Video: Review of the Ruger Red Label Over-Under Shotgun

Video: Review of the Ruger Red Label Over-Under Shotgun

After a few years off the market, Ruger has re-released its Red Label over-under shotgun. And from initial reports, the New Hampshire-Arizona manufacturer has made all the right refinements.

Brad Fitzpatrick did a review for us on the shotgun and gave a fairly interesting perspective on the shotgun. He competed in college with the old model Red Label and while he liked that iteration, he was blown away with the smoothbore’s evolution.

In particular, Fitzpatrick found the redesigned Red Label a more forgiving shotgun with a much improved receiver. But our Gun Digest the Magazine scribe isn’t the only one to find the shotgun a winner.

Jeff Quinn over at also found the stainless steel and walnut of the shotgun too much to resist.

Quinn admits, his forte is not over-under shotguns and that breaking clays is not his area of expertise. But he knows guns and knows what he likes in guns and he likes Ruger’s Red Label.

One aspect of the shotgun not mentioned in other reviews that Quinn points out in his, is the ease of the Red Label’s break. Opening the shotgun is effortless, a definite plus for anyone who’s had a double-barreled shotgun that requires two hands and sometimes a knee to reload.

Quinn gives an excellent rundown on what the Ruger Red Label is all about and the entire video is worth a gander. But be warned.

If you happen to have the shotguns MSRP of $1399 lying around, watching this review won’t do much in helping you save it for a rainy day.


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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