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Old March 8th, 2017, 05:00 PM   #1
 
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Alaskan ???

I just realized what is hoaky about the Alaskan! It's unibody is a platform for other pistols. Im glad i went with the Kodiak now that ive seen this. Kodiak is one on its own. Your thoughts?



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Old March 8th, 2017, 05:03 PM   #2
 
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What?

I can't pick up what you're tryin to lay down.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 05:18 PM   #3
 
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What?

I can't pick up what you're tryin to lay down.

What he said...

If you mean the barrel, you should realize there is a barrel screwed into the shroud on the Alaskan. I am not sure if Ruger is even able to remove it, but it's there. Other than the scope mount cuts it is the same as other Super Redhawks.

But the Kodiak is just a Redhawk with a shorter barrel installed. Unscrew the barrel and it is the same as any other Redhawk frame except for the round butt.

I have a Kodiak myself and like the idea that a longer factory barrel or a custom arrangement could be swapped in down the road (Anaconda barrel for instance).

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I prefer the mechanics of the SP101, GP100, and Super Redhawk to the standard Redhawk. As a result, I really tend to like the Alaskan better. But to each their own.

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I like both Redhawks but am very partial to the Alaskan. It is very well balanced and the grip frame make it more controllable than the standard Redhawk. I own and shoot both regularly and the Super seems to be to be better balanced.
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The Alaskan belongs to the 'Super Redhawk' family. It's a much stronger frame design than the original 'Redhawk' family which the Kodiak belongs to. The Super Redhawk was a product that originated when early model Redhawk's were reported of having issues with barrels flying off from heavy loads. It was later confirmed that the problem was being caused by the barrel thread lubricant being used, which was corrected.

Ruger still needed a stronger frame to handle more powerful calibers like the .480 Ruger and .454 Casull. The Super Redhawk Alaskan's frame is one piece of steel which shrouds over the barrel. It's as strong and tough as it gets. And there's reason you'll never see both those calibers show up in the original Redhawk.
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I owned an Alaskan and quickly became convinced that it was nearly indestructible.
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I've owned both and while the Kodiak Backpacker may win on looks in the end I preferred the action of the Alaskan and found I shot it much better so the Kodiak BP got sold off. Still like the looks of the Kodiak - nice looking gun.
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I like the regular redhawk over the others
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The Alaskan is next in my list. Christmas. I have a friend with a round butt Redhawk in 41 mag and the top of the grip bites the web between my thumb and trigger finger every time I shoot it. Plus I don't care much for the disassembly regarding the hammer. It's a good gun though.
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