I was wondering if folks had an idea what a used Ruger GP100 is going for in your area. There's a used one at Cabela's here with the box, 2 speed loaders, and a speed loader pouch. 4 inch blued version with stock grips. The only wear was minor around the crown. $530 for that.
They also have a 6 inch stainless with the wood insert grips, no accessories for $500.
I'd primarily be using it for hiking (back up bear deterrent), so I'm leaning towards the 4 inch. But I also want something I can load .38 Special in for my better half. She doesn't like my striker fire pistols.
I'm mostly decided, but if I could get the approval of some random internet folks that I'm not getting hosed I'd feel a little better about dropping the cash right now.
The only other GP100s I've seen around town lately are stainless 4 inch models and if I can find one they are going for about $650.
As this is my first revolver (other than my percussion cap revolver), I'm not sure what exactly to look for. Ruger's have an internal lock under the grip, correct? And are these as failure prone as I've heard the Smith & Wessons can be?
I am currently wading through some old posts here but was hoping this thread would attract some responses as well. Thanks in advance for all of your help folks!