By Lars Dalseide | January 31 2012 13:41

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Even though there's still one day left in January, you can access the latest edition of NRA's American Rifleman magazine — filled with great articles like Field Editor Wiley Clapp's look at the Ruger GP100.

Expert’s Touch
The Wiley Clapp-Inspired TALO/Ruger GP100

The term “workhorse” seems almost to have been coined for the Ruger GP100. First appearing in 1985 as a replacement for the older line of Ruger Security-Six, Speed-Six and Service-Six revolvers, it was purposely overbuilt to handle some of the hotter .357 Mag. loads then appearing on the market.

As it comes from the factory, the GP100 is available in blued and stainless versions, in several barrel lengths, chambered for .357 Mag./.38 Spl. or .327 Federal Mag./.32 H&R Mag./.32 S&W Long/.32 S&W. It has a fully shrouded ejector rod, an in-frame firing pin and a transfer bar. The double-action/single-action trigger mechanism is well-thought-out, rugged and reliable.

On the other hand, the GP100, as issued and despite its attributes, is never going to win a beauty contest. It is simply one homely, solid piece of equipment, designed to come through with no fuss when the chips are down—and that’s a particular kind of beauty all in itself.

Since its debut, the GP100 has been a staple in the Ruger line, and has been sold to many thousands of satisfied customers. As a defense handgun this double-action is tough to beat; but, that doesn’t mean the piece couldn’t use a bit of a going over. American Rifleman Field Editor Wiley Clapp figured he could recommend a few changes to make the gun even more ideally suited to defensive and field use.

Read the rest of American Rifleman's article on the GP100 today.

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