The Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan is Ruger’s definition of a back country “pack gun” used as personal protection against bear and other large mammals and predators. It comes in .44, .45LC/.454 Casull, and .480 Ruger. As a testimony to its effectiveness, there are verified claims that the Alaskan has successfully put down large predators in a self-defense context:
I've found Ruger wheel guns to be exceptionally well built, as well as particularly good values. The tested revolver is Ruger Model KSRH-7, the 7-1/2 inch barreled stainless .44 Rem. Mag. featuring comfortable rubber grips with rosewood inserts.
The overall length of this large gun is 13-1/8 inches, and the catalog weight is 53-1/2 ounces. Out of the box, the single action trigger break was too heavy for my tastes, but the substitution of a Wolff spring kit from Brownell's brought it right down where I wanted: 2 lbs., 10 oz., with no other modifications. The supplied Ruger integral rings have done a fine job keeping the 2.5-7 x 28mm scope in place, with no hint of movement.
Not even the mighty Google search engine can give us the name of the first guy who successfully attached a scope to a handgun (or when he did it). Along with the man who first tied wood to an iron barrel, the one who invented notch-and-post sights and whoever got the idea to screw rubber pads on the backend of a rifle, his name has been lost in the mists of time. We do know that the first serious use of telescopic rifle sights, which were relatively crude, was during the Civil War. Today, there is very good glass for just about any budget, and while it took a little longer to happen, this has spilled over to handguns as well. Those who like the challenge of hunting with a revolver instead of a rifle have not been left behind.