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Old 02-10-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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Default Ruger GP100 in .38 Special?

First of all, I have been lurking and reading this forum for a few weeks and have thoroughly enjoyed the posts. Good reading for a newbie.

I would appreciate your opinions and comments about a .38 special Ruger GP100. 4" barrel, blue finish, rosewood/rubber grips - offered to me new for sale for $379.00.

This would be my first handgun. Shot a Remington 1100 16 gauge and a 1945 Winchester .22 short rifle (both inherited from my Dad) for years. I would like a decent home defense weapon and something to target shoot on our farm. I want something my wife could shoot (she is not afraid of anything and is tough as nails for a gal that is 5'2".) My bro-in-law is retired law enforcement and strongly urges me to start out with a good revolver.

What do you guys think of the gun itself and how it would work for my intended uses? I keep reading good things about this gun and how a good .38 special +P bullet is a fine stopper.

I appreciate your feedback and comments.

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Old 02-10-2010, 04:18 PM   #2
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A GP100 is a fine sturdy revolver that will give you a lifetime of service. Not sure I've ever seen one in .38 though as all I have seen are in .357 Magnum (which will shoot .38 Special just fine)...

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A GP100 is a fine sturdy revolver that will give you a lifetime of service. Not sure I've ever seen one in .38 though as all I have seen are in .357 Magnum (which will shoot .38 Special just fine)...
Word.


The GP100 is my FAVORITE .357


although i feel the new porduction guns arent half as good as the older ones that came with the neoprene and rosewood grips.
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GP100 = Tank.

I never heard of a .38 GP100 if there is such a thing. The point of the GP100 is that it's a stout revolver that can shoot .357's all day and also shoot .38's for practice to keep costs down.

I suggest finding a GP100 in .357, you'll love it.

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The GP100 isn't offered in .38 Spl, specifically. It's chambered in .357 Magnum, and .357 revolvers can also fire .38 Spl, to plink with cheaper ammo and less recoil, if you prefer that. It's a fantastic gun, and built like a tank. Your grandkids can shoot it long after you're gone.

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Default Ruger did make .38 +P special only

I just called the factory. Last year of .38 special only production was 2006. The dealer says it is new, and it does appear never to have been fired. Do you think it's been sitting around unsold because it is a .38 special only?

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I just called the factory. Last year of .38 special only production was 2006. The dealer says it is new, and it does appear never to have been fired. Do you think it's been sitting around unsold because it is a .38 special only?
That would be my guess. Most folks would rather have a .357 chambering in a full-size revolver as then you have the option to shoot .357 or .38 depending on your druthers. With +P loads this would still be an effective home defense gun...
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It's a good price. However having owned multiple GP100's, my opinion is to do yourself a favor and buy a .357.
Note my forum name: CA357, it's not like I'm prejudiced or something.

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Default Sort of a dilemma

I would rather buy one in a .357, but my options are limited. My wife bought me a gift certificate for Christmas from this particular local gun store, and unfortunately they hardly stock any weapons. I am afraid they may be having money problems. The kicker is there is a fantastic gun shop 8 miles away with a huge selection of new and used revolvers. I am pretty sick about the whole deal - my wife was really trying to do something nice for me, but the store she picked sucks.

I have a limited selection at the price range I want to stay in (under $400.00.) They do have a new .357 SP100 snubbie for $100.00 more ($479), but I would rather have a snubbie in .38 and the .357 with a four inch barrel. There are some snub Taurus models in .38, but the long Ruger is in the same price range and I feel it is more substantial. I contemplated ordering a Charter Arms Bulldog Pug .44 special, but several people at the gun shop spoke against the .44 special. I know a snub .44 is not a fun gun to shoot at targets, plus ammo is expensive and a pain to find. I really just don't know what to do at this point.

Didn't mean to whine to you guys - just perplexed on the whole deal.

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GP 100 is available in .327 Magnum and .357 Magnum only.

RUGER GP100 LINK: Ruger GP100 Double-Action Revolver Models

However, you will find that the GP100 shoots .38 Specials & +P .38 Specials quite well.

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