Gear: Ruger GP-100


Ruger GP-100

Sturm, Ruger
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: $450
Average Rating:
(11 Votes)

Ruger GP100® revolvers were introduced in 1985 and represent some of the most durable medium-framed double action revolvers in existence. They are rugged, reliable, and dependable. Chambered for the powerful .357 Magnum cartridge, they also can utilize less-powerful, lower-recoiling, and less-expensive .38 Special ammunition. The Ruger GP100 revolvers are among the most comfortable .357 Magnum revolvers ever made. Their rugged medium-sized frames and cushioned grip system permit repeated firings of powerful .357 Magnum cartridges without shooter fatigue. All GP100 revolvers feature a strong triple-locking cylinder, and are available in both blued and stainless steel models, and in both square and round-butt variations.

Member Reviews

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    TrojanSkyCop, Thu, 06 Mar 2008 05:47:30 UTC.
    1st review

    The BEST .357 Magnum rrevolver out there, PERIOD. It's the Timex of wheelguns, which'll keep perkin' right along after taking loads that would literally blow up a Smith or a Colt. Superbly accurate, user-friendly rubber grip (with aesthetically pleasing wood inserts, for the sake of anti-rubber wood-happy purists) that takes a lot of bite out of the recoil of Magnum loaods, sensible push-button cylinder release (contrast with the latches on Smiths & Colts).

    Only downside is that the double-action trigger isn't quite as smooth as the top two competing brands, but it's plenty good for rapid and accurate shooting, as I can attest from having used it to help my team win a Gold Medal in the 4-Man Revolver Combat Match at last year's Nevada Police & Fire Games--I was the ONLY Ruger user, everybody else had a Smith!

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    NasherMA1, Mon, 24 Mar 2008 18:59:03 UTC.

    This is the only wheelgun I currently own. The reason for that is simply because it is the best one on the market. I've run through S&W 686's, S&W model 10's and Colt Pythons and traded-up when I bought my GP. Accuracy is no question. I use stock grips and have upgraded a little by adding fiber-optic sights. Weight and trigger are awesome for the money. (I did have a gunsmith simply smooth the trigger a bit.) This is my standard "Hunting Buddy" and vehicle partner. If you've never seen or fired one, stop looking and just buy one of these beauties. they are no challenge to find at $300 or less if you do some digging.

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    aaa111, Thu, 27 Mar 2008 23:13:38 UTC.

    this is probably the strongest 357 mag on the market bar none!

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    mar12inla, Wed, 30 Apr 2008 06:17:12 UTC.

    I've had one for about 5 years, previous owner has "visiting right"...
    Always hits range targets (some people even get ticked of). Has done overtime in the heavy rain a few years back, still looks like on day one.

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    acclauhs, Wed, 06 Aug 2008 14:08:41 UTC.

    Picked up a 6-inch blued one for $229 the other day. Used to shoot my brother-in-law's stailess version, much less felt recoil than any of my S&W's. Really nice revolver. Planning on using it for hunting, figure I'll throw a pair Crimson Trace grips on it and use it for taking down medium game.

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    garrydolley, Sun, 17 Aug 2008 02:11:36 UTC.

    I am very happy with this gun. I have the 4", SS (KGP-141) model. Hammer action is crisp, trigger pull is smooth. Recoil is very minimal. Not too hard to strip (although you need a tool). Very accurate. I really like the way it feels in my hand. Not too heavy nor too light.

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    Posse44, Tue, 19 Aug 2008 04:23:20 UTC.

    Wish I would have never sold mine. Loved that gun. You could feed really hot rounds in it and it didn't mind.

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    TXLJ, Wed, 07 Jan 2009 09:39:47 UTC.

    KGP-161. In use for over twelve years without any problems. Had some very hot rounds put through it without a issue. Taught my wife to shoot with this gun and she still loves it. Even carried on duty for several years. Easy to use, easy to clean and very well made.

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    Anonymous, Sat, 14 Mar 2009 03:14:35 UTC.

    I've had my GP100 over10 years and it is one of the best revolvers I have ever owned.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 05 Jun 2009 20:23:44 UTC.

    I bought my GP-100 in 1988 based on positive experiences with my dad's Security Six, and now, 20 years and who knows how many rounds later, it still functions as accurately and as reliably as ever. I had the bluing replaced with DuraCoat at a gun shop down in Walsenburg, CO, but the gun remains stock otherwise. Recoil is easily manageable even with full magnum loads thanks to the gun's weight and the rubber grips, but the grips lead me to the only drawback I've found. I can't use a speedloader with full-length .357 Magnum rounds with the stock grips in place: they're too long. I get around this by using .38 +P Silvertips, but it would be nice to find speedloaders or grips that let me use .357 rounds. But that's quibbling on my part. A solid, reliable revolver at a reasonable price (even today) and a company that will back their product 120%. What's not to love?

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    bigb00mer, Sun, 22 Apr 2012 02:22:42 UTC.

    as a gunsmith, I have worked on one gp-100
    the owner stripped it down to clean and\could get it back together

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