Shooting Sports USA - April 2018 - 17
Steel Challenge has no PF requirements,
so I included my Bayou 120-grain "Mouse
Puff" 110 PF handload, and also Atlanta Arms
158-grain LSWC PPC load, which comes in at
about a 118 PF.
The first step was to zero the gun from a
25-yard bench rest with the Atlanta Arms
load. It was about four inches low initially,
with the windage on. A few clicks with a
screw driver zeroed the elevation. The heavy
gun produced little recoil.
Double action work on multiple targets,
from seven to 20 yards was next. I quickly
found that the slender wooden "handles"
were not going to be to my liking. They didn't
produce a "locked-in grip," allowing the gun
to shift in my hand.
My dislike of factory grips (on any revolver,
from any maker) isn't unusual. Most competitive revolver shooters feel the same way and
routinely replace the grips. I was intrigued by
the gun, so I contacted Hogue and arranged
for a set of their Big Butt grips. They look odd
at first glance, but are legal in USPSA, ICORE,
and Steel Challenge. They're also favored by
many top shooters because they will positively lock the gun into your hand.
The trigger has a very nice radius that made rapid
double action work a pleasure.
The adjustable rear sight was quick, positive, and got
the Redhawk zeroed quickly.
With the Big Butt grips installed, accuracy
testing from a 25-yard sandbag rest was
next. It was a bit challenging to maintain
total focus through a full eight-round
cylinder, but the resulting chart will show the
Redhawk has more than enough accuracy
for action pistol competition when fed
quality ammunition. What little muzzle rise
the heavy gun had was further reduced by
the positive grip on the Big Butt, and it was
almost like shooting a .22LR. After that it was
double action play time, and things got fun!
One of the first rapid DA drills was a full
eight-round Bill Drill on an NRA Slow Fire
Pistol target at 10-yards. Lacking a suitable
holster, I started at a Low Ready, set my Pact
Timer on delay, and at the BEEP I emptied
the gun DA as fast as I could keep the front
sight on the 5.5-inch black bull. Multiple
runs showed (even with the heavy trigger)
times running from 3.76 to 3.91 seconds.
The locked-in grip and heavy weight made
muzzle rise virtually nonexistent. The eightshot groups were gratifyingly compact-
averaging about six inches vertically by four
inches horizontally. That will stay in the A
Zone of a USPSA or ICORE target.
SSUSA.ORG | APRIL 2018