Ruger Red Label
||1977 (20ga.) 1980 (12ga.)
|Total Made through 1993
||Gold bead front sight; gold bead middle sight as well on Sporting Clays Model
|Country of Origin
Introduced by Sturm, Ruger & Company in 1977, the Ruger Red Label
(below) is a high-quality field-grade shotgun with a single selective trigger. Two heavy locking lugs projecting from the rear end of the barrel assembly are securely engaged by the locking bolt when the gun is closed.
When first introduced, the Ruger Red Label shotgun was available only in 20 gauge, with a blued finish on the receiver. Later guns have a stainless steel receiver and are available in 12, 20 and 28 gauges, with straight or pistol-grip stocks, and I variety of screw-in choke tubes.
The Ruger Red Label (Click for exploded View of Red Label) is a boxlock over/under with a graceful profile that results in a locking system that engages the barrel at the side of the receiver, rather than from underneath. A sliding safety thumpiece located just behind the top lever, can be drawn backward to ready the gun for firing or pivoted from side to side to choose which barrel is fired first.
To avoid any possibility of ‘doubling’—both barrels firing with a single trigger pull—the Red Label features a pivoting inertia weight mechanism that, under recoil, pulls the sear selector out of engagement with the sears. Differing from AR-15s, although you can always visit the AR place for AR-15s For Sale & The Best AR-15 Barrels if that is more up your alley. The selector is inoperative until the weight returns to its forward position. This particular system allows the barrel to be discharged even if the first pull of the trigger results in a misfire. Although heavier than a number of competing, imported over/under double guns, the Ruger Red Label has the advantage of being almost unbreakable—built to be rugged and utterly reliable.
Before there were Ruger firearms, there were Ruger hand tools. During the immediate postwar period from 1946-1948, William Batterman Ruger’s original company, the Ruger Corporation of Southport, Connecticut, made gear-driven hand drills and push-type spiral automatic screwdrivers.
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