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Old 09-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #21
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Thanks boatme98.
This GP was not my original purchase. Ruger recently sent me this as a replacement to a defective one I bought 2 months ago. Here is is my original purchase (next to my Speed Six), but since it was defective and came from a special run they could not replace it with the same model . I'm with you on the Security Six design. That is why I purchased this half lug GP originally.

The GP has a bigger frame and cylinder more like the L-frame Smith where the Security Six is more like the k-frame.

Wow. I think that's the first time I've seen a GP and Speed side by side. Never realized the size difference.
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I prefer the 4" barrel. I believe it to be the best compromise.
Nice, i have the service six in 4". Great gun.
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I like the 6" barrel on mine; makes .357's plinking fodder.

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Another vote for the 6 inch barrel. The GP100 is a beefy revolver to begin with. I have shot the 6 inch version on several occasions (my brother's) and it is a nice, solid, accurate firearm. Nothing against the other barrel lengths as I haven't had an opportunity to shoot them, handle them at LGS yes but shoot, not yet. They are pretty though.

I am just going to throw this out here but I own the SP101 2+ inch barrel that handles full sized loads well. I believe there is a 4+ inch version produced now. Being the GP100's little brother you do lose some of the frame mass and one round. If you are looking to conceal I would recommend something smaller than the GP100 in general but then again I am built like a mantis so my conceal choice is different than some folks lol.

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As far as ballistics go with a .357 magnum, there isn't much of an advantage to any barrel length above the 4.2". You will gain some more control in rapid fire ability and get a longer sight picture, but i'd still vote for the 4.2".

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I own GP100's in 3,4 and (used to) 6 inch

The 6 inch had a nice classic look but the accuracy and performance of the 4 inch ( really 4.25 inch) barrel model was such I didnt see a need for the 6 inch.

To me it just ads bulk and weight.

Even in open carry I would prefer the 4 inch.

if you have a collection of several GP100's I see no harm in adding a 6 inch just for completeness sake, but if it is to be your only one, a 4 inch seems to be the way to go.
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As far as ballistics go with a .357 magnum, there isn't much of an advantage to any barrel length above the 4.2". You will gain some more control in rapid fire ability and get a longer sight picture, but i'd still vote for the 4.2".
+3 on the 4". Short enough to carry and still accurate. Love my gp100
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Well, the GP100 came home with me today.

Can you guess the barrel length from the pictures?



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Well, the GP100 came home with me today.

Can you guess the barrel length from the pictures?
Looks like a 6
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Looks like the rare 5 inch.
Didnt know they were still available?

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Looks like the rare 5 inch.
Didnt know they were still available?
You are correct Sir!

It's a Davidson's Exclusive....
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