Ruger Red Label

In 2011, Ruger halted production of the highly popular Red Label shotgun. Recently, the company announced a redesigned Red Label featuring refined inner workings, a new center of gravity and reduced recoil.

The new 12-gauge Red Label has a redistributed center of gravity for improved instinctual swing and pointing. It also features 2-inch extended forcing cones, maximum back-bored barrels and a soft Pachmayr buttpad to reduce recoil.

The Red Label comes with an American Walnut stock with a 1.5-inch drop at comb and a 2.5-inch drop at heel. Red Label shotguns are available with 26-, 28- or 30-inch barrels and each model features a 14.5-inch length of pull.

To learn more about the Ruger Red Label check out the video below, hosted by American Rifleman Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe.

Technical Specifications:

Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chamber: 3"
Barrel: 26", 28", 30"
Overall Length: 43", 45", 47"
Sights: Brass Bead Front
Weight: 7.5 lbs. to 7.9 lbs.
Length of Pull: 14."
Stock: American Walnut
MSRP: $1,399

For Further Reading:
It's Back! Ruger Releases New Red Label
Gotta Have It: Return of the Red Label


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9 Responses to Ruger Red Label

J. Barbknecht wrote:
December 27, 2013

I have had three red labels 28 , 20,12. All of mine were finished very well functioned flawlessly with zero misfires or failures to eject. They are a tremendous value. A new and improved version should probably have Wow somewhere in its name. I have far more expensive shotguns and find Ruger to be a tremendous bang for the buck

petru sova wrote:
December 12, 2013

The Red Label was bad enough originally with misfires and made of castings with crude workmanship but now the resurrected model is made with unreliable MIM castings. Thumbs down, spend a few more pennies and buy a quality gun like a Browning Citori.

Cliff wrote:
December 12, 2013

I'm very happy to see the return of the Red Label. Though I own several high-end double guns, my Red Labels are my go to guns for trap, skeet, sporting clays and hunting. I stopped counting past 50,000 rounds through the barrels and I've never had a misfire. They are a great value and offer a lot of bang for the buck!

Blkojo wrote:
December 12, 2013

Add a .20 gauge with shorter length of pull for female shooters.

Dave wrote:
December 12, 2013

Please excuse my ignorance, as Im not a shot gunner, but aren't over and unders ambidextrous?

Clinton wrote:
December 12, 2013

My question is did they eliminate that automatic laywer safety? It was annoying to default to safe when the barrels were opened.

Rob wrote:
December 12, 2013

When will Ruger come out with a left hand 12 gauge and a 20 guage for right and left hand?

Sam Kennedy wrote:
December 12, 2013

I'm waiting for a 28 gauge, perfect for quail and other small birds.

jim dueval wrote:
December 09, 2013

Any chance of 20/28 ga. Combos in the future ? When can we see smaller gauges ? How about a 410 bore ?