Ruger’s GP-100 in .22 LR is a large, solidly built stainless-steel revolver.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY BOB SHELL
Ruger always seems to be coming out with new products, and many of them are very interesting and desirable. Some are variations of previous successes, such as the popular GP-100 in .22 LR. This gun is part of a family of sturdy-framed double-action revolvers that evolved from Ruger’s early 1970s introduction, the Security Six.
The author firing the sturdy stainless-steel revolver in the field.
As you can imagine, this revolver is very large for its caliber. You’d expect a double-action GP revolver from Ruger to be large and sturdy, and it is. If you are looking for some power when you go plinking, this could be the gun for you.
According to my trigger pull gauge, the single action broke at 6 pounds, while the double action broke between 19 and 20, which is certainly extreme. It has a 10-shot cylinder, and since it is a .22, recoil is virtually nonexistent. I wouldn’t recommend dry ﬁring it much, if at all, because, as with all rimﬁres, if the ﬁring pin hits the edge of the chamber some damage may occur.
It is a massive, well-built revolver made from stainless steel, which means that weight may be an issue for those who may plan to carry it a lot. The rear sight is adjustable, and the front is a ﬁber optic, which makes it easier to pick up, especially in less than ideal lighting conditions. It comes in the durable case and, of course, the ever-present lock is included. The grips have a wood center panel and rubber on the outside where you hold it, and they are both comfortable and attractive. It also comes with Ruger’s patented transfer bar mechanism, which provides an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge.
A close-up of the cushioned rubber grips with wooden inserts.
SINCE IT IS SO STURDY, I’d like to see it chambered for the .22 rimﬁre Magnum, either as a replacement cylinder or as another variation of the gun. While the cartridges will chamber, it isn’t a good idea to shoot .22 rimﬁres in a magnum cylinder. The .22 LR ammo may split, and wouldn’t be accurate even if they don’t.
This gun is built so well that I don’t think it could be worn out regardless of how many rounds are put through it, especially since the .22 is a low-pressure round that enhances the life of any gun chambered for it. Because the DA trigger break was so high, I did the majority of my shooting single action. I don’t possess strong hands and can’t get any accuracy shooting DA. Hitting cans is easier using single action even out to 25 yards, and better shooters will be able to extend that range, as the gun has excellent accuracy.
The sights are easy to pick up, which is always an asset when shooting or hunting in reduced light. I have chronographed many calibers in both riﬂes and handguns, and depending on the load and other factors, velocity is commonly from 200 to 400 feet per second faster in the long gun as the shorter barrel and ﬂash gap reduces velocity. During my testing of the GP-100, the ammo was about 200 fps slower than from a riﬂe.
Making reloaded rimﬁre ammo isn’t worth the time, trouble and expense involved, so factory loads are your best bet. As with any gun, this one will show a preference to a speciﬁc load or loads, and there are a variety of good factory ones to test what this particular revolver likes.
A size comparison of the .22 LR cartridge (above) and the .22 rimfire Magnum.
I consider the .22 RF round as one of the most dangerous in existence. Because it is small, people tend to underestimate it. But it is dangerous at longer distances, and you should never shoot it at a ﬂat surface, as it will ricochet like any other cartridge and the shooter has no control as to where it will go.
The .22 LR is a decent small game load. I have shot a lot of squirrels and rabbits with it, especially when using hollow points. The .22 is also good for training someone because the lack of both recoil and muzzle blast will not intimidate a new or younger shooter. In addition, the .22 RF remains less expensive than centerﬁre rounds, even though they have gone up in price in the last few years.
There are several excellent factory .22 LR rounds available, including the Gold Medal UltraMatch cartridges from Federal Premium. (FEDERAL PREMIUM)
If you shop around, good deals are available, especially for 500-round bricks. Such purchases will cut down the cost on shooting and for most uses the inexpensive ammo works as well as the pricey stuff. I have shot a good amount of rimﬁre ammo, and the cheap stuff is nearly as accurate as the pricey fodder, especially in noncompetition guns.
When it comes to having fun shooting there is nothing like a .22 rimﬁre. It is easy on the ears and pocketbook, and a family can buy a 500 pack of ammo and shoot all day. Many shooters, including yours truly, started with a singleshot .22 riﬂe.
I always ask other shooters for input during a gun test, as people tend to have different preferences. For example, I have a single six with both cylinders and I prefer it for daily carry, as it is lighter and more compact. But the GP100 could be ideal for someone who shoots often because I don’t believe you can shoot it enough to wear it out. It is one rugged design, and most of the shooters I spoke with liked it.
A brick of Remington’s Thunderbolt cartridges will provide plenty of practice with the GP100. (REMINGTON)
At the conclusion of any gun test, I have the choice to either return the gun or buy it. But sometimes someone I know will purchase it if they want it, and that is exactly what happened to this gun. ASJ
The pump action gun design is as American as it gets.
One of the most prolific was the old Winchester Model 1890 that came in various of .22 caliber rimfire chambers.
Once popularized in the shooting galleries and carnivals, the pump .22 has withered into the past.
In such a huge market of .22 rifles, Henry is famous for its lever-action rifles. But, Henry Repeating firearms still thinks theres still a place for the pump action with its Pump Action rifle in .22LR and .22 WMR.
At a quick glance if this pump action reminds you of the old gallery guns, you’re right. These Henry pump action are similar to the 1890 and 1906 Winchester.
Henry pump action holds 23 short rounds.
The Henry pump is also a great gun to get youngster into shooting.
They’re not very loud with zero kick.
The rifle has a dove tail cut into the receiver for possible scope mount.
The stock is a straight comb type.
With just iron sights at 35 yards its still very accurate, in the video Eric has a grouping of a grapefruit size.
The Henry Pump action S/L/LR is a perfect plinker or squirrel (small game) gun.
Henry .22 S/L/LR also has the option to shoot other types of 22 rounds such as:
Aguila Super Extra Velocity
60 grain Sniper Subsonic
20 grain Colibri – considered a “true gallery” load which is very light and not loud.
Standard 22 Velocity – 1070 fps
A Place for the Pump?
The Henry Pump is still a formidable piece of equipment that shoots well and looks great. When using the Colibri rounds, its a perfect choice for teaching young ones that are getting into shooting. These rounds provides no noise (hardly any) and no recoil, which is perfect for them to learn the fundamentals of shooting.
For plinking, it just looks pure fun.
Have you ever shot long-range with a .22-caliber rifle?
According to Wiki: The .22 LR is effective to 150 yd (140 m), though practical ranges tend to be less. After 150 yd, the ballistics of the round are such that it will be difficult to compensate for the large “drop”.
If you’re into long range shooting then you understand the many variables that can affect your ability of making an accurate shot from way out there.
Bullet – weight of the bullet
Spindrift – effect cause by rotation of bullet
Temperature (barrel temp)
Coriolis effect – caused by the Earth’s rotation
Mirage – causes the shooter to hit high and to the side if there is a little wind
Cosine angle – angle to the target up or downhill
Having an accurate rifle is a must. The best ammunition certainly helps, but you better watch that wind drift. Power drops off quickly and those bullets drop in a hurry.
Watch Youtuber 22plinkster and IV8888 team up to find out how far out they can hit their target with a .22 LR cartridge consistently at more than the 150 yards that Wiki proclaim.
From 600 yard out with a slight breeze, its not consistently accurate. 22plinkster hit it 4 out of 20 shots.
At 500 yard out with minimal or no wind and with the right setup 22plinkster faired better, (its a 3 second in flight before hitting the target) its the maximum range to consistently hit.
However, its not the max effective range.
How about you all do you plink with a .22LR?
Going on a walkabout with your favorite .22 caliber pistol is not only handy but fun.
These .22 pistols are very fun to have on your nature hikes so you can plink at rusty cans or going after small game. Here’s a list of fun .22s pistol that many shooters would love to carry afield.
If you don’t have any of these pistols, you might want to start with these
Sicario Ruger MK IV
I know this is a suppressed pistol and we couldn’t resist not mentioning, but its just awesome for not just plinking but shooting at small pests around the house without letting the neighbor know.
Unique integral 2 piece pistol which can be taken apart within 20 seconds for easy cleaning.
This particular pistol does exactly what the standard Ruger does.
Ruger GP100 Revolver
When you hear revolver, most think it being chambered in a .357 magnum, but Ruger also makes it chambered for the .22 LR.
Triple-locking cylinder is locked into the frame at the front, rear and bottom for more positive alignment and dependable operation shot after shot.
Did you know this double-action gives you a full 10 shots before a reload?
Pretty cool huh? This is a great practice piece for trail carry.
Heritage Single-Action .22 Revolver
This may be one of the most economical .22 pistol revolver. The Heritage is a single-action revolver with easy cylinder change out is a breeze.
The trigger barely seems to move rearward before the gun fires, making it easy to shoot accurately.
Smith & Wesson Model 617 Revolver
Smith & Wesson’s iconic K-frame revolver was designed for the .38 but good thing its available in .22 LR caliber as well.
This 10-shot, double-action revolver is tall and shiny in looks and proves to be a good backwoods weapon for old cans and tasty small-game targets.
This isn’t the complete list but I’m sure you can tell us what you have down in the comment section below.
How good of a shot are you?
Do you think you can hit a drop of water with your pistol?
Youtuber 22plinkster is an excellent shooter, he takes on this challenge.
22Plinkster uses a Victory 22LR pistol and with the slow motion technology to validate the hit. See for yourself.
From 20 feet away 22Plinkster sets a water bottle upside down with dripping water in front of a silhouette target.
It takes about 4 or 5 tries to pulls off the shot, totally amazing marksmanship.
What would those three guns be? Jerry Miculek had a chance to voice his response on the subject.
Wait, before we get to the guns, just to clarify that we’re talking about having these three guns for survival.
Some folks have talked about the .357 revolver as a primary SHTF in many internet forums and this has stirred up the hornet’s nest. Mainly due to the age demographics, for instances, folks that are from the older generation would agree with the .357 revolver. Where the younger millennium generation will stick with the striker based handguns like the Glocks in 9mm.
Don’t think so?, someone had asked this question to shootist extraordinaire Jerry Miculek and even he went with an 8-shot .357 wheelgun–specifically a Smith & Wesson 627–as his one handgun for every situation. Take a look:
Later on a different clip he’s asked what his favorite caliber, .45 Acp.
For us survivalist most will agree with the calibers choice, its all about versatility. The two calibers lets you load a wide range of bullets weights and pressures.
As for Jerry’s other two guns, he picks a rifle in .22LR and a 12-gauge shotgun. We agree with these picks, even though we do part ways on the handgun choice.
What about you what’s your favorite three guns for survival?, let us know in the comment below.
Razorback 22LR Beltfed Conversion for the AR15 rifle – Credits go to LSM1213
Tired of stacking up old magazines on your plinker? Lakeside Guns has the solution for you — a beltfed .22 LR. Correct, the Lakeside Machine has a clever transformation for AR-15 style rifles, called the Razorback. This altered upper receiver allows you go through rimfire ammunition by means of a belt. Maybe best of all, it requires no alteration to the lower receiver to slap one on. In general, the Razorback gives off an impression of being for the most part a novelty but be that as it may, what the hell, it would so cool to bring one at the range.
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