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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.
The Wiley Clapp-Inspired
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
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.