We are officially less than a month away from SHOT Show now and the new models for 2017 continue to roll in. Ruger recently announced two new caliber offerings in their GP100 and Redhawk line of revolvers. Although it is not uncommon to see revolvers chambered in .44 Special or .357 Magnum nowadays, it is less common in these specific models. The beefier frame of the GP100 plays host to the new .44 Special while the Redhawk downgrades from its typical .44 Magnum caliber to .357 Magnum.
While this new GP100 model looks like many we have seen before it does offer some unique features.
- Fiber Optic Front Sight
- Unfluted Cylinder
- Hogue Monogrip
Fiber optic sights continue to grow in popularity for many shooters. Also, most indoor ranges are, ironically, not well lit near the firing line. Fiber optic sights also help outdoors on cloudy days and older shooters greatly appreciate how they draw your eyes in. The Hogue Monogrip is a departure from the ergonomic grip typical with GP100 revolvers. Finally, the unfluted cylinder adds to the rigidity, weight, and style of the new GP100. A nice touch for a 3″ revolver.
Ruger offers their Redhawk and Super Redhawk in quite a few calibers varying from .41 Remington Magnum to .480 Ruger, but this is the first standard model .357 Magnum.
The 8-shot, unfluted cylinder will be the first thing most people notice. When you pack in 8 rounds of any caliber into a revolver you begin to feel a little Dirty Harry-like!
On a more sensible level, the larger capacity means less reloads and more range fun. Speaking of reloads, this Redhawk has its cylinder relieved for moon clips and Ruger includes 3 with each firearm. Visually, the stainless steel finish matched with hardwood grips gives this model a clean, attractive look.
Ruger has been pumping out quite a few new firearms prior to the arrival of SHOT Show. Be sure to be on the lookout for more new offerings the closer we get to SHOT Show!