For 2017, Ruger is releasing its GP100 chambered in .44 Special. This 5-shot double-action revolver is all-stainless steel and has a three-inch barrel. At 36 ounces, Ruger calls it the “perfect balance of weight and size for the .44 Special.”

I spoke briefly with Ruger’s Mark Gurney who said the gun is ideal for customers who are recoil sensitive but who still want potent big bore performance without having to carry around a massive gun. “It’s heavy enough that you can shoot it forever and at the end of the day it’s still a GP that will stand up and you can pass on to your grandchildren,” says Gurney.

In addition to the mild recoil, Gurney emphasized that the new gun’s size is very carry friendly. “It’s not a .44 Magnum-size gun that you put .44 Specials in,” he says.

  • Triple-locking cylinder
  • Hogue Monogrip
  • Green fiber optic front sight
  • Adjustable rear sight
  • 8 1/2 inches long
  • 36 ounces
  • MSRP $829

Not CA approved. Not MA approved and certified.

Featured photo: Ruger


This article was originally published within the article “Are Revolvers Still Sellable?” in the April 2017 issue of Tactical Retailer.