Ruger GP 100 38 special

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by 3spur, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. 3spur

    3spur New Member

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    just wondering what you pps think about this gun for a women??
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I would let the woman decide if it's the gun for her or not.

    I own a GP100 and shoot both .38 special and .357 magnum from it. But it may not be for everyone. See if you can find a gun shop that rents guns and let her give it a try.
     

  3. Jeepergeo

    Jeepergeo New Member

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    If the Ruger is your choice, you should consider a model labeled 357 Magnum. You can download to 38 special from the 357 magnum platform. But you can't go the other way, that is upload a 357 Magnum to a revolver labeled 38 special.

    Smaller hands might prefer the Ruger SP101 4" in 357 Magnum over the larger frame GP100.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    True about the smaller hands but the larger frame will lessen the recoil. Just something to consider.
     
  5. Jeepergeo

    Jeepergeo New Member

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    Agree, the larger mass of the GP100 will make a big difference. But, IMHO, for smaller hands the SP101-4" 357 Mag downloaded to 38 Special works for most women.
     
  6. 3spur

    3spur New Member

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    Thanks for all the insights, and I am the women in question here, lol. I have a Ruger Single Ten and a 10/22, also a Henry lever action .22 Mag, but am looking to buy a Home Defense gun, I'm a newbie to shooting though, and I want something a little more powerful than the .22's but with a mild recoil, what do you guys think, I really like the look of the GP 100 Ruger. Any other Suggestions??
     
  7. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I really like my Ruger GP100 (38/357, with 6" barrel) http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...ag+6"+Blued,+Adj.++Sights+wHogue+Monogrip+(GP ; the recoil on the .38 rounds i use for target practice is VERY manageable. I have the nice grips with the rosewood inset but usually use the newer big squishy grips at target practice time. I would want the 357 model for the option to use a .38+p or .357mag with a nasty hollowpoint bullet for home defense; there shouldn't be much difference in price.

    :confused: Is this one new or used? I didn't think they made them anymore in .38spc only.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, hi there- and welcome to the forum. Winds of Change is also one of several ladies that hang out here. When you get a minute, stop by the intro thread and tell us about yourself.

    You could do MUCH worse than a good double action revolver- and Ruger does make a good one. I WOULD go for a .357, gives you more options. All other things being equal, the heavy gun WILL have less recoil- but as said, try to find a range that rents different handguns for use on the range, and see what you like. Squishy grips are good- Many of my handguns wear Hogue or Pachmyr grips for that reason.
     
  9. 3spur

    3spur New Member

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    Thanks I will consider all your good advise, and I will go to intro thread, thanks again
     
  10. Jeepergeo

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    A newbie and you have all of those? That's more than a great start.

    Rugers are nice and the GP100 is quite capable. They are several hundred dollars less than a comparable S&W 686 in 357 Mag. The S&W will be a bit more refined, but IMHO, for most shooters, they hit the target the about the same. My personal preference is Stainless which will run about $60 more than blued.
     
  11. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    My oldlady shoots my Gp100 all the time at the range and she handles .357's like they are nothing. She likes my Gp more than her Glock. Shes about 5'4" and maby 130lbs and she does great with it. But shes looking at getting and Sp101 for her carry weapon. Dont know if this helps but she also tried the Lcr in .38+p and didnt like it at all its to small of a gun. Im pretty sure the Gp will be a great choice for you. What lenght barrel are you looking at? Mine is the four inch barrel. Dont mind the other thats her Glock.
     

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  12. 3spur

    3spur New Member

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    That is the exact gun, that I am considering, thanks for the info about how your wife handles the gun, I think I will go for either that one or the sp101 .357 in the 4" barrel. I'll have to do some more research, and maybe try them out.
     
  13. fupuk

    fupuk New Member

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    You would probaly be better off getting the Gp100 the recoil probaly isnt gonna be as bad because of the added weight and if all else fails it would make a really good club.
     
  14. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Ruger fan club checking in...can't go wrong with the GP, simple operation, maintenence, usage. .357 chambering is the way to go, you don't have to run .357's through it but it's nice to have options!
     
  15. 3spur

    3spur New Member

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    Ok, thanks, I'm leaning toward the GP 100
     
  16. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    You’re leaning the right way nothing bad at all to say about this firearm
     
  17. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    by the way what part of Cali. are you from?
     
  18. 3spur

    3spur New Member

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    Northern Ca