The Champion’s new Hogue grips are handsome and functional. People have regarded Ruger’s double-action revolvers as a “working-man’s gun.” They are affordable and indestructible, but not always as pretty or polished as their Colt or Smith & Wesson counterparts. Is that True? There’s a dedicated and vocal group of shooters running loose in the wild that enjoy rocking the powerful semi-auto cartridge through old-school six-shooters. Let’s get to it and take a closer look at the GP100 family. And because of its smaller grip circumference, I was able to wrap my hand around it more completely for better control. FS or TD-Ruger GP100 Match Champion 10MM Discussion in 'F/S Firearms & ammo' started by Longhunter1750, Nov 17, 2020. I have been carrying a Kimber M1911 concealed for about 25 years. With moon clips, they’re faster to load than a standard revolver, and both deliver a powerful payload suitable for a variety of predators from city to field. Since then there have been numerous attempts to do the same with GP-100 vs 686. I’m not sure how that works, but that guy must be getting a lot of overtime! CCI Clean Offers a Mess Free Solution in .22 LR. Gun Review: Going the Distance with the Kimber Rapide Black Ice 10mm. With Colt no longer manufacturing new double-action revolvers, shooters who want quality revolvers must choose between Smith and Ruger. It’s worth noting that the GP100 has consistently been a top-10 selling revolver over the years and peaked at number 1 in 2018 among all revolvers. The double-action (DA) pull weighed 11.38 pounds on average, while the single-action (SA) pull came in at 4.5 pounds. Ruger GP100 vs S&W 686. Being an owner of all three guns this blows my mind, the gp100 is a fantastic gun but I'd say the SW is solidly better in every way. (VIDEO). Both .44s have six-groove rifling with 1-in-20 right-hand twist. Each delivers impressive accuracy and superb reliability while offering best-in-class quality. There was a significant difference between the two revolvers in terms of handling and felt recoil. The 686 is mostly a refinement of the S&W’s iconic revolver pedigree, established with their K/L frame revolvers. Smith & Wesson Model 52: A Quick Look at the Forgotten .38 Special Pistol. However, that’s not a negative because I really liked the ease of access and operation that came with the wider hammer spur. The frame, cylinder release, sideplate, and crane arrangement are unmistakably S&W. While the barrel is the most important mechanical aspect of a revolver, the shooter is the most important biological aspect. In the meantime I will refrain from shooting .40 S&W in the 10mm GP100 and be content with using standard 10mm ammo, most of which is loaded near .40 S&W levels anyhow. It has a six-round capacity and ships with three moon clips. Nov 17, 2020 #1 . Back in the 1980’s Ruger made a run of 10mm / 38-40 convertibles for Buckeye Sports. I’ve always heard great things about old Colt revolvers, and let’s just say this gun made me think twice about my stance on revolvers. Alaskan Ballistics - Everyone says 10mm and .357 Magnum are equal. The GP100 Match Champion follows last fall’s release of the Super Redhawk in 10mm. The S&W 610 offered a very smooth but heavy trigger pull. All-American, all-steel alright! We spent six months and turned the corner of the recommend break-in round count on the striking Kimber Rapide Black Ice in 10mm Auto and have some things to report. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. For nearly half a century, few revolvers have earned the mystique as the Colt... by William Bell / Get Guns.com offers and news, Need Help?service@guns.comCall (866)582-4867, PO Box 1131 13800 Nicollet Blvd Burnsville, MN 55337 ©2019 Guns.com. This article is from the September-October 2020 issue of Combat Handguns magazine. The folks at Ruger, having seen unparalleled growth in recent years, have decided to give Ruger enthusiasts and target-shooters on a budget an affordable, tank-like match-grade DA revolver. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The GP100’s barrel upgrades aren’t limited to bullet-interaction, they also include new more user-friendly sights. It’s an excellent balance between heat absorption and weight. The new Ruger GP100 Match King chambered in 10 mm is one of those best-of revolvers that the company's customers have been waiting for, including me! Let's find out as we shoot the Glock 40mos vs. the Ruger 6" GP100 with Taking two of the more popular brands in the market, we put the S&W Model 610 and Ruger GP100 Match Champion in a 10mm revolver battle. It sports stippling to ensure a reliable grip, but unlike rubber grips, it won’t catch or hang on clothing during the draw. This translates to nearly 100-percent weight retention for optimal performance. This new factory-tuned GP100 is just that, a tuned GP100. The Ruger GP100 comes equipped with a 4.2 inch, slab-sided bull barrel. (Photo by Jim Grant). In response to those fanatics—er, um, I mean fans—Smith & Wesson and Ruger recently introduced wheelguns that should satisfy even the most hardcore of aficionados. Meaning, no barrel will be accurate enough to compensate for a shooter wrestling with uncomfortable grips. As always, the Buffalo Bore rounds were extremely consistent and accurate, allowing me to shoot a 2.25-inch five-shot group off-hand at 20 yards. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. The 610 utilizes S&W’s large, beefy N-frame, most notable for hosting larger cartridges like the .44 Magnum and .45 Colt. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines. When it comes to accuracy, a revolver’s barrel is the foundation of performance. Performance. Other refinements include a match-tuned and polished action with a centering boss on the trigger and hammer shims. One of the 2.5-inch or 3-inch GP100 models in .357 Magnum or .44 Special could be carried daily, even concealed if you had the right holster. Performance. The offering is another quality product from CCI, who already create some of the best .22 LR ammo around. Ruger GP100 vs. Ruger 8-shot .357 Redhawk. Love the blue finish on this model. The hand-filling rubber grip is extremely comfortable, though it adds some bulk, and it will hold up to the elements and cold weather quite nicely. If you scan magazines and the Internet about the 10mm Auto cartridge and its place in firearms history, you’ll inevitably see references to Jeff Cooper’s role in developing the round as well as the iconic Bren Ten, which was featured in “Miami Vice.” You’ll also see copious mentions of the 1986 FBI shootout in Miami and how that led to the bureau briefly adopting the cartridge for its service pistol. Thread Status: Not open for further replies. The GP100 in all its incarnations will outlast you, your grandkids and their grandkids. That’s not to say that shooting most of the 10mm rounds from the Ruger was unpleasant, but the recoil was sharper, and I could feel it more at the top of the backstrap. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Glock Novice Member. With 180 grain FMJ the recoil is easier to manage than polymer .40s. The N-Frame even absorbed the recoil from the stiffer defensive loads. Both the SP101 and the GP100 are great handheld revolvers with small size for concealed carrying purpose to protect yourself. imo both are high quality firearms and i own both . With the Ruger’s smaller frame, those rounds felt pretty dang stout! But a less common thread that’s been gaining a little bit of traction lately is using the 10mm in revolvers. 7 years ago. The gun is the optimized version of the company’s popular double-action line. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In the past, shooters who wanted an heirloom piece or a real tack-driver would have to spend nearly double the price of a Ruger, on a Smith. While Ruger revolvers have always played second fiddle to Smith & Wesson’s models, the new Match Champion seeks to upset this balance and does a hell of a job. As a tremendous proponent of Novak sights, this is a welcome addition, though I initially had my reservations about cutting into the top-strap of the revolver so aggressively. This gun is an all-day-shooter with anything you care to load into it. I chose five different 10mm loads and one .40 S&W load for this test, with bullet weights ranging from 122 to 230 grains. For purposes of clarity, I consent to Athlon's collection, storage, processing, and transfer of my Personal Data and Non-Personal Data (as defined in the Privacy Policy) for the purpose of signing up for the email newsletter. The black blade on the 610 proved more difficult to pick up and sometimes disappeared on the target. ruger also makes a 7 shot gp100 but in 327 magnum not 357. unless there is a gun i really want i kind of let the price decide which one i get. If you ever get into the content business, whether it’s online, in print, or in TV, you’ll realize something very quickly: one of the easiest ways to generate material is to look at new products. Additionally, the checkered hammer spur and smooth trigger shoe are a bit more utilitarian in that they are both wider than those found on the test Ruger. This Match champion is king of Ruger’s DA six-guns and like any royalty, needs a crown. Thankfully, Ruger has adorned its new wheel gun with an industry-standard 11-degree target crown to protect the muzzle and aid in accuracy. If you look closely, you’ll also find that Ruger has lightly chamfered the cylinder holes for reloading ease. 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Most noticeable is the attractive, one-piece grip. ruger a bit heavier, and cheaper but a little more difficut to clean, but cheaper. According to Speer, the process applies it one molecule at a time. The Match Champion’s new grip does much to address this, but isn’t quite up to snuff with Performance Center Smith & Wesson’s. Hey, who am I to judge? Ruger GP100. Finishing off the package is a slim, contoured Hogue hardwood grip that is very comfortable and ideal for concealed carry. What certainly catches your eye: that big, unfluted cylinder. When it comes to accuracy, a revolver’s barrel is the foundation of performance. With a non-concentric crown, rounds will fly off target from the muzzle, eventually making it impossible to zero the firearm. I’m sure some of you are frowning because you love your finger-groove grips, but these are ill-suited for shooting a revolver quickly. All of this results in an exceptionally smooth trigger pull. Because of the medium frame size, I was a little surprised when I saw the six chambers in the cylinder. The Match Champion comes with a 4.2-inch barrel, and upgrades for this specific model include an 11-degree target crown for accuracy, a fiber-optic front sight and a weight-saving half-underlug. With the Match Champion Ruger dressed to the nines, in terms of features, does it finally dethrone Smith & Wesson as the king of revolvers? Overall, the chunky revolver exhibited all of the customary quality I’ve come to expect from Smith & Wesson’s products. It’s also fairly easy to carry and conceal while still boasting a hell-for-stout build quality. These guns aren’t mantelpieces, they’re over-built tools. the Match Champion takes that durability and makes it more accurate and ergonomic. I didn't have any misfires with 40 S&W ammo. The Ruger GP100 10mm 3″ is a TALO Distributor Exclusive and … Nevertheless, after numerous computer simulations and tens of thousands of test rounds, the GP100 showed no signs of undue frame degradation, Smith explained. The Ruger GP100 .44 Special is a sizable, powerful-looking gun. At this time, Double Tap Ammunition is the only source to my knowledge of factory 10mm Magnum ammo, and the load I had available uses a 135 grain Jacketed Hollowpoint (JHP) bullet. Conversely, the Ruger is sleek and responsive with its tuned action, high-visibility sights and smaller profile, so it’s ideal for match use and even concealed carry. The 686 first debuted in the 1980’s alongside the Model 581, 586 and 681.Since then, th… Ruger’s GP-100 revolver is a beefy magnum pistol that brings some unique capabilities to the table. And it’s now available in the hard-hitting 10MM semi-auto round. This is due to the revolver’s triple-locking system, where the cylinder is locked at the front, rear and bottom. I have since learned it was most likely caused by cheap ammo. Like the Glock 19, it is easier to maneuver indoors. While the 10mm is a semi-automatic pistol cartridge, shooters have clamored for revolvers in the same chambering. The company’s most recent offerings include variants with 4- and 6.5-inch barrels, and to somewhat compare apples to apples, I selected the 4-inch model for this review. The revolver also incorporates a white-outlined rear sight that is adjustable for elevation and windage. slab-side bull-barrel and a fiber optic front sight is a winning combo. Ruger Blackhawk vs. GP100 reliability. Furthermore, the slabside cut brings the point of balance closer to the shooter’s hand to reduce fatigue during extended firing sessions. A well-designed crown is crucial not just for providing accurate fire, but for maintaining it. Stock grip does soak up the recoil. These blued Blackhawks featured 6.5” barrels and now command big premiums on the used market. The frame, cylinder release, sideplate, and crane arrangement are unmistakably S&W. The shortcomings of the design are still there, but they’ve been marginalized. Each revolver ships with three moon clips for easier loading and unloading (and you’ll really need to use them for .40 S&W rounds). The Ruger GP-100 Match Champion, in .357 Magnum. This series differs from the standard GP100’s in that they have features that gear them for competition shooting. Blue GP100 4.2 inch barrel - solid. The HST load averaged 1,119 fps from the two revolvers, giving it a slight edge in velocity and energy over the Gold Dot’s 1,038-fps average. Range time with my GP100. This big bore 10MM fit perfectly in a lineup that also includes the 327 Federal Magnum, 357 Magnum, and 44 Special. Which begs the question, why would a new shooter choose something like the Match Champion over a Smith & Wesson revolver at a similar price point? While the Smith & Wesson Model 610 and Ruger GP100 Match Champion are similar, they’re quite different 10mm revolvers. This durability translates into weight, but the Match Champion isn’t a carry gun so this weight can be considered beneficial because it soaks up recoil. In other words, the gun’s heavy barrel will eep groups more consistent during repeated firing, since it takes longer to heat up. I also had a chance to talk to the Ruger Engineers about internals and we spoke about the synonymic nature of the Ruger brand and solid construction, but not butter-smooth triggers. I used some excellent 10mm ammunition for my testing, with loads from Buffalo Bore, Federal, Sig Sauer and Speer. I have read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy, and I hereby agree to those terms. Firing the full magazine became a chore, as were a couple other loads, like Underwood’s 200-grain XTP. Longhunter1750 Active Member. (Photo by Jim Grant). While some people may have opinions on why the M1911 isn’t an ideal carry choice, I’m going to explain why this is the best option for me. After spending time with both, I’m starting to understand the allure to a degree. The GP100’s bright fiber-optic front sight also helped with fast, accurate shots. What more could you ask for? During the Ruger GP100 10mm Match Champion review, I discovered where the gun shines – as a competition gun. I ordered some Ranch Products clips and they work great for 10mm or 40. The Speer Gold Dot boasts the company’s Uni-Cor bonding process, which prevents jacket-core separation. I had some issues with the 40 primers. Once the muzzle of a weapon is damaged — provided it is rifled — the accuracy will suffer tremendously. Although the stainless-steel revolver features the Ruger family brushed satin finish, it’s a working gun look, without much fine polish. Originally built for the .357 Magnum, the GP100 incorporates a medium-sized stainless steel frame and barrel that are relatively light, with the entire gun coming in at 37 ounces. Let me tell you, that is a blast. Certainly every edge of the GP100 is chamfered, but not quite to the same degree as Smith’s revolvers. In fact, no high-level competitive revolver shooter uses anything but grooveless grips. Like new, shot to sight in only 20-30 rounds. The muzzle of a weapon also provides equal, concentric force to the backpressure of a round as it leaves that muzzle. The difference is price, but its worth the difference you pay. In this instance, the L frame of the 686 denotes a medium-large frame, and is typical of modern, fullsize .357 Magnum offerings from Smith & Wesson. Users who manage to damage their Ruger frames should count their lucky stars, the kind of abuse required to cause a catastrophic failure on a GP100 is enough to cause fragmentation on their competitor’s designs. 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