Overall, very worth it! However, the Ruger GP100 is not a great concealed carry gun. Short-barrel models are made, but the SP101 is the better choice there because the SP101 is made for that application. The GP100 is more of a home defense gun or packin’ gun for the backcountry in non-grizzly territory.
With that said…
The GP100 is known to lack a bit of refinement. There are some more expensive revolvers out there with more attention to aesthetic details, with cleaner lines and fancy wood grips. The base GP100 is a workhorse. Function first, form later.
In single-action mode, the trigger is a joy; in DA mode, it’s…well, it works well enough. Single-action operation gives you a crisp, clean 4 pounds with minimal travel and a break like a glass rod. The double-action trigger pull is about 10 pounds. There’s no overtravel, no serious grit, but it starts to stack very obviously about halfway through travel.
A bit of stacking is going to happen with DA triggers. This can give some shooters fits, but you overcome it by manhandling the go pedal. Squeeze it hard, smooth and straight and it’s no big deal; dawdle with the squeeze and the stack will give you problems. Granted, the GP100 trigger is not the worst in this regard; there are more expensive guns with worse DA triggers.
That said, revolver triggers smooth out with use and you could always get the trigger tuned for a smoother pull.
As for me, personally, the guy writing this, the only thing that I found objectionable on GP100 revolvers is actually the grip. The trigger I can live with, but the grip felt a little small for my liking. They soak up recoil just fine; that’s not the problem. It’s more that the stock grip is a bit narrow from front to back and side to side for me. (I wear size 10/XL gloves, so I have bigish hands.) If you’re shooting anything powerful, you want the grip to fill the hand up a bit you can get a high, tight grip on the pistol. The GP100’s stock grip was a bit small for my hands.
I wouldn’t hesitate to buy one, and I’d recommend this gun to anyone looking for a full-meal-deal .357 Magnum. Were I to get one, a set of thicker Hogue or Herrett stocks would be installed as soon as I could get them in.
It’s a rugged gun, built strong to digest a lifetime supply of the hot pills. It’ll take whatever you feed it and keep on coming. You miss out on refinery, but that won’t mean you can’t enjoy it for what it is.
And just what is it? It’s a hoss of a gun that makes shooting full-house magnum loads a piece of cake. Shooting .38 Special out of this gun feels like you’ve been coughed on by a baby mouse. Shooting full-house .357 Magnum loads that otherwise make you think twice is not really too much of a problem; recoil is comparable to a lightweight compact 9mm. There’s some kick (you’ll notice the noise!) but it’s very manageable.
The GP100 is plenty accurate, definitely more than enough for government work. In expert hands, I’d wager it’ll shoot the same groups as revolvers with 1.5 times the price tag or so close that it makes no difference.
The GP100 is a tank, but it’s made to be one. If you meant to carry one, you’ll need a strong belt and concealment would probably not be the easiest thing…though if you had the right holster, it wouldn’t be impossible. Most people, though, use it as a nightstand gun or woods pistol, and in those roles it excels. If you were to have only one revolver in your collection, this would be the one to get.
Source: Alien Gear Holsters