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 Post subject: .357 GP100: 4 or 6 inch
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:53 pm 
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I am replacing my only .357 revolver. A Smith & Wesson Model 66 K frame which was really never designed to be a "true" .357 Magnum. I found a buyer that was drewling over it and offered me top $.

I want to get a GP100 to shoot .357's with most of the time, at the range, as well as having a good home defense revolver.

Besides the obvious portability advantage of the 4 inch barrel, what else should I consider to make a good decision.

All my serious carry guns are semiautos.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:01 pm 
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It's hard to go wrong with the 4" for all around use but my favorite just for shooting is the 6" short shroud.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:02 pm 
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Have you considered the Security Six, Service Six or Speed Six?


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 Post subject: GP 100
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:03 pm 
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Hello: You now get into which flavor ice cream is the best. :D Balance them both and see which feels best to your hand. In some states you need a 6" to hunt. Velocity wise, they are @ 100fps apart. I like my 4" best. hth greg


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:12 pm 
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To follow up on hittman's post, I think the 6" Security Six is close to the perfect .357 revolver. I have a couple that have triggers almost as good as the best Smith or Colt. Throw in my Ruger bias and the Security Six wins.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:27 pm 
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Don't forget if you're a careful shopper and a tad lucky you might score two used Security or Service Six's for not much more than the price of a new GP.


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 Post subject: thanks
PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:28 am 
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hey thanks for the input.
I actually had a Speed Six in the early 90's. Excellent gun, of course.
One of those guns you look back and regret selling when you "needed the money". oh well.
I did locate a Blue NIB GP100 with a 6 inch barrel for a decent price that felt very balanced.
If one were to ever "wear" that gun, what is the best kind of rig?


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Something expensive but well worth it from Milt Sparks Holsters, Inc. (I suggest their HSR), or something from Kramer or Galco or Desantis or others.....

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I just found the appeal of the 4" GP100 after examining them both at the gun shop, plus a factor with mine was the 4" was NIB and the 6" was used and I wanted a new not fondled gun... I wanted to be the only one to touch it :)

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:21 am 
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I like the 5 inch one the best. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:41 pm 
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Find a Security-Six in good condition and it will be the last thing you'll sell if you need money...even starvation would be an option.
I carry the 6" as a woods gun with no difficulty.

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 Post subject: five?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:05 pm 
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thanks again for the input everyone.
I am assuming that Ruger does not offer the GP100 in a 5 inch barrel length. did they ever?

After viewing other threads and comments, I think the 6 inch GP100 in a blue finish would round out my depressingly small handgun collection in a most efficient way.

At this time, since I do not have a revolver, [besides my wife's, which we all know does NOT count] I think the long barrelled .357 will fill the gap.


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 Post subject: Re: five?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:12 pm 
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[quote="LVshooter"]thanks again for the input everyone.
I am assuming that Ruger does not offer the GP100 in a 5 inch barrel length. did they ever?



They sure did. Its the bottom gun in the picture.


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 Post subject: Oh Great!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:26 pm 
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You know I looked at that pic, and at first I thought "cool!!"
Then I thought my eyes were not doing a good job of comparing the 3 inch to the longer barrel, and thought you were kinda joking with me. (':lol:')

Well now you are singularly responsible for making me obsess over finding the "Holy Grail" .357 Magnum. Not too long, not too short!
Oh well, the hunt is half the fun, right?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:13 pm 
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Get them both...


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