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A Blast From the Past: Ruger .44 Carbine

Would you be interested in a resurrection of the .44 carbine rifle?

.44 Carbine Rifle by Ruger (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) .44 Carbine Rifle by Ruger (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

Here’s a trivia question: What was the first Ruger rifle? Most folks will guess the 10-22, their wildly popular .22 caliber semi-automatic. While the rifle that came first looks like a 10-22 it’s actually a much more powerful .44 Magnum. Designed in 1959, the .44 Magnum was initially called the Deerstalker. That name was dropped after Ithaca pointed out they had a shotgun with that name so the new Ruger became the Ruger Carbine, the .44 Magnum, or more often, the Ruger .44 Carbine.

In 1959 when Bill Ruger began planning his carbine the Remington .44 Magnum cartridge had been around for a little over three years with both Ruger and Smith & Wesson producing handguns in 1956. Smith’s offering was the legendary Model 29 double action revolver, still decades away from being immortalized by Dirty Harry’s pronouncement that it was the “world’s most powerful handgun and it will blow your head clean off.” The Ruger Super Blackhawk first appeared as a 7.5 inch barreled larger version of Ruger’s single action Blackhawk and quickly gained fame as being stronger than the M29 and more able to handle a steady diet of the hottest .44 Magnum commercial and reloaded ammunition.

Read the rest of “A Blast From the Past: Ruger .44 Carbine” at DownRange.tv.com.

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