Shooting Sports USA - April 2018 - 18
Eight-shot Minor caliber revolvers
dominate USPSA, as well as Limited and
Open Divisions in ICORE, but are also very
effective in Steel Challenge. You can run hard
and get two misses before you have to slow
down and make deliberate hits, as opposed
to the one miss that a six-shot gun allows.
Lacking a legal holster, I wasn't able to shoot
it in a match, but I did get to my club on a
"practice day" when they had Roundabout
set up. I started with my .22LR optical sight
pistol from the normal Low Ready position
to get a "time line." Then, I shifted to the
Redhawk from the same Low Ready position.
My times with the Redhawk weren't far
behind the A Class times I was recording
with the .22LR! The heavy gun tracked
smoothly, and the locked-in grips kept the
sights on the target.
No revolver is truly ready for upper level
competition as it leaves the factory. At least
not for discriminating shooters. But the new
eight-shot Redhawk doesn't take much. Add
some comfortable grips, maybe a spring kit,
and it's ready for any match. *
APRIL 2018 | SSUSA.ORG
Accuracy tests conducted from a 25-yard sandbag
rest shooting single action. Group size is the
average of three full cylinder eight-shot groups.
Group sizes measured center-to-center in inches.
Group Size (inches)
Atlanta Arms 158 LSWC PPC
Aguila 130-grain FMJ
135-grain Bayou Bullet
Speer Lawman 158-grain +P
Bayou 120-grain "Mouse Puff"
Federal 158-grain LRN
Remington 158-grain LRN