One thing that makes the Ruger 100 so user friendly is that it requires no additional tools for cleaning.
Ruger GP 100 – Safety
We already discussed the patented transfer bar that stops accidental firing. This works by stopping the hammer from hitting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled completely.
This allows the gun to be dropped without shooting. This is a big concern with new shooters, as you don’t want someone who is potentially nervous or unsure of themselves to drop their firearm.
Ruger GP 100 – Design
The GP100 comes with its own case that has all the basics essentials inside. You can purchase a secondary case or rugged leather holster as well if you want something fancier. The one I got came with a gun lock, brush for cleaning and an instruction manual (with a ton of safety info).
First thing you’ll notice when you pick up a new Ruger 100 is that the polish is perfect. The stainless steel finish is beautiful to look at.
The entire unit looks and feels solid. It’s not overly shiny like a nickel plated gun. The top of the barrel is slightly grooved to stop any reflections.
Trigger guard fit is great. It connects well with the frame and the join line is almost impossible to see.
The standard grip is the Hogue Monogrip which you may want to change. I found the overall design of the grip to be somewhat ugly, although from a functional perspective it definitely does its job.
Is the Ruger GP 100 Beginner-Friendly?
In my .review of the .357 magnum, I discussed the idea that heavier guns are sometimes better for beginners. A heavier frame usually leads to less recoil. Although this is a point of contention between many gun enthusiasts I would say that it really depends on the person shooting.
If you shoot a .38 out of the Ruger 100 you’ll barely notice you’re shooting such a powerful gun. If you throw in a heavier round like a .357 then you definitely will. 😉
If you’re looking for the perfect beginner gun it might not be the .357 or it might not be the .358.
The truth of the matter is that you’ll need to test a few different guns until you find one that you are comfortable with.
I suggest heading down to your local range and trying a few that you feel work for you.
If anyone has any recommendations or thoughts on the Ruger 100 I’d love to hear them in the comments below. 🙂
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