as well. Congrats.

April 22, 2007, 04:45 PM
just for clarification....redhawks, gp100's, and sp101's have three lock-up points, not two.

Actually I would think it would be four lockup points as the pawl remains up until the trigger is reset. No?

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