I can tell you I love mine. The Ruger GP100 Match Champion's barrel is a departure from the usual GP100 barrel. Web ID: 1402181658 Product Chart This SKU table contains a list of all SKUs available for the product. 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. 3: It balances better in the hand. 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. loads. 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. The standard barrel length is 4.2 inches, but some models are 2.5 inches or 5.5 inches. 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. I found a brand new one on gunbroker for $729 shipped. I cant figure out the benefits to spend more for the m.c. 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.. grips, which I love. In little snub-nosed pocket revolvers, .357 Mag. The match champion has been worked over better than the regular too so that's saving you money. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. 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. The ejector star and chamber mouths have been lightly chamfered for easier loading. The 4-inch barrel .357 Mag. 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. The only reason to get a regular gp100 is if you want a 3 or 6 inch barrel. The Ruger SP101 made its debut in 1988. Some variants of GP100 consist of a couple that hold 7 of .327 Federal, a few that hold 5 of 44 Special, etc. Get the Match Champ, it's an easy decision really. I have a gp 100. A quick review of Ruger's Match Champion edition of the modern classic GP100 .357 Magnum revolver. 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. It's not a Smith and Wesson, but it's pretty darn close. I'd say just get the MC. But in a well-balanced full-size revolver with a comfortable grip, like this one, it can be perfectly manageable and enjoyable to shoot. Although the Match Champion is marketed as an IDPA-style race gun, it's also an ideal self-defense and field revolver. In the intervening years, I've always had at least one, if not more, of these reliable Ruger revolvers on hand. The revolver’s action proved to have one of the best factory triggers I've ever worked with. Ruger’s GP100 line has been around for some time. The top strap is beveled and the squared-off portion of the frame in front of the trigger guard has been rounded. 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. 03-25-2016, 09:10 PM #5. I was really happy with that. Ruger SP101 Match Champion July 09, 2018 By Stan Trzoniec. I've only shot the GP100 and am curious if the Match Champion is worth the extra cost. Press J to jump to the feed. This new take on the GP100 is a welcome, if overdue, addition to Ruger’s double-action revolver lineup. 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. 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. 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. That 2 oz reduction does make the Ruger Match Champion feel just a bit faster handling than the full lug version. 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). In other words, this one holster can be comfortably employed in just about every situation that calls for a full-size wheel gun. 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. Despite the 10mm’s reputation for power, the Ruger GP100 Match Champion is all about speed. The frame, cylinder release, sideplate, and crane arrangement are unmistakably S&W. This version of the GP100 enjoys more in-house rounding and smoothing, internally and externally, than the stock models. Hydra-Shok jacketed hollow points, which also produced the best group average of 2.73-inches. The new Ruger GP100 Match Champion .357 Mag. With racy lines, a reduced weight, and some well-thought-out add-ons, it has the air of an aficionados’ wheel gun. For many it’s a mainstay for carry and home defense duty, among other uses. 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