This video covers all of the hugely successful Ruger Double Action revolvers since the Redhawk was introduced in 1971. This means all that you need to know about the GP100, SP101, Red Hawk and Super Redhawk revolvers is here in this superb course, taught by our Senior Instructor and Master Gunsmith Bob Dunlap.Discussion of the first Generation guns and Bill Ruger's design philosophy.
Steady improvement in the design and performance of the second and third generation revolvers
Why Ruger's determination to improve the quality and performance of these guns instead of saving nickels and dimes with "good enough" shortcuts leads Bob to a surprising conclusion, and for him, amazing admission
How Ruger's mastery of the investment casting process and his high precision results enabled him to produce very high quality and durable revolvers at a low cost
Design & Function
If you want the "quick" course on how to get the World's Most Overbuilt Revolver' apart, back together, clean and operating as intended, then this course is for you.
This course does not cover the first generation of Ruger DA revolvers, the Security Six, Speed six, and Police Six.
Among the items covered are:
Discussion of the differences between the Ruger, Colt, and Smith & Wesson cylinder locking systems, their strengths and weaknesses
Demonstration of the Ruger locking system on the GP100 cut-away
Why the Ruger's DA pull, like the S&W, does not "stack" like a Colt, the operation of the primary and secondary sear system
Single action mechanism demonstrated
The transfer bar operation is shown, how it works in the reverse of the S&W method
How the hand works, where it lives, and why how fat it is is as important as how tall it is
How the hand works
How the cylinder stop works
What holds the yoke in place, a clever method
Ruger cylinders are harder than your ex-wife's lawyer's heart. Why they are way stronger than a Colt or S&W, but why they are more dangerous when they finally do blow
Timing issues between bolt stop and hand
Bob shows the answer to the question; "What does the hand do and how does it do it?"
Explanation and demonstration of the operation of the primary and secondary sears and the hammer cycle
Explanation and demonstration of how the 2 hammer blocking safeties (sideplate and rebound slide) work, and why if someone tells you "I dropped it and it fired!", they're lying.
Explanation and demonstration of the single action firing cycle with the sideplate off.
Why the bolt also blocks the hammer with the cylinder pin out of its hole
Evolution of the cylinder stop and hand over the past 50 years, "5 screw frame" and "4 screw frame" explained
How changes in the sideplate safety have evolved and its 2 most recent iterations
The Redhawk bares it all
Extensive disassembly, parts not removed have removal described, including rear sight and trigger guard plunger
Why it is a bad idea to remove the firing pin and bushing unless you have to in order to repair or replace it
How the clever front sight retainer works
A closer look at how the cylinder stop works
Demonstration of the operation of the yoke plunger
How the single hammer/trigger spring works, and its positives and negatives
How to speed up cylinder stop timing, but what to be careful of
How to make the special tool you'll need to get the extractor out of the cylinder
Cleaning & Lubrication
AGI cleaning & lubricat