MANUFACTURER(S): Sturm, Ruger & Company - USA
OPERATORS: Greece; United States
ACTION: Double-Action (DA); Rotating Cylinder
CALIBER(S)*: .357 Magnum; .44 Special; .322 LR
SIGHTS: Iron Front and Rear
Detailing the development and operational history of the Ruger GP100 Double-Action (DA) Revolver.
Entry last updated on 2/17/2017.
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The Ruger GP100 was a mid-1980s entry into the revolver market by the storied American company. A no-frills weapon, it offered perfected man-stopping firepower in a compact and relatively comfortable package. The firing action of the gun was designed as Double-Action (DA) and versions offered included five- and six-shot cylinder types with varying barrel lengths. Accepted chamberings, dependent on model, included .357 Magnum, .44 Special, and .22 LR.
The cylinder was given a "triple-lock' design set within a solid frame offering improved alignment of chamber-to-barrel. The grips were replaceable to suit operator taste and featured an ergonomic approach with exaggerated finger grooves (a Hogue Monogrip was standard and served as a recoil-reducing measure). Sights were set over the front and rear of the weapon in the usual way. Takedown of the revolver required no specialized tools - owing much to its general simplicity.
The GP100 is actively marketed by Ruger as of this writing (2017).