In the late 1970s, Ruger hired Harry Sefried (formerly of High Standard Manufacturing) to design the company’s first big bore double-action revolver.
Taking many of its cues from the successful Security-Six, the Redhawk debuted in 1979 and has been in production ever since.
Built to withstand the pressures generated by full power .44 Mag. loads, the Redhawk has been a favorite with handloaders who like to shoot extra hot ammunition. Various configurations include blued and stainless-steel models with barrel lengths ranging from 4.20” to 7.50″.
This year Ruger released a new dual-caliber model chambered to fire .45 Colt and .45 ACP.