My Gp100 is probally the best firearm ive bought in the last year. Its kinda big to carry (but ive done it and still do sometimes) never had any major problems with mine. Only one self inflicted problem that was an easy fix. The only thing I didnt like about mine was the black front post for the sight. A little bit of bright green nail polish and it was 100 times better for me. I bought mine October 2011 and I paid a little under $600. Mine is the four inch barrel.
A GP100 was my very first gun and I will never part with it. It is a workhorse and a great home defense caliber. That is the one gun that is always loaded and in a safe next to my bed. I think it's big, it's heavy, it has a long trigger pull but it is a wonderful gun that will never let you down. I have never had a single glitch with this gun while shooting it. I believe I paid right around $550 for mine in July 2010. Mine is stainless steel with a 6" barrel.
Ive owned two GP100s over the last several years, like the knucklehead I can be sometimes, I traded them in on pistols that I thought were "sexier" at that present time. I regret trading both of them and when I get time, Ill pick another one up.
Go get one, and shoot it, you wont ever regret spending the money on it.
Was at the LGS yesterday, show cases were pretty much empty except for high end auto pistols, (HK, Kimber), and revolvers. The mad rush hasn't really affected revolvers,,,, yet. That could all change in a heartbeat. Get it before you need a second mortgage on the house to pay for it. A good revolver like the GP will serve you as long as you need it to, then it'll serve your kids.
I absolutely love my gp100 and wouldn't trade it for the world. I have had several friends go out and buy one after shooting mine. They are in my opinion one of the best and well made revolvers on the market, a pure work horse! If u get one u will not be disappointed. Good luck and keep us posted should u buy one.
I have a 6" ss model, I love it. That one you have found for 500 used wouldn't be too bad of a deal as long as it is in like new condition. Also the new ones come with the Houge Monogrip which I prefer to the older GP100 grip with the wood in the center. I got mine for less than 600 new I don't remember the exact price but that was a year ago.
well i had looked at a GP100 with a 4" barrel that had been sitting on the shelf at my LGS for over six months. just about every time i went in i had to look at it an hold it. well i just kept being drawn to it, os i ended up putting it on layaway. just a really comfortable pistol to hold. i have ownd many Rugers in the past and still do, so i know i won't be disappointed in it's quality or function.
So I went and tried to buy it. The gun is in amazing condition. Almost looks brand new. The only concern I had was that upon looking up the serial number, I found that it was manufactured in 1996. Is this something to worry about? Anyway, I talked him down to 470 out the door and went ahead with the purchase. Only to have a hold placed when he ran my nics!!! This has never happened to me and it has me concerned. MAD!