Ruger Redhawk / Super Redhawk

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Ruger Redhawk, Stainless steel - .44 Magnum.
Ruger Redhawk, Blued steel - .44 Magnum

The Ruger Redhawk is a large frame double action revolver, based on Ruger's Security Six line. Available in both blued and Stainless Steel finish, the Redhawk is distinguishable from other revolvers due to its intentionally manufactured reinforcements in the frame, chamber and cylinder, making it capable of taking very hot custom hand loads. This design feature was done to cater to the custom loaders, ever searching for more powerful handgun cartridges. At the time of its introduction, 1979, it was the most powerful handgun in the world, being that it could take the .44 Magnum cartridge, custom loaded to maximize velocity. Such 'hot' loads were not recommended for any of the other .44 magnum handguns at the time, including the venerable Smith & Wesson Model 29/629. Since then other larger calibers and handguns have been introduced.

In 1987, Ruger released the Super Redhawk, based on the GP-100 revolver. Unlike the original Redhawk, the frame extends out an additional 2 1/2" to allow for the mounting of a scope. Since it's introduction, Ruger has pared back the original Redhawk line to the .44 Magnum and .45 Colt cartridges, with the larger chamberings only offered in the Super Redhawk.


Ruger Redhawk


(1979 - present)

Type: Revolver

Barrel Lengths: 4 inch, 5.5 inch and 7.5 inch

Caliber: .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .45 Long Colt, .454 Casull, .480 Ruger

Capacity: 6 round cylinder

Fire Modes: SA/DA revolver

The Ruger Redhawk can be seen in the following films and video games used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Tremors Michael Gross Burt Gummer 1990
Tremors Robert Jayne Melvin 1990
If Looks Could Kill Michael Siberry Derek Richardson 1991
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Daniel Baldwin Alexander 1991
Snake Eater III: His Law Minor Mustain Cowboy 1992
Point Blank Danny Trejo Wallace 1998
Point Blank Werner Schreyer Billy 1998
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Danny Huston Col. William Stryker 2009


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Law & Order Shooting range patron "Trust" (S02E15) 1992
The Stand Adam Storke Larry Underwood 1994
Firefly Joel Steingold Head Cop "Safe" (S01E05) 2002
Falling Skies - Season 3 Colin Cunningham John Pope "Be Silent and Come Out" (S03E06) 2011 - present

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Jurassic Park: Trespasser 1998

Ruger Super Redhawk

Ruger Super Redhawk - .44 Magnum
Ruger Super Redhawk with 9 1/2" barrel - .45 Long Colt and .454 Casull


Title Actor Character Note Date
Hard Boiled Anthony Wong Johnny Wong 1992
Another Stakeout Miguel Ferrer Tony Castellano . 1993
Police Academy 7 David Graf Eugene Tackleberry 1994
Men in Black Peter Linari The tow truck driver 1997
Men in Black Vincent D'Onofrio Edgar/The Bug 1997
The Transporter Jason Statham Frank cut down barrel 2002
Blood Brothers Chen Chang Mark continuity error 2007
Blood Brothers Daniel Wu Ah Feng 2007
Ca$h Valeria Golino Julia cut down barrel 2008
Ca$h Caroline Proust Léa cut down barrel 2008
Ca$h François Berléand François cut down barrel 2008
2 Guns Denzel Washington Bobby 2013


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The X-Files - Season 4 William B. Davis 'Cigarette-Smoking Man' Mocked up with other components to resemble Knight's Armament Revolver Rifle / "Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man" (S4E07) 1996
The X-Files - Season 5 Willy Ross 'Quiet Willy' Mocked up with other components to resemble KAC Revolver Rifle / "Redux II" (S5E02) 1997
Monk - Season 2 Lolita Davidovich Natasia Lovara "Mr. Monk Goes to the Circus" 2002-2009
Psych Franka Potente Nadia "One, Maybe Two, Ways Out" (S5E08) 2006-
Banshee - Season 2 Ricky Russert Tommy Littlestone S2E04 2014


Show Title Character Notation Date
Zombie-Loan Shito Tachibana 2007

Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan

Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan - .44 Magnum, .45 Long Colt, and .454 Casull


Title Actor Character Note Date
Faster Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson "Driver" 2010
Abduction Taylor Lautner Nathan Price 2011
Abduction Michael Nyqvist Kozlov 2011
In Time Gang Member 2011

See Also

  • Ruger - A list of all firearms manufactured by Ruger.

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