I had the same dilemma as you awhile back, decided to buy a hk vp9 instead. If you want a special snowflake GP have a look at the Wiley clapp editions, only available in 3inch though. IMO, this by itself is worth the extra $150 or so. The GP100 10mm Match Champion review is tough, because everyone knows I like the GP100. Couldn't tell you if it's worth the extra price, I only have $450 invested in my Match Champion (yay trades?). revolvers are so much fun to shoot. grips, which I love. The Ruger GP100 Match Champion's barrel is a departure from the usual GP100 barrel. Ruger SP101 Match Champion July 09, 2018 By Stan Trzoniec. A do-it-all revolver greatly deserves a high-quality leather holster system, and Rob Leahy of Simply Rugged Holsters makes some of the best. The one downside to the changes made for the Match Champion is that it’s not quite as pleasant to shoot .357 magnums as the standard GP100. On many revolvers I would chalk this up mostly to aesthetics; on the GP100 Match Champion I think this might actually be a worthwhile feature. The trigger is buttery smooth in both double and single action, it is beautiful (it's a wheel gat), however I hated the wood Hogue grips. As one of WTA's resident revolver whores I have to pass on the news of Ruger's new GP100 Match Champion. by B. Gil Horman - Although the Match Champion is marketed as an IDPA-style race gun, it's also an ideal self-defense and field revolver. The heavy top strap, thick forcing cone walls, off-set bolt notches, triple-locking cylinder and the single-piece frame all work together to successfully mitigate the high levels of pressure produced by .357 Mag. It's not a Smith and Wesson, but it's pretty darn close. The match champion usually runs anywhere from $100 to $200 more than the regular 4.2 model, but if you're planning on buying wooden grips anyways then just get the match champion. cartridges. I've recently been considering picking up a Smith M66 because it's a beautiful gun, but then I saw the Ruger GP100 Match Champion. The 686 first debuted in the 1980’s alongside the Model 581, 586 and 681.Since then, th… The best single group of 2.39-inches was produced using Federal Premium's Law Enforcement Tactical 158-gr. loads. Eventually I'll buy the match champion just because it will save me money. With racy lines, a reduced weight, and some well-thought-out add-ons, it has the air of an aficionados’ wheel gun. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.; Ruger.comModel: GP100 Match ChampionAction: Double-ActionCaliber: .357 Magnum / .38 SpecialFinish: Satin Stainless SteelGrips: Hogue Hardwood MonogripFront Sight: Fiber OpticRear Sight: FixedBarrel Length: 4.20 InchesOverall Length: 9.50 InchesWeight: 38 OuncesCapacity: 6 RoundsTwist: 1:18.75 RHRifle Grooves: 6Accessories: Hard Case, Lock, Owner's ManualSuggested Retail: $899, E-mail your comments/questions about this site to:EmediaRifleman@nrahq.org For questions/comments about American Rifleman magazine, please e-mail:Publications@nrahq.org You can contact the NRA via phone at: NRA Member Programs1-800-672-3888, To advertise on American Rifleman, visit nramediakit.com for more information. The single external control—the press-button cylinder release—is located on the left side of the frame, and the smooth-faced trigger is protected by a rounded trigger guard. We compare the Ruger GP 100 Match Champion to the Smith and Wesson 686. Shooters looking to load the Match King more swiftly will find the HKS model 586 and the 5 Star Firearms model L6-357/38 speed loaders slip past the wooden grip without a hitch. Simply Rugged also provides high quality belts, speedloader holders, and pouches designed for Quick Strips or loose cartridges. The revolver arrives ready to go without the time or expense of sending it out to be customized. That 2 oz reduction does make the Ruger Match Champion feel just a bit faster handling than the full lug version. Instead I have a set of rubber with the wood middles Ruger Super Redhawk (I believe?) is already one of the most flexible handguns available, because tricking out a GP100 just makes it that much more desirable to carry. The Match Champion is a slicked-up GP-100 that is built to be ready for competition out of the box. Buying a Used Rifle: Tips From a Longtime Gun Retailer, Assembling an AR-15 With Phase 5 Weapon Systems, Heritage Rough Rider Rancher: A Budget-Friendly Revolving Rifle, © 2020 National Rifle Association of America. Every time I hold one it feels as though it's lighter than my sp101 (which is actually 8.5 oz lighter than a match champion). PerpetualStudent. has been in production since 1986, and it was among the very first wheelguns I purchased. Model Number: 1754 Caliber: 357 Mag Grips Hogue® Stippled Hardwood; Front Sight Fiber Optic; Barrel Length 4.20" 10.6 cm; Material Stainless Steel; Capacity 6; Rear Sight Fixed; Twist 1:18.75" RH; Finish Satin Stainless; Overall Length 9.50" 24.1 cm; Weight 38 oz. These accolades are well deserved since this is one of the strongest revolvers in its class. Web ID: 1402181658 Product Chart This SKU table contains a list of all SKUs available for the product. But one arena where the Ruger revolvers have often been pushed aside by other manufacturers’ products has been organized target competitions. A two-ounce reduction may not sound like much, but with most of that weight coming out of the barrel, it makes for a marked improvement in the revolver's handling and balance. The only reason to get a regular gp100 is if you want a 3 or 6 inch barrel. Has anyone here shot both? Here are some of the Match Champion features, as described by Ruger: "The Match Champion Model is designed with the competitor in mind. The Match Champion arrives with a custom single-piece competition-style Hogue hardwood grip with stippled side panels. The reality of all the barrel reprofiling is only a 2 oz weight savings over a standard full lug 4″ GP100. I have the novak fiber optics, not the adjustables, and can pick the sight up easily. For those who prefer flat reloading devices for pocket carry, the 6-round Tuff Products 6357 Quick Strips and Bianchi's 580 Speed Strips are spaced to feed two round into the GP100 cylinder at a time. I guess due to the geometry of everything being a little smaller but still having to provide the same hammer energy, I dunno. The standard barrel length is 4.2 inches, but some models are 2.5 inches or 5.5 inches. Because of the versatility of this handgun, it may be used for co… I was really happy with that. This rugged, full-size .357 Mag. But other than that the match champion was a better bang for the buck. We shoot two great .357 Magnum revolvers. Originally built for the .357 Magnum, the GP100 incorporates a medium-sized stainless steel frame and barrel that are relatively light, with the entire gun coming in at 37 ounces. The Great Ammo Shortage of 2020: When Will It End? Essentially it's a 4" that's been given the sight treatment, "melted" cylinder and action job of the "Wiley Clapp" 3" but Ruger has departed from the full-underlug and went with a short ejector shroud. Despite the 10mm’s reputation for power, the Ruger GP100 Match Champion is all about speed. The revolver’s action proved to have one of the best factory triggers I've ever worked with. The 686 is mostly a refinement of the S&W’s iconic revolver pedigree, established with their K/L frame revolvers. i have the 4.2in and its amazingly accurate at 25 yards. This version of the GP100 enjoys more in-house rounding and smoothing, internally and externally, than the stock models. My question at this point is, should I spend a bit extra on the MC or should I just customize my GP100? A quick review of Ruger's Match Champion edition of the modern classic GP100 .357 Magnum revolver. FTX averaged 2.86-inches, followed by Remington's practice-grade UMC125-gr. In the process of tricking out the GP100 for target shooting, Ruger also made it an ideal option for self-defense. Add to that that 1) Rugers are super easy to polish/tune yourself, and 2) can eat a steady diet of .357 Mags and not loosen and Ruger's the winner to … Other tweaks are new cylinder flute contours, which stylistically look gre… revolver successfully blends the superior toughness of the GP100 design with the slicked-up features many IDPA competitors have in mind. GP100 ® Match Champion ® in 10mm Auto; GP100 ® Match Champion ® Web Spot; Double-Action Revolver Disassembly; GP100 ® Match Champion ® Double-Action Revolver Basic Cleaning; Double-Action Revolver Full Cleaning; GP100 ® Match Champion ® with Adjustable Rear Sight; Double-Action Revolver Reassembly Hydra-Shok jacketed hollow points, which also produced the best group average of 2.73-inches. What you get for the little bit of extra money is more than worth it IMO. Get the Match Champ, it's an easy decision really. Other versions of the GP100 ship with Ruger’s proprietary wooden side panel rubber grips or, more recently, with one of Hogue’s rubber Monogrips. It will cost you around the same price or just a bit much more, but you will also get the other many benefits that the match champion offers. Get the American Rifleman Insider newsletter for at-a-glance access to industry news, gear, gun reviews, videos and more—delivered directly to your Inbox. By flattening the sides of the barrel, replacing the full-length barrel lug with just a half-lug to shroud the ejector rod, and making a few other nips and tucks here and there, the revolver's weight has been reduced from 40 to 38 ounces. The front of the 6-shot cylinder has been radiused to allow the revolver to slip into a holster more gracefully. This is due to the narrower front end of the cylinder, which is intended to ease the transition of the width of the cylinder into a leather holster. I have one and it's great, plus the difference goes beyond the sight and grip. The store I was at had the match champion selling for only about $60 more than the regular and the grips on the match champion cost like 50-60. Wood grip for a GP100 usually run around $100 + shipping, but you can also buy the official match champion grips from shopruger.com anyways for $102 ($90 for the grips + $12 for regular shipping). I used a regular GP100 in IDPA, then switched to the first generation of Match Champion guns with fixed sights, then when they dropped the adjustable sight models I bought one of those in .357. The GP100 Match Champion’s cylinder is visually interesting. They also carefully shaved off bits of material here and there to bring the center of balance to your hand, hence the half lug barrel. In little snub-nosed pocket revolvers, .357 Mag. Some variants of GP100 consist of a couple that hold 7 of .327 Federal, a few that hold 5 of 44 Special, etc. The GP100 Match Champion changes all that, for this is a superbly crafted, tuned, super-smooth revolver right out of the box. It features a slab-side 4.2-inch barrel with an 11-degree target crown for improved accuracy. Friday, October 17, 2014. I found a brand new one on gunbroker for $729 shipped. The highly visible sights and trigger job contributed to satisfying 5-shot groups at this distance. The Ruger GP100 has been a mainstay in the company’s double-action revolver line since it first rolled off the assembly line in 1986, and its new Match Champion is purpose-built for competition use. The Ruger GP100 Match Champion was conceived by several members of our team that wanted a competition-worthy revolver." This GP100 was loaded with ammunition ranging from soft-shooting practice grade .38 Special to full-throttle defense grade .357 Mag. I have a gp 100. The ejector star and chamber mouths have been lightly chamfered for easier loading. 3: It balances better in the hand. And out to 50 i hit a pie plate consistently. This new take on the GP100 is a welcome, if overdue, addition to Ruger’s double-action revolver lineup. Match Champion. While other companies have dressed up their wheelguns to capture the attention of the race-gun crowd, the GP100 has, for the most part, only been available in standard configurations. It has a partial lug barrel / aggressively fluted cylinder that does wonders to make it balance in the hand. The new Ruger GP100 Match Champion .357 Mag. The match champion has been worked over better than the regular too so that's saving you money. The GP100 Match Champion is the ultimate revolver for competing in professional shooting matches, and also a practical choice for outdoorsmen and handgun hunters who demand the best. The classic Smith and Wesson 686 and the Ruger GP 100 Match Champion. That thing is gorgeous. For many it’s a mainstay for carry and home defense duty, among other uses. When folks talk about the GP100, descriptions such as built like a tank, tough and workhorse are often employed. I like the look of the full lug gp100 better than the half lug match champion. The GP100 has poor aftermarket support and add-ons. If it's just for shooting fun or similar, the GP100 in general has a better trigger than the SP101. Ruger will have a new model GP100 available in 2014, the Ruger GP100 Match Champion.This is the GP100 for competition shooting, and to be 100% honest it looks like Ruger went into my dreams while I was asleep and pulled all the features I want in a GP100 to make this gun.. Ruger’s GP100 line has been around for some time. Sure, they've got finger grooves and a nice palm swell but they're slick as shit. If you shop around you can get a great deal on one. Hornady's Critical Defense 125-gr. It's also got a bit of trigger work and some extra polish. On paper, there’s only a difference of 2 oz between the two, but the heavy underlug of the standard GP100 really goes a … The exposed hammer is checkered for easy cocking. But in a well-balanced full-size revolver with a comfortable grip, like this one, it can be perfectly manageable and enjoyable to shoot. The top strap is beveled and the squared-off portion of the frame in front of the trigger guard has been rounded. The frame, cylinder release, sideplate, and crane arrangement are unmistakably S&W. ammunition can produce uncomfortable, if not painful, levels of felt recoil. 2: Ruger does a trigger job on the Match Champion models. I have shot a Ruger GP100 Match Champion and it is a very fine piece of equipment for sure! 03-25-2016, 09:10 PM #5. Id say go for regular gp, A list of things the Match Champion has over the regular 4.2 gp100, 1: Wood grips / fiber optic front sight right out of the box ($130 to $150 value in it of itself: makes up for the price difference by this alone). The revolver utilizes moon clips to headspace the semi-automatic cartridges. The match champion usually runs anywhere from $100 to $200 more than the regular 4.2 model, but if you're planning on buying wooden grips anyways then just get the match champion. But where I think the Match Champion will make its most important impact is for those Ruger customers who are looking for a high-quality defensive handgun at a price they can afford. This year Ruger decided it was time to give the GP100 a chance to compete in the revolver division in International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) events with the new factory-custom Match Champion. The Sourdough can be ordered with pre-punched holes, and added straps for inside-the-waistband carry, or converted into a tanker-style chest rig with the addition of the Chesty Puller straps. Compared to paying upwards of $500 for the same set of upgrades from a reputable custom shop, it’s a real bargain. If you use the coupon in the box, you get 20% off a purchase at shopruger, which made my grips $85 shipped, Sent the cylinder off to be chamfered and the chambers profiled and polished $80. Those grips on the match champion are garbage in my opinion. jacketed soft point at 3.28-inches. The Match Champion's barrel, cylinder, frame and appointments are all constructed of stainless steel. If I had got the regular gp I was going to buy match champion grips for it and fiber optic sights so that would have made me spend more money than I would have spent buying the match champion. I recently bought a used gp with the intention of creating a poor man's match champion. As expected, the revolver loaded, fired, and ejected each brand of ammunition with aplomb. A place for responsible gun owners and enthusiasts to talk about guns without the politics. It's the same set of sights found on the TALO exclusive Wiley Clapp Ruger GP100 released a couple of years ago. I'm easily able to control the recoil on it with both 357 loads and obviously 38 special loads. The suggested retail price for the Match Champion is $140 more than the standard stainless steel model. load and make ready – gp100 vs 686 To get a sense of the guns’ performance across a range of ammo, we picked up the three most common factory .357 loads, and added a couple of our own handloads. If you look at it directly, you notice that the flutes are curved, making them look ovoid and frankly, a bit odd. It was a small-frame revolver intended to be the stablemate for the GP100 that had supplanted the firm's small Security-Six wheelgun. We started at 15 yards, and worked back to 25, using NRA B-2 … It's cheap for a revolver like this that'll last forever. In other words, this one holster can be comfortably employed in just about every situation that calls for a full-size wheel gun. The match-tuned action has been polished, enhanced with a centering boss for the trigger, and shims on the hammer for a smooth double-action trigger pull and a crisp single-action trigger break. His Sourdough Pancake holster, constructed using steer shoulder leather, arrives with three pre-cut belt slots. I cant figure out the benefits to spend more for the m.c. The Ruger GP100 Match Champion is a unique six-gun that offers a great deal to the discerning shooter…with the added bonus of moon clip sweetness. Formal accuracy testing was conducted from a bench rest using targets set at 25 yards with the Match Champion fired in single-action mode. Wood grip for a GP100 usually run around $100 + shipping, but you can also buy the official match champion grips from shopruger.com anyways for $102 ($90 for the grips + $12 for regular shipping). revolver successfully blends the superior toughness of the GP100 design with the slicked-up features many IDPA competitors have in mind. The new Ruger GP100 Match Champion .357 Mag. Privacy Policy   •   Contact Us   •   Warnings   •   FAQs   •  © 2020 National Rifle Association of America, Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Volunteer At The Great American Outdoor Show, Marion P. Hammer Women Of Distinction Award, Women's Wildlife Management / Conservation Scholarship, National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassadors, NRA Outstanding Achievement Youth Award Presented by Brownells, National Youth Shooting Sports Cooperative Program, International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA, Federal Premium Sets Record Straight On Ammunition Shortage. Press J to jump to the feed. In the intervening years, I've always had at least one, if not more, of these reliable Ruger revolvers on hand. I'm a fan of Ruger's GP100 revolvers. The Ruger SP101 made its debut in 1988. Taking the Match Champion to the shooting range was a refreshing reminder of why full-size .357 Mag. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The revolver is topped with a fixed Novak Lo-Mount Carry rear sight and a bright fiber optic front sight. The new Ruger GP100 Match Champion comes from the factory with the following features: I want to purchase a revolver and for the following reasons have selected the Ruger GP100: If I purchase the GP100, I will almost certainly replace the grip and the sight with ones similar to the Match Champion. The new barrel has flat sides, and the underlug stretches just a bit more than halfway instead of going all the way to the muzzle. 4: The "READ INSTRUCTION MANUAL" isn't put on the side of the barrel like it is on a regular gp100. Side by side, my trigger is better than match champion stock and I had the pleasure of doing work myself, but you may prefer an out of the box solution. This allows the holster to ride on either the strong-side or cross-draw positions on a belt. Looking for Ideal molds 419181 (44 Evans Long) and 375167 (38-72) "Joined Dates" are deceiving if you factor-in "lurk" dates. I'd say just get the MC. Show more. Many will get all jazzed about the flat sided, half-lug barrel in hopes that the new Match Champion is exponentially lighter somehow, but it isn’t. It was smooth in double-action mode with a short, crisp, creep-free break in single-action mode. The 10mm holds 6 rounds and comes in lighter than other Match Champions, due to larger chambers. It's also got a recessed target crown which protects the end of the barrel. Of course I like this gun. A 4-inch barrel stainless-steel model, inherited from my father-in-law, is now over 22 years old and still ticking away like a Timex. 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