Ruger originally brought forth their bull-strong, totally reliable Redhawk chambered in .44 Magnum in the mid-1980s. They went on to add versions in .45 Colt and rare versions in .41 Magnum and .357 Magnum. In recent years 4-inch versions have appeared in both .44 Magnum and .45 Colt. Now the .357 Magnum has been resurrected and in a totally unexpected version.

The latest Redhawk is in .357 Magnum and is greatly changed from the original. Instead of a 5-1/2- or 7-1/2-inch barrel this one has a 2-3/4-inch barrel made for easier packing and to be quicker into action. The grip frame has been changed to a roundbutt version not only more concealable but also more comfortable for shooting than the square-butt version (at least for me). The greatest change is the cylinder which now holds 8 rounds instead of 6. While doing all of these changes Ruger managed to come up with a very serious-looking self-defense or everyday packin’ pistol. With this short a barrel, it is not the best choice for field use, however it can be pressed into service and is definitely at a great advantage for self-defense use.