A Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454 Casull kicks my behind

During my birthday range trip today, James let me fire his Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454 Casull. I’m not a recoil junkie by any means, but how could I pass it up?
This is my target at 25 yards. I think I did pretty well for a guy who never shoots a revolver, and never shoots double action. James says that typically people don’t shoot high, they usually dig a trench under the target.

I’m not sure I am up to rapid firing this thing.

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5 responses to “A Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454 Casull kicks my behind

  1. .454 is a crazy stump-puller of a pistol round, and the Ruger Alaskan is one of my favorite launching platforms for it. Nice little bear gun, and still surprisingly controllable.

    Good shooting. I wish that gun was mine!

  2. If it’s the same James that I know, I’ve heard him say that if he ever has to shoot anyone with it he will try real hard not to kill them because he wants to beat them to death with it for making him shoot it.
    I don’t remember where I hit the target when I shot it, or even if I hit it at all. What I remember is my teeth rattling.
    Happy Birthday!

  3. I guess I should have read the post below…yep, same James.
    I need to get up with him so that I can put some rounds through my new (to me) toy.

  4. Having torn off the ligament in my left thumb from a bad grip shooting a S&W .500, I’m pretty sure I’d be perfectly comfortable saying “no thanks” from now on when offered a chance to shoot a hand cannon.

    Helpful tip. If you’re used to a thumbs-forward grip with a semi-auto, and you’re given a chance to shoot a .500 or bigger, DO NOT let your left thumb drift high while getting ready to shoot. It aligns it quite nicely with the back of the cylinder, which will fold your thumb backwards when your weak hand fails to stay with the gun during recoil.

  5. @Laughingdog: I see your point. I was actually more concerned that my support thumb would drift in front of the cylinder gap and get cut. You can see in the first shot I curled it down, but not so much in the second and third.

    I don’t think I will be purchasing one of these things for myself.