SOLD FOR: $1335
Make: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Model: Redhawk (Model #05011)
Serial Number: 501-68525
Year of Manufacture: 1988 (Ruger Serial Number Lookup)
Caliber: .44 Remington Magnum
Action Type: Swing Out Cylinder DA/SA Double-Action Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked with a Ruger warning over “—STURM, RUGER & CO., INC. SOUTHPORT, CONN, U.S.A.—” and a double “R” Ruger proof mark. The right side of the barrel is marked “.44 MAGNUM CAL”. The right side of the frame is marked “RUGER® Redhawk®”, “®”, and the company’s phoenix logo. The bottom of the grip frame is marked with the serial number, “501-68525”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2” with Serrated Barrel Rib
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a blade with orange insert dovetailed into the front of the barrel rib. The rear sight is a square-notch leaf in a base pinned to the top strap and is adjustable for elevation and windage.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood, each with an inset Ruger phoenix logo medallion at the top. Beyond light handling marks, the grips are free of any notable wear or damage. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Fine-to-Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. This revolver has just scattered light nicks and scuffs, all of which is most notable on the left side of the frame. The cylinder has a light turn line through the finish. Pins are unmarred, and all markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with minor play with the trigger depressed. The single action is crisp, and the double action is smooth. We did not fire this revolver. As with all used firearms, thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Redhawk was Ruger’s first large bore double action revolver and was available in several barrel lengths and chambered for an assortment of powerful cartridges such as .357 and like this one, .44 Remington Magnum. Like the Security-Six before it, the Redhawk was designed by Harry Sefried as a part of their “6” line of guns (Security, Service, Speed) The Redhawk is a what is colloquially known as a wrist-breaker, a thrill to shoot, but as a tool, it’s best utilized when on the hunt should you run into a predator yourself—that kill was yours, not some lazy bear’s. And this example’s 7 1/2” barrel will make for a rather accurate shot should the need arise. This example is in overall Fine-plus condition with truly minimal wear. Good luck and happy bidding!