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bowen redhawk. please look

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by boots, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. boots

    boots Well-Known Member


    No. RD02 ‘Alpine’ A handy companion for fishermen and hunters who require a simple, no-nonsense gun that is tough enough to handle heavy hunting loads that discourage bears and other pests. Available in any standard Redhawk caliber. Modifications include: action/trigger tune with hammer nose refitted for maximum firing pin protrusion, barrel cut to 4 inches, round-butt grip-frame and reshaped factory grip, bevel cylinder in the Colt black powder style.

    RD02 (stainless) $650.00
    RD02B (blue) $725.00

    do the prices reflect the price of services done to a customer supplied redhawk, oor do the prices above include a new redhawk.?
  2. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    As far as I'm aware, these prices are for the gunsmithing alone - you supply the gun.
  3. boots

    boots Well-Known Member

    thanks again

    preacherman... info much appreciated. BTW... WOW that's quite expensive to get a grip reshaped, and barrel cut. different strokes for different folks.
  4. Robert inOregon

    Robert inOregon Well-Known Member

    Artist in this business are not going to go hungry anytime soon. And they deserve every penny too.
  5. boots

    boots Well-Known Member

    no offense intended.

    i do agree that mr. bowen's work is exquisite.. did i spell that right?
  6. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    There's all different levels of 'smithing.

    You can get any ol' body to whack 2" off the tube, take a file to the backstrap and drop some Wolff springs in for a hunnerd or two dollars.

    Mr. Bowen will do a job that will leave you wondering why Ruger didn't make it this way in the first place, and charge commensurately.

    If you're really, really lucky, you may have a guy locally that'll do 80% of Hamilton Bowen's work for 20% more money than Toothless Joe would've charged you.

    If you find a yet-to-be-discovered smith like that, he is a pearl of great price...
  7. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    I can assure you guys that to do the kind of cut down work you see on Rugers, there is a about 25 hours of machine work and hand fitting...

    Whats that worth...??

  8. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member

    Oh, I dunno... The last Super Redhawk "snubby" I saw had what looked like five minutes worth of hacksaw work on it. ;)

    (Guy brought it in for repairs because the superglued front sight fell off. Quelle surprise. :rolleyes: )
  9. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    Ah but Tam, ma chere, there is le difference between le art and le hack...

  10. boots

    boots Well-Known Member


    i hope there is no misunderstanding, because it seems that some think that i am bashing mr. bowen's work. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. his pistols are beautiful, but i expected the price to include the gun. when i found out it didn't, the price seemed that much more expensive to me. HIS WORK IS GREAT, i personally can't afford it is all.
  11. Lloyd Smale

    Lloyd Smale Well-Known Member

    I have people all the time look at my linebaughs and shake there heads at how plain jane they lood for the money but after they handle and shoot them there trying to sell there soul to buy one. Mr Bowen is a artist and a Gentleman. His work is probably the best in the industry and actually a bargin for the hours he spends on a gun. I have had the local hack type guns too. But now I just save my money and even if it takes a couple years to come up with it I get it done right. I figure those types of guns will be with you the rest of your life and the pride of having something that is done right is well worth the price.
  12. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    If I were going to have a Ruger customized, I'd at least have the so-called "safety" billboard taken off the barrel. Yuch!
  13. Walosi

    Walosi Well-Known Member

    Everything said about Mr. Bowens' work is well deserved, and he is indeed an artist. My late friend Deacon Deason (Bear Hug Grips) once said that Hams' guns were boring - nothing but "bang, bullseye", over and over, all day long.
  14. Robert inOregon

    Robert inOregon Well-Known Member

    Understand. Just to put this all into perspective. A new Red Hawk cost about $450-$490 all by itself. Average cost for a gun smith to operate a lathe or milling machine is about seventy-five dollars an hour. Two hundred and fifty dollars does not buy much custom work today. Just the cost to rerifle a barrel like the gun pictured cost about that much all by itself. Let alone all the other work, fitting and finish. Not cheap to make something real special.

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