Ruger Red Label
|Ruger Red Label|
|Type||Double barreled shotgun|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Produced||1978 – 2013 |
|Number built||150,000|
|Weight||6.5 lb (2.9 kg)|
|Length||45–49 in (110–120 cm)|
|Caliber||12, 20 or 28 gauge|
The Ruger Red Label is an over and under shotgun that was 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.
The Red Label was introduced in 1977 in 20 Gauge with a 26" barrel. In 1979, Ruger began to offer the Red Label in 12 Gauge and eventually a scaled-down version in 28 Gauge (1994). 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.
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.
Critics of the Red Label mostly complain about the weight of the shotgun or the poor fitting of the metal to wood.
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- 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.
- Bourjaily, Phil (January 6, 2009). "Phil Bourjaily: Ruger Red Label". Field & Stream. Retrieved December 22, 2012.