Ruger GP100 Continues to Prove Itself...

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    Ruger GP100 Continues to Prove Itself...

    Hello. A while back I took a hard look at the Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum revolver. At that time I was looking for a NIB or like new S&W
    3" Model 13 or 65 but couldn't find one except either in poor shape or at way too high a price.

    For those interested, the original article is here:

    http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/R...er%20GP100.htm

    A good friend mentioned a sale on 3" short shroud GP100's. He advised that he'd had good luck with them so I bought one.

    Since writing the initial review, I have shot this gun on more than a few range trips with either handloaded or factory 357's, usually using bullets in the 145 to 158-gr. range.

    The last time I shot the gun was a week or so back. Nothing was done on paper, just steel targets and plates. I fired just over 200 rnds of S&B 158-gr. JFP ammunition. As has been the case on every other outting with this gun, there were zero problems. I have not yet shot the S&B on paper so I don't know how well it does or doesn't group but at distances out to about 20 or 25 yards, it was no problem smacking the plates and such double-action.

    I cannot speak to all Ruger revolvers as I own but two,the GP100 being discussed and a 3 1/16" SP101, but the trigger on the GP has smoothed up very nicely...VERY nicely. It was surprisingly good out of the box but it is slicker than a gut as this is written.


    To me, this revolver doesn't have the classic "revolver look" that only an S&W has, but neither do I find it "ugly" as some have suggested. I definitely have found it reliable as homemade sin and am most happy with the smoothed trigger pull. I even like the factory grips and have no intention of changing them.

    I would estimate that roughly 1600 rounds have been fired through the gun and it sometimes accompanies me on work days at a friend's ranch...but it also serves as an always loaded house gun as well.

    If I could get Ruger to stop with all the lettering on the bbl AND offer this style revolver in .44 Special, rest assured that I would. I think a 5-shot .44 Special GP100 would sell like the proverbial hotcakes.

    I know at least one would...and probably two!

    I still enjoy and like the older (read that pre-lock) S&W revolvers but have also gained quite a bit of respect for the Ruger revolvers I've tried as well.


    These are the only two Ruger revolvers that I own. Both have proven themselves utterly reliable and worthy of serious consideration for folks wanting tough revolvers that seem to just keep on doing what they do. I would trust either of these for "serious" purposes.

    Best.

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    Excellent review as usual.....how far back did you get your GP100...and where? I'd love to pick one up myself.
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    Hello. I bought it in 2003 through a gun shop no longer in business.

    Best.

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    Bummer....thank you, sir.
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    That is a beautiful Gp100 you have there. I have always thought the 3 inch barrel is the perfect length for the revolver.

    Beautiful.
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