For generations Ruger's lines of double-action six shooters, from the Security Six and Service Six to the Redhawk and GP100, have been some of the best bargains in the wheel gun market. Well it seems that the company has decided to keep giving the public what they want and now has an upgraded version of the GP100 built plinkers, small-bore target, and small game hunters in mind.
Double-action wheel guns to date
Sturm, Ruger has been making modern wheel guns since 1971, which means they have had over forty years behind them to get this thing right. Up until 1988, Ruger's best-selling double action revolver series was built around the Speed Six and Security Six model wheel guns. The company made these for military, police, and security forces around the world as well as for private sales for home defense and sporting purposes.
Although sweet, the entire Speed/Security/Police Six line by 1988 when the new GP-100/SP-101 was firmly established. The beefy GP100, designed from the beginning to fire .357 Magnum loads, was a new take on Bill Ruger's massive .44 Magnum Ruger Redhawk and used the same effective crane-lock cylinder. The grips, of smaller size than the Six series, used a hybrid grip of Santoprene-- a soft and shock absorbing rubber type of material-- with black plastic or wooden (Goncalo Alves wood or rosewood) inserts, giving these pieces a very distinctive look.
In the past three decades, Ruger has been churning out these GP100s in .38/357 while augmenting that uber popular six-shooter loading with .327 Federal.
Now the company has thrown a new chambering out just in time for Christmas.
The rimfire GP100
"Ruger has always been on the cutting edge of revolver technology, with the first polymer revolver, and now with a .22 LR revolver that has the same light trigger pull as our centerfire GP100 revolvers," said Chris Killoy, Ruger President, and COO in a statement obtained this week by Ruger Talk.
The new 10-shot .22LR features a 5.50-inch half-lug barrel providing a long sight picture and adding a few fps to the humble rimfire. The revolver takes the tried and true GP100 design but adds an improved fire control system with a lighter mainspring than previous Ruger double-action .22 LR revolvers, to give a more crisp return. Also is a narrow spur hammer.
Sights are on point with a rear adjusted for windage and elevation with a white outline, and a light-gathering fiber optic front sight. As a nod back to the Reagan-era, the original full-size GP100 rubber grips with hardwood inserts are coming back with this model.
Ruger's standard transfer bar safety mechanism keeps those pesky accidental discharges down while its triple-locking cylinder shuts up tight and provides a smooth action.
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Satin Stainless
Front Sight: Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Barrel Length: 5.50"
Overall Length: 11.30"
Weight: 42 oz.
Grips: Cushioned Rubber with Hardwood Insert
Twist: 1:16" RH
MA Approved & Certified: No
CA Approved: No
Suggested Retail: $829.00
However, don't let that MSRP give you too much heartburn, as street prices will likely be about 15-20 percent less, so be sure to shop around.
Below we have to shorts released this week of this beautiful new gun in the wild. The first is a promo from Ruger, and the second is from Gunblast's Jeff Quinn who tests the Ruger new .22 GP-100.