Ruger Deerfield Carbine
|Ruger Deerfield Carbine|
|Type||Centerfire semi-automatic rifle|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.|
|Produced||2000 - 2006|
|Weight||6.25 lb (2.83 kg)|
|Length||37 in (94 cm)|
|Barrel length||18.5 in (470 mm)|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Feed system||4-round rotary box magazine|
|Sights||Iron adjustable aperture|
The Deerfield Carbine is based on the rotating-bolt short-stroke gas-piston Mini-14 action, as opposed to the earlier Ruger Model 44 rifle first produced in 1961, which had been dropped from the Ruger lineup in 1985 due to production cost. The 1961-1962 Model 44 was marked as the Deerstalker. The rifle was reclassified as a carbine and renamed Deerfield due to the notable lawsuit brought by the Ithaca Gun Company.
The Model 44 featured a solid-topped receiver, while the modern Deerfield has an open-top design more resembling the M1 Carbine, which is stronger and simpler. Unusual for a modern centerfire firearm, the Deerfield uses a rotary magazine similar to that used on Ruger's .22 LR 10/22 rifle.
The Deerfield was discontinued in 2006.
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