Sturm, Ruger & Co. is not one of the United States’ oldest gun manufacturers but the company has established itself as one of the best, known for durable, common-sense firearm designs that are both high-quality builds, as well as accurate. The company offers a wide variety of semi-automatic pistols, as well as single-shot, bolt-action, and semi-automatic rifles.
Ruger’s revolvers are especially note-worthy and are loved by gun enthusiasts. Here is one that stands above the rest: The Ruger Super GP100 is the Cadillac of revolvers.
Ruger Super GP100: The Facts
The Super GP100 is a visually striking revolver. With hand-finished hardwood grips, as well as an aggressive frame and barrel, the revolvers are clearly special. They take their name from Ruger’s GP100 lineup, a very diverse line of mostly .357 Magnum revolvers that are considered by some to be an industry standard and are known for their reliability and ease of use.
Like the GP100, Ruger’s Super GP100 comes chambered in .357 Magnum, a powerful rimmed pistol cartridge that enjoys a good reputation as a cartridge that balances stopping power with recoil. And like virtually all revolvers chambered in .357 Magnum, the Super GP100 can also safely chamber and fire .38 Special P+ ammunition, as the slightly shorter cartridge’s bullet is the same diameter as the .357 Magnum.
As it is a dimensionally shorter cartridge, the .38 Special offers shooters a more affordable cartridge that also produces less recoil, and is therefore ideal for inexperienced shooters, or those looking for a cheaper plinking alternative to the larger .357 Magnum. However, one Super GP100 is chambered in a totally different pistol cartridge: the iconic 9x19mm.
Interestingly, this Super GP100 opts for a rimless pistol cartridge rather than a rimmed magnum cartridge thanks to moon clips. It also has a slightly longer, 6-inch barrel. This Super GP100 combines the classic revolver design with a more manageable pistol cartridge in an interesting blend of old and new.
One of the Super GP100’s more significant improvements is its cylinder. Unlike most revolver cylinders which feature some or no fluting, the Super GP’s cylinder is very extensively fluted. While this is a more expensive design from a manufacturing standpoint, it offers the shooter a more lightweight cylinder for easier and smoother trigger pulls, which can aid accuracy.
In addition, the revolver’s internal components are “polished and optimized,” with a “centering boss on the trigger, and centering shims on the hammer,” which results in a even smoother and more consistent trigger pull.
It Is Not Cheap
Considering the Super GP’s superior features, it is hard to find a higher-quality revolver out of the box. These features come at a cost, however — the Super GP 100 retails for nearly $1,600 according to the Ruger website. Still, it is easy to see why Ruger’s revolver is so pricey — it’s the Cadillac of American revolvers.
Caleb Larson is a Defense Writer based in Europe. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture.