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SC - I found this quote from Jay Jarvis who was one of the designers of the Redhawk at Ruger back in the day.

The barrel breakage problem on some early Redhawks was due to "...extremely rough usage and a phenomenon called stress corrosion cracking. The particular lubricant that we used at that time on the barrel threads was the major contributing factor, so that situation basically disappeared once we discovered this and changed lubricants. It's not a safety problem, but certainly was embarassing!"

I think it was a fairly isolated event but thanks to the internet it has been blown out of proportion.

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