The K/L frame is pretty fat to conceal carry and … Press J to jump to the feed. I’m in the market for a .357 revolver (6 inch barrel). And yea I'll definitely go for the stainless steel. Ruger introduced the SP101 line of revolvers back in 1989, and they’re smaller and slimmer than Ruger's other topnotch wheel gun, the So I'm looking at purchasing my first revolver (not first gun) and wanted some input. I've heard it backwards. I have new shooters who won't be comfortable with that yet so I like the option of a 38 as well. The Ruger GP100 and the Smith & Wesson 686. Don't flick it open or slam it closed, that can damage the mechanism. The SP101 is great if you're thinking of carrying, and I like the GP100 too (although I own a Speed Six) but I'd say 686 over it. Pre-lock 686's to be exact. While not a monumental effort in any way other than gameplay, Ogre Battle: Limited Edition's … But the GP100 is a quality revolver that is rugged and reliable. The public has no access to Maine's concealed carry registry. More Reviews ›› … One of my favorites at the range. And yes, it is heavier than the 686. Hi, I am getting a 357 revolver very soon. Thread Tools. 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. I think some Greek counter-terrorist folk use the GP100. The Smith has a better trigger, and it isn't really close. No Sponsors Allowed! Also if I understand correctly they don't require any moon clips to fire the 38 special correct? The Redhawk is more comparable to the N-frame. along the length of the barrel) dished out areas on the sides, much like many revolver cylinders are fluted. I think the difference between the 686 and 60 is that 686 is … Both had cylinder problems where the cylinder would lock up on me during both single and double action shooting. I prefer S&W revolvers over Ruger personally, but I've heard good things about the GP100. The L frame beats the K frame models if you want to shoot a steady load or they did when S&W made more revolvers than pistols. Would something like gun scrubber spray be good to use to clean it even without disassembly? And hot .357 is really fun to shoot. the Ruger is easier to work on, upgrade front sight. But the GP100 is a fine revolver and built like a tank. Discuss firearms, politics, 2nd amendment news. 4.2 inch barrel, 40 ounces, 9.5 inches long, MSRP $899. Any input is appreciated. One of the gun magazines back in the 1980's did a pretty thorough side by side comparison between the 686 and Python.