Ruger GP100s


Trad Archer
February 26, 2012, 03:41 PM
Let's hear how awesome these guns are, boys!

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February 26, 2012, 03:50 PM
I've owned GP-100's in 3 inch and 4 inch barrels, both stainless. Both were trouble free and good shooters. Compared to my S&W 686 4 inch, the Ruger seemed a bit more robust and accuracy was about equal. Slight edge for the 686 trigger. GP-100 was a bit less expensive. Overall, they are all fine weapons. I think it comes down to personal preference. In any case, I don't thing you can go wrong with a GP-100.

February 26, 2012, 04:17 PM
Really like mine a lot and shoot it as often as I can afford.

February 26, 2012, 04:19 PM
I have a six-inch I use for deer hunting with 180 grain hard cast RNFP rounds. It's a hoot.

February 26, 2012, 04:20 PM
They're awesome!

I have a 4" SS with the older style grips. Love it.

February 26, 2012, 08:12 PM
Just got my 3" SS and love it!

February 26, 2012, 08:35 PM

February 26, 2012, 09:02 PM
Wonderful revolvers. I picked up a 3" today to go with my others.

If you like the GP100, you'll love the Six series and the SP101. Check 'em out.

February 26, 2012, 09:20 PM
It took me 20 years to warm up to the grip design of the GP. I'm glad I did, because I like my 4" GP a lot.
I liked my 4" Speed Six a LOT more, but I sold it in a moment of financial need.
I was a broke student and I had to put a new clutch in my car.

The GPs are tough as nails. I have no complaints about mine.

February 26, 2012, 09:51 PM
The GP100 is as good as the S&W 686. I have owned both. But I also sold both. For me I like a half lug barrel revolver because they balance better in my hand:). I have always like the Security Six better than either the S&W 686 or GP100.
Opinion only

February 26, 2012, 10:09 PM

shoots as good as it looks! :)

February 26, 2012, 10:17 PM
Unless things are (locally) acutely disturbed, my under-5-seconds-from-bed weapon is a 3" GP-100 w/ 125 gr Hornady JHP's.

February 27, 2012, 07:40 AM
I might have one around here somewhere...

February 27, 2012, 05:05 PM
I love mine! Haven't had the funds to put enough rounds thru it to build up my accuracy, but I love it none the less. I know that when I miss the 10 ring its user error and not the gun.

February 27, 2012, 05:34 PM
Great pistols. I have a 4" and it is a tank. Heavy, solid and overbuilt. I feed it the hottest of handloads with no concern of it shooting itself loose. I won't do that with my 686.

Bush Pilot
February 27, 2012, 05:38 PM
Have a 4" & 6" stainless, probably my 2 favorite 357s. I wish they would make one in a 5 shot .41 magnum.

February 27, 2012, 09:30 PM
GP100 with 6" barrel, blued. 2" groups @50 feet offhand. What other revolver is field-strippable without tools (a dime will work on the Hogue grips), in less than a minute? Love it! And saved beaucoup dollars compared to a Smith.

February 27, 2012, 10:33 PM

shoots as good as it looks! :)
Wow, is that factory? Very nice.

February 27, 2012, 10:52 PM
I really like my GP100 6" SS. I acquired it in excellent condition. I did prefer the Hogue grips over the factory grips.



February 28, 2012, 12:02 AM
I think they are great, but every time I go to buy one I come back with a Security Six. :rolleyes:

February 28, 2012, 07:18 AM
I recently picked up a 4" Blued (almost black) version with Hogue grips from the factory.
I love the gun, and it handles well. I much more accurate single rather than double action, but as long as I'm in the black at 25 yards with an 8" target, I'm happy.
My only complaint is that I've already put 500 rounds through it, and there are some drag marks visible, that I don't think would be there if it were stainless.
This is my home defense gun. Much easier to just point and shoot in times of high stress.


Terry Silver: "A man can't breathe, he can't fight".

February 28, 2012, 08:18 AM
Wow, is that factory? Very nice.

Yep, it's the Wiley Clapp edition GP100...... I won't be changing a thing, it has novak rear sights and a fiber optic front sight, and other than a different grip look (which I love) it's a standard GP100

February 28, 2012, 08:29 AM
Thanks, that's good to know. I really like that setup.

February 28, 2012, 10:14 AM
It's my favorite revolver.

February 28, 2012, 10:30 AM
A GP100 6" stainless was the first gun I ever bought (November 2008). Out the door at Cabela's for $533. Back then I compared it to S&W 686 but couldn't figure out what made S&W cost $150 more. Now S&W is $200 more, and I still can't see any overall advantage other than the massive brand equity of the S&W name. Well, names don't shoot, so I don't care. Much of the public would have know idea what a Ruger is -- I didn't till I was over the age of 30.

I learned Ruger is a quality gun at a decent price. It's not the most expensive, nor is it junk deported from Brazil.

February 28, 2012, 01:37 PM
I recently purchased a GP100 6" SS. It is more accuate than I am. 50 feet 3 inch groups off hand right out of the box. I realy love this gun.

February 28, 2012, 01:42 PM
This is mine from the first year of production of the GP100 in 1986.

February 28, 2012, 05:30 PM
I have a 4" SS GP100.Its the kind of steel that you can take confort in knowing it will always fire and take care of you in time of need.If you end up giving her a name then you know its true love:D

February 29, 2012, 04:55 PM
I have just picked nup my 3" Talo (Wiley Clapp) gp100. Really neat; accurate and smooth shooting even with maximum load .357's. As soon as I get a holster for it I'll carry it at night; with .38 +P+ in it. A pop gun with that load.


February 29, 2012, 05:33 PM
I have a 4" blued GP100 and it does everything well. It is accurate at 25 yards, I have never had a misfire, and the action (after a little dry firing) is very smooth. I feel secure in carrying maximum pressure bear loads. It is heavy enough that recoil is minimal and it is an easy gun learn to shoot. I have a CT Lasergrip on mine and it is currently the house gun. I really like feel of my classic K frame Smiths, but the GP is just a little sturdier. A 3" 41 mag GP would be the ultimate trail gun, IMO.

February 29, 2012, 11:29 PM
I bought one in 1990, shot several thousand rounds thru it. Hope to buy another one soon.

March 1, 2012, 07:34 PM
I had a blue 4" GP100. The single action trigger was very nice. I loved shooting magnums out of it because it soaked up the recoil very nicely. But, it had the worst DA action I ever felt. It wasn't too bad shooting rapid fire but slow deliberate DA shooting the action would hang up about half way through the stroke and I would actually have to jerk the trigger past that point and then just before full cock the action would smooth up. I traded it to guy who wanted a stronger .357 magnum than his S&W 66.

I was going to take it to a gunsmith or send it back to Ruger but a S&W 19/66 was always on my wish list so I made a good trade. The guy I traded it to is very happy with it because he doesn't care so much about the trigger, he just wanted a gun that would handle the hottest loads. I hope to get another GP someday if I can find one with a better trigger. I also have a Security Six whose action is as smooth as any S&W model 66 or model 15. The Security Six with the Hogue Monogrips is a very nice pistol.

March 1, 2012, 11:19 PM
This is my first real wheel gun purchase. Just got it today, havent even shot it.

harmon rabb
March 1, 2012, 11:26 PM
Dead reliable tanks that make good bludgeoning weapons if you run out of ammo. You can't go wrong with one as a HD or open carry revolver. You can run the nastiest overpressure stuff out there in it all day long and it won't care. And 38spl feels like a mouse fart.

Probably the best large 357 for its price.

charlie echo
March 2, 2012, 12:05 AM
I want a 3" GP100 and a 3" S&W 65: his and hers. :)

March 2, 2012, 02:20 PM
Charlie Echo, I now have both. I just received my Talo GP100. I like them both. The 65 has had a trigger job and is the smoothest I have ever shot. The GP shoots just as well, and magnums can't be felt any more than .38's. The sights are a LOT better. A his and his.

March 2, 2012, 03:22 PM
4 yrs ago, I shot 25 x 357 magnum rounds through a rental GP100 with 6 inch barrel. My first time to shoot a Ruger revolver as Smiths are my first love.

Couldn't miss the 3" bullseye at the indoor range's maximum distance, shooting in double action...15 meters perhaps? Six months later, I owned one:D

IMO, a GP100 is a must have revolver, just like a Smith and Wesson 686.

March 2, 2012, 07:08 PM
I've had a standard 4" blue one for many years. Great shooter! Couldn't get used to the issue grips and changed to Pachmayer. Although a heavy piece with not much muzzle jump with 357s, on a whim, I had it Mag-n-ported after a couple of years. With the heaviest loads the barrel barely moves.

March 2, 2012, 07:53 PM
Well, I'd love to have a 3" model 13 or 65.
They appeal greatly to me. Especially aesthetically.

I named my Gp "Maggie".
Just don't tell my Dan Wesson .357, Taurus .44 mag, Ruger Redhawk .44 mag, and Marlin 1894 .44 mag. I named them Maggie, too.

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