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Old July 31st, 2008, 04:35 AM   #1
 
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GP100 - A good choice?

Hello! I am new to shooting and the wonderful world of rugers. I own a MKIII standard and a single six .22. I want to get a new revolver and am thinking about a 4" gp100 (another option could be a 3" sp101). My reasons - rugged and reliable as well as well as good looking but that is secondary over function. I do not plan on concealed carry just use it at the range and for home defense.

In talking to various people around the local gun shop, I get mixed opinions such as too heavy and that I should get a Taurus (no thanks). I would like some input as to wether this would be a good choice for a beginning shooter like myself. Pros? Cons? Open to your input - there is a wealth of great info on this forum!

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Old July 31st, 2008, 06:14 AM   #2
 
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If you don't plan on concealed carry, I'd opt for the GP100 rather than the SP101. I have a 6" GP100 that is really nice to shoot and allows me to shoot .357 Mag rounds without beating up my hands. You also get adjustable sights on the GP100. The SP101 is of course a smaller revolver so would be easier to conceal "if you ever do decide to get a carry permit". The SP will be harder on your hands when shooting .357 Mag loads, but of course like the GP100, you could use .38 Special for practice. I think the GP gives you more options for use as a "range" gun - you could add a reddot sight or a scope if you wanted to. I think if I were looking at one of the little SP's as a range gun and for home protection, I would look seriously at the new one chambered in .327 Federal Magnum. You'll get mixed signals about the effectiveness of this cartridge and ammo has been hard to come by until recently, but this SP101 has an adjustable rear sight and the 3" barrel.

Again, if you don't plan on concealed carry, you can not go wrong with a GP100.
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Hello, well I got my GP 100 S/S 4", last week and glad I did. some say it's to heavy, NOT. this a well balanced gun,and it also depends on what kind of ammo you plan on using (38 or 357) or what your plans of use are. Mine is just an allaround do all. I have others but this is so well balanced in my hand that I changed my carry from a 1911 to the GP100 w/357 rounds. I like the power in my hands. trick1911
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For a general range gun that would still be quite usable for home defense, I second the GP100. I have a blued 6" and it is a pleasure for long sessions at the range. I picked up some discounted winchester white box .38spl at walmart and shot all afternoon last Saturday without breaking the bank. Put some 145gr .357 silvertip HP in it and still shot it without hammering my hands.

I plan on getting a SP100 next month too, but that's because of it's size, as something to carry hiking/camping. A buddy of mine has one (3") that I've shot with the same winchester silvertip SJHPs and lets just say I'll likely be putting mostly 38spl through mine when I get it (it smacks your hands a lot more then the GP100 with .357's).
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For Range and Home Defense it's hard to beat a 4" - 6" GP100.

I carry a 3" GP100 off duty, with a 2 1/4" SP101 as a BUG and a third gun somewhere on my person as well. I have a 4" GP100 as a "Games Gun". It's for shooting the Police Games.

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Welcom to the forum. As For what you plan to use the revolver for I don't fee two and a half pounds is to heavy. The GP will do all you ask of it and still want more. It is a solid member of the Ruger family that will give you years of shooting fun.
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The 4" GP100 is an excellent choice. I like it better than the S&W L frame which is what I'd compare it to. It will take a steady diet of magnum loads and for in home use you can load it up with 38spl if you like. I carry mine concealed without discomfort or problem. A good belt/holster combo is the key.
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And one nice thing about the ruger is there are so many after market things you can get. Be it good holsters or speed loaders. I am to looking at the Gp-100, but cant decide on either the 4" or 6". Personally i like the way to the 4" full lug looks. It just looks so much more like a old school SA revolver.


I guess the only way to make your mind up is to spend some range time with each to get a feel for it.
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My son kept showing me his 4" GP100 and telling me how good it was. I gave it the "big, ugly, clunky thing is not a Smith" sniff. Then I shot it. A week later (only because I was in Michigan and live in Virginia) I had one. The only downsides are that it is a little big for concealed carry, especially in warm weather and it is getting to be boring to cut paper at 15 yards. I've been shooting it mostly DA and seem to do reasonably well. If you are looking for a primarily CC revolver, it may not do as well as a smaller one, but for everything else the GP100 is an excellent choice.
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I have both a 686 Mtn. Gun and a GP-100 4" with adjustable sights. Most 686s weigh about the same as GP's and it always amazes me that many state the GP is too heavy but never have much to say about the similar 686. Also, a Colt .45 auto Gov't weighs about the same, too.

The GP will serve well in the intended role. The double action is nice and smooth. It gets better with time and use and they can be tuned quite nicely (see the IBOK) on the forum. Compared to the Smith the only major noticeable difference is the longer lock time (but, no one ever complained about a Colt Python).
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Hello! I am new to shooting and the wonderful world of rugers. I own a MKIII standard and a single six .22. I want to get a new revolver and am thinking about a 4" gp100 (another option could be a 3" sp101). My reasons - rugged and reliable as well as well as good looking but that is secondary over function. I do not plan on concealed carry just use it at the range and for home defense.

In talking to various people around the local gun shop, I get mixed opinions such as too heavy and that I should get a Taurus (no thanks). I would like some input as to wether this would be a good choice for a beginning shooter like myself. Pros? Cons? Open to your input - there is a wealth of great info on this forum!

Thanks!
I believe you're thinking in the right direction. I bought my first GP100 (SS 4") back in Feb and just love it. I've fired the most powerful .357 commercial loads I can find and the gun handles it well, along with my shooting hand. I did replace the stock grip with the Hogue Tamer and have had no inclination to put the stock stocks back on. In the future I'll be getting a 6" SS model to scope. No hunting, just like to challenge myself alot out in the BLM wonderland. I bought a Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake holster for it that works well either with or without the Inside Out Straps installed. I think you'll be happy with a GP100. Welcome to the wonderful world of Rugers too! It's quite an experience and lots of fun.

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When you try out some full-house .357 ammo, you'll find yourself thinking more in terms of 'heavy enough' than 'too heavy'!

Having said that, I have the nice cushy Hogue rubber grips on both my SP101 and my GP100, so I can shoot pretty much any load comfortably with either gun.

It is noticeably more comfortable with the GP, though. And .38 target loads will feel like a .22.
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Welcome aboard! I purchased a GP-100 several years ago and have never regreted it.
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that I should get a Taurus (no thanks).
I'll second your opinion there. Taurus is a shoot a little and carry a lot. Since you are not planning on a carry option, the Ruger will be FAR better.

My personal choice is the GP-100 in a four inch. If you plan on doing any longer range shooting (50 yards and over) the 6" would be helpful for the longer sight radius.

Be safe and have fun!
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I own two SP101's one is my house gun for my wife when she is home alone with our daughter at night, and the other is my ccw. Go to a gun shop that has an indoor pistol range and see if you can rent both of them to shoot to see which feels best to you in your hand. From what I have read here, I don't think you would go wrong with either. The GP100 will probably be my next gun. Good luck.

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