In 2008, Sturm, Ruger & Co. introduced the model KRH-45-4 Redhawk Revolver chambered in .45 Colt. As of 2013, the gun is still in the company’s catalog, but with fewer options available.
In 1979, the Redhawk was introduced in a variety of chamberings, including .45 Long Colt. However, over the years Ruger scaled back production so only the .44 Magnum was available. However, with the renewed interest in revolvers, Ruger reintroduced a .45 Colt Redhawk in 2008.
The .45 Redhawk was available with a 4″, 5 1/2″, and 7 1/2″ barrels when it was reintroduced. As of 2013, however, barrel lengths are limited to 4″ and 4.2″ only.
Like all Ruger Redhawk revolvers, this is a double-action handgun. The hammer is exposed and can be cocked for precision, single-action shots. Since many people might use this for hunting, the single action capability is very important.
Ruger stated the KRH-45-4 has a “rugged frame, designed specifically to handle powerful magnum loads, (and) includes extra metal in top strap, sidewalls and barrel mounting areas.” So, this Ruger should be able to handle the hot handloaded hunting loads and the commercially available hot loadings offered by companies such as CorBon and Buffalo Bore.
Additionally, Ruger bulds the Redhawk with a triple locking cylinder. The cylinder locks into the frame at the front, bottom and rear for best alignment of cylinder to barrel and for additional strength with high powered loads.
It is not known what Ruger’s long-term commitment is to this platform. Ruger does not make as much money on these revolvers as compared to many of the newer firearms due to manufacturing processes. Additionally, the reduced number of barrel lengths since 2008 suggests that demand is relatively low for this gun.
Lastly, this gun was discontinued once before. That is a very strong indication that the market demand for this gun is likely weak. Bottom line: if you like this revolver, find and buy one today. You do not know when Ruger may discontinue the .45 Colt version of the Ruger Redhawk.