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Old April 11th, 2011, 11:13 AM   #1
 
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Gp-100 3"???

I am toying with the idea of buying a three inch GP-100 at some point and it occurred that I have never seen one before. As in I have literally never seen one used for sale at a LGS, in any ads, or even on this forum in the classifieds. This leads me to believe two things. One, they must be keepers to a significant degree, and two, either Ruger canít keep up with the demand for them or they just arenít making them enough. Am I wrong in any of this? I like compact guns. There is plenty of noise made about the three inch K frame magnums and even the three inch L frame is pretty popular. The SP-101 is an amazing revolver to me in its three inch guise. So why the lack of visibility or talk on the three inch GP-100ís???



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Old April 11th, 2011, 12:23 PM   #2
 
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Hi Bob,

Not really sure if it's because they are keepers, or lack of manufacture of the 3's. But I can tell you for a fact, that in my neck of the woods, the dealers I talk to have never seen them. If these guns exist in nature, they sure don't poke they're barrels out very much. A truly elusive breed. My dealers have told me that the distributors only have the 4" and 6" in stock. Blued, or Stainless, your choice. They can get you all the SP101's you want however.

The local Pawn Shops haven't even seen them. Again, at least in my area.

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link did not work ...Gunbroker.com...reolver...GP100 3" in the search

4 or 5 can be found here most of the time....I sure want one but its down the list a bit.

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Maximumbob54, Ruger still catalogs the 3" GP-100 but you sure don't see many of them. Personally, I would not choose a 3" model for a couple reasons. First, I like to shoot a variety of loads ... from wimpy 38 Special HBWCs to serious 357 Mags. That means I need an adjustable rear sight so I don't have to depend on "Kentucky windage" to hit the mark. I also like to change front sights, depending on lighting conditions. Last, the compact grips that come on a 3" just don't fit my hand, however any grip for the GP-100 or SRH will also fit the shorter barreled model.

The 3" GP-100 comes with fixed sights and does not have a quick change "plug-in" front sight. Although the 3" model is slightly easier to conceal, an extra inch of barrel makes very little difference. With a 4", you get a fully adjustable rear sight, plug-in front sight, a larger grip, an inch longer sight radius, and a bit more velocity. These perks make the 4" a much more desirable gun for me.
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>>Not really sure if it's because they are keepers<<

Oh, I don't know... I'm keeping two of 'em.
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>>Not really sure if it's because they are keepers<<

Oh, I don't know... I'm keeping two of 'em.
Me too..........

But oddly enough I got them used so at least two were given up by a previous owner. Don't know why, I love 'em.
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>>I got them used<<

Yeah, same here. Guess they're only semi-keepers. :-)
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The 3" GP-100 comes with fixed sights and does not have a quick change "plug-in" front sight. Although the 3" model is slightly easier to conceal, an extra inch of barrel makes very little difference. With a 4", you get a fully adjustable rear sight, plug-in front sight, a larger grip, an inch longer sight radius, and a bit more velocity. These perks make the 4" a much more desirable gun for me.
Excellent points. Didn't even know that until you brought it up. The 4" is by far the better choice.
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>>The 4" is by far the better choice<<

That's probably the better way to start. They're more plentiful and better range guns. You can always search out a 3 incher down the road if you so desire. Here's the two of them for comparison.


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I have a blued steel and stainless steel four inch already. And as much as I love the SP101 in three inch that I have, it would be even better to me if it were just a bit bigger, still had the same sights, but had a sixth hole in it... Wait, that's a three inch GP-100!!! That pretty much sums up my desire for one. It bridges the gap between my SP and GP. And do I really need an excuse for another gun? Here? Really??? Thanks for the pic too. Those are a fine matched pair. I do have to say I much prefer the cut out on the bottom of the barrel of the older model than the current three incher they show on the website. And I can't figure why they are just adding the full size Hogue grip on the three inch now. If the supply of the wood insert grips has really dried up that bad then at least get with Pachmayr for a good fitting Compac grip. I'm on a few wishlists for the next available compact wood insert grip from a few different vendors. Maybe as soon as I get one then I will get serious about adding a three incher to the herd.
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Here's shot showing both my 3 inchers together. This will give you a comparison of a "full lug" vs. a "half lug" barrel configuration.

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4 on gunbroker right now
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Now you are just rubbing it in!!! But yes, I much prefer the "half lug" design they used to make. The other one looks good also, this is just a personal preference choice on my part. I guess it might save some milling cost so they quit cutting it. Maybe I will get lucky and find a deal on the previous model. I better start saving now. Time to see how much (little) is in the gun savings jar...
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Well, since we're turning this into a "show me yours" thread..........



Got the blued one first, and really wanted a stainless at the time. Then about a month later the stainless turned up for sale and I bought it too. Both from Bud's Gun Shop's used section. Blued one is semi-rare from what I've heard. It's got the nicer trigger of the two, but the stainless one is no slouch in that dept. either.
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New ones still available at Bud's for 513.00 shipped:

Ruger GP100 .357 Mag 3" Satin Stainless, Fixed Sights (KGPF-331) $513.00 SHIPS FREE
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