Ruger revolvers are still foreign to me but I've been able to try other people's examples at the range. Here are my rough impressions: GP100 feels just like it looks, a tank, I'd definitely get the 6" version because you won't be carrying a shorter one super concealed ... don't even bother trying! The Match and Clapp versions are supposed to both have better fitting if you're looking for a more premium offering but I've never handled either. SP101 3" is the softest recoiling dedicated 38spl gun I've ever shot. Decent trigger too. I think the SP101 is my favorite Ruger revolver of all time. All of their old ones are cool but I wouldn't get one that was destined for lots of range time just because of potential parts availability issues Everyone's into 44mag Redhawks but I'd rather have the 8 shot 357! As far as the issues with Ruger revolvers go, I don't know the exact stats on that but they've sold so many over the years and I see so few firsthand accounts of problems that I think it's overstated. They feel high quality but S&W's usually have a better trigger. I wouldn't be surprised if the MIM parts in the GP's/SP's are rated factory spec while their frames can handle a moon launch reload so issues arise from over-eager guys getting crazy. I don't understand why the Ruger LCR exists. They were never able to compete with the 642.