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Old March 13th, 2017, 07:44 PM   #1
 
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Help please with GP100 model number

I need to know the exact model number for a GP100 with serial number 173-125XX, which I believe dates it to 1994 manufacture date (I think).

Anyone know the exact model number (no, I don't have the box)?



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What are the characteristics? 38 special or 357 mag? 6", 4", 3" barrel? Full lug or half lug? Blue or stainless? Adjustable sights or fixed? Any special markings? A few pictures would go a long ways. GP100s had a lot of different options over the years but they were all still called GP100s.
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What are the characteristics? 38 special or 357 mag? 6", 4", 3" barrel? Full lug or half lug? Blue or stainless? Adjustable sights or fixed? Any special markings? A few pictures would go a long ways. GP100s had a lot of different options over the years but they were all still called GP100s.
Sorry, it's the 3" barrel 357.
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Sorry, it's the 3" barrel 357.
Need to provide more info than that. Blued or stainless? Fixed or adjustable rear sight? Full or partial barrel underlug?

A photo or two would be extremely helpful.
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If its a 3 inch barreled GP100 in .357 magnum then I am guessing its a fixed sighted revolver. Most likely a service model.
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Need to provide more info than that. Blued or stainless? Fixed or adjustable rear sight? Full or partial barrel underlug?

A photo or two would be extremely helpful.
Sorry, no photo but it's the stainless, fixed sight, full underlug. I didn't know they made different versions of the 3" snubbie GP100. It looks like the model currently available but I need to know the exact model number to determine if it's the same number that's on the CA approved list. Thanks.
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I'm pretty sure all in that configuration were model 1715. I don't know the CA approved list so I can't confirm if it is on there or not.

Edit: just checked the Ruger website and it says the 1715 is CA approved. Fine weapons. I have an older one very similar but with a half lug barrel (barely any underlying difference). Good luck.

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I'm pretty sure all in that configuration were model 1715. I don't know the CA approved list so I can't confirm if it is on there or not.

Edit: just checked the Ruger website and it says the 1715 is CA approved. Fine weapons. I have an older one very similar but with a half lug barrel (barely any underlying difference). Good luck.
There you have it - sounds like a 1715. As far as other 3" GP100s there is the 1708, 1722, 1751, 1752, and 1753 at least that come to mind so that's why more details were needed to know which one you were looking at. The 1715 is the most common model by far and a solid gun but likely the only one on the CADOJ list.
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There you have it - sounds like a 1715. As far as other 3" GP100s there is the 1708, 1722, 1751, 1752, and 1753 at least that come to mind so that's why more details were needed to know which one you were looking at. The 1715 is the most common model by far and a solid gun but likely the only one on the CADOJ list.
Thanks everyone! I need to be sure due to Kalifornia laws. I know a lot of manufactures changed model numbers over the years, even though the gun is the same (maybe just new sights or grips or minor changes).

I posted the serial number in my post earlier and estimated date of 1994 (if my research is correct). Has Ruger ever CHANGED the model number of this configuration or has it ALWAYS been a 1715 as far back as the '90's? Thanks!
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The 1715 has always been a 1715. When Ruger changes something of substance, like the same gun in a different caliber or the same gun except it's blued instead of stainless, they give it a new model number and catalog number. But they don't change model and catalog numbers for minor changes such as going to the Hogue grip instead of the early Lett grip or more recently when they changed to a threaded insert firing pin and a different internal screw to disassemble the cylinder. That's where S&W has done a more accurate job tracking small changes with their use of "dash" numbers with their model numbers. (But there are still oddities in the S&W world where discrepancies are found.)

A model 1715 will always be a stainless steel, fixed sight .357 with a 3" full lug barrel. The serial number is not really a factor neither is the age as far as Ruger is concerned. I don't know what the CADOJ list reads or if they care about an older 1715 having Lett grips versus a new one having Hogues. I wouldn't think it matters but common sense doesn't really apply when it comes to CA gun laws....
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