Ruger Hawkeye

The Ruger Hawkeye was a single-shot pistol chambered for the .256 Winchester Magnum cartridge, produced by Sturm, Ruger in the 1960s. It was built on the same frame as the Ruger Blackhawk, but rather than having a rotating cylinder like a standard revolver, it featured a swiveling breechblock which allowed an individual round to be loaded and sealed into the frame.

Ruger Hawkeye
TypeSingle shot pistol
Place of originUnited States
Production history
ManufacturerSturm, Ruger
Cartridge.256 Winchester Magnum
Feed systemSingle shot, swiveling breechblock

The Ruger Hawkeye pistol was not a commercial success, and was discontinued after only 3,100 (approximately) were produced. For this reason, the Hawkeye pistol model is highly sought after by Ruger collectors.


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