Davidson’s Offers Two Exclusive Ruger Handguns

Davidsons Compact

Davidson’s, one of the more prominent firearms distributors in the United States of America, announced it has partnered with Sturm, Ruger & Co. on two variants of existing handguns: the American Compact Pistol and the GP100.

How Now Brown Gun

If you’ve ever thought “I really like my Ruger American Compact Pistol, but I wish I could have it in a tri-color finish with two shades of brown,” Davidson’s has the gun for you.

brown slide deadpool

This is a standard Ruger pistol with all of the normal trimmings: 3.55″ barrel, multiple grip size adaptors and two magazines. However, the Davidson’s model adds a little flair with the Patriot Brown slide and Flat Dark Earth frame. Many of the other bits remain black.

Wheel on the Gat Goes Round and Round

One of the stalwarts in the Ruger line up is the GP100 revolver. This double action wheel gun has been putting lead down range for many people over many years. Developed in the 1980’s, this gun has been offered with many different options and calibers. Davidson’s is adding one more.

The new version is designed for the .22 LR and has a 10-round cylinder. However, it differentiates itself from the standard GP100 in .22 LR with the 10-round cylinder by having a 4″ barrel. The normal catalog item has a 5.5″ barrel, which may be a bit long for some people. A wheel gun with a 4″ barrel is typically seen as a “duty size” revolver, which is preferred by many people regardless of use or caliber.

Davidsons GP100

The Davidson’s GP100 is likely to last forever as long as you don’t stick it into a blast furnace. These guns are built tough and are perfectly suited for much harsher rounds like the .357 Magnum. It would take a lot of .22 to wear one of these out.

Both of these guns are exclusive to Davidson’s, and are not permanent additions to the Ruger catalog. In other words, if you want one of these, you should find a dealer with a Davidson’s account and buy them sooner rather than later. If you don’t know which of your local dealers has a Davidson’s account, you can go over to the GalleryOfGuns.com website. This site is operated by Davidson’s as a way of putting buyers and retail sellers into contact with each other.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Xtorin O’hern

    i see there going with the FN “we don’t know how to match colors” look

    • olivehead

      Sig suffers from that as well, at least on the P320 compact in full “FDE.”

      • Jared Vynn

        With different shades it’s easier to hide inconsistency in color.

        • Suppressed

          I like it, it’s not like Mother Nature makes all her browns the same shade anyway.

          Although if the colors are inconsistent on identical pieces of different guns, that would trigger my autism.

          • Jared Vynn

            Unfortunately same parts on different gun don’t always match, which is why having different shades on different parts can be good for manufacturers.

            I do like having the different shades and my LC9S carry is an example of shades of brown. Although it was a Talo exclusive not a Davidson’s.

      • Brick

        Flat Dark…Eh, close enough.

  • nova3930

    The GP100 is pretty nifty. 4″ barrel just feels right on those…

    • Jared Vynn

      Feels great on most any revolver, my old man’s model 19 and my security six feel and handle great with 4″.

  • USMC03Vet

    Dumpster fire alert.

  • Gary Kirk

    That American compact looks like some kind of transformer..

  • valorius

    I find the FDE trend to be rather goofy.