Yes. ANOTHER can't decide thread.


July 29, 2007, 02:26 AM
Ruger 3" GP100 or Beretta 92FS (blued)

Use: Home defense and open-carry during defensive shooting workshops.

Fact pattern:
-Yes. I already have a Beretta 92 Inox. I've always wanted a blued one to go with it.
-Yes. I already have a .357, but I don't shoot that one. It was my first gun. They don't make them like that anymore so now it's a safe queen. The little 3 inch Ruger GP100 is just a solid revolver that I won't be afraid to smack around and get dirty.
-Yes. There are other guns out there. But these are the two that interest me. So --- which one?

Ruger GP100 w/ 3 inch barrel or
Beretta 92FS (M9) Blued steel?

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July 29, 2007, 02:31 AM
I'd opt for the Ruger GP100 three inch myself. In fact, I just ordered one from Gemini Customs and will be displaying it on here within the month I hope. All Rugers are "works in progress"...but with a little trigger work, polishing here and there...a little addition like moon clips, bobbing the hammer, etc.,...and walla, you have the perfect battle revolver.

July 29, 2007, 02:41 AM
Of the two you already own, which do you shoot better? Which do you enjoy shooting more?

July 29, 2007, 02:51 AM
Of the two you already own, which do you shoot better? Which do you enjoy shooting more?

An excellent question, Sir. I shoot both firearms equally well. Though I use the 9mm far more than the .357. Were I to get the Ruger it would probably be admired more than it was shot. The Beretta would be used extensively at the range. Nevertheless, the presence of a good .357 allows for the option. It makes a good gun to teach newer shooters too. So.... there's that.

July 29, 2007, 02:56 AM
Amadeus, though the 3" GP is still in production it's certainly less common than the blued 92. On the other hand having a common blued 92FS to save wear on your now discontinued Inox 92FS wouldn't be a bad idea. Just a bit more to weigh in the decision making process.

July 29, 2007, 09:54 AM
I would go for the 92, but i've been wanting one of those for awhile now. Nothing wrong with the ruger, but i really want a 92.

July 29, 2007, 09:56 AM
personal preference. I'd prefer the gp100, but if you like the beretta or want higher capacity, go with that.

July 29, 2007, 09:59 AM
Since you already have both......
Get both :D

July 29, 2007, 11:17 AM
Hard's a coin toss. Both great guns. I'd get the GP100. You already have a 92 and the other .357 isn't any good to you unless she makes it out of the safe and gets fired. So...
The Ruger GP100 would be my choice.

July 29, 2007, 08:30 PM
Ruger GP100

July 29, 2007, 08:50 PM
By all means, get both, the problem being, which one first?

July 29, 2007, 09:02 PM
I like both, have shot both, but I only have the Beretta in my collection (one blue, one inox :D ). If I had to choose, I'd say get the Beretta now & get yourself the Ruger for Christmas! ;)

July 29, 2007, 09:14 PM
both Gp first

July 29, 2007, 09:25 PM
think of ammo prices when you buy the gun... personally i am yearning for a black beretta to save wear on my inox... but since im building an ar15 funding is being eaten up.... i would say go for the beretta, you can buy mags/parts/grips and pretty much anything else, everywhere!

July 30, 2007, 02:13 AM
By all means, get both, the problem being, which one first?

That's a good suggestion, but not an option. If the possibility of both existed, then I wouldn't be asking my fellow high-roaders for their input. Even it were an option, the question would indeed be: which one first?

July 30, 2007, 02:31 AM
Get the Ruger GP-100 first.

July 30, 2007, 03:08 AM
I'd go for the gp 100. that gun will never fail. I don't have anything against the 92, it's a great gun, but I had a friend who handloaded some hot 357 stuff (stupidly hot, i might add) that sprung the frame n his colt python. another friend's 4" gp100 ate it up without any signs of a problem. anecdotal I know, but still telling of the strength of the gun. plus, if you worry about over penetration with the 357, or if you want to shoot cheaper ammo for plinking, you can use 38 spl +P loads. that's my 2 cents.

July 30, 2007, 07:35 PM
I vote for the 3" GP100. I have a 4" GP that I really like. (Since my only Beretta is a Cougar 2000, I can't make a direct comparison.)

Black Knight
July 30, 2007, 08:41 PM
I'm mostly a revolver man myself. It was the gun I first learned to shoot. While today I'm confortable with either, but I still love my revolvers. My vote is the GP 100. A good 357 is hard to beat (extremely versitile). You can fire Magnums or 38 Specials in them.

July 30, 2007, 09:05 PM
I'd get the 92FS. The Ruger is a decent revolver and all, but my weakness is the Beretta. The 92 was my first pistol and I'm kind of biased. It would be better suited than the GP for both target practice and HD/Carry.

July 30, 2007, 11:39 PM
I recently just bought a used ruger revolver, and fired a gp-100 from a friend last week. they are sweet, but i think you answered your own question when you said that the ruger would be admired and the beretta would be fired. if thats how you feel, i'd say hands down get the beretta.

if you think you can up your 357/38spl shooting volume, then i'd say get the gp100. but honestly, there are a lot of good used 357's on the market at very reasonable prices you could pick up at a later date.

i too vote beretta

July 31, 2007, 12:43 AM
My vote would be for the Ruger GP 100. They are very solid revolvers and I believe the .357 magnum to be superior to the 9mm for a defensive round.

July 31, 2007, 01:50 AM
I don't want to rub another mans rhubarb, but the LE community in my area largely considers Ruger handguns as adequate for weighting down fishing lines when you go deep. The Beretta, while not being my first choice, is a good working semi-auto in the middle-price range. Years ago I carried a 92 SB and found it extremely reliable, I shot distinguished expert with it. My pick would be the Beretta.

July 31, 2007, 02:06 AM
I'm a revolver guy so I would get the 3" GP100. You said you don't shoot .357 Magnum much but that's probably because you don't want to fire the one you have. If you buy a .357 Magnum you aren't worried about shooting I'm sure you will use it, especially when you remember how much fun it is to fire a good revolver.

If I didn't already have a 2.75" Police Service-Six I would consider buying a 3" GP100. (or a 3" S&W Model 686)

Black Adder LXX
August 2, 2007, 07:43 PM
If BOTH is impossible... i feel your pain... by 90-two and my GP-100 are my favorites, well I think...

I would go with the GP100 ONLY because you say your other 357 is now a safe queen.

August 26, 2007, 12:37 AM
Interesting. The GP100 seems to have a slight majority. I may just have to go with that option.

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