Ruger’s GP100 was one of the most popular-selling revolvers among retailers using the services of GunBroker.com last year. It ranked sixth in the website’s annual rankings, and for a lot of good reasons.
It’s a Ruger, to start with, and the company has a sterling reputation for quality firearms that perform through years of service. The fact that there are two dozen variations available doesn’t hurt, either. Whether you’re looking for a quality wheelgun for range plinking, or something more appropriate for carry, the company has you covered in its GP100 line.
Regardless which one you choose, the cylinder locks solidly in three places—at the front, rear and below. A transfer bar provides added safety and disassembly doesn’t require specialized tools. The double-actions are available in .357 Mag., .327 Fed. Mag., .44 Spl., .22 LR and even 10 mm. Capacity varies by chambering.
There’s something for everyone, even in the looks department. Two come with Hogue Monogrip grips with an equally dark metal finish. They’re chambered in .357 Mag. and you get a choice of 4.20- or 6-inch barrel. The rear sights are adjustable, capacity is six cartridges and MSRP for either is $769.
If a stainless steel finish is more your style, and you appreciate Hogue’s recoil-soaking virtue, there are another three in .357 Mag. Barrel length available includes 3, 4.2 and 6 inches and the shortest version will set you back $799. The other two come in at $829.
The .22 LR model has a 10-round capacity and rubberized grips with a great looking hardwood inset. You can also find straight hardwood grips in the GP100 line and versions ideal for concealed carry. Ruger’s GP100 web page provides complete details on each.
As for the revolver’s versatility, B. Gil Horman tested one for American Riflemanand wrote, The new 3" barrel Ruger GP100 5-Shot .44 Special falls neatly into my idea of a one-gun shooting solution. It can be tucked into a nightstand strong box for home defense, carried concealed in the city or out on the trail for defense against dangerous critters of the no-legged, four-legged and two-legged varieties.”