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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MarsocDad45ACP, May 14, 2019.

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  1. 5-SHOTS

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    It is just how the crane is designed. It is "thinner" than other designs to have a "thicker" frame in that area (under the forcing cone) and to make room for the front cylinder lock point, which is a lever in the crane that goes in the front frame notch. But the crane is still rock solid. I don't think you can find a more robust revolver than a Ruger GP100 in the 6-shots, .357Mag class of revolvers, expecially for its price. To have a stronger revolver you can try a Manurhin MR73 or a Korth Combat (good luck for the price)...
    Cylinder rattle with the cylinder unlatched means nothing.
     
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  2. Walkalong

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    Based on that, I would say the gun has been seriously abused and I would not buy it. You are not describing a Ruger revolver in good shape.
     
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    Ruger takes other brand revolvers turned in for OEM warranty or thru Davidson's Gallery of Guns and recycles their steel into GP-100's...
     
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    What???
     
  5. ATLDave

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    This is shaping up as one of the more surreal threads I've seen on THR in a while.
     
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    I'm looking at my recent production GP-100 and I can't find any part of it that could be described as "thin". Moreover, your crane picture reveals nothing to my eye that looks "thin". What part of the crane seems thin to you?
     
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  7. MaxP

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    Hence pot metal - hahahahaha!
     
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  8. ATLDave

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    It's so thin it's not visible! That's why neither you nor I can see it, nor tell what he's talking about.
     
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  9. ATLDave

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    Rugers are basically made of pressed peanut sweepings. It's a widely believed fact.
     
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    Some threads are good for learning new information, some threads are for entertainment. This one falls into the latter category.

    I have a hard time taking someone serious who thinks the cylinder on a GP100 has parts that are as thin as a piece of foil and that the gun could be considered lightweight pot metal. Unless your only reference is something like an X-frame S&W these statements just don’t make any sense. Once someone makes statements like that it’s hard to believe anything else they are saying.

    Ruger has been making the GP100 since the 80’s and I’d be willing to bet the equivalent models weigh within a couple ounces of the same model that was produced 30 years ago. I know my 2012 GP100 feels much more substantial than my 1980’s security six.
     
  11. ATLDave

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    I know, right? I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I hope it doesn't get shut down, we're having too much fun in here.
     
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  12. jaguarxk120

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    Yes, Yes, pot metal-- the steel is poured from the pot into the mold!
     
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  13. JohnKSa

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    Cylinders always have some play when unlatched, but what you are probably noticing is the ejector rod which is a very different design from most other revolvers. The design locks the crane to the frame using a locking lug at the front of the crane instead of latching on the ejector rod as with other common designs. So instead of being a solid part which helps lock the crane into the frame, in the Ruger DA revolvers, the ejector rod is loose--more like a button than the "axle" design found in other revolvers. It will rattle when the gun is shaken.

    In my experience, a new Ruger DA revolver will have some sharp edges. In particular, the hammer checkering is often like a cheese grater--sharp enough to cut skin. There are some other areas which are also sharp, particularly around the front of the crane and in the frame near the crane. This is one reason I prefer the stainless models--they can be worked on to round sharp edges without having to refinish afterwards. If you disassemble one, as shown in the manual, be very careful about sharp edges inside the frame. You can cut yourself badly.

    There is no part of the crane that is "thin as aluminum foil". It may look that way to you, but I can't find anything like that in the picture you posted nor on the Ruger revolver I just took a look at, nor have I noticed anything like that while disassembling Ruger revolvers in the past.

    When you say: "Lots of endplay..." how much are we talking about?
     
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    Did you catch the one with Uncle Mo'?

    That was a wild ride.
     
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    I have heard a lot of things about Ruger revolvers, but his is the first time I have ever hear of one being described as 'light'. Are you sure it is not a Rossi or something with Ruger grips?
     
  16. ATLDave

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    Ruger-branded cap gun. That's my guess.
     
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  17. Sovblocgunfan

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    Ridiculous.
     
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  18. sequins

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    This is an interesting thread- the crane you posted looked fine to me, and $350 for a new, unfired GP100 is a price so low I would never see it locally. Maybe $600...

    You sound like an experienced revolver shooter so I'm surprised you haven't got a frame of reference for the GP100, and doubly surprised at your surprise with what you're handling. The ruger is so much thicker than the Smith that Smith used to use the "unnecessary" size and weight of the ruger as advertising fodder.

    No 357 besides the Redhawks is beefier.
     
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    Pictures please. See if you can get it on a scale too.

    A new GP100 may be a little rough around the edges, and the trigger pull somewhat gritty. But people don't refer to them as being "built like a tank" (an overused phrase, to be sure) for no reason.
     
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  20. Sovblocgunfan

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    I went back and found that thread. Trippy! There used to be a guy named shooterike that wrote very much like that. He was nuts. Absolutely nuts.
     
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    Homer Simpson picks up Lisa’s suitcase and comments: Packing light huh?

    Lisa: Maybe your just getting stronger.

    Homer: I have been eating more.
    ......................

    OP picks up Ruger GP100 and thinks it’s light....
     
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  22. mcb

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    I always assumed Ruger used hamburger for the frames but then again I might be taking S&W advertising to0 literal.

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    Yeah... I will show myself out... :D
     
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    And guess who's stirring the pot? I'll give you a clue. His initials are OP.
     
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  24. jaguarxk120

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    I'm not the OP -- but the pot needed stirring.
    I have several Ruger firearms, rifles and hand guns. All are quality made, none
    use so called "pot metal".
     
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  25. ATLDave

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    Love it. Nobody noticed my prior Simpsons reference in this thread, though!
     
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