Editor’s Note: Sorry to butt in, but his article represents a few firsts here at RevolverGuy.com. Myself I looked very carefully for over 2 years before I bought my Ruger GP100 WCII .357 Magnum. To be honest, the factory trigger, as you state is so nice, I’m not sure how much real improvement I got. Heathens. The smooth, narrow trigger is ideal for double-action shooting. The Lipsey’s Ruger GP100 with a holster from Simply Rugged Holsters Weighing 38 ounces unloaded the GP100 … Keith and his contemporaries smirked at the .357 Magnum because they knew they had something superlative in the .44 cartridge they enjoyed. He persuaded Hogue to make this grip, which to my mind is reminiscent of the Jordan Trooper wood grips that happen to be one of the great revolver grips of all time. If that were my gun, it would live in that Threepersons holster and never see the Fobus again. Keith used his own bullet design weighing 250 grains and he made it exit a 4-inch barreled revolver at 1200 feet per second. My mind stretches back to that old Model 24, all those years ago, and I shake my head. Back outside, bending into the truck, laying the magazine carefully on the passenger seat beside you, wondering during the long drive to work what he’d written about that month. It’s a pistol made for packing around. The short-barreled Model 69 arrives tomorrow. To me, that indicates the five-shot GP100 in .44 Special will handle any reasonable .44 Special load, including some pretty hot handloads. However, all of that said, the Ruger GP100 in .44 Special is everything that a defensive handgun should be. I know I’m late to the party on this post, I just recently found revolverguy and it’s really nice to see a dedicated revolver site. Keep the good, informative reviews coming! There is also a blued 5″ version with the full underlug as well. Ruger just keeps cranking out the .44 Special revolvers! Although Skeeter passed away in 1988, his fondness for the .44 Special stokes its flames even today, thanks to his legacy of books and articles that can still be found via an internet search engine. It is our first review of a Ruger round gun. A five-shot revolver with a three-inch barrel, I find it an excellent field gun—not heavy like my five-inch S&W .44 Magnum but with plenty of punch. Double-Action Revolver Disassembly. He provided literary escape for those of us who could only imagine his free existence shooting rattlesnakes, riding horseback in the mountains, his revolver taking a javelina and then cooking it on a desert campfire. While Jason was at it he prevailed upon Ruger to produce this GP in .44 Special, .357 Magnum and .327 Federal. While they have longed for .44 Special revolvers, the major manufacturers have been less than forthcoming, most often bringing out .44 Special revolvers as limited editions, if at all. Handloading the .44 Special is easy due to its straight wall case and loads from mild to wild are inherently accurate. Steve’s firearms interests lean toward blued steel and walnut, while nickel-plating, ivory handles, and tasteful engraving make him even happier. Damn it, Steve. E-mail your comments/questions about this site to:ShootingIllustrated@nrahq.orgFor questions/comments about Shooting Illustrated magazine, please e-mail:Publications@nrahq.orgYou can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs1-800-672-3888, To advertise on Shooting Illustrated, visit nramediakit.com for more information. Adjustable sighted versions of the S&W or the Colt were holy grails. Love the blue finish on this model. revolver. To put that in perspective, the SAAMI limit for 44 magnum is 36,000 psi and the limit for 38 Special +P is 20,000 psi. This 3-inch GP weighs 36 ounces (according to Ruger’s website, but they list the .357 with the same weight so I think the .44 actually weighs a bit less), so it’s not a pocket gun by any means and it’s a bit on the heavy side for concealed carry on your hip (but plenty of people carry even heavier guns daily). Well, maybe ‘plenty’ ain’t the right word, but you know what I mean. About Steven Tracy: Steven Tracy is a full-time police officer and has been a firearms enthusaist since birth and a certified firearms instructor for the last 28 years. And as I twist these thoughts in my head I keep coming back to a single thought… although I own several .44’s I do not have one in an L-Frame – long my favorite Smith handgun size. The .44 Special is something of a magical cartridge with a devoted fan base that generally feel a bit deprived. I swore I wouldn’t do it. Because the front sight is dovetailed into the stainless matte stainless steel barrel, it can be replaced with a gold dot or a tritium night sight. Many fans followed his lead and had their .357s converted to .44 Special as well. The 2nd Model did away with both the third lock and the ejector rod shroud. version last year, the Model 69. Double-Action Revolver Reassembly. The barrel’s full underlug protects the non-rotating ejector rod. It just isn’t sanctioned. Would love to see one in 5″; that and a HCSWC would make for some really unhappy pigs (I’m sure the 3″ would do well, also, but there’s just something weird about hunting with a short barrel). Lipsey’s answered the call with the Lipsey’s Exclusive blued 5” barrel GP100 in 44 Special. Ian, welcome aboard! The Hogue grips aid further by positioning your trigger finger in excellent alignment to give outstanding control. Elmer Keith and Skeeter Skelton surely smiled down from Valhalla when they heard Ruger produced a GP100 chambered in.44 Special. In 2009, the firearms distributor Lipsey’s contracted with Ruger (Bill Ruger having passed away seven years prior) to make 1000 Ruger Blackhawk single action revolvers chambered in .44 Special. That load will usually exceed the SAAMI pressure limits slightly but is perfectly safe in any modern Revolver chambered in 44 Special. A lot! Using 7.5 of Unique or 16.0gr of 2400 as a top load, there isn’t much up here in “da yoop” that it can’t handle. Quick view Compare Add to Cart. Flinging heavy bullets at moderate velocities is what the .44 Special does best, and that is exactly what’s needed for defensive use against man and most beasts. I’m hardly timely with this comment, coming as it does three-odd weeks after reading this story. However, the .44 Special is truly special for those who possess a bit more abstract way of thinking. The 44 Special is an awesome cartridge but is suffers from one inescapable problem – The SAAMI pressure limits for the 44 Special are held ridiculously low. The GP100 isn’t a pocket pistol, but it packs easily in a belt holster and can be concealed with a jacket or baggy shirt. Need Help Filtering. Not at all. newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. But there are plenty of long barreled .44s available and Lipsey’s has already come forth with a blued steel 5-inch version. The Ruger GP100 .44 Special is a sizable, powerful-looking gun. Of course, the wood will not absorb recoil as well as the rubber, but then the concept of a .44 Special is that it doesn’t have the recoil of the .44 Magnum. It’s powerful, accurate and pleasant to shoot in big revolvers like this GP100. The hammer spur seems precisely positioned for strong hand or off hand thumb cocking and the single action trigger pull breaks clean without any creep or overtravel at just under 5 pounds. His father and grandfather were shooters and collectors before him, so it’s pretty much in his DNA. And besides, I’ve got plenty of ‘em, the old ones, already. Both of these numbers give totally reliable primer ignition. .44 Special +P…..I like the sound of that. The .44 Special is very manageable, even for novice shooters. Nice write up! And that’s one of things that keeps the .44 Special around. It’s time we filled that enormous gap between the performance of the 44 Special and the 44 magnum with a sanctioned 44 Special +P. DeSantis makes a nice thumb break pancake that allows easy carry under a cover shirt. I have to back up a little and tell you a story about the grip on this revolver. “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The excellent sights and quality trigger combine to help keep your shots in a tight group. (r.) The revolver’s robust, unfluted cylinder holds five rounds of fight-stopping .44 Spl. This .44 Special Lipsey’s exclusive looks really neat! It’s … The Ruger Flat Top is rare in magnum, a special edition no longer offered, while a mainstay in 44 Special. And five factory fresh boxes of Gold Dot 230gr GDHP – the stuff that says “Special,” not “Magnum.”. ; ^ ). The Ruger is the purer choice, of course. Grips easy to change to smaller for carry or wood for a different look. Ruger's long anticipated GP100 in 44 special is a long time in coming. maythe4thbewithu on Ruger GP100. Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Volunteer At The Great American Outdoor Show, Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award, Women's Wildlife Management / Conservation Scholarship, National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells, National Youth Shooting Sports Cooperative Program. Ruger SP101 ® GP100 ... 77/44; 77/357™ ... Disassembly of integrated subassemblies requires no special tools and allows for easy maintenance and assembly. . The MSRP is $869. Looking into the crystal ball, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ruger next produced a 5-inch barrel. Ruger GP100 22LR 10 Shot 5.5" Barrel Double Action Fixed Sight Adjustable Sights. Ace, I like the idea of the compact GP grip on this gun, and agree a 5″ would be a neat addition. An up-scaled version of this grip is provided on the Ruger GP100 in .44 Special, and it is the best big-bore revolver grip I have experienced. That’s what you get when working a quantum physics problem and blogging at the same time. Obviously, only Jerry Miculek, the world record holder for revolver … The mind reels with the possibilities . In 2017, Ruger announced a 3” barrel 5 shot 44 Special GP100 and while a great size for concealed carry, a lot of sixgunners wanted something for the field. The .44 Special’s legacy endures because firearm manufacturers (S&W, Ruger, Charter Arms, Taurus, Freedom Arms, Colt, Cimarron, etc) keep coming out with new revolvers chambered for the 110-year old round. cartridge after hot-loading .44 Special., it was Skeeter who had an affinity for the .44 Special. I’d gladly share some time with a fellow .44 fanatic over a cold drink Jeff! Ruger GP100 .44 Special From its green fiber-optic front sight to its pebble-textured Hogue Monogrip, this new GP100 is ready to rock on the trail or in a CCW holster. But Buffalo Bore, Corbon, and DoubleTap offer some very potent .44 Special loads I would not hesitate to carry for defensive use. Out of Stock, Taking Backorders. The GP100 44 Special is built primarily of stainless steel, and wears a three-inch barrel with integral upper and lower ribs. The thing .44 Special devotees know is the cartridge is extremely accurate, easy to handload and is very versatile. $829.00 $677.89. Out of Stock. When I first learned of this new revolver, I knew I had to have one. The .44 Special GP100 fits nicely in an El Paso Saddlery Threepersons crossdraw made for a 4-inch S&W N-frame. But the .44 caliber bore and five big drilled out cylinder chambers lighten its overall feel and the revolver balances nicely in the hand. They sold out very quickly. I usually prefer lighter pulls but the overall mechanics of this GP100 work very well in my hands. Wednesday, February 27, 2019. The new 3" barrel Ruger GP100 5-Shot.44 Special falls neatly into my idea of a one-gun shooting solution. Some shooters opt for a .44 Magnum knowing full well that they’re more likely to fire .44 Specials most of the time. Plenty of S&Ws and Colts have passed through my hands or reside in my safe. Now I have to decide which one I want more, and it’s a tough call. It was hard enough to settle on a GP100 over a Dan Wesson (among other revolvers). I think Skeeter Skelton would be quite pleased at all of current offerings chambered for one of his favorite cartridges. Double action still kept all shots in the ten ring. Then he wrote about it and the .44 Special was resurrected from the ash heaps of Skeeter’s campfire full of bits of javelina. Many knowledgeable handgunners can’t understand its attraction. I’m still on the prowl for some nice grips to replace the neoprene however. this has the makings of a great novel! Skelton imagined such a revolver could be made with a five shot, unfluted cylinder, thus providing plenty of cylinder-wall thickness between the cartridges for strength—and this is exactly what we have in the Ruger I’ve been reviewing. Like Ace, I think the .44 Special is more than adequate for self defense with stoked with the Gold Dots (which I use) or the Buffalo Bores. The forcing cone of the GP100 does not look as stout as the Ruger flat top Bisley 44 Spl and I wouldn't be firing a lot of so-called +P Level II loads at 22,000 psi or Level III loads at 25,000 psi, as oft quoted in Handloader magazine, in the GP100 44 Spl. So why, oh why can't Ruger make a five shot GP100 in .44 Special? The.44 Special is the fifth cartridge for which the GP100 has been chambered. Ruger continues down the .44 Special trail with a stubby 3” barreled version of their GP100 chambered to hold five rounds in an unfluted cylinder. Walking through the thick woods, driving a tractor around, or just sitting down to sight in a rifle was found to be much easier with a weak side crossdraw instead of a strong side holster. While I have a suspicion the GP100 might be a bit stronger than the 686, there’s no doubt these are tough revolvers, as Smith & Wesson produced a five-shot .44 Mag. I suffer from the same illness as mine was ordered as soon as they were announced. condition 97%. 3" preferably. And thanks for not calling the 69 a “Combat Magnum.” Whoever came up with that idea at S&W needs to get smacked. Steve, I owe you a beer sometime. by Ed Head - This article, "Ruger GP100 .44 Special" appeared originally as a Gun Locker review in the May 2017 issue of Shooting Illustrated. And hard-cast 250gr Keiths. Virgin .44 Special brass. And then you’d see the splash of the new cover and happily carry a copy to the counter, along with the paper cup that held your coffee. In 2017, Ruger announced a 3” barrel 5 shot 44 Special GP100 and while a great size for concealed carry, a lot of sixgunners wanted something for the field. Therein lies part of its attraction. Ruger recently introduced their GP100 revolver in .44 Special. I’ve shot it a ton, both at the range and on the set of “Handguns & Defensive Weapons,” and it’s well-behaved and accurate. But I’ve always loved S&W revolvers. Hot loads are dangerous and unnecessary. They retired to a log cabin and my dad had his own range. I don’t hear stories of people blowing up guns with .38 +Ps all the time. At that time, it was the “new” Charter Arms .44 Special … It just pulls through its travel smoothly. Double action measures a little over 11 pounds. Out of this 3″ Ruger GP100, I am comfortable with Hornady’s Critical Defense .44 Special load too (specifically designed for use in short barreled revolvers). Between the six-inch Model 29, the four-inch Mountain Gun, and the brace of Ruger Redhawks… what possible big bore shooting scenario have I left uncovered? What we need is a sanctioned 44 Special +P . Originally chambered in .357 Magnum in 1985, the medium frame GP100 was a new version of Ruger’s Security Six/Service Six/Speed Six handgun. The push button style cylinder release works intuitively and the ejector rod pushes spent cases out easily. The fully adjustable rear sight is wide and includes a white outline in its notch. walnut handles and brass bead front sight! ammunition. Has anyone see or shot this gun? And that’s reasonable, considering the .44 Special is not a big seller and is something of a cult favorite. how to reload your ruger gp100 properly in 5 [easy] steps With training, a revolver shooter can learn to smoothly reload their revolver. But for the same reasons the .38 Special didn’t disappear when the .357 Magnum was introduced, the .44 Special survives too. Ruger reasoned that his customers could just shoot Specials out of his big Magnum gun. This is, after all, about the .44 Special. It’s well executed, with no rough edges or gross tool marks. 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