Ruger Deerfield Carbine

The Deerfield Carbine or Model 99/44 is a .44 Magnum semi-automatic rifle produced by Sturm, Ruger & Co. It uses a rotating-bolt short-stroke gas-piston.[2] It was introduced in 2000[3] and discontinued in 2006.[2]

Ruger Deerfield Carbine[1]
TypeCenterfire semi-automatic rifle
Place of originUnited States
Production history
ManufacturerSturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
Mass6.25 lb (2.83 kg)
Length37 in (94 cm)
Barrel length18.5 in (470 mm)

Cartridge.44 Magnum
ActionGas-operated, rotating bolt
Feed system4-round rotary box magazine
SightsIron adjustable aperture

The Deerfield Carbine replaced the earlier Ruger Model 44 Deerstalker rifle first produced in 1961 and dropped from the Ruger lineup in 1985 due to high production cost.[2][4] The Deerfield is a brand new design and has little in common with the Model 44. While the Model 44 featured a solid-topped receiver, the modern Deerfield Carbine has an open-top design more resembling the M1 Carbine,[5] which is stronger and easier to make.[3] The Deerfield also uses a rotary magazine similar to that used on Ruger's .22 LR 10/22 rifle.[5] Whereas, the Model 44 was fed via a fixed 4-shot tubular magazine.[6]


  1. Instruction Manual for Ruger Deerfield Carbine, Autoloading Rifle - Ruger Docs
  2. John Taffin (30 October 2006). Gun Digest Book of the .44. Gun Digest Books. pp. 240–. ISBN 978-1-4402-2670-0. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. The Gun Digest Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly Part IV - Centerfire Rifles. Krause Publications. 15 December 2003. pp. 368–. ISBN 978-0-87349-631-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  4. Dan Shideler (14 April 2011). Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2011. Gun Digest Books. pp. 991–. ISBN 978-1-4402-1896-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  5. Michael Schoby (November 2006). Hunter's Guide to Whitetail Rifles. Stackpole Books. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-0-8117-3359-5. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  6. Shideler, Dan (26 June 2009). The Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900-Present. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 430. ISBN 0-89689-824-5.
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