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Old 02-13-2012, 06:39 AM   #1
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just wondering what you pps think about this gun for a women??

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Old 02-13-2012, 12:43 PM   #2
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I would let the woman decide if it's the gun for her or not.

I own a GP100 and shoot both .38 special and .357 magnum from it. But it may not be for everyone. See if you can find a gun shop that rents guns and let her give it a try.

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If the Ruger is your choice, you should consider a model labeled 357 Magnum. You can download to 38 special from the 357 magnum platform. But you can't go the other way, that is upload a 357 Magnum to a revolver labeled 38 special.

Smaller hands might prefer the Ruger SP101 4" in 357 Magnum over the larger frame GP100.

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True about the smaller hands but the larger frame will lessen the recoil. Just something to consider.

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True about the smaller hands but the larger frame will lessen the recoil. Just something to consider.
Agree, the larger mass of the GP100 will make a big difference. But, IMHO, for smaller hands the SP101-4" 357 Mag downloaded to 38 Special works for most women.
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Thanks for all the insights, and I am the women in question here, lol. I have a Ruger Single Ten and a 10/22, also a Henry lever action .22 Mag, but am looking to buy a Home Defense gun, I'm a newbie to shooting though, and I want something a little more powerful than the .22's but with a mild recoil, what do you guys think, I really like the look of the GP 100 Ruger. Any other Suggestions??

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I really like my Ruger GP100 (38/357, with 6" barrel) http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_49_76/products_id/70257/Ruger+GP100+.357+Mag+6%22+Blued%2C+Adj.++Sights+wH ogue+Monogrip+%28GP ; the recoil on the .38 rounds i use for target practice is VERY manageable. I have the nice grips with the rosewood inset but usually use the newer big squishy grips at target practice time. I would want the 357 model for the option to use a .38+p or .357mag with a nasty hollowpoint bullet for home defense; there shouldn't be much difference in price.

Is this one new or used? I didn't think they made them anymore in .38spc only.

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Well, hi there- and welcome to the forum. Winds of Change is also one of several ladies that hang out here. When you get a minute, stop by the intro thread and tell us about yourself.

You could do MUCH worse than a good double action revolver- and Ruger does make a good one. I WOULD go for a .357, gives you more options. All other things being equal, the heavy gun WILL have less recoil- but as said, try to find a range that rents different handguns for use on the range, and see what you like. Squishy grips are good- Many of my handguns wear Hogue or Pachmyr grips for that reason.

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Thanks I will consider all your good advise, and I will go to intro thread, thanks again

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Thanks for all the insights, and I am the women in question here, lol. I have a Ruger Single Ten and a 10/22, also a Henry lever action .22 Mag, but am looking to buy a Home Defense gun, I'm a newbie to shooting though, and I want something a little more powerful than the .22's but with a mild recoil, what do you guys think, I really like the look of the GP 100 Ruger. Any other Suggestions??
A newbie and you have all of those? That's more than a great start.

Rugers are nice and the GP100 is quite capable. They are several hundred dollars less than a comparable S&W 686 in 357 Mag. The S&W will be a bit more refined, but IMHO, for most shooters, they hit the target the about the same. My personal preference is Stainless which will run about $60 more than blued.
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