Ruger Deerfield Carbine

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Ruger Deerfield Carbine[1]
Ruger Deerstalker44.JPG
Type Centerfire semi-automatic rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
Produced 2000 - 2006
Specifications
Weight 6.25 lb (2.83 kg)
Length 37 in (94 cm)
Barrel length 18.5 in (470 mm)

Cartridge .44 magnum
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Feed system 4-round rotary box magazine
Sights Iron adjustable aperture

The Deerfield Carbine or Model 99/44 is a .44 Magnum semi-automatic rifle produced by Sturm, Ruger & Co., introduced in 2000.[2]

Design[edit]

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.[3] The 1961-1962 Model 44 was marked as the Deerstalker.[4] The rifle was reclassified as a carbine and renamed Deerfield due to the notable lawsuit brought by the Ithaca Gun Company.[5]

The Model 44 featured a solid-topped receiver, while the modern Deerfield has an open-top design more resembling the M1 Carbine,[6] which is stronger and simpler.[2] Unusual for a modern centerfire firearm, the Deerfield uses a rotary magazine similar to that used on Ruger's .22 LR 10/22 rifle.[6]

The Deerfield was discontinued in 2006.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instruction Manual for Ruger Deerfield Carbine, Autoloading Rifle - Ruger Docs
  2. ^ a b The Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly Part IV - Centerfire Rifles. Krause Publications. 15 December 2003. pp. 368–. ISBN 978-0-87349-631-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b John Taffin (30 October 2006). Gun Digest Book of the .44. Gun Digest Books. pp. 240–. ISBN 978-1-4402-2670-0. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Dan Shideler (14 April 2011). Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2011. Gun Digest Books. pp. 991–. ISBN 978-1-4402-1896-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Garry James (September 23, 2010). "Ruger Collector’s Guide". Rifle Shooter. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Michael Schoby (November 2006). Hunter's Guide to Whitetail Rifles. Stackpole Books. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-0-8117-3359-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013.