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Old 05-15-2012, 07:22 PM
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What are the main diffrences and which one would you prefer overall?

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If you are talking .357 magnum, capacity and size. GP100 is six shot and much larger. SP101 is five shot but much smaller. GP101 can manage .357 recoil better. SP101 much easier to conceal. Other differences would include price and barrel length.

Which would I prefer? Depends on for what purpose I was purchasing a gun.
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The SP101 is a concealment gun, more compact than the GP. The SP101 also has a 5-shot cylinder as well, if I remember correctly.

EDIT: lafayettela types faster than I do. I would also add that of the two, I own a GP100. It's role is as an open-carry piece that I carry when I'm in the hills. It's more controllable, being a service revolver.
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For full house magnum loads I prefer the larger and heavier GP100. Mine has a 3 inch barrel and I can conceal it pretty easily, it lives in my truck and I've had to carry it when I've gone places after work (I can't carry at work). I have a Galco Paddle holster and no one is the wiser.
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I've had both since they were first introduced. The GP100 is my favorite handgun, and I have lots. I carry a 3", compete in IDPA, USPSA and ICORE with a 4", and hunt with a 6". If you are looking for a shooter, go with a 4" GP. If you are looking for a fine carry piece, go with a 3" GP.
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lafayettela noted that the GP100 will handle .357 recoil better -- and he's right. However, that doesn't mean the SP101 doesn't handle .357 recoil -- it's a heavy revolver as well and doesn't do poorly with the recoil.

BTW -- I grew up in Lafayette, La! Go Cajuns! (but they were Bulldogs back then)
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They're both great revolvers. The GP is bigger and and more suited to open carry. The SP is easier to conceal.

I recommend the spur-less SP model if you plan to carry concealed.
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When comparing the sizes of the GP100 and SP101, you might compare them to their S&W counterparts. The GP100 is a 6 shot, medium frame .357 comparable to the S&W L frame 686. The SP101 is a small frame, 5 shot comparable to the J frame 60. The GP100 is probably a better range gun for most people. The 4 weighs about 40 oz. The SP101 is probably a better carry gun. I have a 3 and 4 and they weigh 27 oz. and 29 oz. respectively. I like all of them.
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ok thanks a lot guys, you just covered everything i was wondering.


Im going with the GP100 4"

do they make a 5" or no?
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The Ruger site has them at 3", 4" and 6".

http://www.ruger.com/products/gp100/models.html

There used to be a 5" model.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_GP100#Models
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ok thanks a lot guys, you just covered everything i was wondering.


Im going with the GP100 4"

do they make a 5" or no?
4 and 6 are your choices I have the 6 and am very happy with it around the farm here for an edc tho i would say most people would find the 4 more practical
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There is a full lug limited run 5" and the 6" half lug, which turned out to be a limited run. I have one of the 6" half lug. It is a very nice gun. The 6" full lug is more muzzle heavy than I prefer.
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lafayettela noted that the GP100 will handle .357 recoil better -- and he's right. However, that doesn't mean the SP101 doesn't handle .357 recoil -- it's a heavy revolver as well and doesn't do poorly with the recoil.

BTW -- I grew up in Lafayette, La! Go Cajuns! (but they were Bulldogs back then)
And woodsong is correct - the SP101 handles .357 recoil fine. I do not own a GP100 but have a SP101 in 9mm.

Go Cajuns!! Yes, if they were Bulldogs back then then Lafayette was a much smaller place!!
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should i go new or used?

im looking at about 650$ new

i want it to last forever
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Ruger revolvers are built like tanks. They will last forever.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy used. $650 is a little high for my area.
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should i go new or used?

im looking at about 650$ new

i want it to last forever
new and used will both be good most used guns are in pretty decent shape not many people who shoot more than a few times a year % wise but give it a good look over before you buy i prefer used guns they get job done just as well for alot less $
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should i go new or used?

im looking at about 650$ new

i want it to last forever
As others have said, Rugers are very solid and should be fine for your great, great grandchildren.

Do some online shopping - a new GP100 should be avaliable for around $600 and a Sp101 for around $500. Depends on your location shipping should be a wash for taxes. Don't forget to factor in FFL costs.

Lastly, find someone in your neck of the woods and shoot a GP100 and a SP101. The SP101 comes in different flavors (calibers).
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As others have said, Rugers are very solid and should be fine for your great, great grandchildren.

Do some online shopping - a new GP100 should be avaliable for around $600 and a Sp101 for around $500. Depends on your location shipping should be a wash for taxes. Don't forget to factor in FFL costs.

Lastly, find someone in your neck of the woods and shoot a GP100 and a SP101. The SP101 comes in different flavors (calibers).
if you get it in stainless you can expect it to be a little bit more$$ than a blued pistol id recommend going the stainless route

only reason i bought new was there were no used stainless in 6 in
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if you get it in stainless you can expect it to be a little bit more$$ than a blued pistol id recommend going the stainless route ..
Stainless GP100 is $60 more MSRP vs same model blued, and generally that translates similar to street too.

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$650 new is kind of steep -- they go for a little more than $500 at the gun shows here in Houston.

It will last forever -- once you see and hold one, you'll know why.

BT -- the trigger often needs a little stoning or cleanup on a new Ruger. You can disassemble it and stone it (Google Ruger trigger job) -- or, you can load it up with snap-caps and pull the trigger a coupla thousand times. Works just as well (although it'll wear your finger out)!
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