Ruger Model 44

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Ruger Model 44
Ruger Deerstalker44.JPG
Ruger Model 44 with scope
Type Semi-automatic rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer William B. Ruger
Designed 1961
Manufacturer Sturm, Ruger
Produced 1961–1985
Variants RS, International, Sporter, 25th Anniversary
Specifications
Weight 6 lb (2.7 kg)
Length 37 in (940 mm)
Barrel length 18.5 in (470 mm)

Cartridge .44 Remington Magnum
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Feed system 4-round tubular magazine
Sights Gold bead

The Ruger Model 44 is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .44 Remington Magnum.[1] It was built with a 4-round tubular magazine and produced from 1961 to 1985.[2]

History[edit]

Designed as a close range carbine for deer hunting in dense woods, Ruger released the Model 44 Carbine in 1961 as the "Deerstalker", a moniker it used until 1962 due to a lawsuit brought by the Ithaca Gun Company.[2][3] The design influenced the smaller and more popular Ruger 10/22 model chambered in .22 LR that would debut in 1964.[1] The rifle was discontinued in 1985 due to high production costs.[2][4]

A near-clone of the Ruger Model 44 was introduced in 2000 and produced until 2006 using a gas system closer to the Ruger Mini-14 and known as the Ruger Deerfield Carbine.[4]

Design[edit]

The standard model featured a walnut stock and a barrel band similar to the Ruger 10/22 and the M1 Carbine, but using a solid top receiver.[1] The front sight was a gold bead and the rear sight was a folding leaf-type. The receiver was drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The rifle was fed via a fixed 4-shot tubular magazine.[2]

The chief complaint of the rifle was that the gas ports quickly fouled when using lead ammunition. This became less of an issue as manufacturers of .44 Magnum ammunition offered jacketed rounds instead of traditional lead.[5]

Ruger offered several variants including the RS model that had factory sling swivels and a rear peep sight close to the rear receiver lug. The International Model was similar, but lacked the rear peep sight and had a Mannlicher-type stock. The Sporter was the same, but made use of a Monte-Carlo style of stock. These three variants were dropped from production in 1971.[2] In the final year of production, Ruger offered a "25th Anniversary Edition" that featured a Ruger medallion embedded in the stock.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Long, Duncan (1 December 1987). The Sturm Ruger 10/22 Rifle and .44 Magnum Carbine. Boulder, Colorado: Paladin Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-87364-449-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Shideler, Dan (26 June 2009). The Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900-Present. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 430. ISBN 0-89689-824-5. 
  3. ^ James, Garry (September 23, 2010). "Ruger Collector's Guide". Rifle Shooter. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Taffin, John (30 October 2006). Gun Digest Book of the .44. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-4402-2670-0. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Shideler, Dan (28 February 2011). "The Hammer of Thor". Gun Digest Book of Deer Guns: Arms & Accessories for the Deer Hunter. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 40. ISBN 1-4402-2666-0. 
  6. ^ Lee, Jerry (11 April 2012). The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2012. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 1104. ISBN 1-4402-2927-9.