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Old October 15th, 2013, 06:25 PM   #16
 
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GP100's are second because the price is lower than the S&W and the Ruger is easy to disassemble and reassemble by the owner?



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Old October 15th, 2013, 08:11 PM   #17
 
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I own a GP because well... I don't buy guns to sit in a safe my guns get used A LOT. the Smith was nice and I shot one a few times before deciding on the GP, just something about the heavier frame and balance in my hand sold me, plus I had an extra $250 (at the time) to spend towards another gun
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For me when I think of a double action revolver it's a Smith and Wesson. Not that Ruger makes a bad revolver, I just prefer S&W. My gf owns a 686 and it is probably one of the best firearms one could own. In my opinion nothing about it needs improvement. Trigger was amazing right out of the box. Accuracy is dead on at multiple distances. Recoil is almost non existent with 38's and extremely manageable with 357. It's a great range gun, home defense gun, great SHTF/survival gun, and since we have the 4" barrel it could be concealed if needed under a coat or longer shirt.
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...I liked the modular screw-free disassembly of the GP100 and also liked the transfer bar mechanism. I liked the bazillions of grip choices available for the GP100. I also liked it because it didn't have an internal lock.
After shooting it for a while, the trigger was every bit as good as a 686...
That pretty much sums it up for me...
The no-tool-required detail strip for the GP-100 is awesome. The S&W is based on a very old design. Ruger 'modernized' the revolver (DA and SA) in the second half of the 20th century.
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For me when I think of a double action revolver it's a Smith and Wesson...
For me, I first think of Ruger... then Colt.
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My GP100 has been on order for a few months.
It was my first choice in that calibre.
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My 686 6" is my target gun and I love it. All bang and no bite.

I would love to try a GP 100 but I've never had the opportunity to do so but if Ruger makes it, it's got to be good.
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As I've said here before, I can give no higher recommendation to the GP than this: It's what I carry when I'm off-duty. Mine is the 4" stainless version, outfitted with Hogue finger groove grips and Trijicon night sights. I really love the fact that there are no sideplate screws to worry about. The fact that I bought it used, but in like-new condition [about 100 rounds had been down the barrel prior to me getting it] for $250.00 was just the icing on a pretty freakin' awesome cake.
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P.S.:.....oh yeah, and it's a Ruger. Good enough for me.
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I'll buy a Ruger before buying a S&W now.
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Smith and Wesson is just cooler to say...nothing to do with the Firearm.

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I'm going to say something potentially offensive
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Old October 16th, 2013, 05:48 AM   #29
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I think the best 357 mag revolver in production is a Freedom Arms M97. I know it is S/A and not D/A but is there any real doubt about it's quality.

As to the question from the OP of why the GP100 is always second best, I think you'll find there are many out there like myself that own a GP100 but don't own the M686 and visa versa. My reason is I feel dollar for dollar it was the best deal for me. It is a natural inclination for people to want to feel that what they own is the best and the internet is full of experts. Those that are paid to report on firearms are far from unbiased so we are left with a bag of opinions but I have found that none of them may be what is best for your situation. When you are buying a firearm check it out in person if you can and once you decide it is the one (this time ), shoot it, enjoy it and don't worry about what someone else thinks about it.
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Smith and Wesson is just cooler to say...nothing to do with the Firearm.
Ha, yeah, some people think so. Reminded me of the coffee shop scene in Sudden Impact:
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Harry Callahan: Well, we're not just gonna let you walk out of here.
Crook: Who'se we sucka?
Harry Callahan: [slowly drawing his .44 Magnum] Smith and Wesson... and me.
If you ask me, if Clint had said "Me and Mr. Ruger" while drawing his Super Redhawk, it would have been even cooler.
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