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Smith & Wesson Model 65 vs Ruger Model GP-100

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SwampWolf, Jan 19, 2012.

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  1. SwampWolf

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    Years ago, after my agency made the switch from revolvers to semi-autos, I gave my oldest daughter my now retired service revolver, a Smith Model 65 (which had replaced a Model 13 previously) as a Christmas present. I have always intended on replacing it with another but, by the time I got around to getting one, of course, the Model 65 was discontinued. Model 65s in excellent to new condition fetch $500.00 and up in these parts so I started looking around for an equivalent alternative in the same price range and began seriously looking at the Ruger GP-100 (in the 3" barrel, fixed sights configuration).

    The intended uses for the proposed new revolver is concealed carry on an occasional basis and for having a sturdy, durable, rust-resistant revolver for carrying while camping/hiking/canoeing; one that is lighter and more compact than the Smith Model 686 plus, 4" barreled revolver that I own. I do require the new revolver to be chambered in .357 Magnum and having at least a six-round capacity. Both of the aforementioned revolvers come close to what I have in mind.

    As best as I can tell, at 31 ounces, the Model 65 is approximately five ounces lighter than the 36 ounce GP-100-a decided plus for my purposes. Too, I'm very acquainted with K-frame Smiths and have always liked their trigger pulls. Subjectively, I also prefer the looks of the Smith revolver over the Ruger revolver. On the other hand, the Ruger appears to be the more robustly constructed between the two and much easier to field-strip for cleaning in the event the canoe turns over or if I should step into a hole deeper than my waders when trout fishing. The Ruger will be easier to find and, because it will probably be new, the warranty (I'm aware of Ruger's "non-warranty warranty") should be easier to invoke. I have no experience with the GP-100 trigger but, if it's anything like my Redhawk revolver, it will suffice.

    I'd appreciate getting any advice/input on which revolver to get from people experienced with one or the other or both. Thanks in advance.

    P.S. What would be a good price for a new GP-100?
     
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  2. Probie9

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    I have the 4" GP100 and am very pleased with the accuracy and how it handles.
    I belt carry it around the place in an Uncle Mike's holster.
    It might be a little big to conceal on a smaller person.
    I don't have any experience with the Smiths but they have a good reputation so you would probably be good with either.
     
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    The GP100's a fine gun, but because of it's size, if I were to get one, it'd be the 4" version, with adjustable sights & interchangeable front sight.

    That leaves the M65 (preferably with a 3" barrel) as my recommendation. I have a 3" M65 (used to be a friend's service revolver, too), and the only thing better as an all-arounder, IMO, is the Lady Smith version, with it's barrel shroud protecting the ejector.
     
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    Yep, "she's" a winner-but awfully hard to find and pricey when you do.
     
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    I believe the Model 65 is more comparable to the Ruger Service Six. I don’t see them too often. The GP-100 is more comparable to the 686, both in weight and size. The SP-101 is like a Model 60 on steroids. If 6 shots is a hard requirement, perhaps you might look for a Service Six. If you can live with 5 shots, a 3” Model 60 Pro is very nice and the 3” and new 4” SP-101 is very nice. I wasn’t happy with the fixed sights of the 101 and had a J frame sight mounted to mine.
     
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    That bit of advice gives me something to think about. Though, because I already own a 4" barreled Smith Model 686, ClemY's point
    makes sense. I don't really want to replicate an already owned gun. So, hmm. I'm sort of back again to which one to get: a 3" barreled GP-100 (fixed sights) or a 3" barreled Model 65 (fixed sights). I love dilemmas when there's no really wrong choice! :) But still...:scrutiny:
     
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    If you like the fixed sights on these guns, you are doing better than me. I can't stand them. I had to replace the sights on my SP-101 to make it useable.
     
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    I actually like fixed sights on a carry gun. Once I know the POI with my particular load, the fact that the sights can't get knocked out of alignment is comforting to me. Very rugged.
     
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