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#1 kurt555gs

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:00 PM

SCORE!!!! I bought it! I have been looking all over the internets and at local gun shops for a Ruger Redhawk in .45 Long Colt. This is a rather rare, odd ball frame / caliber combination and no one could find one. So, I happened to go to MegaSports in Plainfield and guess what. Not only did they have one, but it had been sitting around for a couple years with no one interested so they discounted it. $709.00. Since I live in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Illinois, I wont be able to pick it up until Tuesday afternoon. I have a Ruger chest holster for it, but now I need to order a Simply Rugged Pancake holster too. YES!!!!!!


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Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:03 PM

I have to admit that the several guys here that said my Ruger Alaskan is just too big and unwieldily to carry are right. So, with HB5745 about to pass, I thought I would get a smaller, more manageable revolver for daily use in Illinois. This is perfect.
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:34 PM

That is still a bug hunk o' metal !
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Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:05 PM

That is still a bug hunk o' metal !


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Stung by the result of McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010), the City quickly enacted an ordinance that was too clever by half. Recognizing that a complete gun ban would no longer survive Supreme Court review, the City required all gun owners to obtain training that included one hour of live‐range instruction, and then banned all live ranges within City limits. This was not so much a nod to the importance of live‐range training as it was a thumbing of the municipal nose at the Supreme Court.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

Not as big as the Ruger Alaskan, which looks like a cartoon gun. Actually, I think I found my perfect carry piece. I have a safe stuffed to the gills trying to find the one pistol that fits all carry situations and have come to the conclusion that one, doesn't exist. So I have narrowed my carry guns down to three.

  • Ruger LCR .38 (Tritium night sight) ( I also have one with a Laser grip but don't really like it )
  • Kimber Super Carry Pro .45
  • The new Ruger Redhawk .45
I need to order a Pancake holster from Simply Rugged on Monday for the Redhawk. I have one for the Alaskan and it is reasonably comfortable, which is a feat in it's self considering the Alaskan is right on the edge of needing wheels.

I have noticed that I seem to have different tastes than many here. I see posts with 3 or 4 pages when some one talks about some little Bersa or Kahr .380 and whatever clip on IWB holster is in style that week.

Maybe I just live in the wrong state. When I was working in Texas, the little LCR was perfect to conceal and a .38 +P has a lot more punch than any .380 or 9mm. I never seem to hear anything on this board about those. The Kimber Super Carry Pro is also a wonderful gun for those that like automatics. Alloy frame, Tritium night sights, and the 1911 is well proven in reliability. Nope, I read about Glocks and XD's. Lastly, when I can, without bringing in a swat team I prefer open carry. And, if I am going to open carry, why not carry something like a big bore Ruger?

Who knows, some day I might get all excited over a High Point and then every one here can chime in.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:52 AM

"...if it doesn't work, you can always hit him with it."

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Stung by the result of McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020 (2010), the City quickly enacted an ordinance that was too clever by half. Recognizing that a complete gun ban would no longer survive Supreme Court review, the City required all gun owners to obtain training that included one hour of live‐range instruction, and then banned all live ranges within City limits. This was not so much a nod to the importance of live‐range training as it was a thumbing of the municipal nose at the Supreme Court.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:37 AM

The Smith & Wesson Governor is advertised as lightweight. How much does that Ruger weigh?

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:43 AM

The Smith & Wesson Governor is advertised as lightweight. How much does that Ruger weigh?

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Only 2 3/4 pounds. Fine by me. I have no interest in shotgun shells, and you can't fire 300 grain +P ammo in the governor or the judge.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:39 AM

The Governor and the Judge are for close in self defense. I have an LCR .38 for that. How could you expect to bring down an 800 LB ferrel hog at 25 yards or 50 with one of those? It's a tool box.

Oh, when I bought the Ruger .45 yesterday I had to write down the "reason". I put "pest control". If you have ever been to Megasports, you know they have no sense of humor at all. Why exactly do I need to explain my "reason". Do you have to explain your "reason" to go to church?
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:50 AM

I had to put a reason for the first handgun I bought, I think I put down target shooting, which was a truthful answer. I don't believe I had to put a reason for other purchases, I could be wrong.

I know I put self-defense as a reason for wanting the PA permit, and it's displayed in the Reason to Carry field on the permit. That's what I would probably put down for a reason on any future handgun purchases.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:52 AM

If that was yesterday mid-day? I was standing next to you at the counter at Mega and mentioned to you what a fine revolver that was......

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:55 AM

Yes! And coolness!

We should wear illinoiscarry name tags when we are out.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

Well , there are caps , buttons , T-shirts , etc......:cool:

Very seldom do I go out that I don't have my " illinoiscarry " cap on. :rolleyes:

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

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Have you heard of lightweight for CCW?. LOL All those heavy guns. Think Polymer. :thumbsup: I can't imagine carrying so hefty, my pants would fall down. 46 oz omg! :shocked:

Now the Ruger LCR .357 weighs only 17 ounces. That is light firepower. I'd carry that. Keep my pants in place. :cool: .

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

Vezpa, read above. I have 2 LCR .38's. Those hurt enough to shoot. A .357 LCR would be awful to fire.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:47 PM

Vezpa, read above. I have 2 LCR .38's. Those hurt enough to shoot. A .357 LCR would be awful to fire.

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My dad who is retired LEO carries a .38 LCR as his everyday piece. Not a great shooting gun by any means but great in an emergency. Recoil IS snappy.
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:51 PM

You can wear the Big Rugers all day comfortably by the way.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:39 PM

cool. i didn't know they made baby bjorns for guns!

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:52 PM

cool. i didn't know they made baby bjorns for guns!


For a gun this size it's either this or a trailer.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:13 PM

I might be mistaken , but is that picture backwards?

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:21 PM

If I was right handed, it would be backwards. Luckily, I'm not.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:32 PM

If I was right handed, it would be backwards. Luckily, I'm not.

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You must have taken the pic while standing in front of a mirror then. :rolleyes:

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:27 PM

Very nice! My first handgun was a 7-1/2" Redhawk in 44 mag (that's right, I learned to shoot with a .44 magnum). It's still probably my favorite gun in the safe. The 4" in .45 LC has gotten my attention since they came out with it but unfortunately it hasn't made it to the front spot on my "next gun" list.

One thing: It needs to lose the cheesy rubber grip in exchange for a nice wood grip! I have a Hogue w/ finger grooves in Pau Ferro on mine. The looks alone are a good enough reason but they also really improved my accuracy over the factory grip. To each his own though!

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 09:05 PM

Very nice! My first handgun was a 7-1/2" Redhawk in 44 mag (that's right, I learned to shoot with a .44 magnum). It's still probably my favorite gun in the safe. The 4" in .45 LC has gotten my attention since they came out with it but unfortunately it hasn't made it to the front spot on my "next gun" list.

One thing: It needs to lose the cheesy rubber grip in exchange for a nice wood grip! I have a Hogue w/ finger grooves in Pau Ferro on mine. The looks alone are a good enough reason but they also really improved my accuracy over the factory grip. To each his own though!


I have a Houge rubber grip on my Super Redhawk Alaskan that I like, but this one pinches my fingers. I am looking for a nice wooden grip for the Redhawk .45 LC.

It is a beautiful design. I'm glad I bought it.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 09:22 AM

My first .44 mag was a Ruger Redhawk with a 7.5" (I think) barrel. Made some incredible shots with it including a few that were largely luck and should never have attempted.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:36 PM

I just ordered these new wooden grips for the Redhawk .45 LC.
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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:08 PM

We'll definitely need pictures when you get the new grip on it!

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 02:51 PM

New Houge wooden grips came for the Redhawk. Removing the cheesy (sorry Wisconsin) rubber ones was like a Chinese puzzle box. Not only does the pistol look better, it fits my bear paw hand because the new wooden grips add a 1/2 inch to the length. Now I'm just waiting for the Simply Rugged Pancake holster I ordered for the Redhawk, and of course HB5745 to pass.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:43 PM

I got home today, and a box was on my doorstep. My new Simply Rugged Pancake holster for the new Ruger Redhawk. Beautiful workmanship, and their design makes it comfortable to actually carry this light artillery piece.

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