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Ruger Redhawk 8 Shot .357 Magnum

Ruger Redhawk

The newly introduced 8-Shot .357 Magnum Ruger Redhawk represents visible proof that reports of the revolvers’ demise have been greatly exaggerated. “What more can be written about a .357Magnum revolver?” I ask for a chance to explain. Eight-rounds of .357Magnum in a reliable package will entice many back to the revolver fold.

The oversized stainless steel cylinder clearly showing more than six holes is a clue — something out of the ordinary is going on in revolver land with the new Redhawk. Ruger handguns are notorious for being overbuilt able to digest the hottest loads of a particular caliber without a hiccup. With its 2.75″ barrel the .357Mag Redhawk could be confused as “snubby” on steroids if only looking at the specification sheet. This will be debunked as soon as the squat 44 oz. Redhawk is picked up.

What the Ruger Redhawk .357Mag offers is simplicity and ruggedness combined with an upgrade over the normal six rounds associated with revolvers. Revolver aficionados have always laid claim to reliability as a defining feature. In a nutshell, some individuals are just more comfortable carrying a revolver. With the eight-shot .357Magnum Redhawk, revolver advocates now have a weapon with the same capacity as the legendary 1911.

The Ruger’s single-action trigger measured a crisp 5.5 lbs. using a RCBS trigger gauge with no creep and the double-action at 13 lbs. with no stacking evident. Ruger’s use of a single spring mechanism is the reason behind this. The Redhawk has a triple locking cylinder maintains alignment with the heaviest of loads. The lack of side plates further contributes to stout Ruger lore. Ruger chose not to relieve any material from the exterior of the cylinder feeling this was prudent after boring out eight holes in the hunk of metal. A patented transfer bar mechanism provides mechanical insurance against accidental discharge if dropped.

As with most things related to firearms, handgun selection is a personal decision often based more on intuition than fact based reasoning. The Ruger Redhawk 8-shot .357Magnum is a viable personal defense handgun that levels the playing field between revolvers and semi-automatic handguns. The Redhawk is no “snubby” and should be thought of as an equal to the 1911 and various other single stack magazine handguns currently on the market.

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