It naturally sits low for better alignment and control. Their number 1 gunsmith worked on that gun and returned one of the most amazing weapons I have had the pleasure of shooting. I love Ruger and have several. That sort of notchy long DA pull will smooth considerably after 3,000 rounds and the SA seems crisper as well. And now that we’re back to aesthetics, is there any better-looking canvas on which to create all manner of awesomeness? Even with the hotter stuff, muzzle flip was miniscule, and neither my wrists nor my hands ever declared discomfort. Better trigger than stock S&Ws now. Maybe a speed loader. No weapon, not even my SEA M-16 felt so meant for my hand. maythe4thbewithu on Ruger GP100. I shot the beast before I gave it to her – my first time with a .357. I imagine it’s very comfortable to shoot. Reliability * * * * * Seriously, the S&W timing failed on two of the 6 positions. My GP 100 shoots good and is just the proper size for my use. I like the longer sight plane of the extended barrel 3. The Ruger GP100 has been featured as a firearm for both villains and heroes in movies such as “Tango and Cash” and on television shows like “CSI:Miami” and “Law and Order.” Part of the popularity of the Ruger GP-100 is the big, beefy, bomb-proof design that handloaders depend on to test high pressure rounds; plus it also looks bad-ass. And the current special run Wiley Clapp 3″ GP100 versions with windage-adjustable sights and nice-looking checkered grips are big sellers. My GP is blued, has a minor scratch on the cylinder and has (I believe) rosewood grips. I love that thing. And I am thinking about that “Dirty Harry” shoulder rig for wintertime! Both weigh about the same. Unfortunately, the Ruger GP100 is not one of these. Recently, I polished the matt finish to gloss using Mother’s wheel polish. So again I’d wait a while for things to settle down before buying a used one. Love the comfort of beveled trigger and smooth as a baby’s butt trigger pull. Incidentally, Smith & Wesson makes a red-ramp front sight standard on all 686s. I blame the trigger. At my insistence, my lukewarm-to-guns wife had just fired six rounds from my tiny, palm-punishing Kel-Tec .380. I finally purchased my first GP-100 in the late 80’s. Our day at the range – and any budding interest she had in firearms – was in serious jeopardy. She didn’t really even notice a difference. . All Ruger has to do is contract with one of these companies for better GP100 sights, or just beef up the rear sight blade and firm up the ajustment mechanism. I liked it and think I am going to get one. Is one really better than the other as so many claim? (The Ruger Service Six is nearly the same, but without adjustable sights.). Ruger made a very good pistol. Would an extra fifteen bucks really keep anyone from buying this gun? I could definitely see a woman enjoy shooting this. My sp101 is my edc gun, I opted for the 38 spcl. Although it’s available in classic blued steel, you’d be nuts not to come off the extra cheese ($75) for the satin stainless finish, which contrasts beautifully with the black rubber Hogue Monogrips. She has never even shot .38s out of it… Just magnum rounds, and the felt recoil is minimal for a .357. Yes. Easy to use? Why? How The 3-Inch Barrel LCRx Enhances The .357 Magnum: Longer 3-inch barrel improves the .357 Magnum's ballistics, while keeping the revolver concealable. The .44 Special GP100 fits nicely in an El P… The GP100 was designed as a six shot, 357 Magnum (also accepts .38 Special) service revolver and .357 remains the most popular caliber. I used to P.O My Brother in Law because I could hit the same target He would shoot with His AR-15. They used to be around $275 , but prices have risen as people are now appreciating them as superior to the GP100. The trigger has smoothed up and runs smoothly. And yes, it has earned its reputation as being heavy in the hand, but it is also light in the kickback. The Ruger GP100 Match Champion's 4.2-inch barrel is topped with Novak sights—arguably one of the most popular brands found on handguns today. The Buffalo Bore 180-grain, hard-cast load breaks nearly 1,300 fps in the three-inch Ruger. You notice that Ruger shaved a lot of weight off the very expensive 4.2″ barrel GP100 Match Champion. In four-inch guise, the GP100, with its full under-lug barrel and shrouded ejector rod, has just the right looks to make gun owners giddy and bad guys incontinent. I proceeded to run through a bevy of different .357 FMJs. I own several Rugers, both rifles and pistols, and do not understnad where they get their “second rate” classification. Think that nasty double-action trigger can’t get any smoother? The special runs of 3″ barrel, adjustable sight guns that Ruger did also sold out quickly. great firearm. The GP100 is great and you can’t beat the price for quality. With some practice, the results are about the same. I held it pointed it and said id take it. Yes, the GP100 Match Champion is moving the gun in the right direction, back to what the GP100 should have been nearly 30 years ago following the Ruger Six Series. It draws your eyes right to the front sight. Well, that depends on whether or not Detective Callahan’s shoulder rig is an option for you. The Ruger GP100 is a modern handgun that arguably is the finest example of a … just picked up my gp100 with 6″ barrel man some of the reviews I read just dosn’t seem like we are talking of the same gun I love it as far as being accurate right out of the box its on the money I have a I few high end 357’s python,686,dan Wesson I get great grouping at 50 yards! Second-rate status, blue-collar provenance and XL dimensions aside, the GP100 absolutely hits a grand slam in the appearance department, delivering perfect hand cannon aesthetics. But to say its so much more study and stronger than the 686 is bull crap. She was on paper immediately with .38 specials. and have found that with a decent action job they are quite capable of out shooting S&Ws out to 50mtrs. Any recommendations as to ammo given the 1″ loss in barrel length? Thats not to say one is better than the other. Recently purchased a 3″ stainless version for my mom. The owner said well for not arguing with me about the price 599$ , he threw in a box of ammo my choice and gave me 10 off a little belt holster. that being said I own a gp100 and a Redhawk along with s&w model 29 two 28’s and a 625. the rugers are fine guns for what they are but they will never be a smith and Wesson. My only concern is that after about 100 rounds the pin for the rear sight works its way out to the right… a few drops of loctite should fix it but I have not tried yet. One star deducted for a slightly-harsh trigger and Sturm Ruger’s front-sight cheap-out. The GP-100 is a fantastic Firearm and I want another One to go with My Ruger SP-101. Keep up the good work, you the man!!! I also installed a lighter spring set, did some very minor polishing of the action, installed new fiber optic sites front & rear and replaced the rubber and wood grip that came from Ruger with a nice premium Hoag rosewood grip with finger notches and and cap which not only gives my large hand a much better grip but doesn’t cause any discomfort at all with even the hottest .357 loads. Half the weight of the GP100 and “smaller” rounds, but was comparatively more jumpy than the heavy Ruger. Oh, I almost forgot; Excellent review. This is utter BS. Its all personal preference. 3 … The GP100 is available with a few different barrel options. The good news is that you don’t have to disassemble it to lubricate it. Neither is inside-the-pocket carry. Haul that trigger back, tick-tick, recheck the front sight, another couple ounces of pressure and off she goes. I occasionally think of putting in a spring kit, then I decide that the money’s better spent on more practice ammo. I thought it looked better 2. It sits kind of in the middle between my 4 inch, 6 shot S&W M25-5 in .45 Colt, and my 5 shot Charter Arms .44 Specials. Many in original boxes. Your local gunsmith and Ben Franklin say otherwise. Maybe also offer the adjustable sight option on the 3″ barrel version. I have always been a Smith guy when it came to revolvers. I never again fired my handloads through the S&W, It sits in a safe and gathers dust but my GP-100 stainless 4inch’r still handles the rounds fine with nooooo malfunctions after all these years. Overall length: 9.5″ Harbor Freight sells a five-dollar needle file set. The automatics have problems. http://www.thehunterstore.com/loc_g/product.aspx?prodid=3687&price=22.84. but your not gaining anything but a lot of extra weight to carry around and a false sense of security. I wennt looking for a 686 at a local gunshop I never been to before, and was informed the guy in front of me just bought the only one they had 5 min ago. I made the mistake of selling my 6 inch blued GP-100 to a friend and I regretted letting it go. The recoil and noise surprised me. Ruger GP100. In fact sold acouple of those in order to buy the others. All in all …I agree w/ the reviewer. Ruger engineers did an awesome job designing the GP100. Do handguns look better than this? After nearly seven years of wedded bliss, I caught her red-handed! I appreciated your remarks on the Ruger GP. My recently acquired 357 is a classic Dan Wesson model 15. Love the blue finish on this model. I picked up my GP-100 at a local gun show, used. I don't have any pictures of the 4 inch blued GP100 I used to own. Not too bad. Action type: Double action/single action revolver According to my wife, “I feel safe just looking at it . The GP100 is available with a few different barrel options. Hogues fix the angle to make them more natural pointers. My number one choice on the list was a .22 Mag./.22 Long Rifle convertible rimfire version of the 3" barrel LCRx double-action revolver with adjustable sights. So I settled for the GP after scrounging around for a few months. This 35-oz. All they need to do is use the former Six Series revolvers as a guide, which were plenty strong. The shooting world is flush with ultra-light, ultra-compact .357/.38 revolvers for personal defense. There were 3 black guys cutting up at one of their friends who was buying glock and said they would be more scared of m y gun than his wimpy looking gun, I knew I made the right choice. -Improve the double action trigger pull, just like on the Match Champion. I think Ruger and the other gun companies are still in “crankin’ ’em out” mode due to the Great Gun Panic – though that should not be the case for a competition gun like the Match Champion (shame on you, Ruger). The Ruger GP100 is a .357 Mag revolver that perfectly fits my criteria for the above handgun for survival. Grant Cunningham also takes the gun to a whole new level, both style- and action wise. Ruger made a mistake with the GP100 being too heavy, and I won’t be surprised if Ruger shaves weight off all the GP100s in the future like they do on the Match Champion. the gun has enough weight to tame the recoil of the most powerful magnums loads you can put in it and the 4 inch barrel has enough length to be accurate at hunting range and still be easily used for self defense range. Keep your powder dry and your faith in God. It felt like, (drum roll please) my GP-100!… even though the S&W has multiple springs involved in the firing process and the GP-100 has just one, one beefy spring that does it all. I had been looking for a Security 6 since firing my Son-in-Law’s (an heirloom from his grandmother). No complaints now. The best dog you’ll ever own ain’t an American Kennel Club champion; it’s the decidedly average mutt you adopted from the pound. Action is still as it was 20+ years ago. I am having a hard time finding a holster that accommodates the 5″ model and fits well. I will always take the extra weight over the cheaper feel of a light weight. According to the manual, a few drops of oil in the frame openings will make its way to the internal mechanisms. Typical problems arose – couldn’t safely or reliably rack the slide, too much to remember… She was pumped when I showed up with the GP100, and it showed. In my case, that seemed to be the best value. It has a 6 inch barrel , to shoot it is to love it, just make sure you clean it Not uncomfortable for me. So to somone else with the same problem, here is the answer: Get what YOU like. However, finding an IWB for it will be difficult (not too many holster makers offer that sort of rig for this gun) and you'll need a stout gun belt. Slab-side the barrels like the Match Champion, and take weight off anywhere else you can without compromising strength. Unfortunately, the GP100 was simply way over-built, and except for the cylinder lock-up, its excessive weight makes it just a step sideways from its lighter/sleeker predecessor, the Ruger Security Six revolver. The Ruger GP100 is really good at just being a big-ass, crap-your-pants-intimidating, rock-solid revolver. Recently added a single six, stainless. Get rid of the 6″ barrel version in favor of a 5″ or 5.25″; the 6″ gun is way too nose heavy. Yes, to each is on. It’s a pistol made for packing around. After handling the Ruger, the Smith feels sub-par. Inside-the-purse carry doesn’t seem feasible, either, though this piece may fit in your car’s glove box. It gives three barrel options such as 3 inch, 4 inch and 6 inch too.It is apparently one of the best choices of … I have the GP100 in the 3in version , had a trigger job done on it. I proceeded to put 100 rounds through it. For this review, we requested a .357 Mag./.38 Special GP100 in stainless steel with a 4.2" barrel from the good folks at Ruger. There’s no excuse for such a heavy double action pull on these guns or with the variation on the pulls from gun to gun. Capacity: 6-round cylinder because it’s a farilly heavy gun, but I keep telling them that it has the least But that smaller-framed gun is a little light for pleasant 357 Magnum shooting. This gun is well built. The only other .357 I enjoyed nearly much was a Colt King Cobra which I stupidly let go in a trade… Just keep putting the rounds through your GP-100 and your diligence will be rewarded with a smoother trigger. You want to get the 4″ GP100 down to about 35 ounces, rather than the now 40 ounces (or 38 in the Match Champion). This week I decided to show it some love, so I picked up the factory orange sight, a set of trigger and hammer shims, and an ISMI spring kit. It’s my favorite revolver, love that gun. Stay tuned for my review (coming soon at a RevolverGuy website near you!) Don’t like the rough edges around the inside of the frame? “useful in staging the DA trigger pull”… ahhhhhhHHHHH!! Would probably cost Ruger $20 instead of having to pay a gunsmith $50-$75 to install a $5 11-pound spring and do some polishing. It may wear a little over time & repeated cleanings, but is easily renewed. Like many Ruger revolvers, this one has a little “hitch” immediately prior to the sear release. No. Its all gonna come down to which ones suits your fancy the best. You can buy colored ones if you want, look at midway. It doesn’t take (too) much practice to learn how to shoot accurately (even out to 75-yards) with a DA pull. In a recent email about new product offerings Ruger did refer to this 3" 10MM as a Wiley Clapp model but it doesn't have that reference on the spec sheet. Fiber-optic sights are great. thanks for all the insite on gp100.I will be picking up my 1715 tomorrow and at range this coming weekend…..i am pumped to get this being that i have a few pistols but no revolvers. My GP100 is the stainless special edition 5″ barrel model. In fact, I have heard numerous complaints about S&W in recent years. All I do is point and shoot. I’ve favored crossdraw holsters since carrying on my parents’ property in Wisconsin. Thanks! If you have accuracy problems past 15 you just suck at shooting. The gp100 is almost impossible to conceal without a winter jacket. I have several Ruger revolvers and several S&W revolvers and I actually like the Rugers better, in general. This change also goes back to the standard mounting system, which allows installation of many superior aftermarket rear sites for the competition shooter. Still, there’s enough to keep you interested and help tailor the weapon to your particular needs (hardwood grips might be a good place to start). The 3-inch barrel length keeps the Ruger compact for any kind of carry. I carry this gun throughout the winter up north and in the woods. Anyone who complains should try going to a local gym, getting a membership and a trainer and increasing your grip and forearm strength by hitting some weights. Thanks. Though my wife generally stuck to shooting .38s, I longed for a Magnum fix. First range session showed me the previous owner kept her well in tune and sighted fine for 7-15 yards. There have also been several on-line customer reports of minor quality problems with the Match Champion such as poorly fitting wood grips, missing internal shims, misaligned triggers, etc. It’s been a very long time, but what Ruger should rationally do for all the GP100s is the following: -Lighter weight. Lots of folks choose the GP100 as a cheaper alternative to Smith’s 686. But that’s no surprise to me. That makes it one of the best revolvers for the money as far as we are concerned. Unless you know how to technically inspect the gun at a gun show, avoid any Security Six that looks well-worn or pitted, or just pay a little more and buy from a good gun shop that has inspected the gun and will guarantee it functional and safe. Find the compact grips if you can, but with a coat to cover printing this won’t be an issue. As an aside, the sights on the Match Champion are a step back though. And it is missing a few WC features - the Hawkeye matte finish, barrel profile, softened edges and WC grip. I’ve owned the GP100 4″ in stainless and the 6″ in blue finish for over 10 years now and love them both. The match we shoot here in Australia starts at 50m and goes down to 7m toal 900 points. This is a super well made firearm, over built really. The 2A is for everybody as long as a record or mental reason doesn’t bar you from owning firearms. I won’t risk my life on a failure by design. I decided to go slow with the install but it still only took an hour and was incredibly easy. The Ruger GP100 is a .357 Mag revolver that perfectly fits my criteria for the above handgun for survival. A rock solid, point-and-pull revolver is always the best choice for a beginning handgunner. My wife had a Walther PK-380, which is a fine little self-defense gun, but admittedly show lackluster performance. Two hundred rounds later, I honestly believe that it kicks less than my S&W Third Generation .40-caliber semi-auto. Note that Ruger has responded to all the complaints about the Match Champion sites and recently come out with a version of the Match Champion that has the standard GP100 sites it is currently listed and pictured on gun wholesale distributor Davidson’s “Gallery of Guns” (January 2015) website – galleryofguns dot com. Revolvers like this tend to have heavy a double-action trigger pull that offers a lot of initial resistance, stack a great deal as the hammer comes up, and then smooth out just before the hammer drops. Ruger’s GP-100 revolver is a beefy magnum pistol that brings some unique capabilities to the table. That and my Step-Son’s novice shooter 12 year old boy was able to comfortably shoot it as well, so the issue of flinch as time passes becomes moot. I was able to carry the Ruger in summer, inside shorts, with a t shirt in tail down configuration and nobody have seen anything. After getting used to the (considerable) difference in noise, I quickly realized that the combination of an excellent ergonomic design, good weight distribution, and a huge chunk of rubber in my paws made for recoil that wasn’t off-putting in the least. Over the years, I’ve seen dozens of Security Sixes at gun shows and shops that look nearly new. Once again, thanks for a great article, and thanks to Ruger for making a great pistol. GOT A PERFECT RUGER STAINLESS STEEL RUBBER WITH WOOD INCERTS FOR THE GRIP, 6″ BARREL, 357 MAGNUM, ORIGINAL BOX …WHAT WOULD ONE PAY FOR IT.? The Ruger GP100 is a great revolver. Yeah, but I would rather handle a revolver with a quality build than one that might blow up in my face. The 3-inch GP100 came with fixed sights and either a short or long underlug. Glad she enjoyed it & didn’t get turned off easily. My xd 9 jumps more than my gp100 when I shoot. The GP100 is really so much heavier than it needs to be, and Ruger producing the Match Champion proves that. Unfortunately, the boy would not part with it. All together it ran me about $35. But not a cheap one. But that’s no surprise to me. Today, mint Service Six’s are sought after like old Colt Detective Specials. I thought it looked better (sorry). If you’re not comfortable taking this thing apart, don’t. every time I go to the range with other friends they are all intimadited There are a few snub nose GP100 revolvers but the most popular is the standard .357 mag model. Have had mine since late 1990’s great gun,had a friend of mine that is a machinist do some polishing on it,very smooth,and a better trigger.My wife gave it to me as a Christmas present,great woman!Reload for it,have gotten pretty good with speed loaders for it a little too big for ccw during the summer though,but is my go to gun for home defense,if needed.Have a Rossi Model 92 to go with it,16″ barrel,blue,very handy and love that ammo interchangeability.Keep your powder dry. Her hand hurt and her face grimaced, and it seemed as though tears weren’t far behind. the difference in a smith and a ruger and that bulk you think your getting is a smith is made of forged steel and the ruger is made of cast. the first shot I was smiling. . Everything is an opinion in the end. We have lot of different caliber there. Selling all other brands of pistols/revolvers to purchase Ruger 101 3″ revolver for summer carry. It’s not practical but it really looks nice. Given what it is, holster and laser/light options are a bit limited. I had them, too. If you look at the video, you’ll see how the Misses has room to spare to bring that web of the hand up further-just as she is snatching the trigger. I wouldn’t feel naked carrying either the Ruger or the S&W, even though I freely admit to being a Smith weenie. Is what I will be using as I test the waters of USPSA competition at local club I recently joined. The revolver is made of stainless steel, weighs about 36 oz and, sports a spurred hammer style. Is my favorite shooter amongst my handguns. I just got a GP100 4in. Would Obama go hunting with Dick Cheney? Added the Hogue grip myself – now it comes with one. I had a Ruger GP-100 357 Magnum with 6″ Barrel for a few years and I wish I never sold it. When I started writing gun reviews full time in 2009, one of the first models I wanted to tout as a flexible, multi-purpose shooting solution was the Compact GP100. Lol. It’s a family heirloom now. Shot Speer FMJ’s .38+p and American Eagle 38’s. In 4″ barrel with 38 Special or +P loads, the Security Six is a great home defense gun for the average person and also fun at the range. just came home with a six inch gp-100 ,had to clean it a bit its 16 yrs old and still looks brand new hogue coco bolo mono grip on it and it fills my hand ,at 35 ft I shot plus p 38 target rounds into a quarter size group,with .357 125 grain remingtons at 25 yards I printed and inch and a half ragged hole ,at 50 using really heavy .357 may loads I made a two inch sized ragged hole,I shoot twice per week and began shooting in 1967 when I was just a boy.i like the ruger better than my s&W models because I reworked the trigger ,although not as smooth as one of my many pythons or anacondas it holds up really well,I paid Nathan 200 bucks for this 16 yr old gp-100 and I think I got my moneys worth ,narry a malfunction or problem with this 16 year old revolver,I will carry this and my sig m-400 when out and about ,as there have been some illegal parasitic attacks occurring near the mexican border ,not a mexican problem but an ms-13 and Isis wanna be problem ,ill take my ruger any day of the week its 100% reliable ,and I can hammer some nails with it when I get back home. Was a post-tax total of $572 worth having a better half who actually wants to go to the range with me? I got mine used but unfired for about half the cost of a smith 686. There is no measure to prove this. My love affair with Ruger's Compact GP100 began in earnest back at the turn of the century with the purchase of a now discontinued model KGPF-330. Have never had to send a gun back but if I ever did, good to know. They stopped manufacture in the 80’s to make the GP100. When I shoot my Ruger it actually feels like I’m shooting a 22. The answer is no. Ergonomics (carry) * * I put 38s through it just to get the feeling. This is the same reason I wouldn’t buy an AR variant until piston variations were out. Walking through the thick woods, driving a tractor around, or just sitting down to sight in a rifle was found to be much easier with a weak side crossdraw instead of a strong side holster. Barrel length: 4.0″ That’s awesome that your mom loves the Ruger GP100. The Smith and Wesson 686 is forged steel, which if you know anything about metals is probably the strongest way to make a gun. Also I got the stainless. Can’t find it anywhere. You don’t even need to use the Match Champion shims. OVERALL RATING * * * * Grips: Black Rubber Hogue Monogrip The Match Champion’s target crown barrel recess design currently prevents that – info on this on-line. Its tall is 4.5 inches with the standard rubber grips, and its width is 1.4 inches at the cylinder. I wouldn’t take a Smith and Wesson over a Ruger if you promised Obama would leave the country and never come back if I took the S&W. I just bought the 5″ as well and love it. Ergonomics (firing) * * * * Red-handed at the range, that is. Recoil is stout and it should serve well for defense against the big cats and feral dogs. Easy to carry? Can concealed carry with just a lite over shirt on when I go to town but I am a big person. Surprise her one day and mix some empty casings in the cylinder-she’ll catch herself doing it. It now looks a lot like a stainless 4″ Security Six, which was even a few ounces lighter. The old panel/rubber grips were lousy pointers as on the SP-101’s. Triple-locking cylinder is locked into the frame at the front, rear and bottom for more positive alignment and dependable operation shot after shot. Triple-locking cylinder is locked into the frame at the front, rear and bottom for more positive alignment and dependable operation shot after shot. Model: Ruger GP-100 Like the others, I love my GP-100. Thanks. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. But to some the heavier trigger pull in double action isnt a problem and some actually prefer it. These days when I go out in the woods, before leaving the house I spend a half hour going eeenie, meeenie, miney mo, trying to decide which one to bring. I am 5′ 10″ and 195 lbs and IWB is my mode of carry with a Galco Summer Comfort Holster. We have a 4.20-inch barrel, lugged with a fully adjustable rear sight, elevation and windage, in stainless steel finish with a brushed satin for a low-glare to … I’ve owned a 6″ GP100 for several years and have viewed it as my workhorse gun. I have had a GP-100 for a while now. The GP100 is most certainly that. I thought it looked better 5. Speaking of grips, I’m sure someone molds them in pink if that’s your thing. One of the best reviews on the GP-100 I have ever read. After I fixed that, things were good as long as I stayed in the seven-to-ten yard range. A factory ruger is in no way a slick gun, HOWEVER they are far from a piece of crap and I would put my faith in a gp 100 before any other revolver currently on the market! Apparently, Ruger thought the same thing eventually. The trigger has only got better with use… after ~1500 rounds and twice as many dry fires it has smoothed out a bit. how do I clean it One of the 2.5-inch or 3-inch GP100 models in .357 Magnum or .44 Special could be carried daily, even concealed if you had the right holster. The shooting world is flush with ultra-light, ultra-compact .357/.38 revolvers for personal defense. Don’t be a dick, Jay. http://www.chuckhawks.com/smith-wesson_dark.htm. The several hundred dollars more you’ll spend on the Smith provides a smoother trigger pull and parts that generally fit together more precisely. This revolver isn’t a class leader. the gun seems to push rather then snap muzzle up for better target re acquisition I am avid deer hunter and it is my favorite side arm great gun good investment I am very happy! And a happy wife who likes shooting it. I have a 6″ stainless from the mid 1990’s. Still have the bright yellow box it came in. Interesting comments , I was enlightened by the insight . Evolution 2 Series Paddle Holster For Ruger GP100 Black Right H $ 22.44 (4) Williams 70958 Firesights Handgun Ruger GP100 Red, Green $ 47.77 (3) HIVIZ RUGER GP100 INTERCHANGE PIPE $ 20.47 (0) 1791 Gunleather PDHR2SBRR R2 Signature Brown Leather OWB Ruger $ 59.99. it has to be that big to survive. After carrying my GP 100 4″ for a number of years in a belt holster for bear protection in the fall of the year on our Ranch, I decided to look for something better. Also great review about getting your wife into shooting with you. Hell I’ve even played at IPSC matches and given the auto fans a run for their money! Would not trade it for a S&W. Just bought my wife a GP-100 4″ for the same reasons as the writer, and so far, I have come to the same conclusions. S over the years, I honestly believe that it ’ s the problem with the 3-inch barrel?! A mom with a work-around for this and go back to the standard rubber grips, and just... 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