First Revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by gunny134, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. gunny134

    gunny134 New Member

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    I want to get a first revolver. The biggest handgun that I have shot is my Dad's SR-45. I want to stick with Ruger, and looking for something bigger than .22 but don't know how how big. This will be for target practice only.
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Ruger GP100 w/6 inch barrel .357 mag, so you can plink with .38 spl.
     

  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    GP100 in .357 mag. You can target practice with .38 Special loads. My first center fire handgun was a Ruger Blackhawk in .357. I got a Lee Loader kit for it, and hand loaded .38 Special target loads with Speer wadcutter bullets. It was a great gun that was versatile and got me to learn about reloading early. I could also load up full magnum loads, for fun and hunting.

    The GP 100 would give you the double action option that my Blackhawk didn't have.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Are you looking for something in single action or double action? Picture Clint Eastwood...Do you like the Dirty Harry Series or the old westerns?
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Beat me to it. But a good recommendation is just as good even if its given more than once:D
     
  6. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I will mix things up a bet then. I have a beautiful New Model Vaquero in 45 Colt. But it is also available in 357 mag. You could also shoot 38 specials with it.
     

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  7. gunny134

    gunny134 New Member

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    Sorry, It really doesn't matter to me. Does the GP100 come in both single action and double?
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Yes the GP100 is a double action, which you can also use in Single action mode as well. I also find double action revolvers to be a bit better balanced than single actions. And I find 4"-6" barrels to be the most practical.
     
  9. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    GP100's and SP 101's are double action, unless they have a bobbed or shrouded hammer. A bobbed or shrouded hammer renders the revolver double action only.

    Blackhawks are single action.

    You could get a Blackhawk with a conversion cylinder and shoot .357 mag, .38 spl and 9mm in your revolver.
     
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  10. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    GP100 is DA/SA. I have one in 4" and is a very solid gun.
     
  11. aandabooks

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    Redhawks are DA/SA. They are .44mag and are direct comparisons to the S&W 29/629.
     
  12. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    You are correct, my mistake.
     
  13. gunny134

    gunny134 New Member

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    Thanks for all of the great input!
     
  14. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla Active Member

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    Brother, I can't recall a single post of yours I have disagreed with until now. Single Actons, especially the 4 3/4" models, set the standard by which all are judged for balance and pointability.

    DA are better balanced than SA - Sacriledge ! How bad - like Orangello sleeping with a bear - bad.
     
  15. JW357

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    I have to agree the GP100 seems like a solid choice for you, in .357 Magnum.

    Another good choice is the SP101. It is a little smaller, with one less round in the cylinder. But we shot a 4" version a couple weeks ago, and that thing was a dream. It may be smaller than the GP100, but in my opinion it still has enough heft to eat up recoil fairly well.

    You've made a good decision to get a good ole wheel gun, and Ruger is a very solid company. Good luck!
     
  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Whether you know it or not, your pre-qualifications have painted you into a corner occupied by some of the best revolvers you can buy. Whether you get a GP100 or a SP101, you will be very pleased. Which ever you choose, make it a 357.