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Old May 14th, 2015, 11:23 AM   #1
 
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Older Gp100 vrs Newer Gp100

Looking at the possibility of purchasing a new Gp100. I have found an older model NIB GP100 blued with 1/2 lug. Rubber grips with wood inserts.. My assumption is that this is an older model? Also have seen a newer model GP100 full lug blued.. Difference in price is about $10.00.. My question: Is there any distinct reason to purchase one over the other? Are the newer models that much better? I actually like the looks of the older model much more.. Ant information appreciated.. Thanks



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To each his own - I prefer the looks of the full lug. Based solely on speculation, with no scientific backing, I suppose the argument could be made that the full lug would be more robust and a better "shooter" because of less recoil with the added weight.
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Like you I also like the looks of the half lug under the barrel. I have a newer 6" GP in Stainless with the newer style grips. I have noted that many people on this forum prefer the older grips with the wood insert and purchase them to put on their GP's. The workmanship may, and I say may, be better on the older GP100. Although I can find nothing wrong with mine.
I guess it boils down to what you prefer. Maybe you will get some input from the experience of others here on the forum.
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I vote half-lug
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Full lug is definitely more manly. ..
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I too prefer the full underlug barrel. I also prefer the rubber grips with wood panels, but they can still be purchased from Altamont to put on a new revolver. Personally, I also prefer stainless steel if given a choice. I own both a new and older GP100, and I am partial to the older ones, but either way my selection is more based on fitting and functioning of the particular revolver being considered. Either old or new should give you a lifetime of shooting enjoyment.
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I like a full lug and i think it complements the GP's robust frame ... i dont think they shoot any different
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I've read that newer GP's have better trigger jobs.

For a $10 difference, I'd have the new one and buy rubber grips with inserts.
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I much prefer the full lug, it really makes the look of the GP. Considering the price difference, I would definitely get the new one for a couple reasons. A. Whoever is asking a new price for a used gun is asking too much and you'd be silly to go that route. B. You know the new gun is new and you have no idea what the used one has been through. Chances are it's just fine but at that kind of price, why risk it?
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old vs new

Recently acquire a new match champion. I found that I just couldn't get comfortable with the Hogue grips even tho they look super. I went with the Altamont rubber w/rosewood inserts. I do like the 1/2 lug look and do think the shimmed trigger and hammer shims do a good job. Its been a few years since I've had a Security Six but I believe I would vote for the new gun.
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Old vs new well for looks to some the full lug. But to me it's a no brainer if the old GP100 is NIB but yes a older model.......buy the half lug GP100 it was made when there was more pride & better quality control!!!
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Old vs new well for looks to some the full lug. But to me it's a no brainer if the old GP100 is NIB but yes a older model.......buy the half lug GP100 it was made when there was more pride & better quality control!!!
I can bet many people at Ruger take exceptional pride in their work
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Are they both the same caliber? If one was a 357 and the other a 38, I'd choose the 357.
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Old vs new well for looks to some the full lug. But to me it's a no brainer if the old GP100 is NIB but yes a older model.......buy the half lug GP100 it was made when there was more pride & better quality control!!!
I have three older ones and had two newer ones. Newer ones had quality issues that were never fixed or addressed by Ruger (both were Match Champions) and sold them. Still have and really like the old ones. I would jump on the old one.
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I found one of the 6" half lug GP100s a few years ago. I much prefer the balance of the half lug to the 6" full lug. I also like the balance of the full lug 4".

The half lug is out of production and highly desired by many.
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