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Ruger GP100

Double-Action (DA) Revolver [ 1985 ]

The Ruger GP100 was introduced in 1985 and continues production today, offering good man-stopping firepower in a compact package.

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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.

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Double-Action (DA) Revolver

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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
220 mm
8.66 in
Barrel Length
110 mm
4.33 in
Empty Wgt
2.87 lb
1.30 kg

Iron Front and Rear


Double-Action (DA); Rotating Cylinder

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.357 Magnum; .44 Special; .322 LR

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a .357 Magnum pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

Five- or Six-Shot Cylinder
Cartridge relative size chart
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**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
300 ft
(91 m | 100 yd)

GP100 - Base Series Name

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