August 28, 2020
It’s hard to believe the Ruger GP100 is 35 years old. Bill Ruger’s design was notable for several features. Its lack of sideplates made the frame stronger, which was necessary because this revolver was built from the get-go to handle a full-time diet of .357 Magnum loads. It introduced the peg-style frame that permitted the use of one-piece grips, and it featured a trigger system employing coil-wire mainsprings instead of leaf springs—the same setup used on the company’s Redhawk double action that made its debut six years prior.
Over those 35 years, the revolver has seen a number of models and chamberings, from .22 Long Rifle to .44 Special (I bought one)...
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