100 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. Ruger GP100 357 Magnum. As you would expect, the larger mass of the S&W definitely tamed the recoil much better than the Ruger. My personal favorite are Pachmayr Presentation grips, which, ironically enough, are as ugly as sin, but extremely functional. The frame, cylinder release, sideplate, and crane arrangement are unmistakably S&W. I contacted Michael Smith, a Ruger engineering project leader familiar with the design, who admitted that he shared my concerns, initially. (Photo by Jim Grant). I chose five different 10mm loads and one .40 S&W load for this test, with bullet weights ranging from 122 to 230 grains. When it comes to accuracy, a revolver’s barrel is the foundation of performance. Performance. Gun Review: Going the Distance with the Kimber Rapide Black Ice 10mm. 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. 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. It's smaller, it's lighter, and you'll have an easier time packing it every day, even with a Ruger SP101 IWB holster. 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. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines. Alaskan Ballistics - Everyone says 10mm and .357 Magnum are equal. How a 80's Colt King Cobra Changed My Mind on Revolvers. (Photo by Jim Grant). To pack the Lipsey’s GP100 10mm on my belt, I had Rob Leahy at Simply Rugged Holsters make me one of his Sourdough Pancake holsters. Most noticeable is the attractive, one-piece grip. The Match Champion is superior in nearly all regards to Smith & Wesson revolvers in the same price point, save for appearance. The GP100, being on par with the 686 and arguably superior to the Model 64, outclasses any DA .357 revolver Smith, Colt Taurus or any other mainstream manufacturer currently makes in terms of frame strength. With the Match Champion Ruger dressed to the nines, in terms of features, does it finally dethrone Smith & Wesson as the king of revolvers? 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. These guns aren’t mantelpieces, they’re over-built tools. I’ll be honest and say that I was a little in the weeds when it came to understanding the need for a 10mm revolver, especially when more powerful options are available for the platform. 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. Ruger GP100 vs. Ruger 8-shot .357 Redhawk. It sports stippling to ensure a reliable grip, but unlike rubber grips, it won’t catch or hang on clothing during the draw. Lipsey’s added a fourth walnut gripped, blue Ruger GP100 in September of 2018. 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. The S&W is larger and heavier, making it more suitable for outdoor carry and a better choice for higher-pressure loads. Stay in the know. In other words, the gun’s heavy barrel will eep groups more consistent during repeated firing, since it takes longer to heat up. The 610 still includes the standard frame-lock safety. The shortcomings of the design are still there, but they’ve been marginalized. Longhunter1750 Active Member. 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. 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. 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). ... Ruger GP100 Match Champion 10mm … Back in the 1980’s Ruger made a run of 10mm / 38-40 convertibles for Buckeye Sports. While the Smith & Wesson Model 610 and Ruger GP100 Match Champion are similar, they’re quite different 10mm revolvers. Meaning, no barrel will be accurate enough to compensate for a shooter wrestling with uncomfortable grips. 80. Let me tell you, that is a blast. I ordered some Ranch Products clips and they work great for 10mm or 40. On the other hand, when I stepped up to the 220-grain hard-cast rounds from Buffalo Bore, I definitely appreciated the 610’s extra-comfy synthetic grip. The engineers assured me that the Match Champion differs from standard GP100s internally and that Ruger polishes every bearing surface to provide the shooter with a much more pleasant trigger-pull. 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. In fact, no high-level competitive revolver shooter uses anything but grooveless grips. During the Ruger GP100 10mm Match Champion review, I discovered where the gun shines – as a competition gun. With Colt no longer manufacturing new double-action revolvers, shooters who want quality revolvers must choose between Smith and Ruger. It’s well executed, with no rough edges or gross tool marks. The S&W 610 offered a very smooth but heavy trigger pull. FS or TD-Ruger GP100 Match Champion 10MM Discussion in 'F/S Firearms & ammo' started by Longhunter1750, Nov 17, 2020. For this reason, Ruger does not recommend the use of 40 S&W ammunition in this revolver.” But again, I’m hijacking your thread. From the Ruger instruction manual: “The 10MM GP100® will function, and has been tested, with 40 S&W caliber ammunition, but may misfire (fail to fire) with some commercial ammunition. The Match Champion’s new grip does much to address this, but isn’t quite up to snuff with Performance Center Smith & Wesson’s. Grips easy to change to smaller for carry or wood for a different look. 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. I have since learned it was most likely caused by cheap ammo. The N-Frame even absorbed the recoil from the stiffer defensive loads. 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. I’m not sure how that works, but that guy must be getting a lot of overtime! ruger a bit heavier, and cheaper but a little more difficut to clean, but cheaper. Grab your copy at OutdoorGroupStore.com. The Ruger GP100 comes equipped with a 4.2 inch, slab-sided bull barrel. It’s an excellent balance between heat absorption and weight. Because of the medium frame size, I was a little surprised when I saw the six chambers in the cylinder. All Rights Reserved, Is the Ruger GP100 Match Champion better than a Smith & Wesson? 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. Performance. However, that’s not a negative because I really liked the ease of access and operation that came with the wider hammer spur. In both cases the gun’s heavy contour barrel and all-steel construction aided in recoil absorption, taming the otherwise painfully stout 180-grain hardcast planet-slayers. Both the SP101 and the GP100 are great handheld revolvers with small size for concealed carrying purpose to protect yourself. I have read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy, and I hereby agree to those terms. Not that you couldn't carry a GP100. 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. 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! 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. However, the lighter Ruger was nimbler and easier to get on target than the bulkier S&W. This new factory-tuned GP100 is just that, a tuned GP100. This is due to the revolver’s triple-locking system, where the cylinder is locked at the front, rear and bottom. Lock-up is tight, trigger DA is smooth on this example. I used some excellent 10mm ammunition for my testing, with loads from Buffalo Bore, Federal, Sig Sauer and Speer. The muzzle of a weapon also provides equal, concentric force to the backpressure of a round as it leaves that muzzle. The Ruger GP100 is the epitome of the classic cop style revolver of yesteryear. It has a six-round capacity and ships with three moon clips. According to Speer, the process applies it one molecule at a time. The GP100 Match Champion follows last fall’s release of the Super Redhawk in 10mm. To the delight of many, Smith & Wesson reintroduced the venerable Model 610 in 2019 at the behest of consumers. These blued Blackhawks featured 6.5” barrels and now command big premiums on the used market. But that’s the beautiful thing about guns and shooting: You don’t have to need something to want it. According to my digital gauge, the SA pull on my test gun was extra-crisp with a hair of pre-travel, a 3.75-pound break and no overtravel. The Champion’s new Hogue grips are handsome and functional. Ruger GP100 vs S&W 686. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. The Speer Gold Dot boasts the company’s Uni-Cor bonding process, which prevents jacket-core separation. For the get-to-know-you phase, I mainly shot Sig’s 180-grain FMJs, which worked perfectly in both guns and was quite accurate as well. When it comes to accuracy, a revolver’s barrel is the foundation of performance. All-American, all-steel alright! This Match champion is king of Ruger’s DA six-guns and like any royalty, needs a crown. 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? Range time with my GP100. slab-side bull-barrel and a fiber optic front sight is a winning combo. With a non-concentric crown, rounds will fly off target from the muzzle, eventually making it impossible to zero the firearm. Hey, who am I to judge? Once the muzzle of a weapon is damaged — provided it is rifled — the accuracy will suffer tremendously. 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. One of the gun magazines back in the 1980's did a pretty thorough side by side comparison between the 686 and Python. It’s located just behind the cylinder release, and two matching keys are included. The 686 is mostly a refinement of the S&W’s iconic revolver pedigree, established with their K/L frame revolvers. The thick, monolithic frame precludes the need for a sideplate, and the gun is highly regarded for its strength. All of this results in an exceptionally smooth trigger pull. Ruger’s GP100 in 10mm auto could legitimately fall into all three categories, but probably skews toward the latter for most people. Smith & Wesson Model 52: A Quick Look at the Forgotten .38 Special Pistol. 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. While the barrel is the most important mechanical aspect of a revolver, the shooter is the most important biological aspect. With 180 grain FMJ the recoil is easier to manage than polymer .40s. I fired the Ruger GP-100 Match Champion revolver using 40 S&W, 10mm Auto, and 10mm Magnum ammunition. 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And because of its smaller grip circumference, I was able to wrap my hand around it more completely for better control. As long as you pick the right tool for the job, you won’t go wrong with either one. The only aspect of the GP100 Match Champ that doesn’t surpass Smith’s wheel guns is finish on both the surface and edge. Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Glock Novice, Jun 8, 2012. (Photo by Jim Grant). The outer finish on all Ruger guns is somewhat rough, but very functional. If you look closely, you’ll also find that Ruger has lightly chamfered the cylinder holes for reloading ease. Let’s get to it and take a closer look at the GP100 family. CCI Clean Offers a Mess Free Solution in .22 LR. To pack the Lipsey’s GP100 10mm on my belt, I had Rob Leahy at Simply Rugged Holsters make me one of his Sourdough Pancake holsters. August 26, 2017. As you would expect, the larger mass of the S&W definitely tamed the recoil much better than the Ruger. 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 Match Champion takes that durability and makes it more accurate and ergonomic. When I first learned of the 10mm GP100 Match Champion, I incorrectly assumed it would only carry five rounds, so that was a nice bonus. The gun that is at the center of this review is the Match Champion version which Ruger offers in either.357 Magnum or 10mm Auto. The Ruger’s average group with the Speer load was about 2.45 inches. Love the blue finish on this model. The new 200-grain HST load was designed for optimum penetration and expansion without plugging up while passing through intermediate barriers. Ruger Blackhawk vs. GP100 reliability. The S&W is larger and heavier, making it more suitable for outdoor carry and a better choice for higher-pressure loads. I had some issues with the 40 primers. The offering is another quality product from CCI, who already create some of the best .22 LR ammo around. smith vs ruger. I chose five different 10mm loads and one .40 S&W load for this test, with bullet weights ranging from 122 to 230 grains. Is that True? Ruger GP100. Like new, shot to sight in only 20-30 rounds. 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. Geordie Pickard. the smith is usually lighter, better finish, easier to clean, but more expensive. (Photo by Jim Grant). Furthermore, the slabside cut brings the point of balance closer to the shooter’s hand to reduce fatigue during extended firing sessions. In the S&W, Sig’s 180-grain FMJs felt like +P .38 Specials fired from a Model 686. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > Glock Novice Member. Thread Status: Not open for further replies. (Photo by Jim Grant). A quick question for the wheelgun gurus: I recently had the good fortune to receive a new ammunition line from CCI called Clean-22. The double-action (DA) pull weighed 11.38 pounds on average, while the single-action (SA) pull came in at 4.5 pounds. 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 686 won. The black blade on the 610 proved more difficult to pick up and sometimes disappeared on the target. 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. (Photo by Jim Grant). Other refinements include a match-tuned and polished action with a centering boss on the trigger and hammer shims. 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. With the Ruger’s smaller frame, those rounds felt pretty dang stout! The difference is price, but its worth the difference you pay. The king of GP100’s has a beautiful crown. 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. For nearly half a century, few revolvers have earned the mystique as the Colt... by William Bell / The GP100’s barrel upgrades aren’t limited to bullet-interaction, they also include new more user-friendly sights. The Ruger GP100 3″ weighs in at 36 oz., and is 8.5″ long. The 610 utilizes S&W’s large, beefy N-frame, most notable for hosting larger cartridges like the .44 Magnum and .45 Colt. Certainly every edge of the GP100 is chamfered, but not quite to the same degree as Smith’s revolvers. This gun is an all-day-shooter with anything you care to load into it. Nevertheless, after numerous computer simulations and tens of thousands of test rounds, the GP100 showed no signs of undue frame degradation, Smith explained. The 686 first debuted in the 1980’s alongside the Model 581, 586 and 681.Since then, th… After spending time with both, I’m starting to understand the allure to a degree. The buttery DA pull averaged 9.75 pounds with no hint of stacking. The GP100 in all its incarnations will outlast you, your grandkids and their grandkids. Finishing off the package is a slim, contoured Hogue hardwood grip that is very comfortable and ideal for concealed carry. The frame, cylinder release, sideplate, and crane arrangement are unmistakably S&W. That said, I did enjoy shooting both guns once I got to the range. 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. The Ruger GP100 comes equipped with a 4.2 inch, slab-sided bull barrel. Let's find out as we shoot the Glock 40mos vs. the Ruger 6" GP100 with 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. The Ruger GP100 10mm 3″ is a TALO Distributor Exclusive and … I didn't have any misfires with 40 S&W ammo. It’s also fairly easy to carry and conceal while still boasting a hell-for-stout build quality. 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. 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. What certainly catches your eye: that big, unfluted cylinder. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines. The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade that is pinned in place, so it’s interchangeable. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. The Match Champion sports a Novak low-profile triangular rear sight and a green fiber-optic front sight — a solid balance between speed and precision. Overall, the chunky revolver exhibited all of the customary quality I’ve come to expect from Smith & Wesson’s products. If you’re willing to spend a little money and order some .40 S&W moonclips from TK Custom, you can run .40 in the gun. Other appointments included a serrations on the hammer spur and topstrap as well as a fully adjustable rear sight with a white outline. 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. 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. The Speer Gold Dot boasts the company’s Uni-Cor bonding process, which prevents jacket-core separation. The revolver also incorporates a white-outlined rear sight that is adjustable for elevation and windage. 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. Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation's leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. 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. There was a significant difference between the two revolvers in terms of handling and felt recoil. This new GP proudly wears its name. 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. (VIDEO). Although the stainless-steel revolver features the Ruger family brushed satin finish, it’s a working gun look, without much fine polish. I found the Match Champ to be extremely accurate with .357 Magnum loads ranging from 130 to 180 grain, and slightly less so with all but the heaviest .38 Special rounds. Despite appearances, the top strap’s strength isn’t compromised. Nov 17, 2020 #1 . Each delivers impressive accuracy and superb reliability while offering best-in-class quality. 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