Gun Report

Ruger GP100 1761 44 Special

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For many of the raters, they liked shooting the Ruger GP100 the most among the revolvers tested. However, this is the largest and heaviest revolver as well, so it was expected it might be more docile with 44 Special rounds. Accuracy was outstanding. The GP100 44 Special is more accurate than all but a very few revolvers we have tested. If the contest had been among just 44 Special revolvers, the GP100 might have gotten the top rating, but the other revolvers were 44 Magnums and offered more energy.

Ruger GP100 1761 44 Special

Gun Details

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
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Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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We like the crane detent lock up. Very strong.
Our raters really like the fiber-optic front sight for home defense use. It is fast to get on target.
The Buffalo Bore load exhibited excellent accuracy in the Ruger. The Ruger sights, its heft and balance, are ideal for home defense use. Recoil is modest with most loads.

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