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Ruger Redhawk / Super Redhawk

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Ruger Redhawk with stainless steel finish and 5.5" barrel - .44 Magnum
Ruger Redhawk with blued finish and 5.5" barrel - .44 Magnum
Ruger Redhawk Hunter with scope ring cuts and a 7.5" barrel, the longest factory option for the classic Redhawk - .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 usually reserved for rifles and 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 the mid-1980s, some Redhawks had barrels fall off during shooting. Ruger developed an improved version of the Redhawk, dubbed the Super Redhawk, based on the GP-100 revolver. The Super Redhawk uses a modular grip frame and the frame extends out an additional 2 1/2" to allow for the mounting of a scope and newer, more powerful cartridges. After an investigation, Ruger realized that the issue with the barrels on the classic Redhawk existed only in a single batch that was using incorrect lubricant on the barrel threads. Rather than discontinuing the Redhawk, Ruger decided to continue building both designs and still produces the venerable Redhawk to this day. Since its introduction, Ruger has introduced newer calibers as well, like .45 ACP, .45 Long Colt and .357 Magnum to the classic Redhawk line, as well as re-introducing the older .41 Magnum Redhawk as a Davidson's Distributor exclusive. The Super Redhawk line now includes other powerful chamberings such as .454 Casull, .480 Ruger and 10mm Auto.

Ruger Redhawk


(1979 - present)

Type: Revolver

Barrel Lengths: 2.75 inch, 4.2 inch, 5.5 inch and 7.5 inch

Caliber: .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .45 Long Colt/.45 ACP

Capacity: 6-round cylinder

Fire Modes: Double-Action/Single-Action revolver

The Ruger Redhawk and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Streets of Fire Michael Paré Tom Cody Stainless, no sights, 4.2" barrel 1984
Near Dark Bill Paxton Severen Stainless, 5.5" barrel 1987
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Isaac Hayes Hammer Stainless, 5.5" barrel, black rubber grips 1988
Tremors Michael Gross Burt Gummer Stainless, 5.5" barrel, Pachmayr grips 1990
Tremors Robert Jayne Melvin Stainless, 5.5" barrel, Pachmayr grips 1990
Tremors Reba McEntire Heather Gummer 1990
If Looks Could Kill Michael Siberry Derek Richardson Stainless, 5.5" barrel 1991
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Daniel Baldwin Alexander Stainless, 5.5" barrel 1991
Aces: Iron Eagle III Bigman's henchmen Blued, 5.5" barrel 1992
Snake Eater III: His Law Minor Mustain Cowboy Hunter variant, stainless, 7.5" barrel 1992
A Low Down Dirty Shame Keenen Ivory Wayans Andre Shame 4.2" barrel, no sights, stainless, Pachmayr grips 1994
Point Blank Danny Trejo Wallace Stainless, 7.5" barrel 1998
Point Blank Werner Schreyer Billy Stainless, 7.5" barrel 1998
Falling in the Paradise (Pad u Raj) Lazar Ristovski Ljubisa Kundacina Stainless, 7.5" barrel 2004
Postal Zack Ward The Postal Dude Stainless, 7.5" barrel 2007
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Danny Huston Col. William Stryker Stainless, 7.5" barrel, Goncalo Alves target grips 2009
2 Guns Denzel Washington Bobby Stainless, 7.5" barrel, custom Texas flag grips 2013
Beyond the Reach Hanna Mangan-Lawrence Laina Blued, 5.5" barrel 2014
Beyond the Reach Jeremy Irvine Ben 2014
Copshop Alexis Louder Officer Valerie Young 2021
Copshop Jose Pablo Cantillo Officer Pena 2021


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Hunter Wings Hauser Jimmy Joe Walker Stainless steel, 5.5" and 7.5", "Dead or Alive" (S01E08) 1984-1985
Hunter Michael Baseleon Elton Gavin Stainless steel, 5.5" and 7.5", High Bleacher Man" (S01E09) 1984-1985
The A-Team Styles's henchman Stainless steel, 5.5" barrel, "The Trouble with Harry" 1985-1986
The Equalizer Giancarlo Esposito Jumpin' Jack "The Line" (S2E08) 1986-1987
Hunter Virgil Frye Deputy Sheriff Cassell "Girl on the Beach" (S04E16) 1987-1988
Law & Order Various "Poison Ivy" (S01E08) 1990-1991
Law & Order Shooting range patron "Trust" (S02E15) 1992
The Stand Adam Storke Larry Underwood Blued, 5.5" barrel 1994
Firefly Joel Steingold Head Cop "Safe" (S01E05) 2002
Falling Skies - Season 3 Colin Cunningham John Pope "Be Silent and Come Out" (S03E06) 2013
APB Maurice Compte Marcos Cruz Blued, 5.5" barrel, "Above and Beyond" 2017

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Jurassic Park: Trespasser 1998
Phantom Forces "Redhawk 44" 2.7" snubnose and S&W 629 Stealth Hunter barrels, custom stock, .45 Long Colt conversion 7.5" barrel in .44 Magnum, added in June 2019 (update 4.5b) 2015
Arizona Sunshine 2 w/ glow sights "Improved" variant with rubber grips and unfluted 8-shot .357 Magnum cylinder available 2023

Ruger Super Redhawk

Ruger Super Redhawk with 7 1/2" inch barrel and stainless steel finish - .44 Magnum
Ruger Super Redhawk with 9 1/2" barrel and smooth parkerized "target grey" finish - .454 Casull


(1987 - present)

Type: Revolver

Barrel Lengths: 2.5 inch, 5 inch, 6.5 inch, 7.5 inch and 9.5 inch

Caliber: .44 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .454 Casull, .480 Ruger, 10mm Auto

Capacity: 6-round cylinder

Fire Modes: SA/DA revolver

The Ruger Super Redhawk and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Hard Boiled Anthony Wong Johnny Wong 1992
Another Stakeout Miguel Ferrer Tony Castellano Mocked up to resemble the Knight's Armament Revolver Rifle silent revolver rifle 1993
Police Academy 7 David Graf Eugene Tackleberry 1994
Men in Black Peter Linari The tow truck driver Stainless, 6" barrel 1997
Men in Black Vincent D'Onofrio Edgar/The Bug 1997
K-911 James Belushi Det. Michael Dooley 1999
James Handy Captain Byers
The Transporter Jason Statham Frank Cut-down barrel 2002
Blood Brothers Chen Chang Mark Continuity error 2007
Blood Brothers Daniel Wu Ah Feng Anachronism 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


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The X-Files Various FBI Sharpshooters Mocked up with other components to resemble Knight's Armament Revolver Rifle / "Lazarus" (S1E14), "End Game" (S2E17) 1994, 1995
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
Banshee - Season 2 Ricky Russert Tommy Littlestone S2E04 2014

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Mods Notes Release Date
The Hunter (VG) .44 Revolver (Silver) 2x20mm Optical Scope 2009
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Ruger Super Redhawk optic scope 2014
TheHunter: Call of the Wild ".44 Panther Magnum" 2017


Show Title Character Notation Date
Zombie-Loan Shito Tachibana 2007
Expelled From Paradise Dingo 2014

Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan

Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan - .44 Magnum


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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