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Ruger GP100

Double-Action (DA) Revolver

The Ruger GP100 was introduced in 1985 and continues production today, offering good man-stopping firepower in a compact package.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 2/17/2017
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Year: 1985
Manufacturer(s): Sturm, Ruger & Company - USA
Roles: Close Quarters Battle (CQB)/Personal Security; Sidearm;
Action: Double-Action (DA); Rotating Cylinder
Caliber(s): .357 Magnum; .44 Special; .322 LR
Sights: Iron Front and Rear
Overall Length: 220 mm (8.66 in)
Barrel Length: 110 mm (4.33 in)
Weight (Unloaded): 2.87 lb (1.30 kg)
Effective Range: 300 ft (91 m; 100 yd)
Operators: Greece; United States
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).

Variants / Models

• GP100 - Base Series Name
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