For many years, the Ruger Red Label, introduced in 1977, was the only o/u made in the United States. Being homegrown really appeared to the gun’s cult of fans, and Red Labels always provoked strong reactions, pro and con. I run mildly hot to freezing cold on them, which is why I’m on my fourth. I don’t miss the 20 gauge, nor the first 12 gauge, both of which were overweight and poorly finished, but the 28 I owned for a few years was a joy. Built on a scaled 28-gauge frame, it was about as light as a gun can be and still be easy to shoot. The 28-inch barrels gave it just the right amount of weight forward balance. Like so many Red Labels, it suffered from depressingly bad wood-to-metal fit, and I sold it in a fit of pique, which, in hindsight, was dumb.