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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 wheelgun market. Well it seems that Sturm, Ruger has decided to keep giving the public what they want and now has an upgraded version of the GP100 built just for tournament shooters and handgun hunters in mind: The Match Champion.

Design of the gun

Ruger has been making modern wheelguns since 1971, which means they have had over forty years behind them to get this thing right. When you look at the new Match Champion, you can tell they have been keeping track of what works.

Instead of the rounded S&W 686 style traditional full-lug that is seen on most GP100s, the new Match Champion has a slab-sided half-lug arrangement that sets it apart from the crowd. Inside this heavy barrel is an 11-degree target crown for increased accuracy.

Hogue stippled grip that forms fit almost as good as the new SAS grips that SIG has on their P-series pistols-- only its hardwood. Novak Lo-Mount carry rear sights and fiber optic fronts are designed for rapid target acquisition. The new revolver variant has been enhanced with a chamfered cylinder and ejector.

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.
In a press release last month when the gun debuted Ruger said,

\"Ruger has always been a popular choice for revolver shooters, and now we have a great platform for the competitive shooter who wants more out of a revolver,\" said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer. \"The GP100 Match Champion has a number of features the competitive shooter wants, including polished springs and a polished hammer strut, combined with trigger and hammer shims for a trigger pull that will help deliver shots on target with ease,\" he added.

Jeff Quinn ( ) tests the Ruger GP-100 \"Match Champion\" 357 Magnum Double-Action Revolver. \"One of the best .357-magnum revolvers I have ever fired.\"


  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Finish: Satin Stainless
  • Front Sight: Fiber Optic (shipped with two for either .38SPL or .357MAG)
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Action: Double Action/Single Action revolver
  • Barrel Length: 4.2\"
  • Overall Length: 9.50\"
  • Weight: 38.00 oz.
  • Grips: Hogue Stippled Hardwood
  • Twist: 1:18.75\" RH
  • Grooves: five
  • MA/CA Approved & Certified: Nope
  • Capacity: six
  • Suggested Retail: $899.00

Don\'t let that MSRP bum you out. These are already starting to show up on Gunbroker and Armslist for around $700 new in the box.

Our thoughts

This new Match Comp Ruger wheelgun is set to do what the company has always done on six-shooters and that is: give S&W a run for their money. About the closest thing that Smith has to this gun is their Model 686SSR which is a stainless heavy barreled six-shot that runs about the same specs as this new Match Comp Ruger but costs about $100 more on the MSRP. You can get a blued S&W 586 for less-- but it is blued. And the Ruger seems to have both better sights and grips.

We shall see.
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