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Very clearly a Redhawk, not a Super Redhawk. It's from Gary Reeder - a custom revolversmith. Says 44magnum on the barrel, looks like a bead blasted stainless Redhawk, cut down to 2 1/2" or so, with a custom front sight base & blade, rounded off on the grip heel, softened edges, and a black-powder bevel/taper/roll on the cylinder... Wouldn't say it's a "prototype" for anything it's clearly a custom done by a custom smith...

Which - there's a FACTORY model now that basically matches that, the Ruger Redhawk Kodiak Backpacker #5028, except that the 5028 doesn't have a fixed blade front sight, it has a QD plunger type, and of course, it's not bead blasted.

 

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Ok, thanks guys. Found his webpage, here's another of his:
http://www.reedercustomguns.com/revolvers/201207301948485016e520a63d5.jpg
Called the Brute, with the backpacker tracks.
Looks like a different handled Alaskan.
Not sure how he works it, send him your Ruger and he jazzes it up for a price?
Do you understand what a Ruger Redhawk is? And the difference between a Redhawk and a Super Redhawk? The Brute in the picture you linked is also built on a Redhawk.

The Alaskan is a Super Redhawk. That "different handle" you reference is a Redhawk frame... Note, the barrel on the Brute - the Alaskan, like all Super Redhawks, has an extended cylinder frame over the barrel threads also.

However, Gary also does "the brute" on the Super Redhawk Alaskan, it's pictured at the bottom of the Brute page.
 

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I knew all Alaskans were SRH's and just thought they were beefier than
a RH, but other than that, no, didn't or don't know any other diff's. (other than one trigger spring vs 2 trigger springs?)
'extended cylinder frame over the barrel threads'

I can see how this RH is the same as I referenced.

https://ixquick-proxy.com/do/show_p...58682.jpg&sp=4ef1c1d41ada2b07d8becac5be9fbbf4

but then this: https://ixquick-proxy.com/do/show_p...a_640.jpg&sp=71e557334d9a95f336dda2bf4f32d77e

Nope, I don't see it.
 

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I knew all Alaskans were SRH's and just thought they were beefier than
a RH, but other than that, no, didn't or don't know any other diff's. (other than one trigger spring vs 2 trigger springs?)
'extended cylinder frame over the barrel threads'

I can see how this RH is the same as I referenced.

https://ixquick-proxy.com/do/show_p...58682.jpg&sp=4ef1c1d41ada2b07d8becac5be9fbbf4

but then this: https://ixquick-proxy.com/do/show_p...a_640.jpg&sp=71e557334d9a95f336dda2bf4f32d77e

Nope, I don't see it.
C'mon man, you can't be serious? Look at the cylinder frame on those two!!

The 5.5" Super Red Toklat in your second link has the tell-tale Super Redhawk extended frame (allowing additional barrel threads in the frame), the 4" standard Redhawk I your first link here obviously doesn't have the extended frame. Look where the 4" says "44magnum" on the barrel compared to where the 5.5" says "454 Casull" (and Ruger super Redhawk" - relative to the cylinder, that's the same position, but one has a frame extending through that area, one does not. Neither of the reeder custom RedHawks you posted had that extension.

Whether the grips hide the grip frame (RH) or grip tenon (SRH) or not, the huge nose on the SRH gives it away.

In the original picture you started with, and the link to the Reeder Brute, you can see the exposed grip frames - that with the lack of the extended cylinder frame give them away as Redhawks.
 
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