Ruger Red Label

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Ruger Red Label
Type Double barreled shotgun
Place of origin  United States
Production history
Manufacturer Sturm, Ruger
Produced 1978 – ???? [1]
Number built 150,000[citation needed]
Variants 35[citation needed]
Specifications
Weight 6.5 lb (2.9 kg)[1]
Length 45–49 in (110–120 cm)[1]
Barrel length
  • 26 in (66 cm)[1]
  • 28 in (71 cm)[1]
  • 30 in (76 cm)[1]

Caliber 12, 20 or 28 gauge
Action Break-action
Sights Brass Bead

The Ruger Red Label is an over and under shotgun built by Sturm, Ruger & Co.. It came about when William B. Ruger wanted to introduce an American made over and under shotgun to the US shooting public.

History[edit]

The Red Label was introduced in 1977 in 20 Gauge with a 26" barrel.[1] In 1979, Ruger being to offer the Red Label in 12 Gauge and eventually a scaled-down version in 28 Gauge. The design was born of William B. Ruger's desire to produce a quality US made over and under shotgun. In order to achieve this and put quality on par with European hand-made shotguns, Ruger invested in expensive machinery to do most of the work.[2]

Design[edit]

The Red Label has a stainless steel receiver and two hammer forged barrels. The shooter can determine which barrel to fire by means of a selector mounted on the tang. The front sight is typically a brass bead. Most Red Labels are tapped to accept choke tubes for various purposes. The butt stock and forend are oil-finished American walnut with checkering on the grip and forend.[2]

The Red Label is primarily used as a sporting shotgun for waterfowling, upland game hunting as well as in skeet and sporting clays.[2]

Criticism[edit]

Critics of the Red Label mostly complain about the weight of the shotgun or the poor fitting of the metal to wood.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g McNab, Chris (2007). Sporting Guns: A Guide to the World's Rifles and Shotguns. New York: Macmillan. p. 57. ISBN 0312368232. 
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, R. L.; G. Allan Brown (2008). Ruger & His Guns: A History of the Man, the Company and Their Firearms. New York: Book Sales, Inc. ISBN 978-0785821038. 
  3. ^ Bourjaily, Phil (01/06/2009). "Phil Bourjaily: Ruger Red Label". Field & Stream. Retrieved 22 December 2012.