Originally Posted by mvharris23
Earlier today, I bought my first handgun, as I turned 21 a few weeks ago. I bought a used Ruger GP100. I have done research for months, so I am certain it was the gun I wanted, and when I go to the range tomorrow to test it out, I'm sure I will love it. My question is, how well do the GP 100's hold up over the years ? I didnt know how old it was when I bought it, I discovered a few moments ago by looking up serial numbers, that the gun I bought was manufactured sometime in 1988. Being 21 years old, how long can I expect this gun to hold up ? Assuming that I perform routine cleaning/maintenance. Any info on older GP 100's would be great, thanks.
This is an old post. But for what it's worth, I to have a GP100 which was manufactured in 1988. Serial# 171-XXXXX. I use to shoot competitively with it, action shoots, IPSC, bowling pin shoots, etc. I must have 300,000 rounds thru this puppy. But most were just normal 38 specials, except for the bowling pin shoots. Only mod I made was a spring kit to lighten the trigger pull. This thing shoots as good today as it did when it was new. And it seems just as tight as when it was new. Never put a jacketed bullet thru it. I cast my own bullets, and recycle the spent bullets again and again from my sand trap. That really cuts down on reloading costs. I live in the sticks and have a range in my front yard. The cost of primers has trippled over the years. I use to pay $10 per 1000. Now they're around $30 per 1000. Not very many full power 357 mags thru it. Used those only for bowling pin shoots (which I won pretty consistently).
That used GP100 you bought will outlast many generations of shooters. It's a tank !