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Old January 19, 2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Range Report -- Ruger GP100 GPF 340

Well, given that today was the big Six-Oh birthday, and given that I just took ownership of a gently-used Ruger GPF 340, I decided to cut the day short by two hours and head for the range with the GP. I picked this revolver up as a consignment sale at Turner's Outdoorsman. The price was outstanding and the idea of a half-underlug GP100 was too much for my powers of resistance (never great anyway when it comes to guns).

For those of you who don't know, the GPF 340 is a somewhat rare model of the GP100. It features fixed sights, a half-underlug barrel, 4.2" barrel, and mine is blued. (There is an SS version.) I picked this one up from the LGS consignment shelf, and it was clearly neglected, but not at all abused. Some very tiny (very tiny) nicks on the front cylinder face and under the trigger guard, but otherwise the gun is absolutely pristine. The gun was "dry" i.e. had not been cleaned and wiped down for a long time. However, she cleaned up very nicely and I am quite happy with the condition and appearance of the revolver. Anyhow, what really matters is how it shoots.

I am always a little leery of fixed-sight guns because if the sights on the darned things are off, it is a PITA to deal with. (Drifting sights on pinned front sight revolvers is no joke IMO.) Anyhow, off I went to the range.

Well, color me shocked. The sights were RIGHT on the money. My second shot was a bull's-eye (my first was a flyer, off slightly to the left; probably I jerked the trigger.) On single action the revolver is deadly accurate; there is no doubt that Ruger got the sights exactly right. I was shooting at 25 feet, which is probably a good self-defense distance. I was shooting economy range-reload ammo. (My local range does a VERY good job with its reload range ammo.)

The front sight is a simple ramped black sight, and my targets were black, so this did not make things easy but hey, the bad guys may be wearing black with black ski-masks too... you never know. I would have preferred a red-ramped front sight, but this sucker is so accurate with the sights as they are I probably will not mess with the front sight.

The double action trigger is a typical GP100. Pretty smooth but with a very noticeable second stage, which I actually like. No complaints about that.

The gun is extremely handy given the 4.2" barrel with the half underlug. Recoil is no problem (I was shooting 38 specials; not .357 Magnum).

Anyhow, another fun Ruger to play with, or zap Zombies with. Here she is for those of you who enjoy gun ****.
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Old January 19, 2014, 05:15 PM   #2
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nice gun there.

ive shot Gp100s and for the life of me I don't know why I never got one... always said I would but never got around to it...
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Old January 19, 2014, 07:15 PM   #3
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Fixed sights, half-underlug, compact grips....very nice!

I really like those gp100's, I wish Ruger still made that gp variant.
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Old January 19, 2014, 07:21 PM   #4
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I really like those gp100's, I wish Ruger still made that gp variant.
The Ruger GP Match Champion may be the one for you, (and Me).
http://www.ammoland.com/2014/01/ruge...#axzz2qtSZG6an
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Old January 19, 2014, 07:29 PM   #5
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Very nice! I love my stainless 5" GP100, it's very very accurate as well. Downed a nice 8 point whitetail with it using some of my own .357 Magnum handloads, and it scored me a first time go at my Basic Instructor Training with .38 Specials in it.
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Old January 20, 2014, 12:53 AM   #6
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One of the reasons that I never really warmed up to the GP100 is that nearly every specimen I've come across has a full-lug barrel. I've never really liked full-lug barrels all that well as they make the gun too muzzle-heavy for my taste and, quite honestly, I just think that a half-lug barrel looks a lot better. If Ruger had made more GP100's like yours, perhaps I wouldn't have gravitated so strongly towards S&W.
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Old January 20, 2014, 10:24 AM   #7
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One of the reasons that I never really warmed up to the GP100 is that nearly every specimen I've come across has a full-lug barrel. I've never really liked full-lug barrels all that well as they make the gun too muzzle-heavy for my taste and, quite honestly, I just think that a half-lug barrel looks a lot better. If Ruger had made more GP100's like yours, perhaps I wouldn't have gravitated so strongly towards S&W.
I like half-lug barrels too. They are handier and simply look cool. S&W on its 686 has of course gone to full lug as well. For whatever reason full-lug guns seem to be the wave of the present, if not the future.

The GP100 Match Champion, new for 2014, is half-lug so who knows?
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Old January 20, 2014, 09:17 PM   #8
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I really like it!
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Old January 29, 2014, 12:56 AM   #9
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Thank you for posting a picture!
She is a beauty
Nice find and happy birthday!
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Old January 16, 2015, 02:50 AM   #10
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I just recently bough a KGPF-340 (stainless version of OP's gun) that was NIB, late 2012 production gun:



I added the wood insert compact grips, a member on another forum gave them to me for free. The gun is fantastic, and I love it!
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Old January 16, 2015, 08:41 AM   #11
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I love any revolver made by Ruger. I have a regular 6" with the half lug.

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On single action the revolver is deadly accurate; there is no doubt that Ruger got the sights exactly right.
Not to offend, but you do realize that if you shoot different velocity ammo, the the height of where your gun hits on the target will change, right? The higher the velocity, the lower it will hit. At 25 feet it might only be an inch or three. At 75 ft it will be quite noticeable. With fixed sighted guns, you basically have to sight in with your ammo.

That truly is a beautiful piece!
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Old January 16, 2015, 09:12 AM   #12
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The front sight is a simple ramped black sight, and my targets were black, so this did not make things easy...
One of the reasons to use a 6 o'clock hold, not center of the bull.
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Old January 16, 2015, 10:19 AM   #13
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very nice.. I have a regular 6" stainless with the half lug.I bought it about 18 years ago,it was a formerly owned by a man who wrote for gun mags...I forget his name.
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Old January 16, 2015, 01:37 PM   #14
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Purty, congrats!
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Old January 17, 2015, 02:30 PM   #15
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I really like the looks of Rugers with fixed sights.
Imagine how much better they would look without the advertising and the lawyer gobbledygook on the barrel.
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Old January 20, 2015, 12:21 PM   #16
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Great gun. Congrats. I too have an unusual GP-100. Mine is the blued, 4-inch fixed-sight in 38 special. It does have the full lug, however. I got mine brand new in 2012 for an AMAZING price. I am wary of fixed-sight guns as well, so I was VERY happy to discover that mine is dead-on with 158 gr cast bullets. I like the plain black front sight. I just shoot a white target.
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Old January 20, 2015, 04:40 PM   #17
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There is something nice about a half lug barrel gun, I guess thats why I like my Sec Six so much. That is a good looking example, you dont see the blue versions to often.
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Old January 21, 2015, 06:48 AM   #18
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My KGPF-340 is a 'tad' older...

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Old January 22, 2015, 07:02 PM   #19
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My KGPF-340 is shooting about 2" to the right at 8 yards with all loads.

The barrel might need a bit of torquing.
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Old January 22, 2015, 08:00 PM   #20
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GP 100

Mine is the "S" version and when I first got it I thought the trigger pull in single action was a bit drastic so had the trigger done in my local shop. Now after 15 years you not get not get me to give it up. It shoots very tight groups using 15.5 grs of H110 and a 158 gr. bullet with Mag. CCi mag. primers. Not too long ago I shot a ground Squirrel at about 80 yards, I am currently using this load in my new Rossi Model 92 but it tends to print high by about 5 inches at about 15 yards with iron sights, I know this is close for a rifle but my tired old eyes can see the grouping at that range ( I am 75.5 years old). So I need all the help I can get at this age.
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