The Alaskan is identical to the standard Super Redhawk (January 1988, p. 56), with the exception of the shorter barrel and the absence of frame cuts for scope mounts. The Super Redhawk's rubber, wood-insert stocks were replaced by a Hogue Monogrip having finger grooves and a Sorbothane cushion along the backstrap. Sighting is by way of a ramped, serrated 0.12-inch-wide black post in front, and a rear unit adjustable for windage and elevation, with a white-outline 0.135-inch-wide notch. We would have liked a front post with a red or orange insert if we had to suddenly take aim at a large, angry critter with dark fur.
While I won’t completely dismiss the “Dirty Harry effect” on big muzzle wheel guns, I do find the .44 magnum a proper load when follow up shots might not be an option. Like with bears for instance. Now I’ll admit I am a fan of bear spray. I hear endless city folk and even plenty of suburbanites complain that pepper spray is ineffective, full of drawbacks, and nowhere near as good as a firearm. Basically that tells me that there are some holes in their knowledge about bears, bear spray, and firearms.
The Ruger Alaskan .44 magnum is all beef. I had kind of put .44 mag behind me for a while after my experience with my former Ruger Redhawk .44 magnum. Because of my inability to get a sufficient grip on the gun, no matter how I held it, I eventually sold it and put the venerable .44 magnum out of my mind.........kind of.