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Old July 31, 2011, 12:25 PM   #1
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Compact Grip for Ruger GP100 3"

This is how my GP100 3" came from the factory when I bough it a few months ago:



Notice how disproportionate it is with the factory Hogue grip. The Hogue grip is actually longer than the barrel. I couldn't stand how it looked and felt in my hand so I looked around and found that Ruger used to make a compact grip for the fixed sight GP100 models. It's a smaller more compact grip that uses the insert from the old SP101 grips.

They don't sell the complete grip anywhere anymore unless you can find one used. I ordered a complete SP101 grip (from the old model) to get the necessary parts and then just the rubber portion of the compact GP100 grip from Midway. I scavenged all the parts out of the SP101 grip and moved them over to the compact GP100 grip to give myself a complete grip for the GP100.

Here is the mostly finished product:



Notice how much smaller the whole gun looks with that grip! I have found this grip to be the most comfortable grip I've ever had on a revolver. It fits my hand perfectly, filling the entire palm and giving ample room for my hand without having excess grip hanging out. It also greatly improved the trigger reach, putting my finger right where I need it to get the best double-action pull.

My plan now is to get a good OWB leather holster and some nice wood inserts to replace the ugly black plastic ones I scavenged from the SP101 grip. This should make the perfect woods gun. All the ruggedness and reliability of the Ruger GP100 in a smaller and much more compact package. The best part is that the gun still weighs enough that shooting full power 357 Magnums is no trouble at all.

If you were interested in getting one of these grips yourself you'll want to order right now. They have them in stock right as of this posting but they go on back-order fast. I had to back-order mine and wait a couple weeks before they got more in stock. The company that made these grips went out of business so they aren't making any more of them.

Here is the compact GP100 grip:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=880222

And here is the SP101 grip that you'll need the parts from:

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=230986

It's cheaper to buy the complete SP101 grip and take the parts from it than it is to buy all the parts individually.
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Old July 31, 2011, 01:59 PM   #2
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>>Notice how disproportionate it is with the factory Hogue grip<<

Ugly danged things aren't they??
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Old July 31, 2011, 02:52 PM   #3
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Good job. Much more concealable indeed. I never really noticed the difference of the top strap for the 3 in. compared to the longer barreled GP's until now. Interesting.
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Old July 31, 2011, 04:53 PM   #4
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actually it came with wood inserts on mine they are just the same size as SPs plastic ones.
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Old July 31, 2011, 07:11 PM   #5
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Check the forum for a guy selling very nice inserts he made for $18.00 I think it was. He had a nice selection & was in the mid west somewhere!!
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Old July 31, 2011, 07:42 PM   #6
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You think they look good on a GP100.
They look good on a Super RedHawk Alaskan Too!!!!

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Old July 31, 2011, 08:36 PM   #7
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Another thing to consider is the SRH rubber/wood grips had a '______' cushion in the rear of the gun to help tame recoil on .44mags. Apparently it makes shooting a GP-100 quite pleasant.
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Old July 31, 2011, 09:05 PM   #8
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I like the old traditional Ruger revolver grips over the Hogue. All of mine have the old Ruger grips - very comfortable and controllable. One thing Ruger has improved on their GP100 is the DA trigger pull. It is smoother and not as heavy as they were 15 or 20 years ago.
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Old July 31, 2011, 09:20 PM   #9
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Its the 'bump on the rear of the grip that throws me off. I have a Phenoix with wood hogues it would seem criminal to remove them for rubber ones. Anyone have suggestions for a replacement set?
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Old July 27, 2012, 07:36 PM   #10
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Need Help on Grip Locator Pin

Hello David...I really appreciated your post as I have a 3" GP100 with Hogue grips on which I want to put a Ruger compact grip

I bought the Gp100 compact grip from Midway....
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I bought the complete SP101 grip as you described....and while the SP101 grip panels fit into my compact grip perfectly....the locator pin is way too small

The hole for the GP100 grip locator on both the gun and the rubber compact grip is nearly .47"....while the diameter of the grip locator pin and hole in the rubber SP101 grip I received is .25".

How did the grip locator you purchased with the SP101 fit your GP100????
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Old July 27, 2012, 09:25 PM   #11
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How did the grip locator you purchased with the SP101 fit your GP100
You can buy a GP100 locater pin from midwayusa for $3.
I also got the rubber grip from them for $9 and the wood inserts from another source for about $20.

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Old July 27, 2012, 10:00 PM   #12
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I guess you can't get the current factory Ruger GP grips?

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Old July 27, 2012, 11:36 PM   #13
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You don't need a locator pin. I like the smaller grips on my 3" GP as well:



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Old July 29, 2012, 12:19 PM   #14
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I also have a 3" gp100 with the old style compact grip on it, and like it very much. Even the "old style" full size grip looks and feels fine on this particular gun - much more proportionate than the Hogue. Funny thing is, I like the Hoque rubber grips on my Smith and Wesson N frames, but for some reason do not like them on my Rugers. I have bought several of the old style full size grips from various sources just to have around in the drawer for later use. jben
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Old July 29, 2012, 09:36 PM   #15
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Check with a member here for panels 1chig is his handle .
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Old July 29, 2012, 09:49 PM   #16
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Ebay sp101 wood grip panels

I bought a set of grips from 1chig by contacting him directly after viewing his products on ebay. He is great to work with and the panels look outstanding on my 327 fed mag.

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Old July 30, 2012, 05:35 AM   #17
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This guy does really nice work too and is where I got my panels.

http://timsworkshop.blogspot.com/p/r...anels.html?m=1
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