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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
New to Me Red Label
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Rugers4Jcc
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19 Mar 2019 12:56 AM
    I just purchased 401-02404

    1/3 coverage factory engraved 20 gage. Is there any record of who the engraver was and when the engraving was done? INTERESTING INFORMATION if I can get it.

    thanks..
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    Rugers4Jcc
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    26 Apr 2019 01:07 AM
    [IMG]https://oi1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh493/john_cantrell3/pix785984070_zps7oexawrt.jpg[/IMG][/URL][/img]
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    26 Apr 2019 01:15 AM
    [[URL=https://s1248.photobucket.com/user/john_cantrell3/media/red%20label%20one%20third%20engraved_zpswstecyhp.jpg.html][IMG]https://oi1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh493/john_cantrell3/red%20label%20one%20third%20engraved_zpswstecyhp.jpg[/IMG][/URL]][/img]
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    Rugers4Jcc
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    26 Apr 2019 02:37 AM
    Red Label Hand Engraved (1997-2000 Mfg.)
    available in 12 (167 or 168 made), 20 (55 or 56 made), or 28 (73 to 75 made) ga., available in 2/3 ""C"" coverage, 1/3 ""B"" coverage or dit-dot border ""A"" pattern coverage (standard). Only the earliest hand engraved guns had circassian walnut buttstock and forearm. Later guns were produced with circassian walnut buttstock and black walnut forearm or black walnut for both pieces. The contracted engravers of this series were John J. Adams, Sr., John J. Adams, Jr., Carmine Lombardy, Alvin White, Andrew Bourbon, and Jon Ashford. Mfg. 1997-2000.
    28 ga production quantities: KRL-2826A (27); KRL-2827A (24); KRL-2826B (19); KRL-2827B (1 or 2); KRL-2826C (1); KRL-2827C (1 or 2).
    20 ga. production quantities: KRL-2029B (40); KRL-2030B (11); KRL-2029C (3 or 4); KRL-2030C (1).
    12 ga. production quantities: KRL-1227A (18); KRL-1226B (44); KRL-1227B (88 or 89); KRL-1236B (1); KRL-1226C (10) and KRL-1227C (6)
    In all, only 295 to 299 Red Label special hand engraved models were produced.
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    Rugers4Jcc
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    29 Apr 2019 12:59 AM
    I am pleased and surprised. My list of the ones that got away is pretty long.

    I Contacted Ruger and I contacted Adams and Adam s engraving. John Adams Jr. has been documented as the engraver who Embellished this gun as part of a contract with Ruger in the 1990's
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    Rugers4Jcc
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    04 May 2019 03:46 PM
    [IMG]https://i1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh493/john_cantrell3/50th%2020%20guage%20phesant%20red%20label_zpsrtycao8e.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

    So I stumbled on to a new discovery that has lead to a collection of three Red Labels
    KRL 2029-b John Adams Jr. Cataloged Ruger Hand Engraved. Catalog 2005 page 19
    KRL 2029-50 Anniversary RL with gold Pheasant
    KRL 2029-BRE RL with gold Grouse.

    I wonder if there are any other variants of Ruger's 20 gauge Red Label?

    12 gauge Duck and Pheasant
    28 gauge Woodcock
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    Rugers4Jcc
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    05 May 2019 11:23 PM
    Automated Refinishing identified in letter from Ruger CEO 04/2008 as vendor who completed the Cataloged Engraved Red Labels not to be confused from Cataloged Hand Engraved Red Label shotguns.
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